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About the Artist

Dan Corson is a Seattle-based artist that is nationally recognized for creating dynamic, large-scale, conceptually-driven public artworks often utilizing a variety of materials and technologies. His projects range from integrated works in State Capital Buildings, light rail stations and busy public intersections to quiet interpretive buildings, museums, galleries and meditation chambers. Often his work employs engaging visceral “experiences” that envelop the viewer to help draw them into the artwork–sometimes as a co-creator.

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From the Artist

I strive for my work to both conceptually and phenomenologically engage the viewer on various levels. The physical space the artwork inhabits is almost always part of the equation….an added voice to the project that provides additional history, layers and meaning. Whether that site is within nature, an urban environment or a highly refined gallery there is always added experience of the place.

Another part of the equation is the viewer/ participant. Originally trained in the theatre, I see the artwork not just about objects at a location, but as volumes of space to manipulate and about the relationships and choreography between the environment and the viewer/participant. It is also about the hierarchy of experience, what is seen and experienced in what order. How does time and the movement of people or the artwork vary the perception of the piece? And then there is me; the artist, provocateur, scientist, and magician that loves to reveal or find that point of transformation of knowledge or perception. Each project is unique and tells a different story. I perhaps am best known for working with light in its myriad of forms- creating environments that radically transform from day to night. But my work goes beyond seductive eye-candy, raising questions, probing the subconscious and engaging phenomenological experiences. The content, media and breadth of the work is wide, but I feel there is a solitary vision and rigorous conceptual underpinnings that unify the work.

Dan Corson