Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Jeffry Mitchell / Stranger Genius Visual Arts

YEA! It's official - Jeffry Mitchell is a genius!

This morning around 10am Jen Graves and Brendan Kiley walked into Cupcake Royale and presented Jeff with the 2009 Stranger Genius Award for Visual Art. I couldn't agree more. No one has had a better year than him. Between Some Things and Their Shadows, Dirt on Delight, Vases & Flowers, Flowers & Vases, Joy & Reffry, Panda, From Whence The Rainbow Came and an upcoming group show (Artists of Artech) at Wright Exhibition Space, he's pretty much been showing non-stop. At this point in his career, it'd be easy to rest on his past success. Instead, he's taking the opportunity to introduce some really breakthrough art which bridges his past to his present.

He's also been curating various shows (including Call & Response at Crawl Space), writing (a love note to Roy McMakin's Purplish for La Especial Norte), making private commissions and tons of other stuff.

I've spent innumerable hours with this fella discussing art over happy hours and The Stranger is right, Jeff's a genius! Love ya, tiger! So proud!!

Jen's sweet piece here. Other 2o09 winners are PNB (arts organization), Stacey Levine (literature), Zia Mohajerjasbi (film), and Cody Rivers Show (theater).


Big news coming this afternoon!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

First Thursday / October 2009

Untitled by Drew Daly (image via Greg Kucera Gallery)

There is so much great new art this month. I know I say that every month, but it's true again! Look at this line-up for this Thursday.

Drew Daly opens up his show, Visual Fiction, at Greg Kucera Gallery. Drew and I did an interview for La Especial Norte and I've gotten more positive feedback on it than any other one. I think people are just really interested in his process. In our interview (Feb 09) we talked about what this new work would be like. I'm sure a lot has changed (at least it would for me) but here's what he had to say then,
"It's really difficult to talk about work before it has been made, shown and considered without sounding wildly random...I am trying to apply the idea of a moment of time in relation to space, object and motion. All four elements are connected and even bound by the Theory of Relativity, so I keep thinking about if one element is altered what results? It is a similar exploration as trying to make the reflection in the mirror, only way harder." 
Hearing that explanation makes me really excited to see those basketball pictures in person - can't wait! Lecture this Saturday (10/3) at noon.

Untitled by Tim Roda (image via Greg Kucera Gallery)

Also at Kucera is former Seattle-ite Tim Roda showing Recent Photographs. I was going to originally use this mind-blowing picture called Centaur but I didn't know how uptight some employers might be. Tim will also be doing a talk on Saturday (Oct 3) at noon.

Untitled by Matthew Offenbacher (image via Howard House)

And then Matthew Offenbacher opens up his third solo show, C.A.T., at Howard House. I swear, if I had a dollar for every time Matt came up recently, I'd be a rich (and happy) man! Between much-deserved praise (2009 Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award), workshops, La Especial Norte, and all around general awesomeness, you almost forget the most important part - OH YEAH, he makes super amazing art, too! In addition to this show, he just opened up his collaborative project The Gift Shop at Henry Art Gallery. Also opening at Howard House is Tony De Los Reyes. Matt will be giving his talk on Saturday (Oct 3), at noon. 

Polyverse by Robert Hardgrave (image via Some Space Gallery)

I've already mentioned that I'll be trying to win PUNCH Gallery's exhibition (how many times can we enter??). I'm also super excited for Dig: SOIL Invitational 2009, especially to see the partial debut Sharon Arnold's Footing. I think Former Best Friends Forever at Gallery4Culture sounds real interesting.  It's new work (audio, video and installation) by Peter Bonde Becker Nelson about some guys that used to be his 'best' friends. Robert Hardgrave has beautiful work up at Some Space Gallery, along with Kevin McCarthy.

