March 3

Bursting at the Seams

Check out Aperture, MadArt Seattle’s latest exhibition.

MadArt Studio (325 Westlake Ave. N., Ste 101), a cornerstone for art in South Lake Union, is known for its intriguing, large-scale exhibitions that invite public audiences into its artists’ process. The space is hosting a new exhibition, Aperture, through March 28.

The artist, Ian McMahon, is known for confronting and transforming conventional and unconventional spaces, and his Aperture at MadArt Studio is an eye-popping example of this.

McMahon’s work challenges physical spaces with the use of architectural materials. According to MadArt, “visitors encounter a series of 15-foot-tall, billowing, white forms that traverse the length of the studio. These pillow-like structures—comprised of over 5,000 pounds of cast plaster sprayed into inflatable plastic molds—are contained by large, wooden corrals and the architecture of the studio itself. Aperture utilizes the studio’s central mezzanine to create an interior viewing corridor accessible from the north end of the space.”

McMahon will be at MadArt Seattle on March 28, from 1­–2pm, to give a talk about his inspiration and process behind the installation. The event is free and open to the public.

MadArt Seattle is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday from noon to 5pm. Be sure to check out Aperture before it departs on March 28, and keep up-to-date on news and future exhibitions by subscribing to MadArt Seattle’s newsletter.

Story by Ethan Chung and photography by James Harnois.

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