Join Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) as they share their members’ creativity in the 2018 CoCA Members’ Show, Creativity Persists. Juried by Jody Bento, Director of SAM Gallery, artists of all ages and media including 2D, 3D, multi-media, installation, literary, sound, and performance are invited to join CoCA for this annual show that celebrates the true depths of creativity and highlights top artists in the Pacific NW and across the globe.
With Seattle’s rapid growth and radical changes, alongside the current backdrop of our country, the creative artist is essential to the health of society. For 36 years, CoCA has amplified contemporary artists’ voices through hundreds of exhibitions. Their annual members’ show welcomes creativity in all its forms and in multiple events as they gather together to celebrate the hard work of artists and creatives of all types.
The exhibition will open to a celebration during the Pioneer Square Art Walk on May 3 from 6-9pm. This year’s private members-only party will be held on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 6-8pm where special guest, Jody Bento, will discuss the art on display and announce this year’s winner of the SAM Gallery exhibition. People’s Choice Award winners will be announced at the end of the exhibition.
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shrink To THINK
I have taken my own journeys and relationships, and translated them into anthropomorphic characters floating in this macrocosm. These creatures may be representatives of human confluence. They express emotion and the use of space promotes communication. Bikes are a literal tool of navigation to meet others. Acting as a mode that allows me to traverse through time and location, bicycles mobilize me physically to navigate through life. We grow from one exchange to the next, relationships will always connect like strings. Sometimes people intersect in life and sometimes they live in parallels. I want the viewer to engage with the transitory animals to create their own stories or understandings about interaction. We are all drifting through our own universe, coexisting and cohabitating.
An exhibition which endeavors to foster a continual dialog about ways to move past dystopian thinking and continue to be resilient art activists. The lead artist on this project is Beverly Naidus, installation artist and Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at the University of Washington, Tacoma. Other ARTifACTs members include Carol Rashawna Williams, Ed Mast, Camella Cooper and Matthew Hamilton. ARTifACTs is a show developed through a community of visitors, members, and friends engaging. My contribution is solely the hanging cards shown in this image. My piece is just one out of many ARTifACTs.