Xavier Lopez: Hope, Seattle Presents gallery.
Xavier Lopez: Hope, Seattle Presents gallery.

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Homelessness

Seattle Presents Gallery

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Homelessness

Thru December 14, 2017

Dialogues in Art: Exhibitions on Homelessness, a four-exhibition series in which artists and artist teams develop artistic projects on the topic of homelessness. Each two-month exhibition in the city's Seattle Presents Gallery will demonstrate artists thinking expansively about what shelter and stability mean to diverse populations, and examining the systemic causes of homelessness. 

Xavier Lopez: Hope, April 18 - June 16, 2017, April 18 - June 16, 2017Xavier Lopez: Hope

April 18 - June 16, 2017
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 4, 4 -6 pm

Parents don't tend to talk to children about their "current economic circumstances", so when Lopez's parents pulled the car aside to do exactly that, he and his siblings knew something was very wrong. Hope is an installation that explores the invisibility that people experiencing homelessness feel and the power of hope. The artwork consists of a family of ghosts that have flower reflections. The ghost figures represent how those experiencing homelessness can feel unseen, while their budding reflections signify the hope people must maintain in their journey for secure housing.

Xavier Lopez is a contemporary, Latino, conceptual mixed-media artist living in Seattle.  Lopez received his MFA from the University of California, Davis, where he presented the theoretical/artistic thesis, "Soft Cyborg."  Lopez is part of a new breed of Latinx artists for whom art-making, while still personal and autobiographical in the broadest sense, eschews tropes of masculinity, hegemony and race with little regard for the overbearing cultural history that can be overpowering for so many artists of this age. Lopez has been part of several high-profile art events at the Seattle Art Museum and most recently worked with La Sala for their La Cocina project, where he put together and performed in an all-Latinx night of performance art.  He is a recipient of the 2016 Artist Up Grant Lab Award.   Future exhibitions are being developed and more details will be released closer to their opening dates.  


Sloan Dawson and Sara Zewde

October 17-December 14, 2017

A planner and urban designer by training, Sloan Dawson focuses on station-area planning and assists in predevelopment work on properties owned by Sound Transit, creating vibrant, transit-oriented communities that leverage the region's substantial investments in light rail. Sloan previously practiced with the urban planning studio of Sasaki Associates in Boston. At Sasaki, Sloan worked on planning processes for a range of clients, most of which involved transit-oriented development. Sloan holds a Master in City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sara Zewde finds that in considering the relationship between ecology, culture, and craft, there are often many powerful departure points for design. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a Master of City Planning from MIT, and a BA in Sociology and Statistics from Boston University. Sara has received several awards, including Harvard's Penny White Award, the Heffernan Prize, and the Ross Silberberg Memorial Award for Urban Design among others. She writes and lectures in the discourses of landscape architecture and urbanism, and was named the 2014 National Olmsted Scholar by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Concurrent to working at GGN, Sara continues to work with the Mayor's Office of Rio de Janeiro in spearheading the design of a Circuit of African Heritage in the city's downtown region.   


Tatiana Garmendia

August 20 - October 14, 2017

Tatiana Garmendia is an inter-disciplinary artist with a figurative twist. Her work synthesizes formal concerns and a humanist engagement with history and culture. "History is not a subject I just picked up from a dusty schoolbook, but things I've actually lived. I remember playing in abandoned missile trenches as a child," says the artist, who was born in Cuba during the height of the Cold War. Repatriation from the Spanish government took the artist's family first to Madrid, and later to the United States.

Garmendia's classical training began at the American University in Paris. Traveling throughout Europe, she also learned from the works of the old masters. Returning stateside, she continued her formal education at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and Florida International University, where she earned a BFA in 1985. After college, the artist taught drawing and painting for five years. In 1990 Garmendia moved to New York to pursue graduate studies at the Pratt Institute of Art, Brooklyn. A college art conference brought the artist to Washington in 1993 and she fell in love with Seattle. A Cintas Fellowship the same year made it possible for her to move to the Emerald City, where she currently lives and teaches.

Garmendia has exhibited her work throughout the United States and abroad. She has exhibited at The Bronx Museum of Arts, Art In General, and Stux Gallery in New York. Among the European galleries where Garmendia has shown are The Milan Art Center in Italy, Castfield Gallery in England, and the Galeria Riesa Efau in Germany. Her works are in public collections in New York, Miami, Illinois, California, Ohio, and the Dominican Republic.


George Lee

June 19 - August 18, 2017

George Lee is a sculptor and experimental designer whose practice provokes and implements solutions to environmental and social crises. Using site-specific art, spatial design, and strategies for public engagement, Lee's work investigates human relationships with the natural world, place, and the unseen interconnections in our everyday lives. As an artist committed to public participation, Lee has a strong history of engaging with multicultural and disadvantaged communities and is particularly interested in maximizing interactivity and site integration of sculpture. Lee has earned public art awards from the City of Seattle, Museum of Northwest Art, King County and Vassar College, and did landscape architecture with Turenscape and SvR | MIG prior to starting his independent studio. He currently is working on commissions for Seattle Housing Authority and 4Culture, and opening Gallery Raul, a mobile box truck gallery debuting Nov 12 at Georgetown Art Attack. Visitors may have a range of feelings in this strange dual room related to words like impending, comfort, irony, distance, or upside-down.


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