News: Fall 2019 Open HouseOctober 5, 12 pm to 6 pm
Join us on October 5, 2019 for 5 floors of open studios, pop-up shows, and makers!
Inscape’s semi-annual open house is on Saturday, October 5, 2019. There will be an exhibition featuring our artists-in-residence, pop-up installations, a makers market, and a fashion show! All details below.
12 pm to 6 pm, Free and open to the public: Facebook Event
Inscape Arts, 815 Seattle Blvd S, Seattle, WA 98134
(Maggie Argiro & Sanwal Deen)
First Floor Gallery
Maggie Argiro & Sanwal Deen will share photography, writing, and zines in the first floor gallery as the culmination of their residency, which began in July. Sanwal and Maggie are the husband-wife artist collaborative Dhaba.
Reclaimed Design Market
First Floor Lobby
A makers market featuring guest artists/designers whose work is composed of recycled & reclaimed materials. Shop for handmade paper made from junk mail, motorcycle jackets sewn from used jeans, wearables constructed from recycled wool blankets and more.
Artist bio: Haein Kang is a Korean-born, Seattle-based artist. Her work poetically engages with advanced technology; her machines exist solely for beauty. She began her career as an artist by winning the grand prize at the installation art competition hosted by the San Francisco Arts Commission in 2002, held her first solo exhibition at the SOMA Museum at Seoul in 2009, and received Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in 2019. Kang is currently a doctoral candidate in DXARTS at the University of Washington in Seattle and participating in numerous conferences such as ISEA, IEEE-GEM, ICMC, etc. She is also an internationally active artist who receives many grants and fellowships, exhibiting her work in various venues, including Seattle, San Francisco, Albuquerque, New York, Seoul, and Daegu.
Haein Kang: Wind from Nowhere
Wind from Nowhere is a data-driven sound installation, which mechanically reproduces the moment when leaves gently rustle along with the wind blowing through the trees. The title derives from Samuel Butler’s novel, Erewhon. Erewhon is the reverse spelling of the word “Nowhere.” The book paradoxically symbolizes Utopia and is famous for predicting the emergence of artificial intelligence. In the fictional land of Erewhon, humans destroy machines, fearful of the appearance of intelligent and conscious machines that could threaten human existence one day. In contrast to the novel, Wind from Nowhere affirms the advancements of technology and uses it as a poetic and aesthetic tool. It utilizes the pre-collected weather data from an online weather forecasting site. Wind speed data represented as numerical values regulate the speed of motion and turn into either a breeze or a gust. Custom mechatronic devices wave a series of paper like the leaves swaying the wind. Mechanical parts of soft materials, such as elastic linkages, produce the organic movements of paper. Fluttering paper appeals to the visual, auditory, and tactile senses to manifest the wind. Wind data creates wind phenomena!
A.Oei Fashion Show
Second Floor East Patio
A.Oei Studio is proud to present their first fashion runway show revealing looks for Spring 2020. The studio will also be open for customers to find out more about their design process and shop the collection.
Kara Mia Fenoglietto: Imbalance
Second Floor West Patio
In her conceptual garment installation, Imbalance, artist Kara Mia Fenoglietto explores the tension between internal anxiety and manufactured appearances. The one-day pop-up begins presenting a series of minimalist white silk dresses. Participants are encouraged to engage with the pieces, spraying them with water that brings out the chemical dye embedded in the fabric. The resulting montages of color could be beautiful or jarring—each experience is personal and depends on the observers’ mode of engagement. Fenoglietto’s vision was inspired by the opioid crisis that has redefined her hometown, itself a modality for understanding how emotions are inhibited and trauma repressed, as well as a reminder of life’s temporal nature.
Artist bio: Kara Mia Fenoglietto’s work explores the self through mixed media materials in sculptural and installation based form. Often wearable, her pieces explore the notion that garments inform our sense of identity and emotions. Kara currently works in Seattle as a designer and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dorsey Kaufmann: Identity Politics
Installation on the 2nd floor west patio
Identity Politics is an audiovisual art installation that questions the relationship between self and nation through a figurative flag (represented by a video projection) and the sculptural object of a flag pole. The video projection portrays human forms tangled in the colors of the U.S. flag, in perpetual actions and reactions. The nationalist colors are what constrain the figures and masks their underlying identity.
While the flag is in constant motion, pulled by shifting political ideologies, allegiant only to the hegemonic national discourse; the flagpole remains constant, fixed, and structurally solid – willing to erect any flag after the fall or rise of a nation. The act of planting a flag pole is a historic one, rooted in narratives of colonialism and cultural imperialism, symbolizing a “claiming of ownership” of land and its native inhabitants.
Jessica Bender: Mediumship
In Second Floor Closet
“I strive to make work that poses questions rather than posing answers. Regardless the medium or form it may take, the viewer is a participant and completes the work by filling in spaces with personal connections and/or reactions. My process blends installation, sculpture and theatre.” Jessica’s installation at Inscape will consist of crystals, jaw bones/teeth, faux fur, glass, intentions.
Artist bio: Jessica Bender is an artist living in Seattle. She has been an art preparator for over a decade in the Seattle area. She received her BFA from Western Washington University. After caring for her mother through hospice and navigating the funeral industry after her mother’s death, she moved to New York City where she studied mortuary sciences. She returned to Seattle and became a licensed funeral director in hopes to not only help people through death and loss but to educate people on their rights to care for their loved ones and bring transparency to the processes of the death care industry. Though not currently employed in death care, she seeks to continue her mission of eduction through open conversation, advocacy and art.