Also, for those of you dying for the premiere of Art:21 Season 5, your wait is over. Seattle Art Museum will be screening it Thursday, 7-8pm in the Nordstrom Lecture Hall, as part of a conversation hosted by SAM curators Michael Darling, Marisa Sanchez and Pam McClusky. It's free but you have to rsvp And on Friday, Henry Art Gallery will be showing it (7pm intro, 7:15 screening) in conjunction with the launch of their new exhibit Vortexhibition Polyphonica. Both will be previewing the episode, Transformation (which includes Paul McCarthy). Both events will be really interesting, so I'd recommend seeing it twice. 

Also continuing are Leo Berk's Deep, Dark at Lawrimore Project (Susan Robb also opens on Thursday) and Eric Elliot at James Harris Gallery. I know I'm missing tons of other great events. See ya Thursday!

Updated 9/30: Jen Graves' picks here, Regina Hackett's here.

Monday, September 28, 2009

untitled by Matthew Offenbacher

untitled, oil and acrylic on stainguard 52" x 45", 2009 

"This is one of the first paintings I finished from this new series I've been working on about my cat. Turtle (that's his name) is 13 years old now, but when he was less than a year old he got stuck in the redwood tree that towered over our neighbor Mrs. Skinner's backyard. I don't know if he was chasing a bird or wanted a better view or what, but he was about fifty feet high by dinner time. It's the classic kitten-in-the-tree story. He only knew how to climb up. I started this painting upside-down from how it is now. You were at the bottom of the tree. When I flipped it, I realized adopting Turtle's point of view was going to be useful--his risk and bravado, and calculated disregard for consequences--that was how I wanted to make these paintings." 
~ Matthew Offenbacher

Matt's third Howard House solo show, C.A.T. (after Burchfield's Conventions for Abstract Thought), opens up this Thursday.

Oct 1 - 31, 2009 at Howard House
Opening reception: Thursday, Oct 1, 6-8pm
Artist talk: Saturday, Oct 3, noon

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Winner Takes All / PUNCH Gallery

Unicorn Fledermaus by Justin Gibbens

This upcoming First Thursday is going to be a great one. In addition to seeing some wonderful art, you'll also have the chance to win PUNCH Gallery's entire exhibition. Full of really great pieces by really great artists like Jason Hirata, Justin Colt Beckman, Sol Hashemi, Renee Adams and more. Every $10 donation gets you an automatic entry (capping out at 1,000 total). 

Untitled (John Wayne) by Justin Colt Beckman

The money raised will help "reduce member dues, ...provide more opportunities to a broader range of artists, provide a place for artists to exhibit work free from the constraints of commercialism, encourage the creation of work that is thoughtful, fearless, and fresh."

The drawing will be at 5pm on Oct 31 and the ceremony will be open to the public. More info here.

Lessons in Erosion Management by Nathan DiPietro

Also, you have until October 19 to submit your entry for PUNCH Gallery's International Juried Exhibition. Marisa C. Sánchez, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum, will be jurying the exhibition. $15/first image, $5 for each additional image.

Horse by Jason Hirata

Also, starting Monday, I'm starting a new series on the blog. I love hearing about an artist's motivation for creating a specific piece. For example, did you know Leo Berk's piece Rattling House has its roots in 9/11? I know some folks prefer to see/experience art without any accompanying text or explanation. But in my experience, it's additive and I usually end up with a much deeper understanding of the work. For the new series, I'm asking various artists to select a piece of their art and then talk about it. Their response can be literal, poetic, explanatory, whatever they want. 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Parenthesis / Western Bridge

Parenthesis opens up today at Western Bridge. Jennifer Zeyl's recreations of parts of her childhood home dramatically transform the gallery. I love the ghost staircase that was built at 120% scale so that you feel like a child again when you climb it. And the picture above is inside the gallery - it's the show's entrance.

I also really enjoyed Kerry Tribe's video, Here and Elsewhere. Jen Grave's walk-through here.

Western Bridge is open Th - Sa, noon to six.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Refracting Space / Steele Gallery (Gage Academy)

Teapot by Eric Elliott

Steele Gallery (at Gage Academy) is hosting an artists' reception tonight for their current show, Refracting Space. A great pack of artists including Eric Elliott, Kevin Fletcher, Ann Gale, Margie Livingston, Ryan Molenkamp, and Matthew Olds

The show, "features painters and printmakers who simultaneously use abstraction and representation to render their subjects and landscapes. These artists create compelling depths of space by merging their foreground and background and through the continual process of mark-making."

