In partnership with Vignettes, the curatorial collaborative of Bay Area-born, Brooklyn based Sierra Stinson and Seattle-based Serrah Russell, Montalvo presents a lone, a series of visual and audio installations created for the (un)expectant viewer to encounter in their daily landscape.
a lone will be presented throughout the South Bay during the month of May 2020. These new works, by local and national artists and poets, will be selected and presented in public spaces, seeking to inspire and provoke questions about what it means to experience loneliness in the changing landscapes of our growing cities. This public project will enable multiple platforms for artists to share their messages, from handheld devices to billboards, subverting what are traditionally mediums for advertisement and commerce into spaces for conversation and connection. These messages will be accessible throughout the city and remind the isolated viewer that we are all alone together. a lone was first presented throughout Seattle in May of 2018, where works were shown on billboards, along sidewalks, on construction site fences, by phone and online audio platforms.
Vignettes was founded in 2010 by artist and curator Sierra Stinson. It began as a series of one-night-only exhibitions featuring new creations by artists in her studio apartment in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle, WA. The site quickly became a malleable alternative venue for emerging and underrepresented visual artists of all disciplines to exhibit new creations in an intimate and nurturing environment where they could experiment and exchange with viewers regarding their process and practice. In 2014, Vignettes extended its exhibitions beyond Stinson’s apartment into site-specific venues throughout the city of Seattle and expanded into an online venue to offer dedicated writing for underrepresented artists. Today, Vignettes is the partnership of Sierra Stinson with Serrah Russell, Seattle based visual artist and independent enabler of artists, and founder of online gallery Violet Strays (2011-2015).