Mark Zirpel

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Mark Zirpel is a multidisciplinary artist working between Sedro-Woolley and Seattle, Washington. His relentless curiosity drives his artistic exploration of the convergence between art and science, creating sculptural, installation-based kinetic works. He has been featured at numerous galleries including Traver Gallery in Seattle, Bullseye Gallery in Portland, and Kinetica Art Fair in London. Zirpel was awarded the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship where he explored collections of scientific apparatuses related to observation and measurement, time keeping, terrestrial and celestial navigation, electricity and magnetism. He received a BFA from the University of Alaska and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Zirpel is the Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair in Glass and teaches in the 3D4M (3-Dimensional Forum) glass and sculpture program at the University of Washington’s School of Art.

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Portfolio of Possiblities, 2016

In collaboration with Amie McNeel & Sam Stubblefield

Mixed media

In the spring and summer of 2016, Amie McNeel, Mark Zirpel, and Sam Stubblefield transformed MadArt Studio into a laboratory for kinetic sculpture. Experimenting with different materials, they investigated the dynamic relationship between oceanic and celestial themes. The studio became a multisensory and multidisciplinary exploration of buoyancy, gravity, kinetics, vibration, repetition, and scale. Visitors were encouraged to stop by and explore the exhibition during all phases of creation and completion.

McNeel and Zirpel are contemporary, multi-media sculptors who combine traditional processes with new technologies. Their work was augmented by artist Sam Stubblefield, who used movement sensors and live data to create a conversation between the objects, viewers, and the world around them.

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