Hey Henry-goers! Do you happen to remember back to this past winter and SuttonBeresCuller: Panoptos? Well the trio continues their art installations with On the Boards, a leading center for the creation and presentation of contemporary performance. The show To Be Determined will be available for viewing September 15th through the 18th at Merrill Wright Theater in lower Queen Anne.
This performance installation was created over an intensive 2-month residency where Seattle’s leading visual art collaborative was given carte blanche to reorganize and confound the normal scheme of OtB’s theaters. Each evening audiences can grab a drink, meander through the space and see simultaneous performances allowing for the possibility of a unique experience each night. The details of when and where and how it happens will remain a mystery until then.
SuttonBeresCuller is a trio of artists (John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler) who have worked collaboratively since 2000, when they met as students at Cornish College of the Arts. Together they create ways to engage viewers through mobile sculptures, street actions and temporary site-specific installations. Their work has been shown widely in Seattle including installations at the Lawrimore Project (Three Dragon Restaurant), Henry Art Gallery (Panoptos) and Lake Washington (The Island) in addition to national exhibitions in Los Angeles, San Jose, NYC and more. They have appeared at OtB in both 12 Minutes Max and the NW New Works Festival.
In case you forgot about Panoptos…
For the Henry’s East Gallery, the three artists selected an array of paintings, prints, photographs, and other two-dimensional and three-dimensional works from the museum’s collection that the Henry team installed “salon style,” covering the walls floor to ceiling. In front of this multi-faceted presentation, a custom-made apparatus transported a high-definition camera along the x- and y-axes of this grid-like installation. At a viewing station in the Stroum Gallery, visitors could steer the camera remotely, selecting and zooming in on details of works in the East Gallery. Over the course of the exhibition, selections were tracked and recorded, to form a culminating, and cumulative, work of art.