Tuesday, April 28, 2009

IHOP Art Klatch


Like a few other folks, I attended my first IHOP art klatch* this morning.  Held at Cafe Presse (originally at IHOP), every Tuesday morning, and led by Scott Lawrimore, these discussions have been happening for the past two years.  Today's klatch must have set attendance records.  I'm guessing there were at least 55 folks crammed in the backroom of Presse.  I heard the hallway was also packed and several folks couldn't get in and just had coffee at the bar.   

The topic? "The group will discuss the decline of the staff critic and art coverage in traditional media, the prospects for online publishing, and the growth in art writing by artists. They will also discuss the quality of online debate, with Jen Graves' recent article, “The Vancouver Problem” as a test case."  

A fantastic group of speakers (Eric Fredericksen, Jen Graves, Regina Hackett, Matthew Offenbacher) sparked a very lively discussion.  Some points discussed included the responsibility of a critic, talking to ourselves versus talking to the larger community, and the various merits of an online presence contrasted with the sweetness of a La Especial Norte (available in print only). 

I'm really loving the elevated level of chatter and discourse lately.  And based on all the coverage (originally in The Stranger, then Another Bouncing Ball, Translinguistic Other, Getting to Know You Better), I think lots of other folks are eager to keep this discussion going. And I didn't get to say it today but I just wanted to give Matt Offenbacher big props for creating La Especial Norte.  His spirit of community has been very influential in setting the tone for this blog.  Nice guys don't always finish last, Matt.

BIG thanks to Scott Lawrimore for organizing this, and to all the attendees and speakers!

*"The IHOP Art Klatch at Cafe Presse is a free-form, open-topic, open-invitation gathering that brings together the major players in the Seattle art scene every week. The Klatch has also played host to a number of visiting artists, curators and collectors." via

5 comments:

sharon said...

Joey, it was really great to see you there! I look forward to seeing the ripples of this (hopefully continued) conversation!

Joey Veltkamp said...

Great to see you, too! And I this ball is definitely rolling!! Can't wait for Thursday and the rest of the weekend. Thanks again!

gala bent said...

if they'd only had an on-site video feed... :)

this subject clearly has seattle's art community ringing like a gong. a fascinating comment on the historically symbiotic relationship between artists and writers.

Amanda said...

I wonder how many of you are returning for the upcoming Klatches? I'm pretty tempted to become a regular....

harold hollingsworth said...

a video feed would have done me good as well since Gala, Shaun Kardinal and I were relegated to the kiddies table out front...