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Mechanism

Jim Blashfield

Troy Block

Part sculpture, part video, Mechanism explores metamorphosis and the passage of time.

Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Jim Blashfield's 11-channel moving image and machined aluminum artwork, Mechanism, is installed in the arcade walkway of South Lake Union’s Troy Block. Together, its fixed sculptural form and high-definition video create a virtual kinetic sculpture.

Mechanism explores themes of metamorphosis and the passage of time through the history of the site. Its physical form was inspired, in part, by remnants of industrial equipment found and recovered during demolition of the Troy Laundry. Its audio and video components draw upon the neighborhood’s past, tracing a continuum from its ancient origins to its tech-oriented present with references to science, industrialization, invention, and the interconnectedness of the natural and fabricated worlds.
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Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo by @wiseknave.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo by @wiseknave.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.
Blashfield Studio | Jim Blashfield. Mechanism, 2017. Machined and welded aluminum, electronics, high-definition video, audio. Photo courtesy of the artist.
 

About the Location

Troy Block

For nearly a century, Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood was sparsely dotted in low-slung industrial and commercial buildings. In recent years the area has rapidly transformed into a densely packed hub of social science and high-tech office towers peppered with mixed-use housing and retail. The Troy Block—a full city block on a steep slope with…

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