July 27, 2011

Art houses: ‘Mad Homes exhibit brings art to the neighborhood

The UWs Jacob Lawrence Gallery is offering a special exhibit as part of a partnership with the Mad Art Project, a nonprofit formed “to support emerging artists, to bring art into our lives in unexpected ways and to create community involvement in the arts.”

The Percussion Ensemble will perform May 29 in Meany Studio Theater.

Right now the project is using a group of neighboring homes on North Capitol Hill that are slated for salvage or relocation to create art for an exhibit called Mad Homes. In the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, a select group of Mad Homes artists will create companion pieces to their works on Capitol Hill that reflect the process, inspiration, or mood of their previous pieces. The exhibit is called, naturally, Mad Home Away from Home, and its slated for Aug. 2-6.

The artists participating in the Mad Home Away from Home partnership are Troy Gua, Julia Haack, Luke Haynes, Amanda Manitach, Ryan Molenkamp and Allyce Wood. The artists will be using a variety of media from the traditional, such as painting or projected images, to the unex­pected, such as shrink-wrap or used clothes.

Mad Art was conceived by Alison Milliman while living in Melbourne, Australia, in 2006. In this environment, she experienced the joy of art in new and unexpected ways, including a lively street art scene. She brought the idea to Seattle, and the project launched in 2009.

The opening reception for Mad Home Away from Home is from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2. Regular Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.  The Mad Homes exhibit is at 711 Bellevue Avenue East. It is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily through Aug. 7.