Exploring the point where creation ends and completion begins, the curators of this year’s Bumbershoot Visual Arts and Spectacles have assembled over 100 artists who will explore creative ideas around beginnings, middles and endings. From works that recycle discarded objects to kinetic sculptures that make new works of art, to the life/death cycle of zombies, the Visual Arts & Spectacles programming presents cutting edge contemporary artwork, performance and installations showcasing regional, national and international artists.
Visual Arts & Spectacles
Artwork by Jonathan Schipper
A sampling of this Brooklyn-based sculptor’s large-scale kinetic artworks, his work has centered on the crossroads where biology, engineering, psychology, and art meet. He has concentrated on large-scale, engineered, technology-based artworks that find their inspiration at the foundations of function and recognition. His work is often focused on entropy and decay, work that becomes most alive just before it ends. Many of his ideas are derived from media but the work is physical, live, and irreproducible. For Bumbershoot, he is creating new piece that will be an artificial and continuously changing environment based on trash, salt, human will, and hot water bathing.
Curated by Shelly Leavens & Jana Brevick
curated by Shelly Leavens and Jana Brevick
We find ourselves deep in the seductive age of the all-powerful and hyper-programmed machine, from 3D printers to robotic technology. What are artist’s responses to this age and do they embrace or reject the chance to experiment with new technology for art-making? Reactionary and temporal, Enigma Machine artworks examine, in part, age-old questions of human-machine interaction. Visitors will see 2-D works created by machine, mechanical sculpture, electronic and light works that rely on the artist’s programmed process to create, or ask for the viewer’s participation.
Artwork featured will include new and recent pieces from Seattle artists Claude Zervas, Maggie Orth, Mark Vonrosenstiel and Meghan Trainor, the classic film Der Lauf Der Dinge (The Way Things Go) by Peter Fischli and David Weiss, performative kinetic sculpture 56L by Danish artist Henrik Menné, interactive electronic work by Samson Young of Hong Kong and early and mid-career works by seminal light artist Thomas Wilfred.
Curated by Erika Dalya Massaquoi
Through the creation of workroom style vignettes, this exhibition presents three galleries of tear sheets, visual materials, and video that will interpret, through documentation, emerging trends in Illustration and African and Asian style. Hung salon-style, attendees will be able to comprehensively experience the latest in fashion drawing, photography, and textile/surface design.
Curated by Shane Montgomery
Found and Unbound is a group exhibit of artworks that explores the use of found and repurposed objects. The relationship of mass-produced objects to our natural world and landscape is explored through this collection of sculptures, collages, and videos. Featuring: Animal Charm, Craig Baldwin, Howard Barlow, Justin Beckman, Matt Browning, Scott Fife, Sayaka Ganz, Guy Laramee, Shaun Kardinal, and Jason Mecier.
Curated by Reel Grrls
Seattle’s award-winning non-profit media arts and leadership training program is joined for workshops and performances by artists Anna Oxygen, Gender Failure, Tender Forever, and Molly Mac – as well as presenting new work by Reel Grrls participants in Wynne Greenewood’s Video and Performance classes.
Reel Grrls Summer Film Showcase: (following the Mayor’s Arts Awards.) Visit Reel Grrls’ installation of youth media created in Reel Grrls summer programs – premiering at Bumbershoot and running throughout the festival.
Tender Forever: Melanie Valera‘s Franco-American pop project spans nationalities and leaps forward towards a world where we can close the gaps between countries, ideologies and ultimately hearts. Move closer.
Gender Failure: Two of Canada’s most treasured and celebrated trans artists, Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon, present their acclaimed multimedia show “Gender Failure,” featuring animation and video elements from Seattle artist Clyde Petersen. Through visuals, words, sounds, and original music, “Gender Failure” explores and exposes the prolific pair’s failed attempts at fitting into the gender binary—and ultimately how the gender binary doesn’t add up. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Coyote brings her razor-sharp timing and powerful narrative, while Spoon adds an ethereal voice and poetic turns of phrase to the dynamic duo’s now seven-year-old artistic partnership.
Anna Oxygen: Anna Huff is a multi-media artist, composer and performer. She has extensively toured Europe and the United States under the name Anna Oxygen, performing dance pop recitals and interactive performance pieces. Best known for her aerobics live performances, she has released several albums of electronic and acoustic music, most recently “This is an Exercise” on indie label Kill Rock Stars. Her performance and video work has been presented at PS1 MOMA Contemporary, The Seattle Art Museum, NYU, The Hammer Museum, PICA, and the Rohsska Museet in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Molly Mac is a multimedia storyteller and video installation artist. She has a BFA in printmaking from UW, an MFA in combined media from Hunter College, and is currently teaching and pursuing postgraduate research at the the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media at the University of Washington. Molly performs her work locally in multimedia poetry readings and her video installations have been shown across the US and UK. She started mentoring with Reel Grrls in fall 2012.
Artwork by Peter Lynch, Andy Arkley, and Courtney Barnebey
Magic Sync is an interactive installation of music, light, and sculpture. By manipulating a control panel, the viewer animates both sculptural and audio elements—in effect, producing a unique re-mix of the piece.
Presented by Eric Pope and Seattle Zombie Walk
Zombies have risen from the dead just in time for Bumbershoot! Eric Pope & Seattle Zombie Walk have teamed up with the Seattle Thrillers and the Nightmare at Beaver Lake Zombie Horde to thrill festival-goers all weekend long. So beware of Zombie attacks, walks, and flash mobs, because the flesh-eating undead are on the loose and hungry for brains! Presented with support from PNTA.