MadArt South Lake Union
Sun Feb 24 & Feb 26–March 23, Tuesdays–Saturdays
Recommended by Jasmyne Keimig
When you enter MadArt, you unwittingly enter a planetary system. The gallery is currently occupied by three spheres of vastly different sizes that all seem to be frozen in mid-orbit around each other. It's easy for you, a puny human, to get sucked into each orb's gravitational pull. And you should give in. All three spheres were created by Taiji Miyasaka, an architecture professor at Washington State University's School of Design + Construction, as part of his show at MadArt, Circum·ambience. Miyasaka, who emphasized to me that he's not an artist but an architect, is most interested in the complexity of how light moves—exists—in a space. As I slipped off my shoes and ungracefully climbed into the small square opening of the larger sphere Earthen Light, I felt like I was being reverse-birthed back into my mother's womb. Everyone inside sat with their butts on the edge of the circle, backs leaning on the plaster walls, legs crisscrossed underneath them. Someone let out a soft coo—to test the acoustics of the space—and it boomeranged back to them.