VERTICAL DROPS is an infusion and celebration of nature into a technology driven space. It pays homage to our Pacific Rim orientation and proximity to
waterfalls. Vertical Drops is a contemporary
arras of sorts: A metaphorical tapestry connecting the diversity of the inhabitants of Arras with art inspired by
June Sekiguchi draws with a scroll saw, cutting material from thin sheets of wood, then assembles layers that combine for an overall narrative. Modularity, reconfigurability, and site responsiveness are central to her work.
She was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and maintains a studio practice in Tacoma making primarily large scale sculptures and immersive installations. She is the recipient of five 4Culture grants and an Artist Trust Fellowship and GAP grant. She is represented by ArtXchange Gallery in Seattle.
ANOTHER WAY HOME is a quilt made of fabrics from around the world and composed of elements that are simultaneously the same and different. The quilting that holds the three layers together will be composed of elements from early arrases.
Joe Cunningham began making quilts in 1979 under the tutelage of mid-century masters of the tradition. Over the years his quilts have evolved into a unique personal style, collected by museums and collectors through throughout the country.
LOOM, with its tall steel ribs interlaced with reflective strands, expresses both meanings of ARRAS: a richly woven tapestry and the weaving together of a vibrant new community.
John Fleming is best known for his Grass Blades sculpture at Seattle Center. But as you get to know his work, you’ll find a wide assortment of materials, many salvaged and repurposed: reflectors from old traffic signs, salvaged iron plates and signal lights from a railroad, and thousands of strips cut from the discarded shingles from an old bungalow. Growing up in small towns in the Southwest, Fleming developed a love of nature and an intuitive sense for integrating nature into his artwork.
ENSŌ - ARRAS communicates the interconnectedness of all things and Japanese aesthetics. The Ensō or Zen Circle is central to Eastern and Native American cultures, a universal symbol of interconnectedness, and represents enlightenment as it is bounded and boundless. The organic edges symbolize the imperfection that is part of existence.
Anne Crumpacker holds a BA from Scripps, a MALS from Reed, a teaching credential from Berkeley, and a MFA in Applied Craft and Design from PNCA and OCAC. Her deep connection to bamboo feels both visceral and spiritual, making it the ideal medium for artistic expression. In June 2010, she interned with Doug and Mike Starn on the acclaimed
Big Bambú installation on the roof deck of the Met. She credits experiences in Japan as a profound influence on her art and life. Her work is in many collections including the Art in Embassy program, U.S. State Department, Laos; Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand; Garlington Health Center, Harsch Investment Properties, Peloton Apartments, and Stoel Rives, Portland; and in residences in California, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. She has a studio in downtown in the Skidmore Fountain area in an 1872 cast iron and brick building.
ALPINE is informed by my interest in Geology and volcanoes and the natural landscape of the Northwest. I hope to create a sense of wonder, movement, and a hint of danger in the work which may inspire the viewer.
Ryan Molenkamp’s work is largely informed by his interest in landscape, geology, and development. Molenkamp earned a BFA from Western Washington University and has exhibited extensively throughout the region at Linda Hodges Gallery, Kirkland Arts Center, LxWxH, Gallery4Culture, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Vermillion and SOIL. He has also exhibited at Launch LA, Chucifritos Gallery (NY), and Duplex Gallery in Portland. Molenkamp was awarded a residency at Jentel in 2012 and has been published in Art Ltd. Magazine, Seattle Magazine, and City Arts Magazine. He resides in Seattle with his wife and daughter.
Celeste Cooning holds an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Washington. Twelve years later, she is best known for creating large-scale, ethereal installations. Aside from various exhibitions, her work adorns city parks, storefronts, special events, and the stage.
2013 marked the transformation of Cooning’s signature cut paper aesthetic into a permanent outdoor sculpture through 1% for Public Art. Bounty functions as a threshold for Jackson Park Perimeter Trail in Seattle’s Pinehurst neighborhood. The stylized, ornate fronds harken to the verdant beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Cooning was the 1st Artist in Residence at Amazon Corporate in 2018. More of the artist’s work can be seen in Seattle at Harborview Medical Center, Theo Chocolate and Starbucks Global.