VIGNETTES & GRAMMA ARE PLEASED TO PRESENT A LONE by sierra stinson

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A TWO PART EXHIBITION OF EMPATHETIC VOICES AND WORD-BASED CREATIONS


“LONELINESS IS PERSONAL, AND IT IS ALSO POLITICAL. LONELINESS IS COLLECTIVE; IT IS A CITY. AS TO HOW TO INHABIT IT, THERE ARE NO RULES AND NOR IS THERE ANY NEED TO FEEL SHAME, ONLY TO REMEMBER THAT THE PURSUIT OF INDIVIDUAL HAPPINESS DOES NOT TRUMP OR EXCUSE OUR OBLIGATIONS TO EACH OTHER. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER, THIS ACCUMULATION OF SCARS, THIS WORLD OF OBJECTS, THIS PHYSICAL AND TEMPORARY HEAVEN THAT SO OFTEN TAKES ON THE COUNTENANCE OF HELL. WHAT MATTERS IS KINDNESS; WHAT MATTERS IS SOLIDARITY. WHAT MATTERS IS STAYING ALERT, STAYING OPEN, BECAUSE IF WE KNOW ANYTHING FROM WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE US, IT IS THAT THE TIME FOR FEELING WILL NOT LAST.”
               - OLIVIA LAING, THE LONELY CITY: ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE

OPENING RECEPTION
MAY 3RD, 2018
5-10PM
MOUNT ANALOGUE
300 S WASHINGTON ST, SEATTLE, WA 98122

READINGS BEGINNING AT 7PM BY
SARAH GALVIN, RACHEL KESSLER, TOMMY PICO, & ANASTACIA-RENEE

 EXHIBITING THE FOLLOWING ARTISTS,
COURTESY OF THE BILL AND RUTH TRUE COLLECTION,
AND COMMISSIONED SPECIALLY FOR ‘A LONE’ :
SOPHIE CALLE, LAURA SULLIVAN CASSIDY, DARA FRIEDMAN,
EMILIE HALPERN, SHELLEY JACKSON, LEENA JOSHI, TOMMY PICO,
ALYSON PROVAX, KARA TANAKA, CATHERINE YASS   

‘A LONE’ IS A SERIES OF PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS OF AUDIO AND VISUAL WORKS EXPERIENCED THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF SEATTLE  DURING THE MONTH OF MAY 2018.
WORKS BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WILL BE EXHIBITED:

ALEXANDRA BELL   (NY)
YRSA DALEY - WARD   (UK)
LAURA SULLIVAN CASSIDY   (SEA)
LEENA JOSHI   (SEA)
TOMMY PICO   (NY)
ALYSON PROVAX   (PDX)
MARTINE SYMS   (LA)

GRAMMA AND VIGNETTES FIRST CAME TOGETHER OVER A MUTUAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER'S PRACTICES, A SHARED LOVE OF ART AND POETRY AND A BELIEF THAT WHILE THOSE MEDIUMS ARE OFTEN DEFINED AS SEPARATE, THEY SHARE AN INTERSECTION OF EMPATHY.

OVER MONTHS OF CONVERSATIONS, THE VIGNETTES AND GRAMMA TEAMS DREAMED UP AN IDEA WHERE ARTISTS WHO THINK LIKE POETS AND POETS WHO THINK LIKE ARTISTS FIND A HOME TOGETHER IN THE OPEN CITY. WE SOUGHT ARTISTS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE, AND THROUGH FUNDING AND SUPPORT BY THE BILL AND RUTH TRUE FOUNDATION, WE BROADENED OUR SCOPE. WE ENVISIONED WORKS SKY-HIGH ON GIANT BILLBOARDS, PROJECTING THEIR MESSAGE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. WE PURSUED STRUCTURES WITHIN THE CITY THAT NORMALLY SERVE AS ADVERTISEMENT SPACES, AND OUR ARTISTS CONSIDERED WHAT MESSAGE THEY WISHED TO BROADCAST. THIS MONTH-LONG EXHIBITION OF WORDS AND IMAGE, SOUND AND SILENCE, NEARNESS AND DISTANCE IS MEANT TO CONFIRM THAT YES, YOU ARE ALONE BUT WE ALL ARE. WE ARE IN THIS LONELY CITY TOGETHER.

IMAGE: ALYSON PROVAX, UNTITLED, GIF, 2017

#ALONELYCITY #ALONESEATTLE

A New Arts Space, Called Found, Heads for Capitol Hill by sierra stinson

“It’s a malleable space,” says Soldi. One that reflects the neighborhood’s long-term and day-to-day mutations and different audiences. “Found is about finding space, a home in an increasingly difficult landscape.”

The Founders - Sierra Stinson (Vignettes, Out of Sight), Rafael Soldi (Strange Fire Collective), Serrah Russell (Vignettes, Violet Strays) & Jon Feinstein (Humble Arts Foundation)

"Stinson’s move to New York meant a temporary break for Vignettes, the longstanding series of one-night-only, influential art shows she curated and hosted in her Capitol Hill apartment. But beneath the surface, she and Russell, who cofounded the online gallery Violet Strays and joined Vignettes in 2015, were plotting Vignettes’ second act(s): a project with local publisher Gramma (a citywide project with an exhibition in the former Western Bridge space in May) and a space for their next curatorial venture." - Margo Vansynghel, City Arts Magazine

Studio visit with Mary Ann Peters by sierra stinson

Mary Ann Peter's is an artist based in Seattle who thinks in a global scale. She recently was just down the street from my work creating one of her 'impossible monuments' I stopped by on a lunch break to see what she was constructing

There were two parts to this piece, floating above and delicately rendered below.

More of Mary Ann's work can be found here www.maryann-peters.com

 

A Woman is always an Island by sierra stinson

Longtime friend and collaborator Serrah Russell asked me to be in her next series 'A Woman is always an Island' We drove out to my favorite swimming spot at Lake Washington on a cold February morning and I jumped in.

More images from her series here

 post swim - photo by Serrah Russell

post swim - photo by Serrah Russell

 

great leaps or lung collapses

i wanted to laugh at the scene but it was too beautiful                                               

i wanted to laugh at myself but i was too vulnerable                               

my body isn't my body anymore it's changed this year and i look at it like a foreign landscape

So I lept                                                      and I sunk deep into the iciness drifting down

then up to the surface                     i float
my breath was cut in half and i couldn't gasp or make out words                                       there wasn't enough oxygen
it was colder then cold

i waded and paddled              i thought about how i've never been a good swimmer                               how i've never spent enough time in the water
how i am afraid of this world
of risk                                                     of leaving the comfort of my city
of my home                                                     of my state of being

how i am not mighty

and i don't get to decide.                           here.                                            every limb desensitized

purple and pink flesh

my middle finger is still numb slightly                                                                                appropriately so

 

Q&A Glasswing by sierra stinson

I was interviewed by the lovely team over at Glasswing, their boutique is beautiful and they are constantly introducing the community to brilliant designers and creatives.

"I'm drawn to artists that are very driven and create works that resonate with them in the moment, as humans, rather than perhaps what they think the world needs or what galleries would prefer. I appreciate works that are true to the artist and in some way are a reflection of themselves. I gravitate to creators that take risks and are willing to do works that are site specific. And I definitely appreciate artists that don't work within just one medium and are willing to try mediums that they aren't necessarily familiar with. Going on studio visits and seeing the direction and progression artists are taking at that given moment is a very fascinating experience. I love that within a few years someone can take a completely different direction in their work."

Read more here

 

 

 
 Photos by Forest Eckley

Photos by Forest Eckley