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CoCA Lab: Ezra Dickinson
Dec
12
2:30 PM14:30

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!

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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.

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CoCA at Rubix
Nov
30
2:30 PM14:30

CoCA at Rubix

New Gallery Location: CoCA at Rubix

Featuring 2015 Marathon & Auction artists
On view through November 30

 

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Installation by June Sekiguchi. Projection by Spar Wilson.

We are excited to be popping up at Rubix, a new apartment building on Capitol Hill. CoCA will be in the ground floor retail space for a few months; our very own Nichole DeMent curated the permanent art for the residential areas.

Just in case you missed the big event last week, we're featuring the work of 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction artists: Flynn Bickely, Larry Calkins, Anne Marie Grgich, Aramis Hamer, Gabriel Marquez, Holly Ballard Martz, June Sekiguchi, and Chris Sheridan.

 

Through November 30. Hours to be announced.
CoCA at Rubix | 515 Harvard East | Seattle 98102
Part of Capitol Hill Art Walk. Free admission!

 

24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction Gala

Our 23rd annual fundraiser was held November 11-13. More info here... 

 

 

CoCA at Rubix is one of our interim spaces located in the new Rubix Apartments on Capitol Hill. CoCA at Rubix will feature a variety of multi-disciplinary artists over the coming months with special events to coincide with Capitol Hill art walk, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

CoCA is supported, in part, by an award from , Seattle Foundation, individual donors, CoCA members and our hardworking Board.

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CoCA Lab: Cait Willis
Oct
10
2:30 PM14:30

CoCA Lab: Cait Willis

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Now presenting multi-media artist Cait Willis.

Public Event: Saturday, October 10, 6-9pm: Cait Willis, Ritual
CoCA UN[contained] @ Equinox Studios | 6555 Fifth Avenue South | 98108
As part of Georgetown Art Attack. Ride the Art Van. Free admission!

 

 Image: Sky Clad Glitch (2013)

Through social media platforms where data compression introduces glitches, this ghost in the machine reminds us that no matter how well curated we attempt to present ourselves to the world, there will always imperfection.

 

Glitches occur in DVD, MP3 and JPG formats when data is compressed and data is lost. However, in it's place can be glitch artifacts such as "staircasing", when two different frequency through compression accidentally harmonize,causing a rainbow stripe pattern to pop up.

 

Using images lifted from YouTube, Skype, DVDs and TV, and inspired by ritual magic and works of literature such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Atrocity Exhibition, The flip side of the curated self, the feral, frenzied and hypnotized is not unlike the glitches in data. ~Cait Willis

 

Cait Willis has been making art in Seattle since the early 1990's when she helped start Trapeze life drawing studio on Capitol Hill. Her paintings, although always figuratively based, have always been tasked with delving into different communities, and how we relate to our circumstance in life. These have ranged from dealing with tourism in a new global world, the ladies of the roller derby, the near extinct families of the amusement park, and the families of American Cults to taking on the random hiccups of glitchy weak signals off of television and You Tube and creating something iconic out of the accidental.

Cait's paintings have shown nationally and internationally at such galleries as Pop Santa Fe, 63 Bluxome Street Gallery in San Francisco, Ghost Gallery, SOIL in Seattle, and The George in Prague, Czech Republic. She graduated from Cornish College in 1999. She divides her time between Seattle and Prague. 

Special thanks to cinematographer and producer, Aaron Bourget, for his assistance.

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), sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, composerJovino Santos Neta, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, visual artist Alan Fulle, and installation artist Celeste Cooningsince the program's inception in April 2014.

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

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The More Things Change
Sep
29
to Mar 13

The More Things Change

On view through March 13.  

New Gallery Hours: Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm

Special Performances

Keeara Rhoades as Cutie Beauty:

 

Cutie Beauty & The BAT-SWING fly

At CoCA Gallery:
5701 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle Design Center, P258, 98108 

Tuesday, Feb 24, 11am–4pm
In a Field Beyond the Horses (where bats swing) – The Pitcher

Tuesday, Mar 10, 7–10pm (CoCA Membership Meeting)
Closing Performance
Annual Membership Meeting, Everyone is Invited!

Live Feeds from Andralamusya

See live feeds of Cutie Beauty as she films more of the episode at Andralamusya, a home-based performance space. For a complete schedule visit: andralamusya.weebly.com

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2015/more-things-change/#sthash.yIFPFzZN.dpuf

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CoCA Lab: Nat Evans
Aug
8
to Sep 12

CoCA Lab: Nat Evans

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Nat Evans.

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Composer and sound artist Nat Evans is activating our new space, CoCA UN[contained] in the Equinox Container Village during the Georgetown Art Walk in August and September.

