Seattle Art Fair 2016 Announces Its Special Events and Installations

T.s. Flock
Posted on June 07, 2016, 5:30 pm
6 mins

Seattle Art Fair returns for its second year, August 4-7, 2016, and in addition to its 80 participating exhibitors, it will be featuring a number of talks, events and special projects organized by Artistic Director Laura Fried. The list of these on-site and off-site events, installations, sculptures and performances has just been released.

Roxy Paine's "experiment." Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Roxy Paine’s “experiment.” Image courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.

Fried states, “This year’s Projects and Talks spotlight the incredible artist production that is emerging from the West Coast and beyond,” and the recently released list indeed offers an impressive array of work from established and emerging artists. On-site projects include: a room-sized “Cluster” of motion-activated cymbals by Dawn Kasper; a large diorama by Roxy Paine titled “experiment” (showing a CIA observation room); selections of new works from Jeffry Mitchell and career works from Claire Falkenstein; and a look at historic early adopters of technology in art, including early video art, presented through L.A.-based exhibition platform Public Fiction.

SAF also presents site-specific events in Pioneer Square and the International District, including: a “tourist experience” in Martian English, conceived by Glenn Kaino and led by Timothy “Speed” Levitch (who will be leading “uncanny” tours within SAF, as well); a sound work and performance staged by Brendan Fowler in the Good Arts Building; and two dance performances, choreographed by Bebe Miller + Darrell Jones and Flora Wiegmann in Union Station.

Each of the five scheduled talks this year are presented as dialogs between two guests, and its an eclectic and entertaining roster. Artist and musician Kim Gordon (of Sonic Youth fame) sits with art professor and historian Branden Joseph (Columbia University) to discuss art, music and language. Portlandia actors Kyle MacLachlan and Carrie Brownstein will discuss cultural investment and place-making in the Pacific Northwest. Henry Art Gallery Associate Curator, Emily Zimmerman and Public Fiction founder Lauren Mackler will go meta, as they look at talk show format employed by artists on early public access television and in contemporary practices…arranging their hour of conversation like a talk show, with archival footage and “a few special guests, live and on air.”

Check out the full list of talks and installations on the Seattle Art Fair website. For visitors with an appetite for more than art, the Seattle Art fair has named Ethan Stowell its Official Chef Partner. Stowell will be designing the Preview Event’s menu and making daily appearances in the VIP lounge, designed by Olson Kundig and sponsored by Windermere.

Opening night preview tickets and full passes are each $50. For those who want to attend the beneficiary opening event (at 5:30 pm, Thursday, August 4), which precedes the opening night party and supports Seattle Art Museum, those tickets go on sale on June 11. Get tickets online.

See the full list of projects and talks below.

Seattle Art Fair On-site Projects 2016

  • Adam McEwen, Blue Gene 1 and Blue Gene 2, 2016
  • Brenna Murphy, SequenceSource_Array, 2016
  • Selection of historic works by Claire Falkenstein
  • Dawn Kasper, Cluster (WC2), 2016
  • Glenn Kaino, Aspiration, 2016
  • Selection of new works by Jeffry Mitchell
  • Kishio Suga, Correspondence, 2006
  • Public Fiction, a.public.fiction.announcement. (PFA): A Witness and A Weapon., 2016
  • Roxy Paine, experiment, 2016
  • A kid friendly space in collaboration with teamLab. Read more here.
Dawn Kasper's "Cluster" Courtesy of the artist and David Lewis Gallery, New York and Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles

Dawn Kasper’s “Cluster.” Image courtesy of the artist, David Lewis Gallery and Redling Fine Art.

Seattle Art Fair Off-site Events 2016

  • Brendan Fowler, Seattle, 2016 | Good Arts Building  (110 Cherry St, Seattle, WA 98104)
  • Flora Wiegmann, Halo of Consciousness, 2016 | Union Station (401 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104)
  • Glenn Kaino, Aspiration, 2016 | CenturyLink Field Event Center & surrounding neighborhoods
  • Wynne Greenwood, In Loving Memory, 2016 | Occidental Square (117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104)
  • Bebe Miller + Darrell Jones, 2016 | Union Station (401 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104) luciana achugar, The Pleasure Project, 2016 | Occidental Square (117 S Washington St, Seattle, WA 98104)
Flora Wiegmann, Allay Alight (with undertow), performance at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and C. Nichols Project, Los Angeles.

Flora Wiegmann, Allay Alight (with undertow), performance at 356 Mission, Los Angeles, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and C. Nichols Project, Los Angeles.

Seattle Art Fair Guest Talks 2016

  • Friday, August 5 at 12:00pm, Sharon Johnston + Rita McBride
  • Friday, August 5 at 3:00pm, Lauren Mackler + Emily Zimmerman
  • Saturday, August 6 at 2:00pm, Kim Gordon + Branden Joseph
  • Saturday, August 6 at 4:00pm, Kyle MacLachlen + Carrie Brownstein
  • Sunday, August 7 at 3:00pm, Anne Ellegood + Brian Jungen

iPhone and iPad users will be able to use the Artsy app to find exhibitor booths and information about the works on display, inquire on works for sale, save favorite artworks and follow galleries and artists for future updates. You can also join the online conversation on InstagramTwitter and Facebook by following @SeattleArtFair and using the hashtag #SeattleArtFair when posting.


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