From June through October, Seattle’s Occidental Park has been the setting for ephemeral art works curated by artist Susie Lee and landscape architect Elizabeth Umbanhowar. Lee and Umbanhowar invited four teams of artists (one artist team for each month) to create site-specific work related to the writing of Haruki Murakami. October’s upcoming installment is by Gina Coffman, Seth Damm, and Kristin Ougendal.
A time-based narrative in four acts, the performances will feature coyotes in the form of the three artists wearing coyote mask/heads they created. The heads are stunning yet somber; evidently hand-made, yet transcendent. The coyotes are teenagers.
From the press release:
“In the spirit of a Haruki Murakami story these urban agents of transformation, trickery and transcendence will, in 4 acts, explore the fitness of Occidental Park, make preparations for a den and establish a liminal and wayward home.”
In and Through
Friday, October 2nd, 4pm-dusk
Coyotes pass through the park taking stock, surveying and discovering a territory fit to inhabit.
Egg and Wall
Tuesday, October 13th, 11:30am-1pm
The coyotes return to tidy-up the park accompanied by a restless house.
Well House and Surrender House
Saturday, October 24th, 8-10pm
The coyotes find refuge and begin to build a den. Joined by the house they engage in the ritual of settling down, exploring internal environs and inviting you to do the same.
Foundation and Transcendence
Saturday, October 31st, 6-9pm
In a final act the coyotes transcend their subterranean home. Restless again they parade out, away and into the night.
Also through the month of October will be a show of photographs by Seth Damm and Kristin Ougendal at All City Coffee in Pioneer Square. The photographs (taken by Damm) document the cross-country trek of the androgynous coyote (Ougendal) through awkward forest surrenders and graceful desert dislocation.
Opening reception October 1st 5-7 pm
All City Coffee
125 Prefontaine Pl S