Punch Projects: Mel’s Hole

SOIL is Seattle’s longest-running artist collective, founded in 1995. As a valuable incubator space for emerging artists and curatorial experimentation, SOIL has contributed a tremendous amount of art and ideas over the course of its 28 year history. For January, they’re hosting Mel’s Hole, art created and curated by Punch Projects, another artist collective nurturing connections between urban and rural artists across western and central Washington. Mel’s Hole references a mystery from 1997, of an alleged bottomless hole with supernatural properties that could do various things including bring animals back to life or emit beams of light, and which was supposedly purchased by the US Government and blocked on Google Maps. The artists of Punch will feature works inspired by these stories and themes, to spotlight the surreal, occult, and metaphysical nature of these mysteries.