"Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk: A Quantum Leap, Starting From The Top…!!!"

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: "Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk: A Quantum Leap, Starting From The Top…!!!”
Photo Credit: Mark Woods
Lead Artist(s):

Description:

Xenobia Bailey, a Seattle native, created an immersive installation in the Seattle Presents Gallery that used the 180-square foot space as a platform to display African-American joy, innovation and experimentation while creating a nuanced discussion about race with the community. “Paradise Under Reconstruction in the Aesthetic of Funk: A Quantum Leap, Starting From The Top…!!!” is a digital collage rendered on vinyl wrap, covering the entire gallery space. The artwork shows the African-American homemaker as magician while referencing a larger connection to the larger African-American community and Seattle’s history. The stunning installation stopped passersby, drawing them in from the gray Seattle winter landscape into a dazzling color palette to become immersed in Xenobia’s visionary artwork. The Seattle Presents Gallery’s Series, Dialogue in Art: Exhibitions on Racial Injustice, was a yearlong exploration of artists’ interpretations of racial injustice and systemic racism impacting Black and African-American people throughout America.

PROJECT LOCATION

Museum/Gallery
Pop-up
A storefront gallery near the entrance of the Seattle Municipal Tower.
Seattle Presents Gallery
700 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
Seattle Office of Arts & Culture
PROJECT DETAILS

Temporary
8,000
under $50K
Percent-for-Art
Installation
Mural, Plastic
2016
2017