Saturday, October 30, 2010

November City Arts

IV perform The Dorothy K: For Better, For Worse, and Forever
Photo by Steven Miller

The November issue of City Arts will be out in the next couple of days. In it are new bi-monthly columns by Hannah Levin and myself, a primer on Steampunk and Tim Appelo writes about Picasso as his final piece for the magazine before he moves down to California. Plus lots and lots more.

Friday, October 29, 2010

To Catch a Trapper by Allyce Wood

To Catch a Trapper (detail) by Allyce Wood,
cut-paper and overhead projection

"‘Human to animal’ conflicts are common subjects of my work, and this cut-paper and overhead projector installation continues that thread.

People have long wished to genuinely live amongst nature, but cannot without taking certain action to re-assimilate. Humankind is separate from the wilderness because of their often negative and violent participation in the animal world; to upend those actions would heal our race's reputation and allow for our inclusion.

This is a naive solution, to trap those who poach or squander, but one that instinctively feels correct. The contradiction of this vigilante solution (repeating the hurt placed upon our prey onto members of our society) is apparent, and lends comment to the inevitable human condition." - Allyce Wood

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween 2010

If you love Halloween, you're in luck because there are plenty of ways for you to celebrate this weekend! Here are a few art-related festivities.

Thursday, Oct 28

Get your pumpkin carving on tonight at The Hideout. Double bourbons and sharp knives - isn't that a little dangerous? Who cares because as Greg points out, Harborview is really close! This will be lots of fun and kicks off a brand new First Hill tradition. Starting at 6pm, the Sorrento will be accepting pumpkin drop-offs for the 1st Annual First Hill Pumpkin Carving Contest. They'll be packing the courtyard for the big decision on Sunday at 6pm. Anyone can drop off a pumpkin! @ The Hideout more info

Friday, Oct 29

The Living Room will be hosting the Halloween ARTISTS' BALL from 8pm to 2am. Amanda Manitach has created a fun night of music, costume, booze and general artistic mayhem.
ART THEMED, of course. Dress as a work of art or as an artist, etc. Haute masquerade, artistes! Picasso and his bull, perchance? Morris Graves, a vivisected Damien Hirst, a hard shiny Koons, Louise Bourgeois and her buxom Fillette.....?
I've heard about a couple of the costumes. Dang, people are creative! This should be loads of fun. Hopefully, there will be some of my favorite/confounding candy mix by Jason Hirata. @ The Living Room more info


Wow! As part of their Finally Friday series, Bellevue Art Museum is hosting quite a party complete with a magician and a psychic. Music by WD4D and Scratchmaster Joe, drinks, candy, performances, artist walk through with April Surgent. Other exhibitions include Ginny Ruffner and the BAM Biennial Clay Throwdown! @ Bellevue Art Museum more info

Saturday, October 30

Vermillion is hosting a dance party called the Undead Discotheque. Music includes Eardrumz, Jon Francois, Scratchmaster Me, and Live:Birds and a Band.
Are you afraid to be alone in the dark? Do you ever get scared when you think of all the bridge and tunnel monsters that'll be out on Halloween? Do you shriek at the sight of a shiny shirt? Fear not little ones, we're ready. For an eternity of dance. We'll protect you. From monsters. We promise. Now just, DANCE!
So many fun things on the hill! @ Vermillion more info


From 7-10 pm, Ghost Gallery will be having a Halloween party. $5 gets you, "Classic Halloween Decor, Art by Michelle Smith-Lewis, Corey Urlacher & Morbid Anatomy, music, keg, wine & a Costume Contest! Winner of Most Beautifully Creepy Costume receives a Ghost Gallery Membership and a Special Gift." @ Ghost Gallery more info


The First Hill triangle of The Hideout, the Sorrento and Vito's will be fertile costume territory as folks bounce between the 3 places.
From the Hideout, to the Hunt Club, to Vito's and all points in-between, we are going to transform these two blocks of First Hill into a parade of costumes, parties and general spook. From 7:00 pm to 2:00 am First Hill bars will be abuzz with live music, drink specials and decoration. And one dazzling costumed person will walk (or crawl) away with our $500.00 cash prize. So get your costumes into gear! The winner will be announced at the stroke of midnight at Vito’s.
If you want to make things easy after all the celebrating, check yourself into the Sorrento as part of their Costume Crawl rate of $129. more info

Sunday, October 31

At 6pm come to the Sorrento's courtyard for the pumpkin judging. Judges include Robin Held, Korby Sears, Bruno and Stephan Nogler. The winner receives a deluxe suite at the Sorrento plus a $100.00 gift certificate from Vito's. @ the Sorrento more info

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Russell Flint / Seattle Magazine

Russell Flint for Sunset Magazine (Aug 2010)

Aw, look who's on the cover of Seattle Magazine this month?

