Acclaimed Artist Susie J. Lee’s ‘Rain Shower’ Will Rain Upon Burien May 19

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Acclaimed Artist Susie J. Lee is bringing her ‘Rain Shower,’ an LED/Sound installation recently on view at the Frye Art Museum, to Parallel Public Lab, an experimental art and media space located in Burien on Saturday, May 19.

The dark underground lab is “an ideal space to exhibit a work that relies on surrounding you with droplets of light and sound,” according to an announcement. “Not since it was on view at the Lawrimore in 2007, will this work be so immersive.”

“I look forward to the opportunity to work with new people in Burien,” Lee said. “The experimental openness of Parallel Public Lab resonates with my artistic practice, and for Rain Shower to exist in an entirely different context is intriguing. Creative people often work in an ‘I don’t know’ kind of space; I’m curious to see what the experience will be!”

But that’s not all – just across the alley, Kelda Martensen, print-maker, artist, professor, and speaker, has curated a new exhibition of works on paper featuring a stable of serious fine artists: Jana Harper and Gina Alvarez, Kim Van Someren, Lisa Hasegawa, Laura Gunnip, Robin Doggett, and Emma Levitt.

Peter Bjordahl, owner of Parallel Public Lab, has been working with the community and artists to bring interesting and challenging work to Burien.

“There are a lot of creative people who live in this area, and space to work with is affordable,” Bjordahl said. “Building the Lab in Burien made sense.”

Lee has been named an “Artist to Watch” by the national publication Artnews. Her art has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Artefiere Bologna (Bologna, Italy); the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin); the Denver Art Museum; Galleria Tiziana Di Caro (Salerno, Italy); and Gallery Hyundai (Seoul). In 2011 the Portland Art Museum selected her as a recipient of its Northwest Contemporary Art Award. The Tacoma Art Museum’s 10th Northwest Biennial, running concurrently with this solo exhibition, also features Lee’s work, including additional selections from her Still Lives series.

Here’s Lee’s bio from her website:

Shortly after completing her Master of Fine Arts, University of Washington, Lee was recognized by the Seattle Weekly as the “2006 Emerging Artist of the Year” for the “intelligence, emotion and sensuality” of her video art. Following her first solo exhibition at Lawrimore Project in 2007, Lee was named “An Artist to Watch” by the national publication Artnews. Lee’s work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Denver Art Museum, Denver, and Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, and internationally in Italy (Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, Salerno; and Artefiere Bologna,Bologna), and at the Gallery Hyundai, Seoul, Korea. She was the winner of the 2010 Stranger Visual Art Genius Award for her work in sculpture, video, and performance. In 2011, the Portland Art Museum selected her as one of the recipients of the Northwest Contemporary Art Award. She is represented by Lawrimore Project, Galleria Tiziana Di Caro, and Myers Contemporary.

Kelda Martensen is an artist working in printmaking, bookarts, collage and community murals. She is currently Associate Faculty at Cascadia Community College; teaching artist at Arts-Impact; and printmaking and book arts instructor at Pratt Fine Art Center. Kelda received her MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis and currently resides in Seattle, Washington.

Parallel Public Lab (PPL) is a presentation and work space for the exploration of multidisciplinary projects that bridge art installation, traditional spatial and media design, and the information architecture of networked technologies.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Rain Shower 2007 / 2012; LED/sound installation with programmed audio and visuals

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 6:00pm until 9:00pm

WHERE: Parallel Public Lab, 424 153rd St., Burien, WA

INFO: Facebook event link:

VIDEOS: Here are some videos showcasing Lee and her Art:

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