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Reclaim

A collaborative, site specific installation by John Fleming and W. Scott Trimble

Exhibition on view through Saturday, November 29th 2008

Curated by Emma B. Shultz

Reclaim is about change, expressed through the re-appropriation of materials collected in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood. Trimble and Fleming have focused their installation on the vertical and horizontal realms, building from the castoffs they collect in the area, such as wooden pallets and 2x4s from both new construction sites and remnants from the old neighborhood. With Reclaim, Fleming and Trimble invite us to physically travel through their constructed landscape and navigate a reclaimed environment.

Completed Installation


John Fleming, Flags, recycled traffic signs
plywood, paint, cardboard - on wood, 29" x 20", $1,800 each

Installation in Progress

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John Fleming, Artist Biography

I started in ceramics with a brief career as a studio artist, ski instructor and rock climber in Taos, New Mexico. I naively switched to architecture, for the money, and hold a Masters of Architecture degree from University of New Mexico. I have worked with Anant Raje, Architect in Ahmedabad, India, Antoine Predock, Architect in Albuquerque, New Mexico, George Suyama, Architects, LMN Architects, and Mithun Architects in Seattle. In 1996, I started Jetson/Luddite Architects with Andrew Borges. Andrew gets credit for the name. For nine years I was the F in RBF architecture, where Andrew Borges, Tim Rohleder, and I attempted to practice what we preached—Clean, Honest, Modern Architecture. I designed The Grass Blades for Seattle Center, those cool floppy things north of the Experience Music Project, as well as the Bainbridge Historical Museum and numerous contemporary houses in and around Seattle. As a Senior Associate with Mithun Architects, I explored the fusion of architecture and sustainability through such projects as The Center for Urban Agriculture, CUA. As a writer and member of the editorial committee, I have been a frequent contributor to ARCADE architecture/design in the northwest.

W. Scott Trimble, Artist Biography

Originally from the Monterey Bay area of California, I moved to Seattle to pursue graduate studies. I received an MFA in Sculpture at the University of Washington where I also taught 3D Design and Wood Sculpture. I received my BFA in Spatial Arts from San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

The spatial relationships between, industry, architecture, nature, figure, and machine, have long been sources of my imagery. I tend to take on new materials and processes every few years, usually resulting in an exploration and methodology that tends to be obsessive and repetitive. Major themes in my work address issues ranging from the tension between humanity and the natural world and how we interact, perceive and participate in it. I strive to make art that serves as a catalyst of possibility of exploration, as well as being inclusive and challenge the traditional contexts of how and where art is experienced.
I have experience in metal casting and fabrication, kinetic and electro-mechanical sculpture, working with wood, installation and just about every material and process that pertains to building.

I have exhibited throughout much of the West Coast in such venues as: Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle, Crawl Space Gallery, Seattle, Sculpture Without Walls, Moses Lake, WA, Gallery Without Walls, Lake Oswego, OR, Center of Contemporary Arts (COCA), Seattle, California Works Fine Arts Competition, A New Leaf Gallery, Berkeley, CA., Fine Arts Institute of the San Bernardino Museum, CA., Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, Herbert Sanders Gallery, San Jose, CA., Ceramic Metal Arts Gallery, Seattle, the Downtown Park in Bellevue, WA and Jacob Lawrence Gallery, UW, and so on.
I also have been the recipient of several grants and awards including the, GAP grant, Artist Trust, Seattle, Best of Show, Moses Lake, WA, and the Gonzalez Scholarship, UW, Seattle. I have been awarded artist residencies at Sculpture Space, NY and the Bemis Center in Omaha, NE.
I have been living and working in Seattle for the past 6 years.

Link to W. Scott Trimble's Website
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