May on e4c: Artists Celebrate the Everyday

Ellen Lake & Chris Green, Seaworthy, video still, © 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
Ellen Lake & Chris Green, Seaworthy, video still, © 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
Ellen Lake & Chris Green, Seaworthy, video still,  © 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
Ellen Lake & Chris Green, Seaworthy, video still, © 2011. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist

Beginning May 3rd, 4Culture proudly presents work by Ellen Lake & Chris Green and George Lee to e4c. New works, selected by a peer-panel in 2011 will be added to e4c’s rotation for the next 12 months.

Ellen Lake & Chris Green offer Seaworthy, is a collaborative video piece based on observations of everyday life – an eclectic mix of cargo ships, tug boats, and sailboats shot on the Oakland Estuary, with a bluegrass soundtrack by Evie Ladin, and a body floating by – mixing fantasy and documentary, love and loss, while exploring the urban landscape.

Chris Green (scientist) and Ellen Lake (artist) join forces to make mechanical sculptures, videos, and installations. We are currently working on a series exploring contemporary urban space. Chris and Ellen live in Oakland, California. Ellen works at Kala Art Institute, a residency program for printmakers and digital media artists and Chris is an environmental scientist at the United States Geological Survey. Seaworthy has shown at the Director’s Lounge 2011 Urban Research Program “Places and Locations: Reality Check,” in Berlin, has traveled in Europe with Ciné Martiko, played at the Sante Fe International New Media Festival, “Currents 2011,” the Great Wall of Oakland, and the Kala Art Gallery in Berkeley.

Seattle-based artist George Lee shares, When Wooden Sheep & Penguins Dance, as an alternative to seeking answers to life in deep, complex thinking and tasteful complexities, Lee’s work seeks to expose the hidden potential, liberation, and wisdom in the festive, useless, and everyday. Lee found these whimsical figurines and then transformed them into professional, synchronized dancers.

George Lee, a New England native, is a young multi-disciplinary artist and designer who has been growing in Seattle soil for the last 5 years. He studies Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, and is currently researching how best to design for everyday festivity in urban settings to foster beneficial social processes. Lee’s work has encompassed participatory design/build, earthen sculpture, video/photography/animation, cuisine, poetry & community performance art.

These works will join the ongoing rotation of pieces by other selected artists for e4c including: Evertt Beidler, Salise Hughes, Bradley Hyppa, Carol dePelecyn, Andrew Binkley, Tess Martin, Barbara Robertson, Betty Jo Costanzo, Michael Lasater, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Stephen Sewell, Drew Christie, Piper O’Neill.