Somewhere Out There
A new work by Ryan Everson at the Publix Hotel
504 5th Avenue South through summer 2013
Ryan Everson is a Boulder, Colorado artist showing in Seattle for the first time through the Storefronts program. His work responds directly to the context of the site, and was developed after site visits to the old Publix Hotel and to South Lake Union, where we hope to install the piece later in the year.
The work consists of two large freestanding marquee signs, announcing the phrase “Somewhere Out There.” The letters (in Jersey font, in case you were curious) are cut from solid wood and inset with several hundred light bulbs.
“I chose the phrase ‘Somewhere Out There,’” says Everson, “because of Seattle’s history, and the Publix Hotel’s history, of harboring seafarers. Thinking of a life at sea and the boat being a sort of untethered, moveable island lead me to think of uncertainty of place.”