EXPERIENTIAL CREATIVE SPACE

 
 

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO VISITED THE CULTURE LAB DURING ITS 15 MONTH RUN. THE SPACE IS NOW CLOSED. 

The former Macy’s storefront-turned-new cultural arts center and experiential creative space is part of an ongoing program inspired by West Palm Beach’s urban revival and cultural agenda. The program will offer visitors and locals an art experience that embodies both the sophistication of the revitalization and the eclectic history of the area.

 

The space on Rosemary Avenue in CityPlace will transform and add new elements of surprise with a growing exhibit on the first floor, a sound installation on the second floor, and an exterior wrap on the façade of the building. The exhibits at Culture Lab are curated in partnership with Culture Corps.

Opened January 2018

 

Sarah Knouse

Leopard Lamp III, 2017; Pastoral Flamingos, adapted 2018; Ghost Of…, adapted 2018

Inhabiting the former retail environment where household goods were once sold, Knouse’s work explores themes of ornamentation and superficial grandeur as they occur on a domestic scale. From distorted animal figures, to whimsically transformed furniture, her work harkens back to antique décor while acknowledging the complicated relationship between humans and the natural world.

Willie Cole

Snake Queen, 2018; Village Girl, 2017; Cry Baby, 2017; Fuzzy, 2017; Shu Shu Mask, 2016

Cole’s repurposed shoe masks are visceral artworks that communicate potent and distinct messages about both discarded materials and African history. Installed in a former department store, these works take on new meaning by transforming obsolete footwear into fine art. Both a tribute to traditional art and the space’s previous use, these masks convey intuitive and unspoken narrative power.

 

Olek

When It’s Real You Know It, 2017

Through colors and conceptual exploration OLEK’s art examines sexuality, feminist ideas, and the evolution of communication, all with meticulous detail and complete candor. Consistently pushing the boundaries of fashion, art, craft, and public art, her massive crocheted spider plays with the viewers sense of scale in a playful and feminine manner.

Daniel Rozin

Mirror No. 12, 2013

Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror, 2014

Mirror No. 12 is a screen-based work that processes live imagery captured from a webcam using custom software built by the artist. Using an image processing technique based on the rotational transformation of lines, the result is an impressionistic mirror composed of linear strokes. Darwinian Rotating Lines Mirror is inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution, in which random mutations become the basis for natural selection. Each mirror varies the following formal properties: line, luminosity, and tempo. The software then transforms real time webcam footage into lines in a rotating sequence and ascending brightness. Particular lines are selected based on their relationship to the reflected image of the viewer. The reflected image materializes on-screen as subsequent details are revealed. This process cycles anew every few seconds, starting a new “evolutionary process.”

Glenn Kaino

The Siege Perilous, 2003

 In Kaino’s kinetic piece, a hidden motor spins an Aeron chair at an extreme velocity. Spinning within its steel and Plexiglas vitrine, the chair loses its distinguishing features to become a blurred form that resembles a chalice. The Siege Perilous is a fusion of two objects, the chair and the chalice, real and imagined, now in a state of perpetual indeterminacy.

 
//INTERIOR

Assemblage:
An Organically Grown Exhibition
 

is a yearlong visual art project on the first floor of the Culture Lab

 

ASSEMBLAGE opened on April 6, 2018, with two artists, Ioanna Pantazopoulou and Jennifer Steinkamp, and additional artists will be integrated until the exhibit’s culminating event in December 2018.

Ioanna Pantazopoulou

T.E.E. (The Exotic Express), 2017

Pantazopoulou's vibrant interactive work consists of nine unique hammocks woven with common, but curious objects. Hung in a carousel-like display lush with local plants, T.E.E. is a monument exploring a unique, dreamy, and fantastical journey. The installation reintroduces movement into a recently inert environment, acting as a people-powered installation through shared viewer participation.

 

Jennifer Steinkamp

Cultured, 2011-2012

Drawing on the history of the Macy’s department store, Steinkamp’s masterfully rendered digital artwork is playfully site-specific. Depicting large scale, gently swaying pearls in the former jewelry department, the piece is an homage to what once was. Viewers are invited to contemplate the history of the space, while imagining a new vision of what is to come.