During his residency, Nat is collecting local field recordings to stretch,  manipulate and then use to resonate one of our containers. On August 8, you are welcomed to come hear and feel the hum of your neighborhood as you lean against the container. On September 12, everyone is welcomed to CoCA UN[contained] for a special, one night only, preview of his new workThat Summer, a sound document shown inside our shipping container where visitors will become immersed in the exploration of seasonal sounds. As the evening unfolds, the field recordings of an Indiana summer resonating in the container will shift and change over time and, like the cicadas, slowly fade to silence.

Seattle sound artist and composer Nat Evans creates site-specific events that fuse nature, community and subjectivity of experience, electro-acoustic works for interdisciplinary projects, as well as concert works for chamber ensembles. His work is regularly presented across the United States; That Summer will be part of a larger installation commissioned by and presented at at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in September. His work has also been performed in Europe, South America, Australia and China. Nat has received numerous commissions including the Seattle Percussion Collective, the Harrison Center for the Arts, The Henry, Odeon Quartet, The City of Tomorrow, Portland Cello Project, ALL RISE, The Box Is Empty, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among others. His music has been featured on a number of radio stations in the United States, WNYC's New Sounds with John Schaefer, as well as BBC3, and in the 2011 Music Issue of The Believer. He studied music at Butler University with Michael Schelle and Frank Felice. To read more and listen to some of Nat's compositions, please visit his website.

Public Performances

August 8, 2015:Sit With the Hum, 6-9pm

September 12, 2015: That Summer, 6-9pm

CoCA Uncontained @ Equinox Studios | 6555 Fifth Avenue South | 98108

As part of Georgetown Art Attack. Ride the Art Van. Free admission!

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), installation artist Michelle 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.

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The Change Seed
May
12
to May 15

The Change Seed

Change-Seed (改變種子): 
Contemporary Art from Hong Kong & Beyond

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) proudly presents one of the first group exhibitions in the U.S. to focus on contemporary art from Hong Kong. On view through May 15, 2015. Wed-Fri, 11am-5pm.

Exhibition Closes this Friday, May 15

5701 Sixth Avenue South. Seattle Design Center, Suite P258 98108
Due to construction, enter through garage, follow signs to garage elevator. CoCA is on second floor.
Or enter main entrance from parking lot. Go up the stairs to your right, across sky bridge, up stairs to right.

   

Introducing Visiting Artist, Dr Phoebe Ching Ying Man

Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man, assistant professor at City University of Hong Kong is visiting Seattle as part of this exhibition.

On Tuesday, May 12, please join us on the UW Bothell campus for an artist talk with Dr. Man who will speak about her work as a conceptual artist, media sculptor, independent curator, devoted teacher and her belief that the "personal is political." Curator David Francis, PhD, will present an introduction for this special event hosted by The Convergence Zone, MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics.

Tuesday, May 12, 6-7:30pm
University of Washington Bothell
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA
Room UW2-055
Free and open to the public

On Friday, May 15, meet the artist and indulge in edible sculptures, "Birthday Cakes" she will be creating during her weeklong CoCA Lab International residency. This work was inspired by the effectively disorienting and antagonistic happy birthday song tactic employed by protesters during the Umbrella Revolution. 

Friday, May 15, 6-8pm
Pioneer Square (location to be disclosed)
This event has very limited seating so we are requesting a $200 donation to attend: all proceeds go to further develop our residency program which provides studio and exhibition space for local and visiting artists to ponder, develop and realize new and renewed works of art. 
Contact Nichole if you would like to attend

About Change-Seed

The terms "seed" and "change" convey the central metaphors of the exhibition: that contemporary art in Hong Kong and Taiwan is currently undergoing extremely rapid development as the world’s primary economic force shifts toward Asia in the 21st century.

Recognized as a financial capital for blue-chip artists, Hong Kong has been less accommodating to grass roots artists working for social change. As the Umbrella Revolution seeks greater autonomy for the region and the ability to nominate a candidate in the 2017 election (when China has promised universal suffrage for 8 million residents), artists in Hong Kong seek political change through a vibrant insistence on memory and history that evokes the Tank Man of Tiananmen in 1989.

Change-Seed explores issues of autonomy and identity in the work of 25 artists working mostly in photography and video, in addition to other media. While art communities in the United States are increasingly interested in contemporary art from China (Ai Wei Wei is a celebrity), very few understand or recognize the differences between the mainland, the SARs, and Taiwan. Change-Seed seeks to update American audiences on more recent developments in the Asian art world scene. In contrast to mainland China, the work is often small in size and technologically savvy, while reflecting similar concerns with cultural iconicity, the body, and functionality.

Artists include: Occupy Art Group, Phoebe Man (Venice Biennale), Sunny Wang, Carol Lee Mei Kuen, Anita Yau, Wai Yim Wong, Samson Young, Laurent Segretier, and others. Artists selected by Curator-at-Large and previous CoCA Board Member (2010-2015), David Francis.

Gallery hours Wednesday – Friday, 11am-5pm.
5701 Sixth Avenue South, Seattle Design Center, Suite P258
Free admission and parking

Change-Seed is made possible with generous support from Cascade Architectural & Engineering SuppliesGlazer's CameraGreenbridge ManagementLexJet, and Rock's Studio.

