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Tacoma Sit-In (it’s group art)

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Sep. 2, 2009 at 12:30 pm with No Comments »
September 3, 2009 1:34 pm

 

Joe Penrod, "Chair Shadow." Photo courtesy Lance Kagey.
Joe Penrod, "Chair Shadow." Photo courtesy Lance Kagey.

 

 

Finally, a flash-mob art event in Tacoma! They’ve been happening in Seattle for awhile now, mostly courtesy of Greg Lundgren and team, but ours is going to be much, much better. (Isn’t it?!)

So what’s happening? Art chairs. Lance Kagey, half of letterpress guerrillas Beautiful Angle, is organizing an art sit-in at 4 p.m. next Thursday (Sept. 10) on Tollefson Plaza downtown. Bring a chair (any kind) and some blue painters’ tape, and work with artist Joe Penrod to create a plaza full of blue chair shadows (see above pic.) The first 50 people to show up with said supplies will get a free Beautiful Angle poster: this month’s, featuring poet William Kupinse and up-and-coming silkscreen artist Tyler Kalberg.

Says Kagey: “It’s surreal and beautiful to see the shadows angle off from their physical form.” 

Indeed. But that’s not all, folks. For the rest of the project, Kagey’s inviting all of us to create guerrilla chair art and leave it in conspicuous places on the streets, ideally downtown. Some suggestions from Kagey: “I can imagine someone getting an old chair from the Goodwill and creating something fantastical. Maybe they will leave it at a bus stop that has no seating, or in front of Union Station next to the New Beginnings sculpture (that guy could use a seat, he’s been standing there for a long time). Maybe some SOTA student will make a chair stencil and spray paint their icon on a pre-approved, city-sanctioned surface. Or maybe some shop owner could just line up a bunch of interesting chairs in their shop window all painted bright blue.”

Sounds like this idea has a lot of possibilities. But why chairs?

“The chair is such a great symbol for our city – both functional and invitational,” says Kagey. “It’s just asking you to settle in and be part of the community.”

More info? Email lkagey@russell.com. And look out for chairs.

 

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