ALL RISE at Denny Substation Site Concludes with Artist Jesse Sugarmann

Jesse Sugarmann will be the final artist featured in the ALL RISE series at the site of the future Denny Substation.

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s collaborative temporary art program ALL RISE is concluding a year and a half of programming at the site of Seattle City Light’s future Denny Substation with artist Jesse Sugarmann.

Friday, Sept. 25, and Saturday, Sept. 26, from 6 to 10 p.m. (all ages 6 – 8 p.m., 21+ after 8 p.m.) Sugarmann will present an installation of four video and sculptural works from his recent Wake Up Sleeping Giant series.

The works investigate a Connecticut land mass called Sleeping Giant, SITE’s 1978 installation Ghost Parking Lot, and the sculptural possibilities of vivisepulture (live burial). Previous elements of this series have been exhibited at Space 4 in San Diego and The Grammar Center in Medford, Ore.

Based in Bakersfield, Calif., Sugarmann has long explored culture and commodity through the lens of the American auto industry. The artist’s fascination with the potentiality of his material is at the heart of his practice: Cars balance and fall or teeter to imply a fall are buried or obscured. Sugarmann explores auto components as sculptural objects and the car’s demands on infrastructure and production.

His video experiments have involved American landscapes, from Pacific Northwest forests to the California desert and the vacancy of suburban car dealerships. Sugarmann has exhibited at venues including the Getty Institute and Human Resources in Los Angeles; el Museo Tamayo in Mexico City; the Portland, Ore., Institute for Contemporary Art; the Banff Center in Canada; Filmbase in Ireland; the 21C Museum in Louisville, Ky.; and Les Recontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin.


ALL RISE is a series of performances and temporary art installations organized for a city block in the Cascade neighborhood, the site of the future Seattle City Light electrical substation. The series includes artworks in a variety of media through September, 2015. Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public, and provide a platform to support and challenge artists, offer the neighborhood transcendent experiences and inspiration, and further the contemporary art dialogue of the region. By nature of its openness and transformation, the site, formerly a Greyhound bus garage, has become a stage that is watched, if even unknowingly. ALL RISE works with this natural interest by delivering a series of artworks that unfold over the course of the project, and create a sense of wonder. The title for this series is ALL RISE, invites viewers to participate in the unfolding of events.

All RISE is commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. / @allriseseattle / #allriseseattle

London-based Robert Montgomery’s “THE STARS PULLED DOWN FOR REAL” first northwest exhibition at ALL RISE

July 25 through September 5, 2015
Lighting and reception with the artist: Saturday, July 25, 8 – 10 p.m.
1250 Denny Way in downtown Seattle


The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture’s year-long collaborative art collective ALL RISE will present new site-specific text and light works by Robert Montgomery from July 25 through September 5, on their campus at 1250 Denny Way in downtown Seattle, the site of the future Seattle City Light Denny Substation.

Robert Montgomery, a London-based artist, poet and interventionist, is known for ephemeral works that are intended to be experienced like the advertisements his medium critiques. Montgomery was the British artist for the 2012 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India and has made billboard series for Berlin, London, Paris and Los Angeles.

This installation is his first in the Northwest, organized by ALL RISE as an associated off-site project of the Seattle Art Fair (July 30-Aug. 2). Montgomery will light the project for the first time on Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m. at the ALL RISE site, at 1250 Denny Way. No RSVP required. Montgomery’s project, “THE STARS PULLED DOWN FOR REAL” activates the 90,000 square-foot outdoor ALL RISE site with a series of six billboards installed on oversized plinths at Denny Way, a highly visible traffic route, and a 20’ x 24’ text/light work on scaffolding installed with the city as backdrop.

ALL RISE is commissioned with Seattle City Light 1% for Art funds and administered by the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.


Born in Chapelhall Scotland, United Kingdom, Montgomery lives and works in London, United Kingdom. Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboards, light pieces, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof in Berlin with Neue Berliner Räume, and at the 2012 Kochi- Muziris Biennale in India. He has made billboard series for Berlin, London, Paris and Los Angeles and his work has been included in numerous exhibitions at venues including Galerie Nuke, Paris, FR; Galerie Analix, Geneva, CH; C24 Gallery, New York, US; and The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle- Gateshead, UK. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015.