With this group, you know the work will be stellar. I'm most excited to see how Matt's and Margie's pieces interact. Since I first saw Matt's work, I've thought it lives somewhere between Margie and Mary Iverson.

Eric Elliott (recpient of the 2009 Neddy) will be giving a talk at 7pm.

Tonight, 6-8 pm at Gage Academy.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Gift Shop by Matthew Offenbacher

Study for The Gift Shop

What do you do when your gift shop has been vacant for over a year? You let Matthew Offenbacher turn into a collaborative installation. That's exactly what the Henry Art Gallery did. And Matt's exhibit, simply called The Gift Shop, opens up today. I'm not sure if there's a reception or if it's just now available to view. 

Matt's been super busy lately. He just finished up this project, he just won the Kayla Skinner Special Recognition Award (for Betty Bowen) and he opens up his fourth show at Howard House, C.A.T., a week from today. Go Matt!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


At Leo's opening tonight, I ran into a friend who works for 4culture. We chatted for a second and she mentioned something about the 4culture blog. I remember thinking, "Awesome! 4culture launched a blog!". I just checked it out - the first post is from March 28th! I think I'm a reasonably informed fellow - at least about some of the art stuff happening in Seattle. I literally slapped my head and thought, "How could this blog be live for almost 6 months and I've never heard of it?".  

Because the thing is, I LOVE 4culture. Their gallery is almost always on my must-see list for 1st Thursdays. I love their community-building, their grants, their employees, their mission. I just think that they're an all-around swell organization. 

I thought it must just be me, but I checked blogrolls for Regina, Jen, Artdish, Hankblog, Vroom Journal, and my other favorite art blogs (Sharon, Susanna, Emily, Gala, Erin, Sol, Strath, Mandy, etc.) and couldn't find anyone that lists it. Which is a real shame because this blog is great! Sara Edwards and a cast of others have assembled quite an assortment of interesting items.

It's got exhibit recommendations, news, grant deadlines, jobs, events, calls for artists and TONS of other things. It literally has something for anyone who's got even a passing interest in art. 

So, maybe you've already been reading it for months, but if you haven't, I'd add it to your daily read list.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Haley Farthing / Fetherston Gallery

Oh dang! I totally missed the opening for this. Haley Farthing just opened up a new show at Fetherston Gallery on the hill. Her work was stunning at the UW MFA show earlier this year and this work seems to be in a similar vein. Can't wait to see them in person.

John Boylan's Conversations

Drats, I miss another one! John Boylan is hosting/moderating another one of his Conversations at Vermillion tonight. Particpants include Barbara Goldstein and artists Carolyn Law, Greg Lundgren and Dan Webb. Tonight's discussion will focus on "...the status of public art, especially in Seattle, one of the respected public art pioneer cities? Where does art in public places stand in the larger worlds of art, politics, and commerce? Is public art being redefined? If so, what is it becoming?"

Next month's? Art & Alcohol. Can't wait!

More info here.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Deep, Dark / Leo Berk

I can't wait for Leo's new show, Deep, Dark, to open up tomorrow! It will be his first solo show at Lawrimore Project. The installation will feature four sculptures exploring subterranean spaces. The new work looks really good. And I'm still so sweet on the piece Rattling House (it's just so beautiful!).

There will also be a full-color catalog with essays by Dan Webb, Charles Mudede and an interview with Leo and me. Come get your catalog and hear Leo talk on Saturday, October 10th at noon. UPDATED 10/9: Talk is now Tuesday, Oct 13th from 6-8pm. The exhibit is up through October 31st.

Opening reception: Tuesday, Sept 22, 6-9pm

Sunday, September 20, 2009

For my mother

Posts from the weekends don't tend to get as many hits as ones I do during the week (I think folks mostly read from work), so I figured this would be a good time to post this. 

