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Monday, November 24, 2014

LEST WE FORGET OUR PLEXUS

A
 plethora of third Thursdays had passed before I finally checked out the indoor artwalk at the Seattle Design Center. There must be like six art galleries under one roof to enjoy housing all types of art from abstract to figurative.  I specifically fought southbound traffic to see La Sala's Plex-us Exhibit at the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA).  La Sala latino/latina artist's network.


Plexus is Latin for network or connection.
I saw the exhibit before I had stepped foot inside of CoCA through the glass windows.  I remember feeling an immediate sense of play and wonder when I saw the sculptures of steel and fishing nets.  It reminded me of a playground or soccer field featuring only the goalie nets.  

Visual artist Michelle de la Vega shared that the nets represented a network and connection of the South Park neighborhood in Seattle and the Duwamish River Valley.  The nets actual fishing nets used to gather fish in the community.  Michelle hosed them down so those in attendance were spared the fish smell (much appreciated).  On the topic of the Duwamish River and connection, Michelle talked about how "connection gives life."  That made me think about how:

Disconnection from the Source can mean death.  

Composer Jovino Santos orchestrated a sound installation of things one might hear in the South Park neighborhood.  Sounds of children, conversations, planes, water, and the different languages spoken in the community.

The collages of photos and printed snippets from blog posts from fishermen on the daily catch and conditions were arranged like paper sculptures mounted to the wall.  I am so sorry I didn't take photos.  I keep forgetting my camera and there is virtually no space on my phone.  You will just have to see it for yourself.

Chief Sealth High School students (about 115 of them) wrote and shared their writings with us about their own sense of place in their environment both inside and outside of the classroom.  I was really touched by the zines the students made containing some of their writings they did in their art workshops for this exhibit.  I was sure to have my zine autographed by its maker, Consuela.




Plex-us is a lovely combination of the visible and invisible connection we encounter in our environments.  Social networks and the internet are great but that face to face connection is what feeds our souls.  To see the exhibit for yourself visit CoCA at the Seattle Design Center on 6th and Fidalgo in Georgetown. 

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