Dec 9, 2021
Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio are known for building entirely new worlds that explore the limits of physical space and challenge human perception. Conducted at an architectural scale, their interdisciplinary work incorporates sculpture, photography, writing, drawing, and beyond. One of their most recent and easily-accessed works can be encountered while doing an everyday task: catching the train. Deep below the streets of the new University District Link light rail station, Lead Pencil Studio’s 300-foot-long sculpture, Fragment Brooklyn, reflects elements of historic city architecture from around the globe. Windows, fire escapes, and rooftops bring the outside in, while video screens rotate through vignettes of nature, apartment and student life, and historical events from the U-District area.
Together with Gage Academy of Art cofounder and Artistic Director Gary Faigin, the artists will discuss the innovative research behind the U-District artwork, along with other related artworks.
Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo: LEAD PENCIL STUDIO
Korean-born Annie Han and U.S.-born Daniel Mihalyo have been collaborating as Seattle-based Lead Pencil Studio since 2002, working in the area of installation art and sculpture at the architectural scale. Their work ranges widely in mediums, materials, scales, and disciplines with a pervading interest in structure, space, and landscape. With professional training in art and architecture, their mediums include ceramics, photography, video, sculpture, drawing, design, and installation. Their work is exhibited throughout the U.S. with locations in Europe and Asia. They are the recipients of the Rome Prize, Contemporary NW Art Award, Architecture League of NY Emerging Voice, Creative Capital Foundation Visual Arts Award, Lucas Artist Fellowship at Montalvo, and the New York Prize from the Van Alen Institute.
Painter, critic, and author Gary Faigin is cofounder and Artistic Director of Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, as well as the school’s Still Life Atelier instructor. Faigin also serves as a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he teaches facial expressions to graduate animation students and works on a research team studying the human perception of stylized facial expressions. He has taught in art schools across the country including the National Academy of Design and the Parsons School of Design. In 2001, Faigin published his first book, The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression, which has since been translated into seven languages and reprinted sixteen times.
Presented by Gage Academy of Art and Town Hall Seattle.