This is our third and concluding blog post from artist Molly Mac on the Summer Field Studies project “How to Get THERE ( the dam) from HERE (Seattle).”
First we ate breakfast.
Then I reminded everybody about three things:
1. How to download a QR code reader for a mobile device
2. I have two heroes: Eva Hesse & Amanda Beard
3. For the rest of the day I’ll give away my voice in 4 color-coded roles: YELLOW is normal voice (wears black and knows she is doing an art project); GREEN voice gives advice; BLUE voice gives facts; PINK voice makes confessions (after she frames a safe space to do so).
Elissa first fell in love with contemporary art as an assembly of Louise Bourgeois eye benches was installed outside her freshman-year dorm room at Williams College, and the visual arts and landscape remain at the core of her practice as a writer, editor, and researcher. After an internship at the National Park Service and a stint at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., Elissa moved west for graduate studies in art and architectural history at the University of Washington.
Our summer exhibitions close September 7th — be sure to catch them while you can!
This exhibition premieres four new videos, products of a collaboration by artists Andrew Deutsch (U.S., b. 1968) and Stephen Vitiello (U.S., b. 1964). The suite of works was developed by exchanging a number of sound files via email and then processing them with the help of a Sandin image processor and other technologies.
Titled after Marcel Duchamp’s readymade of a ball of string held between two brass plates and containing a mysterious sound-making object, With Hidden Noise brings together sound works made from traditional instruments and field recordings, and others masked through electronic processes.
On June 28, Portland-based artists Lisa Schonberg and Daniela Molnar led a multimedia documentation workshop at Discovery Park in conjunction with our Summer Field Studies project . Their goal was to enable participants to discover variable forms of observation and documentation, from drawing and note taking to field recording and music composition. Here is their report on the day:
We met at the visitor center on the east edge of Discovery Park. A persistent drizzle fell as we laid out a game plan. We divided into groups; each group would focus on a one square meter or one square foot plot. Each group received a set of prompts, a tape measure, and survey flags in order to mark a plot for study. The prompts were meant as a starting point for inquiry. For example, “Observe movement in and out of your plot. Document any inputs or outputs. Water, wind, flying organisms, walking organisms, etc.” or “Focus in on human presence or remnants of human presence.”
Based on their interests, participants chose from a variety of supplies — field guides, field recording equipment, hand lenses, insect nets, colored pencils, notebooks, and an aspirator (a whimsical contraption used to suck bugs into a container for examination). We set off towards the west end of the park.
As our group entered a wide meadow, the sun won out. Layers were shed as the groups dispersed to their chosen spots, navigating by intuition. One group found a hidden trail that led to a shady nook in the forest, two groups went to the edge of the meadow where a sheer drop led to Shilshole Bay, the Olympic Mountains gleaming in the distance. The fourth group found a spot in the tall grasses of the meadow, focusing on the intricate multi-layered diversity thriving in their small sample area.
After about an hour, we met up and shared our results. Below is some documentation of participant’s diverse approaches to understanding their plots. A larger gallery of work from this prolific event is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/documentationinthefield/. Lucinda Roanoke documented the documenting, and her photos can be viewed here.
A few quick facts about your guide: Elissa Favero attended UW for her graduate studies in art and architectural history, has worked for the Seattle Art Museum, and is a volunteer exhibition guide here, at our very own Henry Art Gallery.
and be sure to experience our current exhibitions:
This week, Summer Field Studies features a performance tour with Seattle artist Molly Mac. The artist invites you to join her on a weekend road trip to visit the Grand Coulee Dam and sites in and around Electric City.