Avantika Bawa's "Neon Laundry" commissioned for ALL RISE
Avantika Bawa, Neon Laundry
Neon Laundry nods to the historic laundries of the Cascade Neighborhood while using the contemporary building blocks, billboards, and other geometric shapes found in the surrounding cityscape of Seattle as prompts to generate a series of colored objects. The work consists of layers of fabric that wrap and drape each of the four signature plinths along Denny Way. The color of each fabric is a specific tone of yellow-green determined by the distance between each plinth. These color fields express color as a function of distance and scale and provide a contrast with the complex structures of their surroundings.
Avantika Bawa holds an MFA the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1998) and a BFA in the same from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India (1995). Noteworthy solo exhibits include shows at; Schneider Museum, Ashland, OR, Suyama Space, Seattle, WA, Columbus Museum, GA; Saltworks and the Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Atlanta, GA; Nature Morte and Gallery Maskara in India; Disjecta, Portland, OR. She has participated in the Skowhegan, MacDowell, Jentel, Vermont Studio, Kochi Biennial Foundation and Djerassi residencies. Her work has been reviewed in international publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Art Papers, Art Lies, Art India, Art Asia Pacific, The Oregonian, and The Times of India amongst others. Her work is represented by Saltworks Gallery, Atlanta and Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India.
In 2014, Bawa was appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission. She is currently Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, Vancouver, WA.