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Xavier Lopez's "Message in a Bottle"

Seattle Center is pleased to collaborate with the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture to bring Temporary Art Installations to campus year-round.

This on-going initiative was established in 2014 with a series of artworks installed during our Winterfest celebration, and expanded in 2015 with the creation of the Seattle Center Sculpture Walk, where seven artworks were installed site-specifically between September and December.

For 2017, we’ll present two series of artworks:

SEATTLE CENTER POETRY GARDEN ART SERIES (February 2017 - May 2018)
We’ve invited five artists to create works specifically designed for our Poetry Garden centered on the theme of Seattle Center Festal Turns 20.
  • February 1 – May 6: Xavier Lopez
  • May 8 – August 4: Jennifer Szabo
  • August 7 – November 3: David Kelly-Hedrick
  • November 6 – February 1, 2018: Barbara de Pirro
  • February 2, 2018 - May 6: Susan Palmer
Currently Showing:
Xavier Lopez ThumbnailXAVIER LOPEZ, "MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE"
Conceptual artist Xavier Lopez has created an installation called Message in a Bottle that invites people visiting the garden to write a message/thought/wish down on a small piece of paper and place it in one of 40 bottles hanging in the garden.

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 the "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 the obvious tropes of masculinity, hegemony and race with very 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 he worked with La Sala for their La Cocina project where he put together and performed in a night of all Latinx performance art. He is a recipient of the 2016 Artist Up Grant Lab Award.



SEATTLE CENTER SCULPTURE WALK (August - December 2017)
Temporary site-specific works installed on campus by artists whose work reflects their surroundings and enlivens the campus with color, whimsy, and surprise. This year's works are still to be determined. Below are the 2016 artists.

2016 Artists:
Laura Buchan ThumbnailLAURA BUCHAN, EXUVIAE
Laura Buchan’s large scale sculptures, both intricate and organic in their form, hang from the top of the Fisher Pavilion roof top. Buchan is a sculptor enamored with things others often find grotesque. Working primarily in wood, she draws inspiration from the natural world, including plant and animal anatomy, skeletal structures, decayed bodies and scientific specimens to create her pieces.


Minh Carrico ThumbnailMINH CARRICO, CUT AND BOOST
Minh Carrico transforms the columns, located by the Vera Project and adjacent to the new KEXP headquarters, into sound equalizers. Cut and Boost is a visual celebration of his appetite for music. He draws upon the experiences of his first long road trip with a bag of mix tapes and presents them by transforming common signage and packing materials into a large scale graphic equalizer.


Satpreet Kahlon ThumbnailSATPREET KAHLON, COLORED BODIES AS SPECTACLE
Satpreet Kahlon’s artwork uses the vocabulary of historical pennants that were carried by women of color in protests for the British Suffragettes to show the complexity of the experience of women of color in white-dominated society.




Edward Key ThumbnailEDWARD KEY, PLATANOS X ACERIFABULOUS
Edward Key invokes the spirit of kitsch by adorning two red oak trees in London Plane “outfits” that will wrap the tree trunks and have giant bananas suspended from their branches. Key’s life and artwork continuously reflect the many cultures and customs to which he has been exposed.



Terrell Lozada ThumbnailTERRELL LOZADA, THIS SHOULDN'T TAKE LONG
Terrell Lozada suspends a large copper ladder on the columns in Founder’s Court. Lozada is a sculptor and painter who uses architectural forms as metaphor for the corporeal or spiritual. Her focus is on how the body feels in relation to the emotional and physical space it is in.



Loreen Matushima ThumbnailLOREEN MATUSHIMA, REDACTING THE SKYLINE
Loreen Matsushima tackles the topic of Seattle’s rapid growth and change by building construction images in the windows at the Next 50 Pavilion to showcase the changing Seattle skyline. Matsushima grew up in a small rural town in Hawaii where she first learned to paint in the great “outdoor” studio: nature. Nature is essential to her life her so she creates works that accentuate the impact of our actions on nature, recognizes the fragility of our planet and contributes to this universal dialogue.


Steven Markussen ThumbnailSTEVEN MARKUSSEN, RECYCLED LINE
Steven Markussen uses material, texture and weight to create a dramatic artwork by treating reclaimed wood in the Shou Sugi Ban burning process used for wood preservation. Markussen’s work is about making social connection though objects made with his hands. There is a created and natural texture to the surfaces of his work that engages visitors. His works are pared-down structures made from natural and industrial materials; they frequently include plaster, wood, wood ash, concrete, burlap, and varnish, layered in such a way to create texture, weight and balance.


Suzanne Morlock and Glenn Messersmith ThumbnailSUZANNE MORLOCK & GLEN MESSERSMITH, GREAT BALLS OF YARN!
Suzanne Morlock and Glenn Messersmith play with scale to change the bollards at Key Arena into giant yarn balls. Morlock is an artist and social interventionist who entices human compassion via multidisciplinary works which expose narratives of vulnerability, dissecting and recombining sensory elements with a wry wit and a steady eye. Glenn Messersmith is an artist, engineer, and fabricator. Collaboratively driven, Messersmith has a long history of cooperative fabrication and conceptual refinement with Suzanne Morlock.


For more information please visit Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s Public Art Initiative
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