 

Phillip Estlund

Untitled, 2018

Using found materials, including both the detritus from the built and natural worlds, Estlund’s installation appears to emerge from, or perhaps melt into, its environment. Aiming to illustrate and imagine the inevitability and finality of decay, his work nonetheless speaks to the potential for future growth amid the visual stew that is our contemporary landscape.

Amy Gross

Silver Bees and Black and White Warblers, adapted 2018

Gross’ hand embroidered and beaded fiber sculptures create a soft green world, frozen in time. Cleared of its original purpose, the previous Macy’s is now spotted by Gross’ handmade spores, serving as the perfect environment for the handmade birds and bees to colonize and adapt.

 

Artist Stephen Vitiello features a one-of-a-kind sound installation ‘You Are the Magic,’ an immersive, multi-channel sound art experience. The artwork occupies the entire second floor of a former department store at CityPlace, inviting visitors to enter and meander freely through various areas of the space.

Site-specific sounds and images—created using various elements of the space itself—transform the inside of the deserted building into an engaging, auricular landscape. Building upon the visceral phenomenon of subliminal advertising and suggestion to the shaping of perception, each soundscape reacts to and redefines the building’s previous iteration as a shopping store. The site-specific sounds and images seek to inquire about what sounds the space remembers, and what sounds it still dreams of.

 

You Are The Magic is not a critique of consumerism as much as an appreciation of what is found in the space and what is promised by intervention, while it simultaneously seeks to reshape the viewer’s experience. The multi-channel installation consists of four different soundscapes that, all together, create an immersive spatial experience.

“Only Traces Remain,” a text-driven monologue collaboration with novelist Paul Park, occupies the former Men’s Apparel section of the space. “Find Your Way,” a video collaboration with sonic artist Andrew Deutsch, transfigures the

former Intimate Apparel section, and integrates subliminal images of magic and promise. “Soundtrack for the Luggage Chapel” fills the former luggage sales section with a series of unique, site-specific sounds which viewers are invited to contemplate while relaxing on soft seating in ambient lighting. You Are The Magic is a mesmerizing captivation of the building’s atmospheric sounds that form and rely on its visitors’ spatial understanding. The universal nature of sound provides a democratic experience, allowing each visitor to relate to the installation on his or her own terms. Yet, while each experience is highly individual, each one is intertwined with the whole as a crucial part of the collective soundscape.

 

Stephen Vitiello is an electronic musician and media artist. His sound installations and multi-channel works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Lyon. Vitiello’s CD releases have been published by New Albion Records, Sub Rosa, 12k and Room 40. Exhibitions include a site-specific work for New York City’s High Line, as well as “Soundings: A Contemporary Score,” at the Museum of Modern Art; the 2002 Whitney Biennial; and the 2006 Biennial of Sydney. Over the last 25 years, Vitiello has collaborated with artists and musicians such as Pauline Oliveros, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Taylor Deupree, Joan Jonas, Julie Mehretu and Steve Roden. Vitiello has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for “Fine Arts,” a Creative Capital grant for “Emerging Fields” and an Alpert/Ucross Award for Music. In 2012, Australian Television produced the documentary, Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Originally from New York, Vitiello is now based in Richmond, VA where he is a professor of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University.

//EXTERIOR

Palm Beach Parade is Michael Craig-Martin’s largest public art installation and his first in the United States. Palm Beach Parade speaks to the urban revival and cultural agenda in downtown West Palm Beach through its bold, yet everyday images. Objects such as a soccer ball, sneakers, French fries, and sunglasses are depicted in hues of saturated turquoise, lime green, purple, and red, as they appear against a magenta background. 

Each image occupies two bays of the building’s façade, so that the entire artwork takes over twenty-four bays and covers two large sides of the building’s exterior. The larger-than life mural extends to the lower half of the building through the continuation of turquoise pigment to the outdoor walls. The vibrant colors and strong outlines of Craig-Martin’s stylistically recognizable images draw in any viewer, while the subject matter of the artwork depicts

and celebrates the vast range of mass-produced objects in contemporary life.  The artwork responds to the history of the site as an urban commerce district, juxtaposing the fading department store building against Craig-Martin’s bright colors and resonant imagery. Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941. He studied in the United States and received his M.F.A from Yale University in 1966. Since then, he has been living and working in England, becoming one of the key figures in the first generation of British conceptual artists. In the 1990s, Craig-Martin developed his distinctive style of vibrant, bold outlines, flat planes, and saturated colors, through which he has sought to explore the complex relationship of image and object to better elucidate how we construct the world we make for ourselves.

