Sprawling Structures Of Manmade Fantasy, By John Borowicz

These hypothetical structures are a combination of M.C. Escher, Mayan temples, labryinths, and 3-dimensional city maps; they’re a veritable Where’s Waldo of trip-outs for the eyeballs.

Here’s what artist John Borowicz had to say about the series:

“… the inspiration for the series probably came about from drawing with my oldest son who is now five – I found the freedom and sense of play in his drawings incredibly inspiring – so much of my work as an artist is based on direct observation or source material and not memory or imagination. I felt that I too should be able to work in a direct, almost primal way – without such a direct attachment to the observed world or the studio – just a pencil and paper. So I started as simply as I could. We had been building with blocks quite a bit so that’s what I started drawing. I just started piling up simple shapes – and kept going and going – and going.

The really great part of this is how completely it changed my approach – My new work has a massive human presence, but my one rule is to never look at the model or any source imagery. Relying only on my imagination has me drawing with the joy and freedom that I did when I was five – it doesn’t get any better than that. “

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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