Thursday, September 30, 2010
[The American Context #3] American Gothic by LUKE Haynes
90" x 90", fabric
"This piece lies at the intersection of fine art lore and functional creativity.
My work deals with quilts as a media and fabric as my tool for expression.
The fabric comprising the background of this piece comes from used textiles, garments, towels, table runners, etc. This speaks to the history implicit in quilt making calling back to the times when quilts were made from any and all fabric available as a means to keep warm during the night. Making quilts from clothes and cast off textiles brings to the piece a series of stories and histories imbued in the fabric already, making the quilt an amalgam of the community from which it was created. In this case its fabric from Seattle.
The image is a re-appropriation of an iconic piece of American art, taking a more contemporary look at the subjects and the population of todays time. The people are my friends, though they represent to the viewers a generation of people to respond to as peers rather than figures known by their inherent notoriety.
Its a "pop" interpretation of high art made as a functional item.
Plus its cool looking." - LUKE Haynes
View the work in person at Gallery LUKE 604 (former Howard House location). Open on First Thursday Oct. 7.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Artists, as both producers and consumers in today’s vast image economy, freely adopt and adapt materials from myriad sources. Images culled from the Internet, magazines, newspapers, advertisements, television, films, personal and public archives, studio walls, and from other works of art are all fair game.SuttonBeresCuller. Computer rendering for Panoptos installation
Friday, October 1, 2010, 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Xintai Highway Sunset Explosion, 2010 by Timothy Siciliano
I'd highly recommend checking out Timothy Siciliano's Dongguan Highways Hot Pink, up through October 9th at Catherine Person Gallery. Here's a quote from my recommendation for Visual Art Source.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
die verkehrte Welt; la monde renversé; il mondo alla rovescia:
“THIS LITTLE PIG WENT TO MARKET”My mama had the remains of her childhood pet pig in a 16 ounce wide mouth ball jar for my entire childhood. It always remained on our kitchen bar or counter, it was stuffed with a creamy melange of rancid fat and sour striated muscle. It was the leftovers from the slaughter, a keepsake.I am working towards recreating a diorama of baroque pork, castrating the carnival pig, celebrating the demarcation of time-interval and entropy via the metronomic holler of the open-mouthed squeal. via
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Dick, 2009 by Justin Kane Elder
"My working process involves layering portraits with geometric forms. Most pieces adopt techniques used by op artists to distort an image. Dick was inspired by the geological formations found throughout Utah's canyons. The textures and layers mimic the character of the sandstone, giving the subject a weathered demeanor that evokes an unspoken wisdom." - Justin Kane Elder
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Hello Trenton! I'm curious how site specific this piece was? Would you have still used the recycling theme and raindrops if this went into a sculpture park in Ohio?
I don’t know if it was your intent, but when I think about your upbringing (son of a Baptist minister), the word ‘promise’ and your use of the rainbow, it’s hard for me not to think of the Bible’s Great Flood. Does that play in at all?
You’ve mentioned how you like the flexible format of comic books. I love your observation that the plastic tops in this exhibit are materially the same as toys. And like other adult males our age, we’ve talked about the importance of our childhood toys and favorite cartoons. How does your childhood continue to influence your art?
I constantly look back on my childhood, and I try to find clues as to how I got where I am. I also look for clues as to how I am to get to the next place in life. I examine the drawings that I did when I was young in order to locate the truth. The same can be said for the items we collect as children. There is a certain truth held in the impulse to collect those things. I am trying to understand what those truths are.
I think some folks might be surprised to find out that you (along with choreographer Stephen Mills and composer Graham Reynolds) developed a ballet. Did I just dream this or will Cult of Color: Call To Color be performed here in Seattle?
Yes, I did collaborate to create a ballet. Who knows. The piece could travel to Seattle one day. Dreams can come true!
"Object permanence is the concept that allows us to understand that objects continue to exist in time and space even when we cannot see, hear, or touch them. We come to accept this as children when a toy that disappears from our sight is spotted again or when our mother leaves the room but soon returns. Without this understanding, objects would have no separate, permanent existence outside our personal interaction with them."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I took an old friend up on an offer to get of town this past weekend. We cruised down to Seaside and I had the best trip. Using Bond Huberman's "Illuminating Things" as a loose template, here are my highlights.
- I am such a hillbilly so it's nice to remember that there is life off the hill. (Yes, most of you already realize this.)
- Apparently, I can go 24 hours without drinking a Pabst.
- As ADD as I am, I was happily surprised to find out that I can quietly sit on a beach for hours watching the fog roll in and out.
- If you get caught beneath hundreds of flying seagulls, push Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds out of your head and just enjoy the moment. It can be magical.
- I won't get in Lake Washington if the weather is below 75 degrees. The ocean, however, feels fantastic - even when it's only in the 60s.
- It would be a better world if everyone was told that they are too hunky for their own good at least once a month. :)
Good news - I believe I'll have a computer back tonight and will resume regular blogging. Thanks for your patience. xo
Friday, September 10, 2010
NYC Disco (1980s) by Joey Veltkamp
Tonight Bherd Studios (part of the Greenwood Collective) is hosting a show called You're So Vain. Curated by Chris Sheridan and Kate Protage, ten different artists present their take on self-portraiture.
NO! by Brian Gillis (image via KAC)
Tonight you can swing by the Henry to hear visiting artist Brian Gillis talk about his current show (opening tomorrow) at Kirkland Arts Center. Free for members. Curious? You should be!
"NO! will bring together a tank, a hydroponic grow room, a safe-dialer, and
fully-functional reprographics center in an effort to understand how “NO!” can
Work No. 360 by Martin Creed (image via WB)
Martin Creed will be showing 4 pieces at Western Bridge (exhibit officially opens up Saturday, 9/11).
"I think that the best things get under people's skin, make them remember them.
People aren't stupid. They know what's fake and what's not. They respond to
things. Art is just things in the world, usually an arrangement of colour and
shapes. It's people who have the feelings and the reactions." - Martin Creed
Overturn, 2000 by Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe (image via OS)
Tonight, Open Satellite is having an reception for their latest show Set-apart from Memory by Time, new work by California artist Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe.
"Three related, yet distorted hallways highlight and explore notions of intimacy,
distance, and continuity in terms of their relationship to spatial perception,
particularly senses of contraction and expansion."
Also tonight: Lullaby Moon
Opening up tomorrow night is the kick-off for Hedreen Gallery's 5 week series, Face Time. First up, Anne Mathern and Mike Pham!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
by Zack Bent
Ryan selected the amazing Zack Bent who has had a great (and evolving) show up at Vermillion. There's still a little bit of time to check out now that it's been extended.
Troy picked Jason Hirata's awesomely coercive show at The Living Room. Enlisting the help of strangers, Jason's made a really interesting show in a post-9/11 world.
by Andy Reynolds
I picked NYC transplant Andy Reynolds who is showing his "fun stuff" at Ghost Gallery right now. Congratulations Andy and welcome to Seattle!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Leica M6, Polaroid (2002), balsamic vinegar, Jack Daniels,
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