//EXTERIOR

Palm Beach Parade is Michael Craig-Martin’s largest public art installation and his first in the United States. Palm Beach Parade speaks to the urban revival and cultural agenda in downtown West Palm Beach through its bold, yet everyday images. Objects such as a soccer ball, sneakers, French fries, and sunglasses are depicted in hues of saturated turquoise, lime green, purple, and red, as they appear against a magenta background. 

Each image occupies two bays of the building’s façade, so that the entire artwork takes over twenty-four bays and covers two large sides of the building’s exterior. The larger-than life mural extends to the lower half of the building through the continuation of turquoise pigment to the outdoor walls. The vibrant colors and strong outlines of Craig-Martin’s stylistically recognizable images draw in any viewer, while the subject matter of the artwork depicts

and celebrates the vast range of mass-produced objects in contemporary life.  The artwork responds to the history of the site as an urban commerce district, juxtaposing the fading department store building against Craig-Martin’s bright colors and resonant imagery. Michael Craig-Martin was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1941. He studied in the United States and received his M.F.A from Yale University in 1966. Since then, he has been living and working in England, becoming one of the key figures in the first generation of British conceptual artists. In the 1990s, Craig-Martin developed his distinctive style of vibrant, bold outlines, flat planes, and saturated colors, through which he has sought to explore the complex relationship of image and object to better elucidate how we construct the world we make for ourselves.

 
//EVENTS
YOGA CLASS
Saturdays at 9am
60 minute vinyasa yoga class held at the Culture Lab in the “luggage chapel” surrounded by the sounds of artist Stephen Vitiello’s installation You are the Magic. Make sure to bring your own mat! Sundays at 10am with a $10 for the instructor (cash only please).
Bring your $10 donation; RSVP here. 
DOWNTOWN ART TOURS
$40 / ADULT • CHECK RSVP FOR AVAILABILITY
Explore Downtown West Palm Beach and its awe-inspiring art installations and murals created by artists from around the globe on this 90-min guided walking tour. We will end the tour with refreshments and appetizers at Hilton West Palm Beach, an AAA Four Star Hotel at the genesis of the art and cultural movement with over 1,000 pieces of art in collection.
RSVP here
EQUALITY FLORIDA: PALM BEACH GALA
ANDY WARHOL THEME
March 22 • 6PM 
Tickets are $150/pp;  Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500.
Please contact Ashley Capps at ashley@equalityflorida.org
or 239-245-4586 for details.
RSVP
 
//PRESS
'REIMAGINING' CITYPLACE PAST BRICK-AND-MORTAR CONVENTION
WOMEN'S WEAR DAILY •  DEC 6, 2017
Related Companies is brining change to West Palm Beach through new retail, hospitality and cultural concepts...
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OLD MACY'S LOCATION AT CITYPLACE HAS NEW USE
WPTV CHANNEL 5  •  DEC 6, 2017
In the former Macy's location at CityPlace is an experimental space called Culture Lab...
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WHAT TO DO WITH DEAD MALLS
WALL STREET JOURNAL  •  NOV 6, 2017
Just when you think you have a handle on the brick-and-mortar retail crisis, the prognosis gets worse. More than 8,600 stores will close their doors in 2017, according to Credit Suisse analysts—a number that exceeds store closures...
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THE RISE OF EXPERIENTIAL RETAIL
WALL STREET JOURNAL  •  NOV 21, 2017
At the axis of a once-thriving shopping center in West Palm Beach sits a 110,000-square-foot former Macy’s location, abandoned by the struggling retailer earlier this year. An immersive arts experience is taking over the space in December. World-renowned visual artist Michael Craig-Martin…
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//CONTACT & VOLUNTEER

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