John Grade’s ‘Middle Fork’ at MadArt Space

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MadArt Space, a recently opened street-level studio and workspace at the heart of Seattle’s growing South Lake Union neighborhood, is focused on the artistic process rather than final product. Not only will the spacious site provide ample room for the creation of large-scale, often unorthodox artwork, but it also offers opportunities for the area’s many passersby to get a sneak peek at the action. Who better to inaugurate MadArt Space than the Seattle-based sculptor John Grade, who has made it a point to usher artwork from the boondocks to traditional institutions, and back again. Continue reading

Fluid Conversation

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Pink, Photo: Ken Emly

It’s easy to take water for granted; it predictably appears on demand in seemingly inexhaustible supply.  Soberingly, in large parts of the world, potable water is an unattainable luxury.  Since 2007, glass artist Katrina Hude has used art to cultivate discussion about water conservation.  She does this through the motif of the watering can, as she explains in a public lecture to commence her residency at the Toledo Museum of Art.  Continue reading

Nancy Holt | Sun Tunnels

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Nancy Holt, Sun Tunnels (1973-1976). Photo by Adam Rothstein.

Nancy Holt passed this February, at the age of seventy-five. The artist’s work, Sun Tunnels (1973-1976) is a lasting marker of a career that sought to connect people with the systems of the earth, with the ways that time and space function around us. Residing outdoors in the middle of northwestern Utah rangeland, the site of Sun Tunnels allows one to join those systems, in order to see the art and oneself as part of those systems. The artist has departed, but the mechanisms she created remain.  Continue reading

Outside-In and Upside-Down

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Susan Goethel Campbell, Ground, 2013, © Susan Geothel Campbell

When Susan Goethel Campbell discarded some ornamental wheat grass that failed to thrive in her studio, she popped it from its plastic container and tossed it outside, finding that its tight roots surprisingly retained the container’s shape for the duration of the winter.  Continue reading