Head-turning art at Edmonds Library

Take a closer look – Minh Carrico’s new exhibit may catch your eye
By Brian Soergel | Mar 10, 2018
Courtesy of: Minh Carrico Minh Carrico’s image of a group gathered before the Edmonds Kind of Fourth children’s parade is one of several on display at the Edmonds Library.

What do you see when you look at a photo? What draws your eye?

An exhibit at the Edmonds Library just may change the way you look at photos – at least the ones taken by Minh Carrico in “Upon Arrival.”

“The is the exhibit where I’ve showcased some of the images I’ve taken around Puget Sound for the better part of 10 years,” said Carrico, co-chair of the visual arts department at Edmonds Community College since 2007.

“Most of my work is reflective or looking back. My process has been just to take a picture and don’t think about it. I look at them later to see what I’ve got. Have you ever had that feeling when you’re walking down the street and something catches your eye, but you’re not really aware of it yet?

"Then you look back or think back that you may have recognized something? Kind of like that head turn is what I’m trying to capture.”

One of those head-turning moments occurred in the staging area of An Edmonds Kind of Fourth children’s parade.

“I noticed a family with a very elaborate float,” Carrico said. “A whole family with musical instruments, all perfectly dressed. I took the photo, and what caught my attention is the little baby watching all this from the sidewalk. The best surprise was in the arms – one pointing in, or reaching in. There were all kinds of little things happening randomly.”

A force for art in Edmonds

Carrico, who lives with his wife in Edmonds’ Seaview neighborhood, is no stranger to art installations in town and in Seattle and its surrounding areas.

His most recent multidisciplinary project, “Screaming Down Main Street aka Live Large by Loving Life,” was part of the Edmonds Arts Commission's rotating temporary public art program. It was a text-and-shadow-play installation along the fence line of the Anderson Center on Main Street.

The phrase "live large by loving life," written in 3-foot bright red lettering and measuring about 60 feet in length, was installed upside-down on the fence so that the phrase appeared in shadow along the sidewalk.

Another project, “Cut and Boost,” was part of the 2016 Seattle Center Sculpture Walk.

Carrico said the four-month, site-specific art installation celebrated his longtime passion for music, while bringing color to an otherwise monochromatic area of Seattle Center.

Carrico’s also had exhibits at Edmonds Community College.

Genesis

Carrico was raised on the outskirts of Little Rock, Arkansas, where he says the photography darkroom was a way to escape high school’s daily torments. But photography was also a way to connect to fellow students.

“Looking back at the pictures I took in high school, I convinced many to do things we wouldn’t call safe today,” he said. “I convinced people to climb trees and field-goal posts.”

When Carrico saw a particular photo captured by Annie Leibovitz, he knew he wanted to take photos for a living. While getting his bachelor’s degree in photocommunications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, he opened a small studio, where he took nonprofit as well as commercial work, producing creative images for advertising agencies, design firms and magazines.

Carrico moved to New York and worked commercially for 16 years, his visual experience expanding to art direction for print and web designs. His clients included Leibovitz (a nice twist), Martha Stewart Living, MTV, Atlantic Records, 3M, Benjamin Moore Paints, Detour magazine and Whole Foods Market.

But he eventually decided it was time for a change.

“I came to a point in New York that I had done everything I wanted to do, goals-wise. I was getting burned out from the advertising business. I was looking for a way to downsize, and I had recently gotten married. We didn’t think New York was a great place to raise a child.”

He moved to Seattle in 2006 and settled in Edmonds about three years ago. “Seattle’s great, but we wanted schools that would support us, and we wanted some property to move around in. We also like Edmonds because it’s a little town that’s growing.”

 

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