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Seattle Art Fair Packs a Punch With Creative Programming

Escape Seattle’s rainy weather and get your art fix on the West Coast this summer at Seattle Art Fair. If you happen to be in the Pacific Northwest from August 3 to August 6, head over to the CenturyLink Field Event Center to experience an engaging array of artists and their vast range of expressive mediums. In case you missed it, the Fair released their full programming schedule last week. From intriguing on-site projects to large-scale works by local artists, this year’s collection of solo projects and installations won’t fail to impress. We’re highlighting 5 of our favorite featured programs that should be on your radar:

 

1. Jenny Holzer’s The Survival Series

Image // Jenny Holzer, Survival: Protect me from what I want, 1984. Cast-aluminum plaque, 6 x 9.5 inches. © 1984 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Seattle will host the first installation of multiple works in a public urban setting from Jenny Holzer’s iconic The Survival Series (1984), integrated into the architecture at Pioneer Square, the city’s original neighborhood.

 

2. Nancy Rubin’s Selection of Work Presented with the Gagosian Gallery

Image// Nancy Rubins, Study: Big Edge, 200​9​. Model boats, stainless steel armature, 75 x 118 x 82 inches. ©Nancy Rubins. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.

Nancy Rubins, whose monumental assemblages are typically presented formally in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, will present a selection of studies of her large- scale sculptures at the fair. She is presenting a meta-study of her work, scaled down for the viewer—in her work, 1 ½ inch equals 1 foot.

 

3. Sean Townley’s 7 Diadems Presented with Night Gallery

Image//Sean Townley, 7 Diadems, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Night Gallery. Photo by Jeff Mclane.

Sculptor Sean Townley will install his large floor-based sculpture, 7 Diadems (2016), at the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with these boulder-size copies of partial head molds made from a monumental ancient sculpture of the Roman Juno.

 

4. Dylan Mira and Erika Vogt’s Pool

Images// (left) Erika Vogt, Weed Beach, Installation at Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, 2017. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Max Slaven; (right) Dylan Mira, Duty Free, 2016. Live video essay (still) including performance, HD video, animation, color, sound; projected onto 6.75 x 18 foot fabric and paper, 30:00 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Los Angeles-based Dylan Mira and Erika Vogt’s Pool (2017) will transform Seattle’s historic Union Station into a multifaceted installation of sculpture, video and performance inspired by the train station itself as well as Korean spas, creating a space for rest and resistance for the public.

 

5. Gerard & Kelly’s Modern Living

Image // Gerard & Kelly, Modern Living: Glass House, 2017. Video still. Courtesy of the artists.

Gerard & Kelly will host the world premiere of their new film, Modern Living (2016- ongoing), a choreographic, two-channel installation at the fair. In conjunction with the installation, they will sit down with art historian Miwon Kwon to discuss their shared interest in performance, film, and architecture, and their evolving artistic practice.

 

Tickets are available for purchase here.

all photos // courtesy of Seattle Art Fair