This September, e4c, 4Culture’s storefront media gallery, welcomes two videos by New York artist Tona Wilson and Seattle artist Matthew Hilger.
Crossing Paths, by Tona Wilson, is a stop-motion animation in which paper texts “come alive” and move among e4c’s four screens, suggesting origins that might belong to those watching or passing by, or to their ancestors. Many, but not all, of the letters, newspaper clippings and other texts are specific to Seattle; some are drawn from archives; others are pure invention. Cut-out paper figures of imaginary people from the 1800’s interact with those from recent times. The original musical score is by Jeremy Mage.
Tona Wilson is a visual artists who works a variety of media including painting, drawing, artist-made books, animation and video. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibitions extensively in the United States and internationally. Her work as a courtroom interpreter has influenced her work. She has produced a handmade artist’s book, in which she examine issues of immigration and of incarceration, telling stories of immigrants and their experiences with the US criminal justice system. Her work is included in numerous prestigious collections. She currently resides in New York State. She received funding for Crossing Paths from the Puffin Foundation.
Seven minutes and thirty seconds after leaving the house you’re still convinced that you’ve forgotten something, is a video by Matthew Hilger about which he writes, “More traffic accidents involving pedestrians happen at crosswalks with signs than those without. In Copenhagen, the city built streets without signs or signals, making things possible but not certain to happen. By following the varied surface markings through an empty parking I’m interested in exploring what john Keats described as, ‘Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.’ Make decisions that keep going and going, turning and going again without hesitation.”
Matthew Hilger was born in 1986 in Chicago, Illionis and he currently lives and works in Seattle. He holds an MFA from the University of Washington and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Since 2009, Hilger has been a core member at The Bikery, which uses collaborative, hands-on education in bicycles and cycling with a mission to liberate movement and increase access to knowledge, and to share the revelation that all forms of knowledge can be earned without permission.
Come by e4c (located at 101 Prefontaine Place South in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood) to see these artists works and many more from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Spend a minute or spend an hour. You’ll see new media work from across the country. Enjoy!