Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Thinking Caps

by Vaughn Bell

June 18 - August 27, 2010

Gallery Opening: Friday, June 18, 7pm
Artist Talk: Friday, July 16, 7pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 5

"Sitting still is the best way to let Bell's nature-minded artifice wash over you."
-Seattle Times

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Vaughn Bell. Click here to download the interview.

Domesticated Mountainscape: Mountains are our icons of lofty, sublime, and wild nature. We imagine the experience of so called wilderness to be separate, outside domestication. In this installation Vaughn Bell suggests a mountain landscape made for urban conditions. Four mountains, arranged in an orderly manner, each offer sounds of water, ice, or other elements of a mountainous landscape.  Passing through the gallery space and sitting within the interior of a mountain, the grand vista of landscape is brought to human scale, immediate and accessible. At the same time, this fabricated landscape is clearly fragile and ephemeral, made of paper and recorded sounds.

Surrogate Mountain Soundscape: Visitors to Jack Straw are invited to take Mt. Rainier for a walk. A tiny version of the mountain with wheels will be located at the gallery, waiting on leash to be taken out into the city. Walking with the mountain, you can take your view with you. Surrogate Mountain now also comes with its own mountain soundtrack, so that you can be transported to the sonic slopes of the mountain while walking in the city.

Thinking Caps from Vaughn Bell on Vimeo.

Vaughn Bell creates interactive projects and immersive environments that deal with how we relate to our environment. Vaughn has exhibited her work including sculpture, installation, video, performance and public projects internationally. Her work has been seen in diverse venues including Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Exit Art in New York, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and the town of Kamiyama, Japan. Vaughn has been the recipient of 4Culture grants for artist projects, Site-Specific Performance Network Grant, the Nancy Graves Fellowship to the Millay Colony for the Arts and the Artist in Research Grant at the Berwick Research Institute. Her work has been featured in Artnews, Afterimage, and Arcade Journal, among others. She received her MFA from the Studio for Inter-related Media at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA.

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts and The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, PONCHO, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

Additional support for This Old Piano comes from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Allied Arts Foundation.

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 learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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