Rick Araluce

Rick headshot by Daniel Carrillo
photo by Daniel Carrilo

Growing up in Encino, California, Rick Araluce explored many different artistic methods and media. As a practicing artist, he has worked for many years in the realm of miniatures, though his former position as lead scenic artist for the Seattle Opera also allowed him to create on a larger scale. Araluce’s captivating sculptures and installations often emphasize themes of nostalgia, emptiness, tension, darkness, suspense, and hidden narrative. Additionally, he grew his practice to incorporate elements of sound, light and motion. Araluce is represented by Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle, as well as several other national galleries, and has received many grants and awards. His achievements include the Pollock/Krasner Foundation support grant in 2008, the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award in 2009 and a Guggenheim fellowship in 2015.

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The Great Northern, 2015-2016

wood, foam, fabric, earth, paint

In the winter of 2015, Rick Araluce created a replica of The Great Northern train tunnel, which still runs beneath downtown Seattle. When it opened in 1905, it was the highest and widest tunnel in the US. Rick’s version was about half scale, filling MadArt’s studio. Viewers found themselves immersed in a sensory experience that incorporated light and sound, creating a mysterious illusion. The Great Northern was constructed at MadArt Studio from October through December, and the finished work was open to the public from January 17th through February 27th, 2016.

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