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2003 Exhibitions:

Out of Site: Fictional Architectural Spaces

Stroum Gallery

November 9, 2002February 2, 2003

Encouraged to step into sculptural habitats and surround themselves with color and line in fantastical immersive construction “Out of Site” viewers could explore imaginary polystyrene cityscapes, abstracted junk-heap metropolises and two dimensional cyberspace cities. "Out of Site " revealed how Ricci Albenda, Nina Bovasso, Victoria Haven, Stephen Hendee, Julie Mehretu, Matthew Northridge, Adam Ross, Shirley Tse, and nine other young, cutting-edge artists responded, without restrictions on imagination, to developments in digital technology, virtual reality, urban and suburban growth and global expansion.

The artists in “Out of Site” reorganized and re-articulated space using a wide range of media to produce the exhibition’s fictional architectural spaces. These spaces were informed by the history of utopian proposals, science fiction, and major shifts in architectural discourse and building in recent years.
While acknowledging the impact of virtual reality, many of the artists in “Out of Site” purposely chose not to create the ultra-virtual. Instead they selected simple, low-tech, commonplace materials, such as dry wall, tape, vellum, Styrofoam, and foam core, on which to transplant, engage, and probe the very notions of virtual reality.

Rhonda Lane Howard, Associate Curator
Supported by Altoids, the Curiously Strong Mint, the Toby Devan Lewis Fund for Emerging Artists at the New Museum and Scott J. Lorinsky. The Henry’s installation is made possible through the generosity of The Allen Foundation; Grand Hyatt Seattle; Seattle Weekly; KEXP 90.3 FM; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; Donnally Architects; Hoshide Williams Architects; KrekowJennings, Inc; LMN Architects; PlayNetwork, Inc; Stuart Silk Architects; and the Henry Art Gallery’s Kayla Skinner Fund and Contemporary Art Fund. The Henry-commissioned work by Victoria Haven is supported by a Special Projects Program award from the King County Arts Commission Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.
Organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art
Featured artists: Ricci Albenda, Nina Bovasso, Victoria Haven, Stephen Hendee, Julie Mehretu, Matthew Northridge, Adam Ross, Shirley Tse