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Past Event

SAM Gallery presents: Urban Explorers Kate Protage & Dan Hawkins

Jun 12 – Jul 20 2014

Seattle Art Museum

SAM Gallery

10 AM – 5 PM

See new paintings by Kate Protage, who photographs the city at night and then creates her moody, urbanscapes. Dan Hawkins is well known for his photography of our urban, decaying centers.

About her work, Kate says: “I have a love/hate relationship with the cities in which I’ve lived. Depending on the time of day, there are two worlds that exist in the same physical space: streets that appear gritty, dirty, and depressing by day turn into an environment infused with a strange kind of lush, dark beauty and romance at night. These are the moments that remind me to take a breath, look closer, and recognize that there is still beauty in the world despite all of the chaos that surrounds us. Painting these moments is, in a strange way, my minor act of rebellion.”

Dan’s photos often deal with the dual themes of memory and decay. Beginning with empty houses and discarded water towers he has gone on to record EPA Superfund sites, chemical factories, decaying ballrooms, deserted nuclear facilities, crumbling hotels, and a number of derelict mental hospitals and jails. He describes these as a "landscape of the soul."

Opening reception June 12 at SAM Gallery, 6–8pm. Free and open to the public.