The 2014 ARTSparks season has come to an end and we are already looking forward to another great year of installations, performances and creative surprises next summer. Revisit your favorite 2014 projects below and stay tuned for the 2015 lineup in the spring.
Enjoy local indie favorites, dream-pop duo Lemolo. The band's debut full length album, The Kaleidoscope, was self-released in 2012 and has been recognized on KEXP's "Top Listener Voted Albums of 2012" list, was a number one best seller at Sonic Boom Records and was also voted as the "Best New Music" of 2013 by City Arts Magazine. Drawing inspiration from Seattle's storied history, the Mill Street Sessions are a recording project sponsored by Projectline designed to support the local arts community.
Classical KING-FM 98.1 presents the Parnassus Project and other local young talents presenting informal chamber music concert twice a month all summer long. The Parnassus Project features emerging local professionals playing music they love and providing audiences with a fresh take on the classical concert experience.
7/22- Trio Pardalote
8/12 - Parnassus Project featuring KING FM's 2014 Young Artist Awards Winner Denna Good-Mojab (vocal singer)
8/26 - Trio Pardalote featuring KING FM's 2014 Young Artist Awards Winner Alena Hove (violinlist)
9/9 - Parnassus Project
9/23 - Parnassus Project
The Portland Cello Project built their reputation on mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go. Expect to see cellos in places you wouldn't normally see them, playing music you wouldn't normally hear played on the instrument.
The Maldives are described as having a transcendent live show by indie radio touchstone KEXP. With years of experience playing together at every kind of gig imaginable, including SXSW, CMJ, Capitol Hill Block Party, Sasquatch and Bumbershoot, you know this experience in Occidental Park is going to be a good one.
"JUST BE YOUR SELFIE" is a monumental neon status update rendered in cursive. Designed to initiate personal and shared web-based experiences, this social sculpture is an iconic contemporary work of real-time internet art embedded into an urban environment.
The "No 'I' in Self" public art installation was conceived as a means to explore and challenge the cultural phenomena of digitally sharing 'selfies' and 'hashtags' and to break through the impersonal umbrella of social media and have a real connection with the wide-open raw space that is Occidental Park. Colorful and durable acrylic mirrored cubes, each framed with text and graphics designed to resemble and lampoon a typical Twitter page, were suspended around 30 trees throughout the park. The intended four month installation was violently vandalized and mostly destroyed just one day after its unveiling in June. The same broken and vandalized materials have now made their way back into the park as an artistic demonstration of resilience and retaliation.
Sam Trout presents, "Growth Spots", a series of styrofoam sculptures that represent areas of change within ourselves such as communication, integrity and love. These abstract sculptures will be hung high in the park just out of reach yet something to strive for.
Read a blog post by Sam Trout.
"Living Art in Everyday Life" will employ several local Indian rangoli artists to create intermittent athapoovidal flower mandalas made from local flowers, plants and organic materials.
Employing interactive methods such as survey-poems, live graphs, song and dance to create performances and installations, the Vis-à-Vis Society tenderly takes the poetic pulse of every audience it meets. The Vis-à-Vis Society was founded by collaborating poet-scientists Drs. Ink and Owning (a.k.a. Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler).