CoCA is pleased to present NOON, Anna Mlasowsky’s solo exhibit featuring video and glass installations, from January 3 through February 23, 2019.
NOON or midday is a word that describes the moment in the day that is neither morning nor evening, a form of middle ground. The word itself is a palindrome, reading the same forward and backward, upside down and right side up, further fulfilling a sense of neutrality.
Led by the understanding that one only exists because of its antipode, the artist probes into the opposites in hope to discover a balance. In her attempt to find a neutral and stable form, Anna uses natural materials, such as glass, salts, water, and body, observing the mediums’ transmutation as a symbol for the complex and shifting nature of reality.
The fictional narrative of NOON is inspired by the upstate NY history and geology, the influence and presence of water and salt in the region and the ongoing conflicts between different groups of the population,” the artist explains. “The project draws from the past events in nature and how they shape the present landscape of the area, as a symbolical rendering of the tensions of the social human landscape of the region and their stories that tied into nature and resources.
In 2016 Anna was invited to a residency at Corning Inc. Science and Research Center. For the next six months, she traveled to Corning for one week every month. During her 2018 Sculpture Space residency, she finished filming the video, both inside the studio and during her field trips to the Finger Lakes region, the Adirondacks, Saratoga Springs, and Lake Ontario. Although the project is directly linked to the observations, the story is her response to the impressions generated during the past two years.
Born 1984 in Germany, Anna Mlasowsky received her BA in Glass from the Royal Danish Academy in 2011 and an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Washington in 2016. She won the UK Glass Prize in 2013, the Otto Waldrich Preis, and the Emerge Silver Award in 2014. Anna has been an artist in residence at The Creative Glass Center of America, The Toyama City Institute of Glass Art in Japan, and The Corning Museum of Glass.
Calendar of Events
Exhibition: January 3 - February 23, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 3, 6pm – 9pm
Studio Hours: Noon-2 pm, Thursdays through Saturdays, January 4 - 18
Public Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition and events are held at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104. Gallery hours for the winter are Thursday through Saturday, 10am – 5pm.