Portfolio of Possibilities in collaboration with Amie McNeel, Mark Zirpel, & Sam Stubblefield
In spring and summer of 2016, Amie McNeel, Mark Zirpel, Sam Stubblefield along with Joshua Borsman, transformed MadArt Studio into a laboratory. Here, they experimented with different materials and investigated the dynamic relationship between oceanic and celestial themes. The studio became a multisensory and multidisciplinary exploration of buoyancy, gravity, kinetics, vibration, repetition, and scale.
McNeel and Zirpel are contemporary, multi-media sculptors who combine traditional processes with new technologies. They have taught together for eight years in the 3D4M: ceramics + glass + sculpture Program at the University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design. While each has their own artistic practice, this was their first time collaborating as artists. Their work was also augmented by artist Sam Stubblefield and Joshua Borsman, who used movement sensors and live data to create a conversation between the objects, viewers, and the world around them.
From April 1st through August 27th, visitors could witness several iterations of this large, progressive artwork unfold at MadArt Studio. The artists viewed this as an opportunity for shared growth, scholarship, and productivity for the public and collaborators alike.
The final version of the exhibition opened July 24th and coincided with the second annual Seattle Art Fair, August 4th-7th. MadArt was pleased to return as a community partner with the art fair that year.