Jessika Kenney: Anchor Zero at The Frye, Jan 10 – Feb 1, 2015

David Strand
Posted on January 03, 2015, 7:21 pm
2 mins
Still from Anchor Zero, 2014. Digital video with audio. Videography by Claudia Mä. Design by Kyle Hanson. Image courtesy of The Frye Art Museum.

Still from Anchor Zero, 2014. Digital video with audio. Videography by Claudia Mä. Design by Kyle Hanson. Image courtesy of The Frye Art Museum.

Internationally renowned vocalist and composer Jessika Kenney opens the New Year at The Frye Art Museum with Jessika Kenney: Anchor Zero. Exploring the ethereal and spiritual powers of voice, the exhibition calls the viewer to participate in meditative and intimate actions such as breathing, listening, walking and taking each other’s pulse. Works will include immersive sound and video installations, an eight-foot tall cube cut from bamboo grown on Vashon Island, and talismanic scores composed by Kenney inspired by Javanese and Persian vocal traditions as well as John Cage. Born in Spokane, Washington and a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, Kenney’s work defies categorization as she weaves diverse musical forms, philosophies and literary traditions into a unique style all her own that finds peace in the untranslatable.

Kenney is the first recipient of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award funded by the Raynier Institute and Foundation through the Frye Art Museum and Artist Trust Consortium. The award was established for an artist living in Washington State demonstrating exceptional originality. Anchor Zero will offer a vital space for contemplation and connection as we enter 2015 through the recognition that it is when we experience emptiness that we realize that we are interconnected.

When: January 10 – February 1, 2015

Where: The Frye Art Museum (704 Terry Ave)

The opening reception of Jessika Kenney: Anchor Zero will be held on Friday, January 9 from 7:30 to 9:30pm. A complete list of events and programs accompanying the exhibition can be found on the Frye website.

The Frye is always free admission!

David Strand
David Strand is a writer and aspiring curator based in Seattle.