Zack Bent: Lean-out, Lean-to

In January 2015 Jack Straw and Arts and Visually Impaired Audiences (AVIA) presented a pair of accessible workshops at Jack Straw in conjunction with Zack Bent’s New Media Gallery installation Lean-out, Lean-to, which incorporates sculpture, sound, and video.

Over two consecutive weekends, sighted and visually impaired students from Seattle and around the region participated in hands-on art and sound workshops with Zack and Jack Straw teaching artists. The installation was audio described for the visually impaired by Jesse Minkert of AVIA.

For the first workshop, students created sound-making objects with artists Zack Bent and Gala Bent, and foley sound effects with Jack Straw engineer Daniel Guenther and teaching artists Dominic CodyKramers and Gin Hammond.

For the second workshop, the students created sound toys with sound artist Susie Kozawa, and worked with Daniel, Dominic, and Lynne Compton of AVIA to create stories with sound in Jack Straw’s studios.

Students used a story template based on the gallery installation and written for the workshop by Jesse Minkert. Students filled in the blanks,  performed narration and dialogue, and created sound effects.


Portrait of Zack Bent

Zack Bent

Zack Bent is a Seattle artist working in photography, video, sculpture, and installation. For over 15 years, he has created work with his wife, artist Gala Bent and their 3…


Susie Kozawa

Susie Kozawa, a sound artist, composer and performer, works mostly with sound collages and site-specific installations, in which the gathering of sounds is a primary activity. She explores different…


Gin Hammond

Gin Hammond is a Harvard University/Moscow Art Theatre grad and a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework™. She has performed nationally at theatres such The Guthrie, Arena Stage, The…

Photo of Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert

Jesse Minkert’s work has appeared in about fifty literary journals including the Cream City Review, Confrontation, Mount Hope, the Floating Bridge Review, the Minetta Review, Poetry Northwest, Common Knowledge…



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