Jon Gentry

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Jon Gentry founded goCstudio in 2012 and is a registered architect in the state of Washington. He worked as project architect for nine years in Seattle with a number of award-winning and internationally-recognized practices before founding goCstudio. Growing up in rural North Carolina instilled a strong appreciation for natural landscapes and a passion for built structures that were grounded in a thoughtful analysis of site and expressive of their pragmatic functions. Gentry believes that architecture born of a passionate process and inextricably tied to the act of making can inspire and elevate the everyday. Having designed custom lighting fixtures and furniture that have been exhibited and sold internationally, his work delves into architecture at every scale. Gentry has been living and working in Seattle since 2003 after completing his studies at North Carolina State University where he earned his Master of Architecture degree.

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Charred, 2013

In collaboration with Kathleen Warren & Kat Larson

Wood, paint

Charred is a temporary installation on the facade of MadArt’s new home at 325 Westlake Avenue North in South Lake Union. A collaborative, multimedia piece by Kathleen Warren and Jon Gentry, with contributing artist Kat Larson, Charred is a burned and etched wood-paneled wall with a video component.

Following the traditional Japanese wood preservation practice of Shou-sugi-ban, the wood is burned, cleaned with water, then oiled. Just as fire allows room for new growth, these singed cedar panels mark the building’s renewal. Tree rings are etched into the panels, recalling the past lives of the building and surrounding neighborhood. A bright green color behind the boards alludes to the burgeoning life of the space. Adding to the experience, visitors can view a video through a knothole in the tree rings.

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