The Social Geography of Parrallel Openings

This would be an excellent time to cull your split persona super powers and be in two places at the same time because tonight is the opening of Parallel Universe, a compilation of never before exhibited work by a bevy of of Northwest Contemporary Artists at Grey Gallery on 11th in Seattle. Tonight is ALSO the opening of Off the Map, an exhibition of contemporary map-works curated by the Jill Hardy at the Kirkland Arts Center.

Parallel Universe is a compilation of never before exhibited works by a remarkable collection of contemporary artists in the forefront of the Northwest art scene. The works display facets of the creators that aren’t generally associated with their usual oeuvre. They exhibit a parallel universe where artists push beyond the framework of their reputations and invite the viewer a glimpse at their process and studio practice. The works in this show were selected by Francisco Guerrero and Joseph Park. Both accomplished professional artists, Guerrero and Park set out to begin a conversation with artists of the region.

Exhibiting Artists:
Gretchen Bennett, Leo Berk, Dawn Cerny, Claire Cowie, Eric Elliot, Harrell Fletcher, Francisco Guerrero, Alfred Harris, Victoria Haven, Jenny Heishman, Jeffry Mitchell, Nicholas Nyland, Lead Pencil Studio, Matt Offenbacher, Joseph Park, Josef Vascovitz, Joey Veltkamp, Dan Webb, and Claude Zervas.

Reception: Thursday, February 11, 5-9pm
Followed by Blueprint, with SunTzu Sound

Matthew Picton, Pakistan and the Indus River, 2007, duralar, enamel paint, pins, 76 x 48 x 2 inches, Courtesy of Howard House.

Drawn to the combination of science and subjectivity, artists reflect a universal cognitive and cultural need to visual the space around us. With new exploration and discovery come new forms of map-making and new kinds of maps. Recognizing our increasing dependency on maps, the artists in Off the Map present alternative perspectives and reveal significant relationships that are otherwise too obscure to see, visualizing the connectivity in our world and simultaneously make the unknown more rational. This exhibition was a part of the Emerging Curator Initiative is a collaborative venture shared between Kirkland Arts Center (KAC) and the University of Washington’s Museology Graduate Program.

Artists: Scott Bailey, Liz Hickok, Maya Lin, Matthew Picton,
Jane Tsong, Claude Zervas, Hugo Solis and Bruce Hemingway

Opening Reception:
Thursday, February 11, 6 – 8:30 PM
Exhibition Lecture: Henry Art Gallery
Friday, February 26, 7 PM

If an electron can be in two places at the same time, then maybe you can too.
If not the floating bridge will have to do.

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