Forward, 2017–2010


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An Evolving Exhibition

2017–2020

Forward is an exhibition series where artists transform works they've received from others, exhibit the work briefly, then hand it off to someone new.

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Forward is in motion. The work presented in each exhibition is impermanent, made to be passed on to a new artist. While in their possession, they are charged with transforming it. They may alter, activate, destroy, refine or redefine the piece in any way, so long as they retain some physical, aesthetic or abstract connection to what they’ve received.

Each year, all revised works will be exhibited together again.

Forward is a continuation of Turn, which connected twelve artists in transformation, taking turns exhibiting a single, changing object every month for a year. As it evolved, they were asked to think of every iteration as a single piece, to consider when it was theirs—and if ever it was not. Forward reiterates this ethos in its aims to expand community, promote awareness of the present, and encourage the ceding of ego within our processes.

Project Director Shaun Kardinal has been engaged in Seattle’s art community since 2006, and in that time has accrued experience in many of its avenues—exhibition and curation, development and design, creation and collection. His alternative exhibition formats connect artists in collaboration, bridging creative gaps lost in the usual work-for-sale exhibition cycle.

Part 1

Origin Stories

July 2017 at The Factory

Project director Shaun Kardinal and twelve writers presented a physical transformation of words, where geometric forms reshaped vibrant landscape postcards, each containing letters, hand-written with intention.

Part 2

Dislocation

September 2018 at LoveCityLove

What change can a year bring? Part 2 revealed first revisions: fifteen creations made of and by the original postcard sculptures exhibited in 2017.

The Artists

Invited by former Turn collaborators, each took a piece from Part 1.

  • Ellen Ziegler

    with cards by

    Tara Atkinson

    invited by

    Jeffry Mitchell

  • Tyna Ontko

    with cards by

    Leena Joshi

    invited by

    Joe Rudko

  • S. Surface

    with cards by

    Kim Selling

    invited by

    Emily Pothast

  • Benjamin Wills

    with cards by

    Kat Humphrey

    invited by

    Kimberly Trowbridge

  • Hanita Schwartz

    with cards by

    Sara Long

    invited by

    Klara Glosova

  • Jazz Brown

    with cards by

    Kamari Bright

    invited by

    Shaun Kardinal

  • Kat Larson

    with cards by

    Chelsea Werner-Jatzke

    invited by

    M A B

  • Alex Boeschenstein

    with cards by

    Anastacia Renee’

    invited by

    Julia Freeman

  • Sharon Arnold

    with cards by

    Amanda Manitach

    invited by

    Sean M. Johnson

  • Amy Huddleston

    with cards by

    Meghan McClain

    invited by

    Robert Hardgrave

  • Anthony White

    with cards by

    Tessa Hulls

    invited by

    Shaun Kardinal

  • Travis Ritter

    with cards by

    Colleen Louise Barry

    invited by

    Shaun Kardinal

  • Monyee Chau

    with cards by

    Amanda Manitach

    invited by

    Sharon Arnold

  • Alex Britt

    with cards by

    Amanda Manitach

    invited by

    Sharon Arnold

  • Iain Mangum

    with cards by

    Amanda Manitach

    invited by

    Sharon Arnold

The Work

After a year of alteration, activation, destruction, and redefinition...

  • Alex Boeschenstein

  • Alex Britt

  • Amy Huddleston

  • Anthony White

  • Benjamin Wills

  • Ellen Ziegler

  • Hanita Schwartz

  • Iain Mangum

  • Jazz Brown

  • Kat Larson

  • Monyee Chau

  • Sharon Arnold

  • S. Surface

  • Travis Ritter

  • Tyna Ontko

Part 3

Means

August 2019 at Glass Box Gallery

Opening August 3 6–10 pm

Additional Hours: Thu–Sat, 12–5 pm through August 17

The Artists

Currently carrying Forward

Part 4

Summer 2020

Details TBA