Mad Homes opens Saturday, July 16 on Capitol Hill

MadArt presents “Mad Homes” a dynamic art installation in 4 old homes that are slated for demolition on Capitol Hill. 11 artists create site specific installations, and the artists have used both the interior and the exterior of the homes to express their vision.

Artists Jason Puccinelli and Liz Potter have created this wonderful trompe l’oeil on the stairs that mirrors the image on the strange and wonderful floating orbs in the living room. Enter the darkened space to become one with the art yourself and explore Manet’s nude reclining Venus, “Olympia,” in a whole new manner.

Interactive, complex, and an invitation to become part of the art, Liz and Jason combine audio, video, light and sound to create an immersive and profound experience that borders on magic.

Artist Ryan Molecamp has the best view of the bunch with this installation in the back house overlooking downtown Seattle and the Space Needle. His piece, called “Strain”, is a large linear wall drawing depicting a river shape with structures emitting from its banks, and it wraps around the dining room and across the window. Wall sculptures of painted black wood extend outward blurring the line between interior and exterior space.

Meg Hartwig has created a sculpture using manufactured wood scraps and wood burning surface treatments, to create an imposing and slightly scary burnt wood installation.

Artist Julia Haack has created a subtle message re-using the house itself to create a symbol she believes to mean “No one at home”. The diamond pattern looks organic and only upon closer examination does one realize the complexity of the creation and the integration of the piece with the main part of the house. She also did another piece entitled Keating’s Foible (get out your old copy of Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead from college to reference this one), and the shape of the large imposing sculpture, created out of old lathe, is taken from architectural details from several of the houses in the Mad Homes project. Julia is known for using material from roadsides, dumpsters and building sites, and all of her current work is made with salvaged wood.

Luke Haynes has reused and recycled 100’s of articles of clothing, some simple and others very unusual, to cover all the walls in one of the front houses. Like a graffiti artist, he’s tagged his own work with his name right above the fireplace.

And the mad woman behind the mad dream is arts supporter and curator, Alison Milliman, the founder of MadArt and the instigator behind this and several other art projects around town. Alison has been inspired by similar projects in Australia, and vowed to bring some vibrant shows to the Seattle area upon her return. Alison and the director Brian Ohno, hand-picked each artist after a visit to their studio, and carefully planned and orchestrated this incredible installation.

Here is an interview with MadArt founder, Alison Milliman, on King FM Arts Channel.

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