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ARTS at King Street Station Hosts Graffiti Exhibition

"Never Quit" by HEX, 2023.

Join us on First Thursday, June 6, to view two new shows at ARTS at King Street Station: COMPLEXITY and a Youth in Focus Showcase.

ARTS at King Street Station is open Wed. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and until 8 p.m. on First Thursdays. Admission is FREE. 303 S. Jackson St., Top Floor, Seattle, WA 98104.


On View June 6 – July 20, 2024

Graffiti painting of older man listening to music on headphones with arms crossed
Boom box, Faust, 2022.

COMPLEXITY is a celebration of graffiti art and culture, presented in all its forms.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) in partnership with The American Graffiti & Urban Art Conservation Project (AMGRAF) and APEX Art & Cultural Center is honored to bring the legendary DogTown Collection to ARTS at King Street Station. Curated by SireOne (ARTS) and Baby-G Carswell (AMGRAF), COMPLEXITY demonstrates what graffiti is and can be, offering local examples of the art style and its history.

The DogTown Collection is an epic collection of masterpieces created by some of the most influential graffiti writers to have painted over the last 50 years. Over 20 pieces from it will be on display along with additional works from local writers contributing pieces from their personal collections, including black-books, magazines (pre-Instagram), jackets, stickers, and more.

With this exhibition, the curators hope to foster a deeper understanding of the complexity of graffiti and aerosol expressionism.

Youth in Focus Showcase

On View June 6 – June 22, 2024

Students learn photography
Photo courtesy of Youth in Focus.

Youth in Focus‘ Creative Career Cohort is a 6-month internship program for BIPOC youth in grades 10-12. Students learn digital photography, graphic design, styling, and editing. 

Ten youth were selected for the 2024 program, following a competitive interview process. Each participant selected their two favorite photographs for display in ARTS at King Street Station. Photography projects centered on the theme of “the change you want to see in the world.”

First Thursday Opening

Thursday, June 6, 2024
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Join us for an activation in the plaza of King Street Station, including four artists painting canvases live from 4 – 6 p.m. while DJ Supreme La Rock spins from 5 – 8 p.m. Remarks in the gallery at 6 p.m. Attendees can form a genuine connection between what they see being painted and the works on display in the gallery. Catering provided by Natoncks Metsu.

What to Expect

COMPLEXITY contains 2D and 3D works featuring graffiti writing, stickers, portraits, and fictional characters engaged in skateboarding, huffing paint, and listening to music.

The Youth in Focus Creative Career Cohort Showcase features photographs depicting human subjects in various daily activities or posing, abstract composition, and local locations.

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