On Display December 31, 2014 – April 16, 2015
Five new Artscapes installations are currently being installed in the old Woolworth storefront windows (corner of 11th & Broadway), and the Tacoma Post Office Building display cases (1102 A Street). The projects will debut during Tacoma’s First Night celebration on New Year’s Eve! The artists selected for this round include Barbara De Pirro, Jennifer Chin, Elise Konscek, Anastasia Zielinski, and a group exhibition titled “GENERIS 01T: ZIP CODE” curated by Susan Surface. This marks the 14th round of commissioned exhibitions brought to you by Spaceworks Tacoma.
Here are details on each installation:
Anastasia Zielinski creates a visual experience! On the corner of 11th & Broadway, a large Woolworth window is bustling with golds, silvers, shimmering fabrics, and shattered mirrors by artist Anastasia Zielinski. Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Anastasia has been focused on creating worlds through texture and color, transforming spaces with paper, fabric, and found objects. She states “I am more interested in producing an experience than a product. I understand the world through light, color, texture and surface and explore these elements equally in my work. I aspire to make work that instigates a moment of pause from the everyday, and creates a sense of joy.”
In the next window down, Barbara De Pirro displays an evolving installation comprised of a series of sculptural forms, each representing a metamorphosis, a transformation from the humble into the exceptional. As nature creates life cell by cell, so De Pirro creates these sculptures. Reclaiming hundreds of plastic bottles, she begins by hand cutting each into individual shapes; stitching, threading and weaving them together until a multifaceted, organic structure takes shape.
The pair of northernmost Woolworth windows on Broadway includes an interactive installation by Elise Koncsek inviting viewers to peek inside a series of glowing peep holes at the secret worlds inside. “Come take a sneak peek into my imagined worlds of surreality. Who lives here? Which way is up?” asks Elise.
The Woolworth window facing Commerce Street features a group exhibition titled GENERIS 01T: ZIP CODE including text by Hozoji Matheson-Margullis, with photography by Evan Soto and Michael Vahrenwald. This exhibition is curated by Susan Surface, who recently organized a group show (Oct. 2014) in Brooklyn titled “GENERIS 01b: COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION” that intentionally included artists from Brooklyn and Tacoma. More information at www.generis.co
Finally, in the Tacoma Post Office Building display cases are vibrant abstract paintings and zoologically inspired drawings by Tacoma artist Jennifer Chin. The paintings are from a series titled “My Dreams Are Blue” about which she states: “Dreams are ethereal; the harder I try to remember them the quicker they slip from my grasp. I may remember vague shapes or perhaps a theme, but in the end it is like reaching through water into a field of distortion for small bits of meaning and folly…and yet I always try…” The drawings are from a series titled “Micro Zoo” about which Jennifer states: “The zoo is a place we go to see the unusual. Elephants, tigers, and bears surprise us with their exotic presence. MicroZoo turns scale on its head, magnifying micro terrestrial alien beasts for your viewing pleasure.”
Artscapes applications were selected by a team of talented and devoted panelists: Lisa Kinoshita, Artist/Curator, Owner, Moss + Mineral; Nick Butler, Artist at Turtledust Media; Mindy Barker, Owner, Mindy Barker Designs; Ron J Lagman, Film Director, Tacoma Arts Commissioner; Kyle Dillehay, Art Instructor at Tacoma Community College; Dane Meyer, Dane Gregory Meyer Photography and Tacoma Arts Commissioner; Naomi Strom-Avila, Cultural Arts Specialist for the Tacoma Arts Program; and Frank Terrill, Artifact Restorer and Senior Engineer at the Tacoma Planning & Development Services Division.
Locations and support for Spaceworks Tacoma Artscapes are provided by property owners A Street Associates LLC, Power Property Consultants, and AT&T; funders include the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber, the City of Tacoma, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for the Arts and Ovation TV.