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Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves

Photo courtesy of Thomas Clapper with illum.

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

From June 17 to July 27, we will feature artist Sarah Fetterman, a welder and woodworker, with collaborators Hannah Simmons, a digital artist who utilizes coding and dance, and Jack Christoforo, a software designer. Past Selves is a multi-sensory experience through performance and technology with an additive memory arc that runs through the 6-week exhibit.

In Past Selves performances, Simmons will be covered in flour and her movement in the gallery recorded via black tar paper on the walls. As she moves, a white powdery shadow of her body is left in her wake, the flour capturing the back of a leg leading to the ghost of her foot’s arch and the curve of her shoulder as she turns.

At an angle to the performance, a viewer interacts by inserting both elbows into bronze armrests and the natural conductivity of the human body completes the circuit between skin and sculpture, activating a camera to record the performance and room. 

By recording viewings, a memory is generated which is continually overwritten. Simmons’ software layers each recorded “memory” over the previous recordings to form a single ghostly record. With each performance, Simmons’ repetitive actions will meld into previous ones, stabilizing her presence in memory and video recording. The final recording revealing only the blackness of the walls and the flour traces, with a jacket sleeve here, a peering neck there—blurring back to the unseen beginning. The oil from skin transforms the bronze with a patina, storing the memory of the individual in the material of the sculpture as well.

The team's premiere performance of Past Selves on Saturday, June 17 at 4pm will be a private and exclusive event with light hors d'oeuvres and a refreshing beverage courtesy of Sparkle Donkey Tequila for donors at the $100 level and above.  Donate now and make sure you are a part of this unique event! 

A second public presentation of this contemporary art event will be held on Thursday, July 6 from 6-9pm. Join us during artwalk in July for a second performance by Simmons at 7pm.

Calendar Listing:

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

Private event: Premiere performance on June 17 at 4pm for donors at $100+.

Opening reception and performance on Thursday, July 6, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Exhibition opens to public June 22 and runs through July 27.

Press: 06/29/2017 Seattle Times

Gallery hours are Thursday-Saturday, 11am – 6pm.