December 31, 2014 - April 16, 2015
Woolworth Storefront Windows (corner of South 11th Street & Broadway), Tacoma, WA
OPENING EVENT First Night Tacoma, Wednesday, December 31, 6PM - 12AM
Zip Code relates text by Hozoji Matheson-Margullis to photography by Evan Soto and Michael Vahrenwald. Each artist draws content from the scenes and materials in their immediate urban environments of Tacoma, WA and Brooklyn, NY.
Hozoji Matheson-Margullis was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. She is a Puyallup Tribal member who works as a commercial scuba diver harvesting geoduck clams, and a musician in the bands Lozen and Helms Alee. She began writing and performing music at the age of 19. Much of her writing, both lyrically and musically, is inspired by the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest.
Evan Soto is a self-taught street photographer who draws inspiration from the community of Tacoma, WA. He renders the humanity of the city through photographing places and objects, revealing the underlying extraordinary qualities of straightforward scenes.
New York City-based photographer Michael Vahrenwald's series Plant Drawings (Methods and Receiver Part 2) observes human interference with nature, and how nature responds back. They depict indoor plants straining toward sunlight, scratching marks onto steaming, condensation-blurred windows. He holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from Cooper Union. His work has been shown at the Whitney Museum, The Walker Art Center, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and je has had solo exhibitions in New York, Tokyo, Paris, and Chicago. His work has been featured in The New York Times,The Huffington Post, Art in America, Blindspot, Dwell, and Architectural Record. Vahrenwald is currently Assistant Professor at Hartford Art School.
Zip Code is the inaugural project of Generis. It is presented with Spaceworks Tacoma, which aims to nurture successful projects that activate empty storefronts and vacant space in Tacoma, Washington, by organizing creative reuse of spaces and incubating small creative businesses that transform Tacoma into a stronger, more active city. Its twin exhibition, Generis 01B: Community Association, was a participant in Exchange Rates: The Bushwick Expo, and took place in Brooklyn, NY from October 23-26, 2014.
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