press release for Di-visions at The Richard Hugo House
June 2003

The second show in an ongoing series of exhibits contemplates Di-visions

For immediate release Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Contacts: Pate Gonzalez (206) 322-7030
               Cliff Meyer (206) 322-7030

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SEATTLE Di-visions a showing of works by Alexander Makenzie and Carolyn Zick inspired by short stories will be the second show in the ongoing series of exhibitions at the Richard Hugo House. The exhibit will run June 6-July 30th at Hugo House, 1634 11th Ave., between Pine and Olive streets on Capitol Hill.

An opening reception for the artists will be held on Friday evening June 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Regular exhibition hours will be 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

The two artists in Di-visions make work that is derived from short stories they have written. The short stories serve as inspiration and as an impetus to bringing the images to life but stand on their own as meaningful works.

Mackenzie derives his images from an ongoing story of the relationship between a seamstress and drycleaner clerk. He does not present the text with the images, but rather uses the story as a reference to his cast and characters. The images are painted in black on green illuminated nightlights. The lack of color contradicts the seemingly colorful and playful story while playing up the tension and anxiety that exists in the characters lives and relationships. The work is reminiscent of folklore or fairytales.

Zick's Mitrals came out of a short story she wrote about the anxiety of a heart condition. Her abstract images have a figurative quality that reflects the exterior body by using the interior spaces of the heart. A valve of the heart is reminiscent of a torso in an uncomfortable and stiff position revealing the anxiety and tension Zick feels while living with a heart condition. Another image of a heart pulsates in the red and green palette while a face in excruciating pain can be made out.

Alexander Makenzie resides in San Francisco and is currently attending the San Francisco Art Institute as an MFA candidate.

Carolyn Zick has recently returned to Seattle from New York where she received her MFA from the State University at Albany in New York. Her work has been exhibited nationally in many group shows, including a solo show at the University of Washington.

Di-visions is the second in an ongoing schedule of curated art exhibits at Hugo House, the nonprofit literary arts center founded in 1997. The exhibits will change every two months and include openings on the first Friday. The shows will be tied to Hugo House's mission in that they will all explore themes in writing.

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