Seattle artists Elizabeth Gahan, Joseph Park and Claude Zervas will create temporary artworks for downtown’s Westlake Park this summer. The projects will take place mid-July to September.
Gahan creates work that represents the intersection of constructed and natural beauty. By investigating architecture, advertising, technology and consumerism she visually responds to the built environment. She uses corrugated plastic, colorful vinyl and found materials to create elaborate, crystalline growths. She has created projects for the South Park Community Center, Storefronts Seattle, and the University of Washington in Seattle and has artwork in the collection of the city of Claremont, Calif.
Park is a painter who applies his sculptural background to create mechanisms and technologies that, in turn, influence his painting practice. Following this process he has created a painting methodology called Prizmis, painting that fractures subject and ground in the manner of a prism. He has exhibited at the Gwanju Biennale in Gwanju, South Korea; had solo shows at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore. and The Frye Art Museum in Seattle; and is collected widely in both public and private collections.
Zervas is a sculptor and multi-disciplinary artist represented in Seattle by the James Harris Gallery. Zervas has exhibited widely in the U.S. and Canada, and his work is in many public and private collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the city of Seattle and others.
The artists were selected by a panel of artists, arts professionals and Seattle Parks and Recreation (Parks) staff. The artwork is commissioned with Parks 1% for Art funds.
IMAGES: Top: Elizabeth Gahan; Metamorphosis; 2012; corrugated plastic, vinyl and found materials; 192” x 168” x 48”; located at the University of Washington; photo by the artist. Middle: Joseph Park, still life 2, 2007, oil on panel, 24″ x 36″, in the collection of Herb and Lucy Pruzan, photo by Art and Soul. Bottom: Claude Zervas,Log and Beam, 2009, wood and paper, 47” x 40” x 60”, located at Ambach & Rice, Seattle, Wash., photo by the artist.
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