In the short six month's since Rain Shadow Meats' opening Russell Flint has quickly become Capitol Hill's favorite butcher! He'll be November's coverboy for Seattle Magazine's Local Meat Guide. Russell is the about the sweetest, most helpful butcher you could ask for!

And if you're thinking about Thanksgiving, you should order a turkey from RSM. They were only able to get 200 turkey from Mad Hatcher Farms and will be roughly 15lbs each (at $3.99/lb). Yum.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kiki Smith by Daniel Carrillo

Kiki Smith by Daniel Carrillo.

Daniel Carrillo has steadily been steadily photographing Northwest artists over the past year in his beautiful wet plate collodion style. This past weekend Greg Kucera brought Kiki Smith by the studio for an impromptu photo shoot. I can't wait for a book of these photographs.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

City Arts Fest starts today!

As you've undoubtedly heard, City Arts Fest officially begins today. Tonight's line-up includes Belle & Sebastian, Blue Scholars, Fresh Espresso, Gogol Bordello and many more. It's going to be quite a weekend with lots of fun things happening. Here's the schedule - you can get an all access wristband (I think they're still available) or individual tickets for the shows and events.

Cat Power! Big Boi (plus Fatal Lucciauno)! She & Him! Or if you prefer art to music, here are 3 ways you can get your art on at the festival.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Drift/Net by Yann Novak (and you)

Yann Novak just opened a new show at 323 Projects and is inviting you to collaborate. Call this number 323-843-4652 before Nov 15 and leave a 60 second recording of the ambient noise of your environs. Yann will then incorporate the messages into a new sound piece that he'll debut in 2011. Full details here. I already left my recording. :)

Junk Love!

Tiger lamps!

I just love my friend Sarah's blog, Junk Love, where she sells awesome objects she's found. She's into junking, thrifting and estate-sale'ing big time. I love her eye and some of my favorite things have been gifts from her. Sarah's most recent project was to cozy up the newest Cupcake Royale over in Bellevue.

She also loves the owls! And if there's something specific you're looking for, she'll find it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

You want candy?

I love the game Candy Land. You'll notice that's present tense. I own a copy and I've pulled it more times in the past couple of years than I'd prefer to admit. Well, now I know I'm not alone because artist Kelly Lyles has been busily working on a exhibit of 50 small 'candy' portraits. Candyland opens tomorrow (Oct 14) at Twilight Artist Collective as part of West Seattle's Artwalk.

If you can't wait until tomorrow to see Kelly, you could swing by 4Culture tonight from 6-8. Kelly will be there to accept her 2010 Conductive Garboil Grant. Congratulations!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

OkCupid breaks it down

OkTrends compiles statistics and observations from dating site OkCupid. They've been doing these really interesting posts that analyze their data. Their post, The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’ is especially interesting. Here's a recent post about differences between straight men and gay men. As with other word clouds, the size indicates frequency.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Margie Livingston & Leo Berk - winners!
image via Artist Trust

I meant to post this days ago, but a big congratulations to Leo Berk and Margie Livingston, inaugural recipients of the 2010 Arts Innovator Award.

Ribbon by Leo Saul Berk
Douglas fir veneer, 101"
"This is the inaugural year of the $25,000 award, now the largest grant available to individual artists in Washington State. Supported by The Dale and Leslie Chihuly Foundation, the Arts Innovator Award is given annually to two Washington State artists, working in any discipline, who demonstrate innovation in their art practice by originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks, and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields."
Study for Spiral Block #5 by Margie Livingston
Acrylic, 2.25" x 3.5" x 2.4

I really like these paint blocks by Margie. If you're interested in the one above, it's for sale at this Friday's SOIL auction.

Outpost by Timothy Cross

Also, congratulations to Tim Cross - he was the big winner of Kirkland Arts Center 2010 REDUX Studio Challenge!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Implied Violence & Séance / The Frye

Implied Violence. Trina: Triple Trinity Divine, 2010.
Art Direction: Ryan Mitchell and Steven Miller.
Photo: Steven Miller.

Tomorrow, Implied Violence will stage a 6 hour performance in the Frye's reflecting pool. The Dorothy K: For Better, For Worse, and Forever will be IV's first performance in Seattle in over 2 years. The piece is meant to be viewed over an extended period of time and will have several different vantage points (cafe, museum, rotunda, sidewalk). The exhibit is set up for folks both familiar and unfamiliar with IV's work. During the course of the day, hundreds of arrows will be shot into a block of wax, at the end it will be ceremoniously escorted inside to live as an object. I'm interested to see how the performance will relate to the exhibition, curated by Robin Held. For those going to Christian Rizzo, this would be the perfect pre-show performance.

Albert von Keller. Gisela von Wehner mit Tochter Ilka [Gisela von Wehner with Daughter Ilka], 1906. Oil on canvas. 19 11/16 x 28 3/4 in. Kunsthaus Zürich, gift from the estate of Dr. Oskar A. Müller. ©2010 Kunsthaus Zürich. All rights reserved.

