Gala Bent, Contemplation of Sorrow, 2012

4Culture’s  Individual Artist Project recipients are working away this spring, creating new work and presenting around King County. Here are a few upcoming events:


Gala Bent: Geology of Longing
March 1 – April 14, 2012
Artists’ Talk, Saturday, March 31st, 2 pm
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
G. Gibson Gallery, 300 S. Washington St. Seattle, WA 98104

Individual Artist Project recipient, Gala Bent is interested in traditions that see wilderness as a place for solace, testing, or transformation. Her latest exhibition entitled, Geology of Longing is now at G. Gibson Gallery. She writes, “For this body of work, I’ve taken cues from paintings and drawings of the past—especially seeking out pieces in which the land seems to function as a psychologically charged stage. These ancient works act as a series of lenses through which I am able to view other approaches to the land as a site for contemplation.”


Shannon Stewart: An Inner Place That Has No Place
Saturday April 14 – Monday April 16
Friday April 20 – Sunday April 22
The Piranha Shop, 1022 1st Ave S, Seattle

An Inner Place That Has No Place is an evening-length performance work created by Shannon Stewart in collaboration with filmmaker Adam Sekuler, Composer Jeff Huston, and Performers Meredith Horiuchi, Mary Margaret Moore, Aaron Swartzman, Rosa Vissers, and David Wolbrecht, delving into memory and memory loss. Through dance theater, music and film this piece illustrates remembering as a process of recreation rather than reproduction.  This piece is part of a suite of dance a film works exploring memory and memory loss at the personal, material, and societal levels.


Jenna Bean Veatch: Sideshow
Preview April 30; Tuesdays and Wednesdays, May 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16
Annex Theater, 1100 E. Pike St, Seattle

Inspired by the tradition of the old-fashioned circus sideshow, this original dance-theater work by Jenna Bean Veatch, features characters whose physical abnormalities bestow them with special powers. Rather than disabilities, they have super-abilities. With displays that are at times odd and outrageously funny and at other times breathtakingly beautiful, “Sideshow” falls into the category of children’s art made for adults.  It’s whimsical yet somber, with a tingling strangeness.  Blending dance, theater, music, and elements of puppetry, it toes the line between being magical and haunting, simple and fantastical.