Tuesday, July 16, 2013

That's all folks!

Aw heck, I've been meaning to do this for the past year.  I don't think there's anyone still reading this (but I haven't tracked that stuff in a long time) but I just wanted to officially put the blog to bed. (It's already been snoring logs for the past year...)

When I first started this blog back in 2007, it didn't seem like we had that many folks writing about art in the Northwest. I don't feel like that's true any more. In fact, it seems like there's new art sites popping up every month. It's a very exciting time to be in Seattle I think. 

I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who's every read this blog or said something nice about it. You all have been SO NICE about it and I really appreciate it. Through the years, there have been over 1,300 interviews, reviews, blather, spotlights, and other oddities. And I'll still be writing from time to time in different formats (like my summer manifesto in an upcoming zine).

Anyway, thank you. I feel honored to have been a part of all this. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

How Goes the Battle? / Tessa Hulls

Tessa Hull's latest show, How Goes the Battle?, is driven by a rough breakup and attempts to, "...lay down arms and make peace with helplessness, and to rebuild a strong foundation from the wreckage of a broken trust." I tend to have a soft spot for art that was created by the processing of pain. Let's face it, personal suffering has created lots of great art for the world to love. And I think the vulnerability in showing our private pain is a beautiful act. 

"As equal parts visual artist and writer, my work draws heavily from text, and each piece in this show is paired with a corresponding poem by Kay Ryan. I will also be debuting a new comic book that I wrote as my artist statement. It includes, but is not limited to: Winston Churchill, graphs of abstract concepts, heartbreak, convergent evolution/homoplasy, paleotology, and The Great Gatsby." - Tessa Hulls

How Goes the Battle? by Tessa Hulls
Opens Thursday, April 11th at Joe Bar (810 E Roy)
Opening reception 6-9pm

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sale at Debra Baxter : Crystal Bomb

Are your chakras out of alignment? Don't worry because Deb Baxter is here to help. For the next five days, she's having a sale on many of her gorgeous crystal necklaces over at her wearable sculpture site Debra Baxter : Crystal Bomb.

Amethyst Neckpiece by Debra Baxter

Maybe you're worried about being poisoned? You can rest easy if you're wearing this amethyst neckpiece for protection. Deb says it can also be worn for protection from self-deception.
"Crystalline quartz in shades of purple, lilac or mauve is called amethyst, a stone traditionally worn to guard against drunkeness and to instill a sober mind. The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison." via
Whether you're a practitioner of crystal healing or not, you'll feel--or at least look--better just by putting one on. 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Beers of Summer / Vermillion

Looking for something to do on Thursday night? Swing by Vermillion from 6-8pm for the release of Paper Object's latest folio project, The Beers of Summer. My beer can (+ Diet Coke, Redbull) drawings are paired with lovely/sweet/sad poems by Sarah Galvin

This past September, just as summer was winding down, I began to notice glint-y discarded beer cans throughout the city. The beers of summer: I have no idea who drank them, who discarded them, or what kind of a summer they had but they reminded me of the all the endless hours I spent in the lake, drinking Rainiers with friends, watching cute fellas jump off the dock. 

It's free and open to all ages. Afterward, make it a literary 2fer and head over to Salon with the amazing Rebecca Brown. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Jenny Heishman / South Lake Union

Woodpile by Jenny Heishman, photo by Spike Mafford

I love Jenny Heishman's latest sculpture, Woodpile. It was another commission by Vulcan Real Estate and you can find it on the southwest corner of Boren & Thomas, down in South Lake Union. It's a nice complement to her previous SLU piece, Cabin Corners (corner of Boren Ave N & Republican). Here's a map of other pieces down in the neighborhood, in case you wanted to make an afternoon of art-viewing. 

Woodpile by Jenny Heishman,
photo by Spike Mafford

"Heishman uses references to the history of Seattle in the three public works (two in South Lake Union and one in Fremont) she has built in her adopted hometown. For this latest piece, in addition to celebrating a colloquial sculptural form, she imagines a pile-up of logs, rolling rather than skidding down Boren on their way to the sawmills along the south end of the lake."

Monday, February 25, 2013

Salon Revisited / Hedreen Gallery

Posters for Salon #3 Ryan Mitchell / Saint Genet by NKO
Amanda Manitach, curator of Hedreen Gallery, invited me to resurrect the Salon Series from when I was artist in residence at SU back in 2009. It's been lots of fun to get groups of folks together. Tonight, we're hosting Ryan Mitchell / Saint Genet. for a salon of ... uh ... well, we're not really sure what. One thing's for certain, it will be an interesting spin on the idea of community that we've been discussing/celebrating. I can't wait! 

Alex Berry documents Greg Lundgren / Salon # 2
Greg Lundgren was our last guest and I'm pretty sure his discussion, "Everything is just fine: a conversation about art and ambition in Seattle.", could have went on for several more hours, if not all night. I walked away feeling optimistic about what's happening now and what's going to  be happening in Seattle's future. 

Salon #1 / Joey + Amanda resurrect Masterpiece
(Jayson, Harold, Rachel, Joey, Margie & Tim in background)
To kick off the series, Amanda and I resurrected Matt Offenbacher's wonderful Salon where we all played the 1970s game about collecting art, Masterpiece. Just like Matt, we created a localized version with Seattle artists. The increased crowd size made for a spirited iteration.

To round out the series, Klara Glosova and her sons Sidney and Blake, will present Play Indoors  Salon on Saturday, March 2nd from noon to 1:30. Thanks to Amanda and Seattle University, Greg L, and everyone who's been coming! They've been lots of fun. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012


Check out the latest issue of City Arts Magazine for a profile on my favorite taste-maker, Holly Hinton! Anything cool in my life probably came from Holly. She's the perfect date, the perfect hostess, and she never stops surprising us with her bag of tricks! If she says something is cool, I'd believe her. (Her response to "Place to party? T-Dock, Lake Washington", naturally.)

Christmas 2012 (of course Holly has a Santa suit)