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ARTS at King Street Station: April Exhibitions

Silkpunk Grasshopper Leg Transport by June Sekiguchi. Photo by Mark Woods.

Join us on First Thursday, April 4, to view THREE shows at ARTS at King Street Station! Celebrate the openings of Manifestations by June Sekiguchi and Journey to Serenity by Nahom Ghirmay, showing alongside DREAM TEMPLE (for Octavia). All exhibits run through May 23.

ARTS at King Street Station is located at 303 S. Jackson St., Top Floor, Seattle, WA 98104.

Gallery hours are Wed. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; First Thursday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Manifestations by June Sekiguchi

Exhibition runs April 4 – May 23, 2024

Large sculpture of building blocks making a large arch. Manifestations by June Sekiguchi.

June Sekiguchi‘s work addresses cultural identity, cross cultural exchange, and personal narratives through an interplay of surface pattern and structural form. 

She makes pattern-based sculptures, large scale immersive installations, and public art. Her process starts with researching the culture, history, and environment of a site or project. She then takes that source material and processes, deconstructs, and re-structures forms, focusing on metaphorical rather than literal interpretations of the references she uncovers.

Journey to Serenity by Nahom Ghirmay

Exhibition runs April 4 – May 23, 2024

Two paintings stacked. Top painting of a Black woman holding a basket of flowers on her head. Bottom painting of a Black person pulling a cart of red flowers. Journey to serenity by Nahom Ghirmay.

Nahom Ghirmay, a visual artist based in Seattle, found his way there in 2010 after an extensive immigration journey from Eritrea through Sudan and South America. These diverse experiences have deeply influenced Nahom’s artistic perspective, reshaping his concept of ‘home’.

His work explores the complexities of identity and emotional experiences through a range of mediums. Central to his artistic vision is a desire to capture our shared humanity, inspired by the stories and sentiments of those around him.  

Nahom shares that “this series is a visual expression of the physical and spiritual journey to find peace amidst the chaos. As an immigrant, I spent lots of time wondering and searching for a sense of home. Ultimately, I came to realize home wasn’t a physical place, but the journey.”

DREAM TEMPLE (for Octavia) by Mia Imani & Mayola Tikaka

Exhibition runs March 7 – May 23, 2024

Collage of many people sleeping in a crowd in front of a mountain scape. Dream Temple for Octavia by Mia Imani Harrison and Mayola Tikaka.

Who can afford to dream? Given the systemic racism and racial trauma that Black people often face in society, DREAM TEMPLE (for Octavia) aims to counteract the exhaustion and stress that is carried intergenerationally while also creating a portal of healing and imagining.

Artists Mia Imani Harrison and Mayola Tikaka use the writings of Octavia Butler, who prophesied 2024 as the year society in the United States grows unstable, to create a gathering space for Black folx to be heard and to hear each other. As Seattle is morphing into a new version of itself, how might we also visualize a future where rest instead of productivity is central?