Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Meditations on Water
A Sound Installation by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell
Additional audio works by Janet Norman Knox, Susie Kozawa, and Linda Shaw

April 14 - June 2, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 7pm

Artist panel discussion: Friday, April 28, 7pm
with Vaughn Bell, Janet Knox, and Susie Kozawa

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Open during evening events at Jack Straw

Meditations on Water is composed of works by artists inspired by the waters surrounding Seattle, as they partnered with City Meditation Crew to slow down and notice their environs one moment at a time. City Meditation Crew is a fictitious city department and performance art group who works throughout the US.

Meditations on Water includes an archive of photographs, sound works and objects. We see and hear City Meditation Crew paddling meditatively along the Duwamish River, a recovering Superfund site where wildlife, industry, and commerce intersect with diverse human communities. In addition, we listen to Janet Norman Knox's poetry about the disappearing viaduct/I99; a sound composition by Susie Kozawa as she plays Pier 56 and found objects such as seaweed as instruments; and a narrative by Linda Shaw that embodies her attentive travel and passage on the Seattle ferry.

Meditations on Water features hand made "river rocks" by lead guest artist Vaughn Bell and the passers-by she engaged along the Duwamish River and its head waters in summer 2016. Bell will also host a series of rock making events at Jack Straw over the course of the exhibition.




Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, media sponsor KUOW, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs. This exhibition funded in part by a CityArtist grant from the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture.


Recent exhibitions

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russian

AUTONOMIC (July 8 - August 26, 2016) by Paul Kikuchi

Obiectum Resonare (April 8 - June 17, 2016) by James Borchers

luminous soundscape (January 14 - March 11, 2016) by Andy Behrle

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts (September 11 - November 30, 2015)

UGLY ME (July 10 - August 31, 2015) by Gabriela Denise Frank

Those Who Observe the Wind . . .. (May 21 - July 1, 2015) by Joel Ong

WISHING. YOU. A. WISH. MOMENT. (April 3 - May 8, 2015) by Carolyn Law

Six Sounds (February 13 - 27, 2015) by Cornish College of the Arts students

Lean-out, Lean-to (November 14, 2014 - February 6, 2015) by Zack Bent


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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