Tara Tamaribuchi's "Japanese Button Screen"
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 2016, we’ll present two series of artworks:
SEATTLE CENTER POETRY GARDEN ART SERIES (February 2016 - January 2017)
We’ve invited four artists to create works specifically designed for our Poetry Garden. ARTS has also formed a partnership with Porchlit to have readings in the garden to complement each installation.
TARA TAMARIBUCHI, "JAPANESE BUTTON SCREEN"
Tara Tamaribuchi responds to the panoramic landscape of the Poetry Garden through the lens of 16th Century Japanese screen paintings, by featuring cloud forms made of gold buttons that frame the foliage of the area.
Tamaribuchi received a BA in Journalism from George Washington University, and a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Tamaribuchi’s work today is driven by the desire to revel in the early development of her young child and her hand, to understand it and try to feel that raw creativity. She also investigates the children’s art and craft supplies that litter her home. Tamaribuchi’s work in the past has focused on traditional Japanese patterns and motifs to find a connection to her ancestors. She continues to employ this connection with the study of her daughter’s drawings, to link their hands with the hands of their ancestors.
SEATTLE CENTER SCULPTURE WALK (September - December 2016)
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 based around the theme of "Spectacle."
LAURA 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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 & 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
To download a map and artist descriptions, click here.