Sixteen and One
October 30 to December 19
ARTIST TALK: TDB
Friday and Saturday
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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Sixteen and One uses sixteen large wood-frame models of METHOD itself to almost entirely fill the space of the gallery. All of these individual structures are joined into a highly uniform but off-kilter mass that allows visitors to make sense of its dozens of spaces, and thousands of pieces, from many vantage points. As it fills METHOD’s one-hundred-year-old space with freshly cut wood and the smell of new construction, the public is invited to experience and compare these two versions of the gallery from as many angles and in as many ways as there are visitors. Sixteen and One is made entirely from Douglas Fir, nails, and the METHOD Gallery.
“The moment that a building is finished being built it changes from an incredibly intricate arrangement of materials and spaces to a place where countless people will assign countless meanings for as long as the structure exists. Architecture in these two states, side by side, is especially familiar to all of us in the Seattle region where there are pockets of new construction nearly everywhere that we go. My upcoming installation at METHOD will give people the opportunity to experience these two conditions of architecture in the same space, and in a far more intimate way than is usually possible.” -Chris Oliver
Chris Oliver is a sculptor who recently relocated to Seattle from Ithaca, New York. He received his BA/Sculpture from Marlboro College and his MFA/Sculpture from SUNY Albany. Working in a variety of media ranging from minute 3-D prints to large hand-built permanent outdoor installations that shape their environment over time, his work examines the fine line between sculpture and common objects through manipulations of scale and context.
Oliver's work has been exhibited both throughout the Northeast and Nationally. Most recently, he installed large-scale pieces at The Wassaic Project in Wassaic, New York, I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut, The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and at Bellevue College’s Bob Purser Art Gallery. He has taught sculpture at SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Albany, Marlboro College, Ithaca College, and at Cornell University. Oliver currently serves as full time sculpture faculty at Bellevue College.