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CoCA Lab: Ezra Dickinson

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program
Featuring Ezra Dickinson

Public Event: Saturday, December 12
CoCA UN[contained] @ Equinox Studios | 6555 Fifth Avenue South | 98108
Part of Georgetown Art Attack and Equinox Studios Very Open House. Ride the Art Van. Free admission!


Photo by Todd Lawson from November 14 Community Feedback session at CoCA UN[contained]

During his CoCA Lab residency, Ezra has been exploring homelessness and displacement in Seattle through his installation, Addressing an Issue. On Saturday, December 12, Ezra will present his final project: prototypes for homeless shelters he constructed that utilize recycled materials, combining both design and function.

December 12 is also the night of Equinox Studios annual holiday extravaganza, A Very Open House. The evening features over 100 artists, work of over 100 artists, plus music, food trucks, performance and fire. It's always a great night. Ezra will be doing a special light installation inside Equinox's new warehouse. Shadow of Psychic Radio Star, is a visual excerpt from his upcoming performance at On the Boards, part of a series of performance gifts for his mother. 

December 12, 6p-9p. Two installations by Ezra Dickinson
CoCA UN[contained] @ Equinox Studios | 6555 Fifth Avenue South | 98108
As part of Georgetown Art Attack and Equinox Studios: A Very Open House

Ride the Art Van. Free admission!

Artist Bio

Ezra Dickinson began dancing at the age of four, going on to study at Pacific Northwest Ballet for twelve years on full scholarship. Ezra earned his BFA in Dance with an emphasis in choreography from Cornish College of The Arts. While at Cornish, Ezra was the recipient of The Merce Cunningham Scholarship, The Kreielshimer Scholarship, and The President’s Scholarship in Dance. Most recently Velocity’s Made In Seattle program produced Ezra’s work Mother for you I made this, which received wide spread critical acclaim.Ezra’s own work in choreography and movement installations have been on display at On the Boards, TEDX Rainer, Seattle International Film Festival, Milwaukee Film Festival, AMFEST Russia, Jaipur International Film Festival, Shorts Premiere Chile, Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, Next dance Cinema, Northwest New Works Festival, ACT Theater, Moore Inside Out, Heathrow Airport, Henry Art Gallery, 911 media arts center, Velocity’s Next Fest Northwest, Zocalo Mexico City, Spectrum Dance Theater, City Arts Genre Bender and The Northwest Film Forum as well as many others. Along with being co-artistic director of The Offshore Project and Actually Really, Ezra is also a member of The New Mystics, HYPERNOVA, The Murphy Lachow Company and The Maureen Whiting Company.

About Shadow of Psychic Radio StarFor 9 years, Ezra has been creating performance gifts for his schizophrenic mother. His last work Mother for you I made this received wide spread critical acclaim and premiered on the streets of Seattle in 2013. Now in development is a new gift entitled Psychic Radio Star, set to premiere at On The Boards in late 2016. The name refers to a character that Ezra's mother has made herself out to be over the years. The premise behind the work is to imagine who this Psychic Radio Star is through the relationship of a mother and a son. For his December 12 installation at CoCA, his light box installation is a test as part of the process for developing the visual look for Psychic Radio Star

Artist Statement

As a choreographer, performer, street artists, painter, ceramicist, animator, photographer and film maker I love to watch the world around me, each of its movements be them small or large informs and inspires me.The discipline and compulsive work ethic that my schizophrenic mother instilled in me from a young age has given me a unique and possessed outlook on creation and performance. Because of my mother, I understand the strength that is held in honesty, I know the love that is vulnerability, and I crave the chance to give these truths to the audience each time I show my work.I have a strong appetite for social justice and for learning through art to create new ideas and questions for my self and my audiences. In my exploration, each medium of artistic expression compliments and informs the others, combining these mediums creates stronger more integrated ideas. Collaboration is a huge part of my artistic process.I want to present a departure from the known through my art and show by example that our world is constantly changing, our ideas of performance and how it can happen should be changing as well. What all this boils down to is happiness, my life full of artistic creation, is overflowing with happiness.

"I can't help but notice the increase in the past ten years of people living on the street in Seattle, especially in the last three years. I want to use the wood that is available in tandem with other recycled resources to create portable living spaces for the homeless in the area. I would like to try and make the exterior of these homes visually beautiful. Beauty could come in the form of painting the outside to look like a Hooverville structure, or it could be as extensive as creating a rudimentary oval/human head shape and making the exterior of the home an image of the inhabitant or past/present members of the Duwamish tribe. In the most matter of fact way how can the basic necessity of having a roof over one’s head be met? Can this temporary home be a sense of pride for the inhabitant? Can this home command the attention of people in the city who have not taken notice of the homeless and the growing displacement?" ~Ezra Dickinson

About CoCA UN[contained]

CoCA UN[contained] is our interim space located in the Container Village at the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex and Studios. UN[contained] will feature a variety of multi-disciplinary artists over the coming months with special events to coincide with Georgetown Art Attack, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), multi-media artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artistMichelle de la Vega, composer Jovino Santos Neta, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, visual artist Alan Fulle, and installation artist Celeste Cooning since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4culture_color.jpg, Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members. 

We are proud to have Elysian Brewing as a sponsor of CoCA programming.

Earlier Event: November 30
CoCA at Rubix
Later Event: December 18
CoCA Lab: Aaron Asis