Open Studio: September 23 – October 8
Exhibition Period: October 9 – December 7
Borealis Festival: October 9 – 13
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 24
Artist Talk: Wednesday, October 2 at UW’s Architecture Hall (ARC), #147 (6pm)
MadArt studio presents a new site-specific installation by artists/architects Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine, in collaboration with Seattle-based artist/engineer Clayton Binkley. Having worked together since 2013, their practice collapses the boundaries between illusory, virtual, and constructed space.
Inspired by the interplay of light, people, and the architectural environment of MadArt Studio, this exhibition explores how the gallery engages with public space. The open front doors permit direct entry into the work, encouraging visitors to seamlessly move from the exterior street to the interior studio, meandering through fragmented and overlapping passages. The structure — both object and environment, lure and trap — consists of hovering pathways formed by a lattice of steel supports and sliding opacities of mesh and plaster. This immersive, looping circulatory system encourages exploration, curiosity, and reciprocal engagement between the form and its audiences.
The artists draw inspiration from theatrical scenography and its relationship to narrative, image, space, and experience. They employ these formal devices to engage with issues of access, observation, and spatial demarcation in Seattle’s urban context.