SAM Art Encounters in the Park: PYLON I, Feb. 20

Posted on February 15, 2016, 1:34 pm
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Seattle Art Museum‘s Winter Weekends monthly event series continues on Saturday, February 20. The kids activities start at 11 AM, but the adult-oriented and site-specific Art Encounters begin at 7 PM, exploring “performance, social sculpture, and collective participation.”

This weekend, artists Coleman Pester and Ethan Folk present PYLON I, an interactive performance and installation with dancers Jody Kuehner, Lucie Baker, Marlys Yvonne and Pester himself and featuring a live score by Maiah Manser. Guests will help create “the spatial and emotive atmosphere for the performance in the PACCAR Pavilion,” which meditates on the, “how we craft and perform our identities in different contexts depending on the types of surveillance we perceive around us.”

More on the context and title from the event page:

At the base of the Gates Amphitheater in the park, you can see Richard Serra’s monumental sculpture Wake. For Serra, space is a substance as tangible as sculpture. He uses materials and scale to alter perception and to engage the body, encouraging consciousness of our relation to space. Wake’s powerful silhouette belies a complex configuration of parts: the whole cannot be known at once, only experienced with physical movement and progressively over time. The towering, curved steel forms of Wake are echoed here in the structure of the pylon. Historically a monumental architectural gateway, pylon can also refer to navigational markers and infrastructural supports.

PYLON is concerned with the complex and muddled relationship between oppressive structures and oppressed individuals, between communal pressure and self-fulfillment, between surveillance and privacy, between unyielding architecture and fragile flesh.

SAM Art Encounters in the Park: PYLON I

When: Saturday, February 20 at 7 PM

Where: PACCAR Pavilion at Olympic Sculpture Park (2901 Western Ave)

All events are free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

T.s. Flock is a writer and arts critic based in Seattle and co-founder of Vanguard Seattle.