This project was supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture.

 

Press

'Change-Seed' Serves Surrealism with a Touch of the Political. Michael Upchurch. Seattle Times, April 3, 2015.

Exhibition Showcases Diversity of Hong Kong’s Contemporary Art. Eva Cohen. International Examiner. April 6, 2015

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Bo Choi
Dec
3
to Jan 9

Bo Choi

CoCA at Rubix

Featuring Bo Choi
On view: December 3-January 9
Open January 6-9, 12p-6pm

 

Bo Choi is a fashion designer and innovative artist. With a primary focus in new media art and fashion design, she envisions clothes as both rendering explicit their capacity to represent the self, as well as building upon, and breaking with, past conventions in order to allow an endless refashioning of the self disallowed by the limited vocabulary of much art and fashion today. For last ten or more years, she has been known as a visual artist, a computer graphic artist and a fashion designer and has been invited to numerous shows around the world.

Bo completed her MFA 2009 in Fiber at School of art in University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Her undergraduate studies were at University of California, Davis, in Fashion Design and Studio Art. Previously, as a fashion designer, she created a fashion line that explores and transgresses the typical ways the body contour interacts with clothing. Choi's solo fashion show "Second Skin" was presented at Jacob Lawrence Gallery in University of Washington, Seattle. She was a finalist at the InspirAsain Fashion Competition, hosted by International Examiner where her wearable art line was presented at the Bell Harbor Conference Center.

Internationally Bo has presented her designs at the Wearable Art Awards in Port Moody, BC, Canada and invited to Spell on the City, The 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale. In addition, she had a residency at Kulturprojekte, Berlin Germany and NMAR Seoul, South Korea. Currently, she teaches fashion design at Sanford-Brown College Seattle and computer graphic at North Seattle College and represented by Gallery IMA in Seattle.

Artist's Statement

Through the fashion design and fiber art practice, I examine the possibilities of communicating my ideas through performance, photography, video, weaving and sculpting in a multitude of ways. Fashion and fiber connect countless subjects and has many different applications. I utilize many methods and techniques in clothing construction and new media to develop a strong personal aesthetic. With interdisciplinary media and collaboration, I focus on people’s reactions and interactions to the appearance of others using the boundaries of today’s society. 

My work is based on a concept that explores form and movement with the human body and its covering acting dynamically in space. This approach transgresses the typical ways the body is usually contoured by clothing conforming to the natural lines of the body. I use illusions and allusions of form, texture, print and light with the goal of providing fresh vocabularies that offer new ways for wearers to present themselves. I am interested in fashion as a way to extend an individual's creative expression and/or personality. Sculpting shaped wearable, I break with past conventions much in the same spirit as Issey Miyake's exploration of geometric shapes, engineered folds and work with dancers to search for new possibilities. My curiosity and love of invention also lead me to explore lighting design. I have designed and produced a number of garments and performances for them that incorporated LED lighting with motion sensor to enliven the movement of cloth and play with shape and layering with the residency program at NMAR (New Media Art Research) in Seoul, South Korea.

In Eastern cultures, clothes are ritualistic. With my own experience of relocating to a different country, noticing ones appearance was the most definitive method of beginning to understand people - who they were or what they were about. Clothes represent aesthetic and persona. The individual connection with clothes comes from personal attachment. The choices people make when purchasing clothing bestows an identity and history upon that person. As time passes and their wardrobe accumulates they build up unique characteristics and a style all their own. Through my Second SkinPink Dream and Stagecollections, I explore the ways in which attire is transformed by a culture. I utilized traditional tailoring techniques with plastic grocery bags in Pink Dream. Plastic grocery bags are a common item in our lives, but at the same time it is a unique item that represents where you are shopping and what you are eating. In many ways our lives are carried in grocery bags.

Much like the explorer searching beyond the next horizon, my research in creative work is focused on searching for new ways to interact with audiences and the world. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary influences drawn from varied subjects to bring a fresh approach to my designs.  With the new technology, the ordinary choices of medium and the unconscious choices we make in society present the opportunity to transform fashion into conceptual symbolic forms.

Gallery Hours

Open Wed-Sat 12p-6p, 2nd Thursdays to 12p-9pm
Note: CoCA at Rubix will be closed December 23-January 1

Next Event

December 10, 6-9pm. Meet artist Bo Choi.
CoCA at Rubix 515 Harvard East, Seattle
Part of Capitol Hill Art Walk. Free admission!

CoCA at Rubix located in the new Rubix Apartments on Capitol Hill, is one of our interim spaces. CoCA at Rubix will feature a variety of multi-disciplinary artists over the coming months with special events to coincide with Capitol Hill art walk, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

 

CoCA is supported, in part, by an award from , Seattle Foundation, individual donors, CoCA members and our hardworking Board.

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