November 5 – January 1, 2016
The pop-up A Gallery on Occidental Park is pleased to present new work by Seattle based artist Miha Sarani, opening to coincide with the First Thursday Art Walk on November 5th, 2015.
This work was inspired by my relocation to the Pacific Northwest. Seattle, more than any other city I have resided in, reminds me of my hometown – Ljubljana, Slovenia. Its interplay of natural and civic elements recalled my childhood memories and the wonderment of the days, when a bottle cap or a clothespin could easily be re-imagined as a fantastical character or an animal.
By observing the cracks on the walls, and in the sidewalks of Seattle closely, my imagination became intrigued by my new environment, and contemplating what is and what once was. These shapes began to speak of what could be, rather than pointing to the absence of matter. Thus the visual structure of the work became informed by cracks found throughout the city.
Walking the city, sensory input assaulted, I began to pay attention to the importance of stimulus selection—sculpting information by being mindful of what mattered. Every facet of information has differing importance when communicating a greater message.
This series tests that idea: how far can an artist go to capture the viewer’s appreciation and what can or should be dismissed? The artworks reflect our daily human interactions, both in-person and on social media platforms.
I intentionally included parts I personally disliked, to allow each viewer to test their own appreciation and perhaps disregard the rest. The works are interchangeable, encouraging the viewer to imagine alternate arrangements and become actively engaged with the artwork.
November 5, 2015, 6pm
117 South Main Street
Monday through Friday 9:00 to 5:00