Art Interruptions 2014

Ten emerging artists have created temporary art installations throughout the First Hill neighborhood for the project Art Interruptions 2014. The artworks will inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Each artist will develop artworks on display for approximately ten weeks beginning in August.

Administered in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Art Interruptions is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.

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Megumi Shauna Arai
A Tribute

A tribute to certain events in the artist's life, Megumi Shauna Arai's photographic series, Hand History, is takeninto an installation realm. Large silk fabric prints and coinciding audio recordings channel the small moments and conversations that make up a life.

 

Rick Araluce
The Difficult Journey of the Past

This miniature architectural sculpture is sited in the midst of the Canyon fountain in Freeway Park. The artwork portrays an old brick apartment of the variety that once dominated the heart of Seattle and so many American cities. Its presence on the plinth may call to mind the vanished and disappearing architecture of another age, of a time when craftsmanship and character were important features in a dwelling—even a humble and unpretentious one. The work's inaccessibility may remind the viewer that the past is vanished, never to be reclaimed. It is created to be open to the elements: the water, the wind and sun. There is the hope that birds might take up residence within its sheltering space. This artwork in its entirety has been created by the artist from scratch.

 

Zack Bent
A Bent Tree Won't Break

Often trees that are unruly and growing in directions that are not ideal are braced and stretched to grow in a desired direction. After happening upon many odd versions of tree bracing, I began to be inspired by the pathetic and strange methods applied to set these trees straight'. After witnessing many versions tree training, I enjoy taking an absurd approach to this procedure by micro-managing and over stretching a tree for visual and metaphorical effect. The tree in my process is strangely anthropomorphized. The braces and their various applications become stand-ins for behavior and encounters with external forces.

 

Graham Downing
Not Not Free

Not Not Free is about release. By metaphorically sending the paintings like babies down the river in a basket, I hope to give them richer lives. I hope they are stolen and broken and left alone. I wanted to make some paintings without an owner. These paintings are not not free.

This installation will migrate over the course of several months. There will be three different locations around First Hill. Please refer to the map for further information on the respective locations.

 

Jason Hirata
I Hope To Do No Harm, Yet I Cause Harm

1. Get crows to recognize me. 2. Get them to follow me. 3. Lead them through a route. 4. Bring them back out through that route. 5. Cease interaction.

This installation will migrate over the course of several months. The artist will be present along the designated route on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Please visit the artist's website for more detailed information on the intended schedule.

 

Robb Kunz
Sound Showers

Stand beneath these acoustic domes and have a quick sound shower—a short spurt of audible strangeness from somewhere else in the world. Then continue on your way.

 

Eric Olson & Sam Wildman
Be Vintage

Be Vintage is a series of advertisements for a diet plan based on interviews with octogenarians living in First Hill. The interviewees were asked about advice for younger generations concerning exercise, diet and love. The advertisements consist of seven outdoor banners on light poles, two large horizontal banners, a trifold brochure, and a website (http://bevintage.org) containing the interviews and volunteer opportunities with seniors in the neighborhood. Sam Wildman and Eric Olson are artists who first came together through a mutual love of Sam's mother.

This installation has multiple locations within Freeway Park and the Washington State Convention and Trade Center Plaza. Please refer to the map for more information on the precise locations of the artwork.

 

Serrah Russell
Geographics on First Hill

This land and this city are in flux; shifting, merging and simultaneously disappearing and becoming. Drawing attention to this constant transformation, I have created new works of digital photography within the First Hill neighborhood. The works are a continuation of an ongoing series, Geographics, where I photograph National Geographic magazines within modern terrain. Placing found imagery of the past into a new landscape, I remove it from its original context and draw attention to the shifts of time and transformation of environment. These photographs are then placed within a new First Hill environment, further echoing and contrasting both image and landscape.

This installation has multiple locations around First Hill. Please refer to the map for more information on the precise locations of the artwork.

 

Erin Shafkind & Will Gundy of the Cabbage Tree Mob
Hi. I am not home right now.

These carnival cutouts comment on the tools we live with and perhaps the ones we miss. They arean analog approach to the reminiscence of the past. Please don't forget to take a picture and #cabbagetreemob on Facebook and Instagram.

This installation has multiple locations around First Hill. Please refer to the map for more information on the precise locations of the artwork.

 

Joana Stillwell & Yael Nov

Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese technique of repairing broken pottery with seams of lacquer, gold, or silver. It speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history and character of the object and thus adding to its beauty. Inspired by the philosophies of Kintsugi, we would like to repair the cracks and breaks in the sidewalks with hand-made fool's gold for Art Interruptions on First Hill 2014. This "fool's fool's gold" will highlight both the fragile and unremarkable character of our surrounding environment.

This installation has multiple locations around First Hill. Please refer to the map for more information on the precise locations of the artwork.

Megumi Shauna Arai, A Tribute, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Megumi Shauna Arai, A Tribute, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Megumi Shauna Arai, A Tribute, 2014. Photo by Laura Becker.

Rick Araluce, The Difficult Journey of the Past, 2014. Photo by Laura Becker.

Rick Araluce, The Difficult Journey of the Past, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Rick Araluce, The Difficult Journey of the Past, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Zach Bent, A Bent Tree Won't Break, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Zach Bent, A Bent Tree Won't Break, 2014. Photo by Laura Becker.

Zach Bent, A Bent Tree Won't Break, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Graham Downing, Not Not Free, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Graham Downing, Not Not Free, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Graham Downing, Not Not Free, 2014. Photo by Laura Becker.

Jason Hirata, I Hope To Do No Harm, Yet I Cause Harm, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Jason Hirata, I Hope To Do No Harm, Yet I Cause Harm, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Robb Kunz, Sound Showers, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Robb Kunz, Sound Showers, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Robb Kunz, Sound Showers, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Eric Olson & Sam Wildman, Be Vintage, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Eric Olson & Sam Wildman, Be Vintage, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Eric Olson & Sam Wildman, Be Vintage, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Serrah Russell, Geographics on First Hill, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Serrah Russell, Geographics on First Hill, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Serrah Russell, Geographics on First Hill, 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Erin Shafkind & Will Gundy, Hi. I am not home right now., 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Erin Shafkind & Will Gundy, Hi. I am not home right now., 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Erin Shafkind & Will Gundy, Hi. I am not home right now., 2014. Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.

Photo by Bruce Clayton Tom.