THE SEATTLE ART FAIR PROJECTS
Seattle Art Fair returns to the CenturyLink Field Event Center August 4-7, 2016 for the fair's anticipated second edition. Over 80 of the world's most influential galleries will feature important work by top artists in an intimate, compelling setting alongside the Seattle Art Fair Projects: a robust program of talks, performances, installations, activities, and events. Organized by Artistic Director Laura Fried, the Seattle Art Fair Projects present immersive and large-scale works by artists from the West Coast and beyond. Spanning sculpture, performance, and installation, the Projects offer a platform for artist presentations beyond the art fair booth, bringing art throughout the site of the fair and into adjacent neighborhoods of Seattle. The Projects aim to reach a diverse audience and to spotlight Seattle as a vital cultural capital, as well as examine the many ways in which contemporary artists engage technology, interactivity, futurism, and collectivity.
ON SITE & THROUGHOUT THE CITY
An ambitious lineup of solo projects by an inter-generational group of emerging and established artists will be on view at the CenturyLink Field Event Center during fair hours. Glenn Kaino and Speed Levitch lead uncanny fair tours, while Dawn Kasper presents an alternative cosmology with a room-sized universe of motion-activated cymbals, and exhibition platform Public Fiction traces the roots of artists who used new technologies—like early video art and public access television—at their inception. The Projects also spotlight large-scale sculpture by artists who examine the relationship between materiality, craft, and technology—such as Roxy Paine’s ominous diorama of a CIA observation room and Adam McEwen’s full-scale sculptures of supercomputers made of graphite—and explore the simple but powerful way a line can take shape in space, from Claire Falkenstein’s nested orbs to Kishio Suga’s dramatic balancing-act assemblages.
Site-responsive projects in Pioneer Square and the International District/Chinatown celebrate the many facets of performance, highlighting interdisciplinary work and a collaborative spirit. Projects include special choreographic works by Bebe Miller + Darrell Jones and Flora Wiegmann at the historic Union Station; a sound work and performance by Brendan Fowler; Wynne Greenwood’s hometown homage rendered as soft seats for a public park; and a tourist experience conceived by Glenn Kaino and led by famous tour guide Timothy “Speed” Levitch in Kaino’s invented dialect, Martian English.
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