Seattle might be snowed in, but Storefronts never closes! If you haven’t had a chance to see Evan Blackwell’s new work in the basement of the Tashiro Kaplan building, get down there soon, it’s fantastic! As always, installations are on view 24/7, rain, shine, or storm.
Blackwell’s installation, BOOM, feels like expansion. Maybe it’s the way he moves the installation back behind the windows, into the air space of the room, fanning hundreds of screen prints onto the floor. Or maybe it’s the scaled-down cranes hanging at odd angles from the ceiling, swaying in a slight breeze. Whatever it is, Blackwell’s installation evokes that mechanical feeling of growth that accompanies industrial building and rebuilding – growth without animation.
According to Blackwell, the installation focuses on the presence of tower cranes in an urban environment, exploring the crane as a symbol for urban development and the commercial real-estate market. Blackwell uses this common staple of urbanity to draw attention to the recent changes in zoning and the difficulty of preserving the character of historic spaces, specifically in the International District and Pioneer Square.
Blackwell’s interest in cranes, construction materials, and the restructuring of urban space peaked when he witnessed massive urban development during a residency in Shanghai, China in 2009. His work examines the relationship between the built environment and the natural environment by highlighting the cycles of growth and deterioration associated with urban decay and renewal.
106 3rd Ave S.
thru March 31, 2012
This installation is proudly supported by Storefronts Seattle and 4Culture.