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SUBJECT: Artist Karl Burkheimer's In Situ unveiled at ALL RISE

6/18/2014  10:00:00 AM

Artist Karl Burkheimer's In Situ unveiled at ALL RISE
Site of future City Light electrical substation in Cascade neighborhood features year of curated events

SEATTLE (June 18, 2014) — The next installation in ALL RISE, a year-long series of performance and installations at the site of the future Seattle City Light electrical substation in Cascade, has been installed by artist Karl Burkheimer. In Situ, a 1,800 square foot sculptural installation, is on view through August 24, at 1250 Denny Way, Seattle, and will be incorporated into a series of dance residencies in late July and early August. ALL RISE utilizes a city-block sized site in the Cascade neighborhood to curate visual and performance-based works through spring, 2015. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

In the 90,000 square foot ALL RISE campus, In Situ explores site-specificity, improvisation and authorship, and will become a base for a series of four, one week-long dance residencies starting July 28. The workis the continuation of Burkheimer's In Site, created for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon in 2011. In Site, organized by then Disjecta curator-in-residence Jenene Nagy, filled the center's 3,500 square foot exhibition space, leaving a narrow perimeter margin for audience and exploring the functions of a gallery and the viewer's experience of the gallery. ALL RISE invited Burkheimer to reconceive the work within the nearly reverse setting of an open, yet often physically inaccessible, public space.

The work calls attention to the natural, and man-made, grading of the site as it slopes nearly twelve feet from Denny Street to John Street. The sophisticated design of the sculpture's under-bracing is made visible, while sheathing is left expressed in the material's off-the-shelf 4' x 8' sizing. This meeting of fine craft and functional essentialism is at the heart of Burkheimer's practice.

All Rise is commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and adminĀ­istered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. For real time happenings, please follow ALL RISE on social media:

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