My mother is a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to my art (she told me to just stick to my flowers and portraits). Like most mothers, she tries to be supportive but you just know it's not the path she would have chosen for me. While she might say she enjoys my series of nekkid men from 70s porn, I think she's just being polite. However, when I off-handedly mentioned that I won a  merit award for a piece I did for an auction, I could hear genuine excitement in her response ("So tell me more about this award!"). I just wanted to post this to thank her (and my family) for all their support in my continued path down the road of being an artist. 

Also, congratulations to Judith Kindler for receiving the Artist of the Year award from PONCHO.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The New Guard update

Here are some pictures from the inaugural New Guard dinner. The weather was perfect and it made for a really amazing evening. 

Kate's awesome backyard!

Troy Gua's artwork filled the front of the house where folks mingled over drinks. As the sun set, we all filed through the kitchen to say howdy to Joel and then out to the backyard for dinner. 

The Final Spins

There was lots of time to meet your neighbors. Whitney said a few words about the evening and then dinner was served. I think Joel said that the batch of pasta had twelve dozen egg yolks in it! Later, the Final Spins played an acoustic set and then folks wrapped up the night. 

Troy & Catherine Gua + me

I can't wait for the next one. If you want to check one out, get on the email list here. Thanks to everyone who came or participated.

updated 9/21 - Beth's pics here.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gretchen Bennettam / "12th & Jeff"

Gretchen Bennett (with assistance by Steve Zielke) just completed an installation of dioramas in a vacant lot. The dioramas showcase items she found on the lot. The project is in coordination with Michael Siewerath of Capitol Hill Housing. The lot is located at 12th and Jefferson (NE corner) on First Hill.

Our Family / Cairo

image by Lilly Hern-Fondation

Cairo is hosting a trio of events, beginning tomorrow. The first event is Our Family, an art show curated by Serrah Russel. It's a quick show, opening Thursday and closing Sunday. 
"A group show of drawings, deconstructions and collages by Paige Fukuhara, Lilly Hern-Fondation, and Julia Salamonik. 

As we are cleaning, we find them under a bed. They appear and distract us when on a hunt for something else. After an estate sale, they remain unsold, enduring memories of those who have gone before us. They are monumental and symbolic, but they are also banal, blurry and left for discard. As these images become far removed, stories fail us and names escape us, scenarios are imagined and memories constructed, with wishful thinking and tragic deceptions."
Cairo, 507 e mercer st
saturday and sunday 12-6 pm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Ali'Yah by D.Black

D.Black's new album Ali'Yah ("to ascend" in Hebrew) is out today. A more mature, spiritual record than the debut that put him on the map in the Northwest. Sportn' Life Records (co-owned by Black and DeVon Manier) reports, "The album entered the CMJ charts at #16 and was reported by 47 stations. Currently the albums is ranging between #2 - #11 at most major college stations." 

In a Stranger article last week, Charles Mudede called Sportn' Life Records, "the most important black-owned independent label in Seattle." In addition to D.Black, they also have Fatal Lucciauno, Spaceman, SK and the newly signed, Marissa.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Introducing The New Guard

The Final Spins (photo by Kent Colony)

One of my favorite people is starting a new project that I'm really excited to be a part of. Whitney Ricketts has combined three of her favorite things (art, music and food) into a new series of dinners called The New Guard.
"the new guard is a series to fête the up-and-coming, the rising—not the fleeting, but the arrival—of a new legion of creators. these nights will happen monthly in backyards, warehouses, airplane hangars, vacant lots."

artist Troy Gua

Whitney will be culling the chefs, Damien and Sarah Jurado are selecting musicians and I'll be curating the art. One chef, one singer/band, one artist, one evening. For the inaugural event, I selected Troy Gua. Damien and Sarah chose The Final Spins. Whitney asked Joel Cox to prepare the first meal. It's a really great group of folks and I can't wait for tomorrow. I think there still might be some seats available. Otherwise, if it sounds fun, it will be happening monthly from now on. 

chef Joel Cox

More info on the project here. Today's Daily Candy post.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Things you didn't know you need

Crucitrix by Scott J Bailey

Artist Scott J. Bailey has been transforming empty cereal boxes into Crucitrixes for a while now. You can get yours here for $40.

