VIGNETTES + GRAMMA PRESENT ‘A LONE’

A CITY-WIDE EXHIBITION OF EMPATHETIC VOICES AND WORD-BASED CREATIONS

“LONELINESS IS PERSONAL, AND IT IS ALSO POLITICAL. LONELINESS IS COLLECTIVE; IT IS A CITY. AS TO HOW TO INHABIT IT, THERE ARE NO RULES AND NOR IS THERE ANY NEED TO FEEL SHAME, ONLY TO REMEMBER THAT THE PURSUIT OF INDIVIDUAL HAPPINESS DOES NOT TRUMP OR EXCUSE OUR OBLIGATIONS TO EACH OTHER. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER, THIS ACCUMULATION OF SCARS, THIS WORLD OF OBJECTS, THIS PHYSICAL AND TEMPORARY HEAVEN THAT SO OFTEN TAKES ON THE COUNTENANCE OF HELL. WHAT MATTERS IS KINDNESS; WHAT MATTERS IS SOLIDARITY. WHAT MATTERS IS STAYING ALERT, STAYING OPEN, BECAUSE IF WE KNOW ANYTHING FROM WHAT HAS GONE BEFORE US, IT IS THAT THE TIME FOR FEELING WILL NOT LAST.”
– OLIVIA LAING, THE LONELY CITY: ADVENTURES IN THE ART OF BEING ALONE

 

‘A LONE’ IS A SERIES OF PUBLIC INSTALLATIONS OF AUDIO AND VISUAL WORKS EXPERIENCED THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF SEATTLE DURING THE MONTH OF MAY 2018.

WORKS BY THE FOLLOWING LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS WILL BE EXHIBITED:

ALEXANDRA BELL (NY)
LAURA SULLIVAN CASSIDY (SEA)
YRSA DALEY – WARD (UK)
LEENA JOSHI (SEA)
TOMMY PICO (NY)
ALYSON PROVAX (PDX)
MARTINE SYMS (LA)

GRAMMA AND VIGNETTES FIRST CAME TOGETHER OVER A MUTUAL RESPECT FOR EACH OTHER’S PRACTICES, A SHARED LOVE OF ART AND POETRY AND A BELIEF THAT WHILE THOSE MEDIUMS ARE OFTEN DEFINED AS SEPARATE, THEY SHARE AN INTERSECTION OF EMPATHY.

OVER MONTHS OF CONVERSATIONS, THE VIGNETTES AND GRAMMA TEAMS DREAMED UP AN IDEA WHERE ARTISTS WHO THINK LIKE POETS AND POETS WHO THINK LIKE ARTISTS FIND A HOME TOGETHER IN THE OPEN CITY. WE SOUGHT ARTISTS WITHIN AND OUTSIDE OF SEATTLE, AND THROUGH FUNDING AND SUPPORT BY THE BILL AND RUTH TRUE FOUNDATION, WE BROADENED OUR SCOPE. WE ENVISIONED WORKS SKY-HIGH ON GIANT BILLBOARDS, PROJECTING THEIR MESSAGE TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. WE PURSUED STRUCTURES WITHIN THE CITY THAT NORMALLY SERVE AS ADVERTISEMENT SPACES, AND OUR ARTISTS CONSIDERED WHAT MESSAGE THEY WISHED TO BROADCAST. THIS MONTH-LONG EXHIBITION OF WORDS AND IMAGE, SOUND AND SILENCE, NEARNESS AND DISTANCE IS MEANT TO CONFIRM THAT YES, YOU ARE ALONE BUT WE ALL ARE. WE ARE IN THIS LONELY CITY TOGETHER.

 

IMAGE: ALYSON PROVAX, UNTITLED, GIF, 2017



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