SEEattle: Tracing Town

 

This work was inspired by my relocation to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, more than any other city I have resided in, reminds me of my hometown - Ljubljana, Slovenia. Its interplay of natural and civic elements recalls my childhood memories (some long forgotten) and the wonderment of those days, when a bottle cap or a clothespin could easily be re-imagined as a fantastical character or an animal.

 

Observing cracks on the walls, and the cement of the city, I became intrigued and contemplative of what is and what once was. These shapes began to speak of what could be, rather than pointing to the absence of matter.

Walking the city, I paid close attention to the importance of stimulus selection—sculpting information by being mindful of what matters. Every facet of information has differing importance when communicating a greater message.

 

This series tests that idea: how far can an artist go to capture the viewer’s appreciation, and what should be dismissed? The artworks reflect our internal editor used in daily human interactions and on social media platforms.

The visual structure of the works was informed by cracks found throughout the city of Seattle. I intentionally included parts I did not care for to allow each viewer to appreciate what they like, and disregard the rest. The works are interchangeable as well, encouraging the viewer to imagine alternate arrangements and become actively engaged with the artwork. 

 

installation of the Koncentrik Painting and SEEattle: Tracing Town as installed at the A Gallery, Seattle, 2015

The interview conducted, recorded and edited by Emiko Peterson-Yoon at the reception of the SEEattle: Tracing Town on November 5, 2015 (co-edited by Paripa Wutikrikanlaya).

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acrylic paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, wall compound, pastel crayon, permanent marker, paper, white marker pen, black marker pen on wood panel, 42x10, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, acrylic ink, wall compound, coarse pumice paste, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 10x10, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, oil paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, acrylic ink, wall compound, coarse pumice paste, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 24x30, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, oil paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, acrylic ink, wall compound, coarse pumice paste, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 48x36, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, wall compound, permanent marker, paper, white marker pen, black marker pen on wood panel, 22x10, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, acrylic ink, wall compound, coarse pumice paste, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 10x10, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, oil paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, acrylic ink, wall compound, coarse pumice paste, pastel crayon, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 24x30, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, wall compound, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 24x24, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

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acrylic paint, house paint, Gesso, Sumi ink, India ink, acrylic ink, wall compound, coarse pumice paste, pastel crayon, permanent marker, white marker pen, black marker pen, paper on wood panel, 36x36, 2015;

 

on display at UW's Mary Gates Hall

panels assembled as one possible SEEattle: Tracing Town version

a grid with photos of the actual cracks used in this artworks

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