Man-Eating Pit by John Bowen

John Bowen offers up a list of reasons why his Man-Eating Pits are better than flowers. The deluxe sets start around $30.

Both are projects from local artists.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Window Art Project

image by George Rodriguez

I'm really enjoying all the experimental art spaces in Seattle lately. I really like Madison Park, but it would never be my first stop for art. I guess it will be tomorrow before I head over to Ambach & Rice

Over twenty installations in the storefront windows of Madison Park merchants. We're talking about REALLY great artists, too.  Folks like Ben Hirschkoff, Zack and Gala Bent, Evan Blackwell, George Rodriguez, Kinu Watanabe, Tim Cross, and Ellen Ziegler - just to name a few. 

On Saturday night many of the artists will be present to discuss their work.

Background story here.

Also, later that evening Midday Veil is performing at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Blitz on Capitol Hill

I popped out for a minute to check out Capitol Hill's artwalk. The highlight for me was Vermillion. Diana is showing paintings by Ann Duffy. I love Ann's hyper-realistic photos of urban streets and highways. Where she really sings though is her ability to capture light. You can feel the smog (burning forests?) in her pictures of California. When looking at a picture of the Greyhound Station on Denny, you can almost see the sunset. As I was googling for a link to her website, I see that Gayle Clemans just published a nice review of Ann's show today.

print by Randal Owen Hutchinson

And in the back hallway, Diana is showing Randal Owen Hutchinson's Manifest Destiny prints. Juxtaposing familiar quirky landmarks with new urban buildings behind them, Randal creates images of a possible future for Seattle. 

Due to their cityscape natures, the two artists work plays off each other really well. In fact, both included a pink elephant car-wash sign.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

From Whence The Rainbow Came / Ambach & Rice

Photo/manipulations by Eric Fisher

This Saturday, Jeffry Mitchell, Joseph Park, Dan Webb and Claude Zervas turn our attention towards From Whence the Rainbow Came. Four artists, all doing very different things, come together under the roof of Ambach & Rice to explore both new and persistent ideas.

Hi fellas. I love this idea! How did the show happen? 

Jeffry Mitchell: i think the idea came up more than a year ago. maybe two years ago. do you all remember details?

Joe Park: one day while we were all sitting around finishing dinner at claude's, i pulled out dessert which was nina's left over rainbow decorated bday cake from costco. in our discussions, jeff i believe, made the off handed comment 'y'know, from whence the rainbow came' or something like that...

"so, you want to keep the show title 'from whence the rainbow came', even though it's retarded". - charlie kitchings in conversation with joe park (over whether we should change the title from 'from whence the rainbow came, which translates to 'from from where the rainbow came', to 'whence the rainbow came' which would have been more proper)

Dan Webb: The idea has been floating around for awhile actually. We feel like it's important that artists themselves to take an active role to defining what's cool about art here, which means creating shows, starting blogs or 'zines or whatever, and this show is the beginning step in doing that for us. Expect more artist curated shows probably from at least a few of us, and more art related writing from me."

Claude Zervas: At a bar of course. We had been talking about showing together for a while and somehow Charlie (Kitchings) became interested about the idea, but I can't remember who mentioned it to him in the first place (I think it might have been Joe). Part of the original idea was that we could feel relatively free of any concerns about editorial influences from the local art establishment.

Untitled by Joseph Park, 24" x 30"

You're all making individual pieces for the show - is there a thread that ties them all together? Are there any elements of collaboration?

Dan: There is a very conscious effort to allow the work to be whatever the work would be, regardless of it's inclusion in this show. The reason for that is that even though our work has glaring differences, having it in a room together will make people realize some of the ways that it's similar, and in fact informed, by the others. There is no surprise there. We have known each other over many years and in many contexts, and it's natural that there would be some overlap in the way that we think about things. What those things are specifically is a much longer answer, and leads into other areas, so I will hold off on answering that part directly. I think it's just important for us to show that the way we operate as artists is greatly shaped by our peers, who we happen to be great pals with, and the way to show that in the most direct way is simply to show what we do and lump it together in a room. 