The IV show is paired perfectly with Séance: Albert von Keller and the Occult, curated by Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker and Gian Casper Bott.
"The Frye Art Museum’s exhibition showcases Keller’s enigmatic subjects—corpses, séances, dancers in trancelike states, martyred saints, and burning witches—to reveal a potent combination of religious fervor, mysticism, and sensuality. It presents key paintings by Keller from the Kunsthaus Zürich, whose collection was recently enriched by the remarkable gift of more than three hundred paintings by Albert von Keller from the estate of Swiss chemist Oskar A. Müller (1899–1994)."

best of art walk award

Walnut Tabby (Girl) by Ed Wicklander

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight for the art walk wards. Vito's was a real fun place to have host it. Since the very first art walk award at the Hideout, Greg's been a great supporter and friend to this project. A big thanks to Greg and his amazing crew!

Bowl by Matthew Offenbacher
image via Greg Kucera Gallery

The crowd was great, Ivory Smith was great and we had 2 really great guest judges: Matt Brown and Jessica Powers. I chose Matt Offenbacher's beautiful drawings from the Arc of Picasso show. Jessica selected Gretchen's Bennett's piece from the same show. But it was Matt Browning's selection of Ed Wicklander's hand carved Tabby Cat that got the most votes and walked away with the $500 prize!

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Gretchen Bennett
image via Greg Kucera

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

1st Thursday, Oct 2010

Attraction, detail by Curtis Erlinger

Here we are again - it's 1st Thursday time in Seattle. City Arts has my list of recommendations over here. And once you've checked out all the art, you should swing by Vito's for our after party where you can vote on the 3 finalists. Our guest judges (both members of TARL) are curator Jessica Powers and artist Matt Browning. Ivory Smith will be providing music. I think this one might be the most fun yet! Hope to see you there! Full details here.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Save the date: ALL SOILS DAY

Grande Ronde by Buddy Bunting
oil on wood panel, 11" x 14"

SOIL's annual auction is coming up on Friday, October 15. Tonight we were installing the artwork and as we walked around, we kept saying, "Wow, this is a lot of great art." It was an amazing year for donations. I fell in love with this piece by Buddy Bunting.

This year's auction will be down in Georgetown at the Seattle Design Center (same place as our exhibit earlier this year, Soil in Residency). There is plenty of free parking!! Tickets are still $10 (if you pre-buy) or $20 day of.

Here are the full details. Can't make the 15th? Check out the preview on Saturday, October 9.

Want to get in for free? We still have a few volunteers positions open.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hawk meets window

A bird leaves its greasy outline after hitting a window.
image via Pacific Standard

Had I not seen it for myself, I probably wouldn't believe that this picture wasn't photoshopped. My friends Strath and Emily had a hawk visit their window this weekend. They think their kitty was hanging near the window and the hawk was going to attack her. They said they didn't find a body so they're hoping the hawk was able to fly away.

Every Distance is Not Near / Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery

Untitled (You Light Up My Life) by Debra Baxter

There's a new exhibition opening up this Thursday by 3 of Seattle's most interesting artists (4, if you include the catalog designer) that's a total don't miss! The catch is that if you want to see it, you have to head down to Reno.

Drawer (detail), by Jenny Heishman
photo by Adam L. Weintraub

Debra Baxter, Dawn Cerny and Jenny Heishman are presenting new work built around a line from Bob Dylan's I Shall be Released (channeled through Nina Simone). Gretchen Bennett designed the catalog. Debra Baxter continues her laboriously carved sculptures that read like post-Holzer truisms of self-love and bad-ass one liners. Dawn Cerny has smashed her drawings, formed some pieces into sculptures and left other pieces sitting where they landed. Jenny Heishman has created artificial landscapes built around patterns, texture and color.

Untitled by Dawn Cerny

If you're in the area, be sure to stop by. The show is up through November 5th.

Art Zone / Harold & Chiyo

Two things I love? Nancy Guppy's Art Zone and seeing friends on Nancy Guppy's Art Zone. If you haven't already watched last Friday's episode, it's packed with some great visual art. First up is a spotlight on Harold Hollingsworth! And then a bit later, Nancy walks through SAM's upcoming with Picasso exhibit with Chiyo Ishikawa.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Versus / The Heroes

Save the date for October 23 because local group The Heroes are putting on a fashion show that's built around resolving conflicting ideas like plastic versus paper or science versus religion.
"Versus features an array of local fashion talent ranging from veterans to budding designers, including CMRTYZ, Bri Seeley, Angel Gehm and Marie-Caroline Moir. In addition to creating these original works, the Versus designers are also collaborating with non-fashion artists (musicians, film editors, poets and photographers) to create a truly unique presentation of their designs/pieces."
If you'd like to win VIP passes to the event, submit a short video (under 60 seconds) of a great conflicting idea ("East vs. West"?) and post it to their Facebook page here.