Presenting the 3rd Annual Artech Grant Recipient
Artech is excited to announce that artist Deborah Aschheim has been selected as the recipient of the 3rd Annual Artech Grant.
Aschheim has recently completed the installation, “THRESHOLD,” at Seattle’s Suyama Space, a non-profit gallery. For the past six years, Aschheim has worked to visualize and understand memory. As an installation artist, memory for her is spatial; it is a place or a space more than an archive or an image base. She is interested in a kind of memory that resides in places, the way that cities and buildings and landscapes are haunted by memory. She is intrigued by how we experience layers of memory as we move through the built environment or through the map of the world we construct in our minds.
Aschheim has used her memory to create a 3-dimensional model of the space of forgetting and misremembering. She has given sculptural form to the “haunting” of the space by a previous installation she created at Suyama Space in 2000. She used her memory of this exhibition as the conceptual blueprint for a new installation, translating this memory into an idiosyncratic, ghostly city, laid out in the footprint of a (mis)remembered past. Aschheim is hopeful this invisible city will morph from the literal exercise and into a more felt space of memory: elusive, mutable, strange and familiar.
Deborah Aschheim has been a working artist since 1990 and is based in Los Angeles. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington. Recent solo exhibitions include San Diego State University, Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and Laguna Art Museum in Laguna Beach, California.
THRESHOLD: Installation by Deborah Aschheim opened to the public on January 21 and continues through April 13, 2013. Regular gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and admission is free to the public. Suyama Space is centrally located between Battery and Bell Streets in Belltown at 2324 Second Avenue, Seattle.
About the Artech Grant
Artech is largely comprised of working artists and we feel that it is important to support public art for future generations. As a way of saying thank you to the community that has supported us, we offer our assistance in the preservation of Washington’s cultural treasures or in the support of a contracted public art project through our grant program.
The grant, valued at $2,500, is open to Non-profit art institutions, public collectors and artists under contract for public commission throughout Washington state. Qualified projects may include, but are not limited to, sculpture installation or maintenance, museum installation or assistance, archival upgrades, a collection move, full or partial collection storage for long or short term, totem or other carved wood restoration, etc.
Over the years we’ve built relationships and worked with public collectors to help determine long term plans to allocate funds while addressing the most urgent needs.
As an art-support organization, we share the same interest as our public collectors and artists to safeguard our local collections for generations to come. Artech has been an active participant in the local art community for 35 years and is pleased to be one of the supporters able to help Deborah Aschheim realize her current installation with the Artech Grant.
Check back soon for application details for the 2014 Artech Grant.
Photo Credit: Deborah Aschheim, "Threshold" installation for Suyama Space. Photographed by Mark Woods