New artwork is gracing windows in downtown Tacoma.
Spaceworks Tacoma will have five new art installations on display through March 17. The exhibits occupy otherwise empty spaces in the downtown core, on the corner of 11th and Broadway, including the old Woolworth storefront and the adjacent Tollbooth Gallery. The exhibits are on display 24/7, occupying otherwise empty spaces. This is the 17th round of Spaceworks installed spaces.
The five artists included in the new exhibits are Jeffrey Curtis, Elizabeth Gahan, Neon Dion Thomas, Brad Dinsmore, and Alexander Keyes.
The large window on the corner features canvas paintings and a haiku by Dinsmore. The paintings are layered with imagery of doves and ravens, wrapping around the wall and reaching from floor to ceiling.
In the next window is an installation by Thomas that was inspired by a shirt he created “to unite Tacoma.”
“The concept is for everyone in the city so whether you were born, raised, or just moved here, it is important to claim Tacoma as your own,” Thomas said, in a news release.
A pair of windows on Broadway include Cohesive Fragments, a large sculpture by Gahan.
“Within each piece, ads are fractured or replaced entirely with colored vinyl, paper and spray paint, obscuring the commercial content and allowing the beauty of color and graphic design to blossom in a seemingly organic way,” Gahan said, in a news release.
Facing Commerce Street is Alexander Keyes’ rocket ship sculptures made from scrap wood, cardboard, and other items from his studio.
The Tollbooth Gallery will feature contemporary dance films curated by Curtis. The exhibit, called Sidewalk Dance Films, will take dance films and video “out of the cinema and puts dance amid the movement of the city,” said Curtis.
The exhibits went on display during First Night, Dec. 31, 2015.
Spaceworks launched in 2010 as a joint initiative between the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Tacoma. The mission of Spaceworks is to match artists with vacant spaces in Tacoma.
photos by Kris Crews