COMPLEXITY

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COMPLEXITY

June 6, 2024 - July 20, 2024

Reception: June 6, 2024

The Seattle Office of Arts and& Culture (ARTS) in partnership with The American Graffiti & Urban Art Conservation Project (AMGRAF) and APEX Art & Cultural Center is honored to bring the legendary DogTown Collection to ARTS at King Street Station. COMPLEXITY is a celebration of graffiti art and culture, presented in all its forms.

Curated by Sire One (ARTS) and Baby-G Carswell (AMGRAF), COMPLEXITY demonstrates what graffiti is and can be, offering local examples of the art style and its history.

The DogTown Collection is an epic collection of masterpieces created by some of the most influential graffiti writers to have painted over the last 50 years. Over 20 pieces from it will be on display along with additional works from local writers contributing pieces from their personal collections, including black-books, magazines (pre-Instagram), jackets, stickers, and more.

With this exhibition, the curators hope to foster a deeper understanding of the complexity of graffiti and aerosol expressionism.

Opening Event

Join us for an activation in the plaza of King Street Station on First Thursday, June 6:

4 - 6 p.m. - Four artists painting canvases live
5 - 8 p.m. - DJ Supreme La Rock spins
6 p.m. - Remarks in the gallery

Catering provided by Natoncks Metsu.

Attendees can form a genuine connection between what they see being painted and the works on display in the gallery. 

About APEX and AMGRAF

APEX Art & Culture Center is a cultural oasis nestled within the heart of historic downtown Everett.

The AMGRAF museum is their 501(c)(3) non-profit museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of the artists who risked life, limb and freedom to find their voices and be seen and heard. It features The DogTown Collection, the world’s largest collection of graffiti and urban art on canvas.

AMGRAF logo APEX logo One Seattle Graffiti Team

What to Expect

COMPLEXITY contains 2D and 3D works featuring graffiti writing, stickers, portraits, and fictional characters engaged in skateboarding, huffing paint, and listening to music.

Candid shot of three people working a photo shoot and the subject in a chair.

Youth in Focus Showcase

June 6, 2024 - June 22, 2024

Youth in Focus' Creative Career Cohort is a 6-month internship program for BIPOC youth in grades 10-12. Students learn digital photography, graphic design, styling, and editing.

Ten youth were selected for the 2024 program, following a competitive interview process. Each participant selected their two favorite photographs for display in ARTS at King Street Station. Photography projects centered on the theme of “the change you want to see in the world.”

Image courtesy of Youth in Focus.

What to Expect

The Youth in Focus Creative Career Cohort Showcase features photographs depicting human subjects in various daily activities or posing, abstract composition, and local locations.

Arts & Culture

Gülgün Kayim, Director
Address: 303 S. Jackson Street, Top Floor, Seattle, WA , 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94748, Seattle, WA , 98124-4748
Phone: (206) 684-7171
Fax: (206) 684-7172
arts.culture@seattle.gov

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The Office of Arts & Culture promotes the value of arts and culture in, and of, communities throughout Seattle. It strives to ensure that a wide range of high-quality artistic experiences are available to everyone, encourage artist-friendly arts and cultural policy.