Friday, November 19, 2010

City Arts Best Of Art Walk Award / 2010

For the final art walk award and after party of 2010, we've decided to mix it up a bit. Instead of walking around with 2 guest judges, I invited five Seattle arts leaders to think back on all the art they saw in 2010 and each choose a favorite piece they saw by a local artist. On Thursday, Dec. 2, you are invited* to come celebrate a fantastic year of art and vote on your favorite.

Here are the six finalists. You decide who wins $1000!

Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 48"

GRANT BARNHART - Killing Time with Sleeping Pills
Selected by Regina Hackett / Art critic, Another Bouncing Ball

“The old horse whose ragged breath congests in a clotted stream is wrapped in the consolations of color, fall trees behind her and flowers at her feet. Blooms surge as she recedes. For all her weight, she's drifting like a hair or a feather on a cloudy mixture of memory.” - Regina Hackett

Copper plate etching

Selected by Diana Adams / Vermillion

"At 84, Ree Brown is an inspiration to anyone who thinks they are not an artist, not good enough to measure, or can't understand why the world is so dense."

"This piece simply epitomizes an emotion for me and came to fruition through a series of events which gives a strong sense of foundation - of how the world can help you carry your load; the essence of the practice of creativity - and how you just have to keep doing it." - Diana Adams

Carved wood, each 6” x 1.75” x 1.75”.
Installation approximately 6 x 70 x 12 inches

MATT BROWNING - Tradition as Adaptive Strategy
Selected by Yoko Ott / Director, Open Satellite

“It was a departure from most of the work we had seen up to that moment. Thirty-four funnel-shaped statuettes were painstakingly carved from solid pieces of fir then filled to overflowing with pitch made from sap the artist gathered from pine trees throughout the Northwest. Inspired by The Pitch Drop Experiment—the longest continuously running scientific experiment in the world started in 1927 that is measuring the flow of seemingly solid substances—it was brilliant, expertly weaving together many threads. His use of narrative was as engaging as ever.

Further consider how he placed the work in the gallery. Given free-reign of the super-sized exhibition space the artist selected the area intended to function as the social space of the gallery, then proceeded to dramatically alter its characteristics. Removing all its domestic features, erasing its color scheme, tearing down interior architectural elements, and tucking his work away in the corner on a hearth-cum-pedestal. This impressive co-option of space highlights the co-authorship inherent in exhibition practice; a gesture I was personally inspired by.” - Yoko Ott

Lightbox, 30" x 45" x 5

Selected by Joey Veltkamp / Artist, Blogger, City Arts contributor

“More than any other show this year, I found myself thinking about Jennifer Campbell's exhibition Point No Point at Gallery4Culture. It was full of work that appeared effortless, occupying the space between intellect, humor, and accessibility. Selecting a favorite piece was nearly impossible but at the end of the day the transformation of person into rainbow won me over. Set against the emerald backdrop of the Northwest, it's impossible for me to look at this photo and not smile.” - Joey Veltkamp

Clear glass ambrotype, 10” x 12”

Selected by Greg Kucera / Greg Kucera Gallery

“I have been watching Dan's "Wet Plate Collodion Seattle Artist Portrait" series grow and intensify for some time now and have loved particularly his touching portrait of the very glamorous Nola Avienne. A few weeks ago, he shot a very spontaneous portrait of Kiki Smith that was just astonishing to me. I watched the portrait of Kiki being set up, didn't want to be there when the photo was taken, but was amazed by the beauty and truth of it once done. Kiki has been photographed by some of the best in the business including Nan Goldin, Chuck Close and, even, herself. This is as good as any of them.” - Greg Kucera

Carved wood (Cedar), 44” x 28” x 29”

DAN WEBB - Fortress
Selected by Scott Lawrimore / Lawrimore Project

“...the draping and obfuscating is...carved...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.” ” - Dan Webb


When: Thursday, December 2 (1st Thursday)
Where: Sole Repair
Time: 8:30 - 11pm
21+ only, RSVP required

*To attend, RSVP to with "Art Walk Awards" in the subject line.

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