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The Belltown Collective
2231 1st Ave
Seattle, WA 98109
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This fall, Seattle artists KeseyPollock (the collaboration between Steph Kesey and Erin Pollock) raised $45,712 on Kickstarter to support a multimedia art installation. One of the top most-funded art projects in Kickstarter history, the artists have spent every penny on a long and unusual list of sculpting materials including 3000 pounds of crisco, wax, butter, and other melting substances. For a year, the artists have been in their studio in the International District transforming these materials into lifelike human sculptures, then melting them to create images (photographs and video) of transition and transformation. At the center of this new body of work is an experimental film—lifelike sculptures melt into abstract color fields and from desolate landscape-like imagery emerge human forms. Neither explicit nor didactic, you can feel the human hand and heart in KeseyPollock’s work. It is tender and hopeful with tendencies toward violence and heartache. Along with the looped projection, the installation will feature photographs, prints, drawings and paintings of the process. These works will be available for sale at the show.
The artists began their full-body figurative sculpture work at the MacDowell Colony. The Kickstarter funding granted them the incredible opportunity to turn their sketches and studies into action, buy their materials and actually make the work. The opening will be a celebration of both this new body of work and the community of 340 Kickstarter contributors who made it all possible.
This promises to be a huge party, and it is open to the public: ALL ARE WELCOME.
OPENING NIGHT CELEBRATION: JUNE 29th, 5:30
ART. PERUVIAN CEBICHE BAR.* DRINKS.* DJ.
Gallery hours: June 30-July 14, M-F 4-8, Sa + Su 2-8. Closed July 4th.
*cash only bar
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
See:KeseyPollock Kickstarter video.
See: short documentary on the artists when they first began their work with full bodies.
See artist website: WWW.KESEYPOLLOCK.COM
A NOTE ON THE BELLTOWN COLLECTIVE:
Finding a space for this show has taken more creativity than actually making the work, but KeseyPollock finally fell under the gaze and creative vision of the generous guys at Evolution Projects. Many Seattleites might know Evolution Projects for their amazing development work with The Kolstrand Building in Ballard (The Walrus and Carpenter building), Revel Restaurant in Fremont, the Fremont Collective, and now, The Pass Life. (Just to name a few!) Their dynamic projects engage local communities while adapting and reusing overlooked properties. They heard that the artists needed a space to launch our show, and graciously offered up the iconic Egberts Furniture Storefront, an historic warehouse space they intend to lease or sell this year. They have generously donated the use of this empty space.