Skin by Dan Webb, 74" x 32" x 21"

Joe: the corny thing - now that we've reached our pot of gold, it actually feels like a return to the origins of why we started making art in the first place.  which is why it feels so good right now.

for myself, crystallized growth leads to prismatic effects, in which you see rainbows (you'll probably notice it more in the paintings to come).

when i think of suits of armor, i think excalibur, fairies, and unicorns.  kids cloaked by a blanket, fostering imaginative play.

i see gay. i see our (dan claude, joe's) relationship to the gay - indebtedness, camaraderie.

keeping the show title, making that decision and not questioning it, is definitely in the 'spirit' of this show. the rainbow is an amazing device through which to see this work, even though i haven't seen the other half of it yet, i can already tell that it works.

Jeffrythere is no thematic thread tying the pieces together. each work is discrete. but the fact of the show is about artistic friendships, and how crucial they are to the art and the life of the artist. i also think the fact that this is  a self-curated show speaks to a shift of power to the artists.

Claude: Well, our work for the show is thematically discrete, but somehow there is a conversation going on between the artwork that is influenced by our friendship and the freedom and looseness we felt while making this work.

Untitled by Joseph Park, 16"x20"

Can you tell me about your work in the show?

Joe: half of the paintings are found paintings and half of them are started from scratch, but all of them share this idea of a viral growth that starts to overtake the image.

these 'growths' are time based (sort of). as one strand of paint strokes work their way across the image, another strand may over take it the next session. depending on how long these strands are allowed to develop and how many there are is in a way, measurable. all the works were developed simultaneously kind of like petrie dishes set out to grow something etc...

talking to matt offenbacher, who recommended j g ballard's 'crystal world', an inspiration to numerous artists, from robert smithson on.  more recently the subject of a video by ann lislegaard where modernist architecture collides with this crystalline growth.  i realized that i had been working with concepts similar to those expressed in the book.  

cubism, reflection, refraction, futurism, lenticular lenses, digitization, became infection, alteration, viral crystalline growth.

finally i realized that it was the way that i was painting which held all the metaphorical possibilities, that a stroke of paint could demonstrate these ideas without illustrating them."

Dan: My own work in the show consists of pieces that are draped or covered or obfuscated in some way, hiding from view what the actual subject of the piece is. Of course, the draping and obfuscating is either carved, or rendered in leather, making it impossible to remove the covering and see what’s going on underneath. The reason for this was simply to highlight the idea that if there is a meaning to any work of art, it is a thing that must be inferred by the participation of the viewer. We are given the exteriors of objects to look at, and must glean with sensitivity and intelligence the interiors that they allude to. As Oscar Wilde said, “It’s only shallow people who do not judge by appearances. The mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.

This work takes as its starting point how the surface of things is merely a lens to the interiors they shield, and tries to draw the viewers inward.

Claude: I was really excited to realize some ideas that had been in the back of my mind for several years but were very different from what I normally show publicly and that may not be all that compelling to the usual market. One in particular is based on a fire pit that I excavated from a makeshift campsite along a back country Forest Service road. The original fire pit was such a classic example of the genre, usually created and used by hunters. These fire pits are gradually improved (or wrecked and rebuilt) over the years and become the nexus for both the sublime, in the form of very intense male bonding and drug/alcohol induced emotions, and ultimate vulgarity usually involving bodily functions and/or guns. There are often shotgun shells, bullet casings, beer cans, tin cans, various bullet ridden items, and other detritus in the pit and laying around in the immediate vicinity.

I rebuilt the fire pit in the gallery as a model of a black hole which is part of an allegorical series of work dealing with a lunatic cosmology and creation myth.

There is also some wood involved...

This project was really fun but also very stressful since I decided to try some fabrication techniques of which I had no experience whatsoever, such as fiberglassing and wood carving. 

