Photo by Canh Nguyen.
Photo by Canh Nguyen.

Low Res

Low Res is a series of brief artist residencies on the Waterfront, asking artists across multiple disciplines to respond to the site. Low Res is a project of Waterfront Seattle and the Office of Arts & Culture.

Canh Nguyen
Canh Nguyen received his BFA in Photography from Cornish College of the Arts in 2012. He was director of cinematography for "Even the Walls," a documentary on the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace, the nation's first integrated public housing project. For his Low Res portfolio, shot in early 2015, he focused on the wet winter landscapes of Pier 62/63 and its surroundings, reflecting blue-gray skies off of puddles and Elliott Bay. An occasional figure, such as a gull or a solitary person, centers the solitude and quiet of these scenes.
Alice Wheeler
Alice Wheeler has been shooting Seattle people and landscapes since the 1980s. Her photography of figures in the punk and grunge scenes are canonical Seattle portraits. For her Low Res project she shot cityscapes at dawn and dusk, contrasting the modern piers and marinas with Belltown views which preserve aspects of that neighborhood's tougher past.
Eirik Johnson
Johnson is a photographer and teacher with a long interest in Northwest landscapes and economies. His Sawdust Mountain, exploring the timber industry, showed at the Henry Art Gallery 2009-2010. He shot the waterfront from a kayak, showing seawall construction, the existing piers, the viaduct, and the cityscape beyond pressed into a single plain combining long history with the waterfront's current transformation.

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January 5 – February 28, 2017
City Hall Gallery currently features Architecture of the Pacific Northwest – a playing card artwork project. The exhibition, running through February 28, showcases the artistry and creativity of Seattle architects who design the Pacific Northwest’s built environment, while bringing together the architecture community in a unique way.
Your Body of Water, Part I
January 11 – April 4, 2017
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Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk
Thru February 10, 2017
Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk: A Quantum Leap, Starting From The Top…!!!Thru February 10, 2017 at Seattle Presents Gallery in the Seattle Municipal TowerOpen Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 – 2 p.m. and by appointment
Vikram Madan, <em>An Utterance Ineffable</em> <span class="glyphicon glyphicon-new-window"></span>
January 17 – April 10, 2017
The Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery features the exhibition An Utterance Ineffable by Seattle-area artist Vikram Madan. The exhibition features 15 acrylic paintings that are influenced by narrative folk and expressionist art that Madan encountered while growing up in India.

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