To revel in the institution’s achievement, Executive Director Suzanne Sbarge and her able staff assembled “DECADE: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of 516 Arts” a 13-artist exhibition closing Jan. 7, and a series of project events running through Jan. 11.
Jessica Angel is an installation artist and muralist who collaborates with other artists to complete on-site projects much like a traveling singer hooks up with the house band to play a gig. I’m gobsmacked by her architecture-nullifying installation titled “Continuum” in the 516 Arts downstairs gallery that creates curves where there are none and turns the concrete floor into a liquid mass of floating colors.
Angel entertains the idea of interdimensional realms that occasionally intersect, offering viewers a wormhole passage between dominions. In her exhibition catalog essay, author and critic Lucy Lippard mentions that historian Sharon Udall described the 2006 opening of 516 Arts as offering “a portal to the extraordinary.”
Angel’s complex hand-cut sheet vinyl composition fulfills that prophecy. The artist also completed a painted mural titled “The Fall of the Ten Suns” on the outside east wall of the Silver Street Market at Silver and Second SW. On a nice day, it’s worth a to-and-fro walk.