Hopefully it will all work.

Jeffry: My piece is an extemporaneous sculpture, comprising a variety of impulses that have visited me, uninvited, my entire life as an artist. I don't know why, but i must honor them, make them manifest. the only certain fact is that all of it will be white or close to white.

Study for White Weeds by Jeffry Mitchell

What has the experience been like for you?

Joe: it's been great, but i'm ready to start a solo project...

Dan: The experience has been great. We are so busy now that it's been an excuse to hang out with each other a little bit more often, which has been a lot of fun.

Claude: This has been a joy and an honor to be in a show with these friends whom I love and respect. It's also been really energizing and I want to do this more often for sure, especially to involve other artist friends that were not part of this show.

Jeff: the experience has given me a warm confidence. self acceptance leads to acceptance of others. acceptance of others allows community collaboration, and in that space entirely new experiences are possible. these artist friends, and this show take me to this place of new experience. It's wonderful.

Fortress by Dan Webb, 44" x 28" x 29,
carved from a single piece of cedar

Opening night reception (including a special event) is this Saturday from 7-9pm. The show is up through October 18. Lots of other great stuff coming up at Ambach & Rice, too!

5107 Ballard Ave. N.W.Seattle, WA 98107

Opening pictures:

Jeff, Claude, Dan, Joe

The artists performing Canción Mixteca.

Updated 9/11 to include Claude's responses.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Live in the Hyphen / Cornish

Cornish returns with a bang after taking the summer off. Live in the Hyphen, curated by Jess Von Nostrand,  is a multi-disciplinary exhibition with work by Wynne Greenwood and Paul Rucker. The title comes from both artists' propensity to create work that frequently lives in-between art categories. Wynne is a video-music-performance artist and Paul is a composer-printmaker-video artist.

In addition, Cornish has several live performances and events planned. Here's the schedule. 

The opening reception is tomorrow (9/9) from 5-8pm in the main gallery.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Joseph Park / APEX

p.leonilla (2009), image via R Bransten

Here's another good reason to visit Portland - Joe Park has a show up in APEX at Portland Art Museum.

still life #3 (2007), image via PAM

I first saw Joe's art in 2005 at the Frye exhibition, Moon Beam Caress. The paintings were beautiful - the fluidity of line and his use of light really made you invested in them. But his more developed fractal-cum-cubist painting style is what really blows me away. Joe's ability to make things simultaneously soft and hard is amazing. Can we just make this simple and all* agree that he's the best painter Seattle has?

*I know we can't all agree and that there's tons of competition for this title. This isn't a verifiable statement. I just think his technical mastery of paint is pretty high up there.

Machinist (2008), image via PAM
"Joseph Park is among a handful of artists redefining painting within the postmodern construct of conceptual art and digital reproduction. His sophisticated technique, while grounded in historical precedent, achieves a self-conscious neutrality that serves to distance the viewer and allows the formal construct of the painting to assert itself." 

Bruce Guenther, PAM Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
The show will be up through November 15. More info here.

Update: Oops, apparently artdish already made note of this.

Sunday, September 6, 2009


It's official - everyone's favorite watering hole named after a small horse has reopened. Yea for the return of Pony! It's great and dark but a bit less dive-y. The new location also sports an amazing outdoor deck.

If you liked the old Pony, chances are you like this one, too. 

Friday, September 4, 2009

this world is borrowed

Casper the Ghost bank, found object

I knew this show would be completely charming. I couldn't get down to Portland for the opening, but I've heard it's great. The pictures completely win me over. It's kitschy and nostalgic without feeling too intentional. Not surprisingly, between the furniture, the everyday kitchen items, notes, and pots, it all feels very domestic. 

by Jeffry Mitchell

When you buy a piece, you select one found object and then a work by each artist. If I had some extra dollars, I'd buy the 3 pieces shown.

If you can't make it down, they've worked with Matthew Stadler to produce a book of the show ($90 via Pulliam Gallery).

by Roy McMakin this world is borrowed and incomplete

Photos by Mark Woods