Thursday, March 31, 2011

Supra tidal / Matt Sellars

by Matt Sellars (image via Platform Gallery)

Matt Sellar's Supra tidal at Platform Gallery is part science, part history but all art. Built around a summer of collecting debris from West Seattle's supra tidal area, documenting it with a photo, then doing a drawing of the location.
“Through this, my end goal was to be able to visualize what this area must've looked like and been for the native Suquamish people who lived here before the arrival of the white man. I also sought to envision the time after their arrival and leading to the present. In the end however, though I had slight moments in which I felt I could visualize this, what really happened was a deeper discovery of the place I live and why I like to be here. I also discovered a lot about the society in which I live in through what we choose to toss out the window or leave at the beach. My intent with collecting this garbage was to get my head into the space of the landscape. Like any form of beachcombing, there was calming quality about it, which enabled me to focus only on the task at hand." - Matt Sellars
Supra tidal at Platform Gallery / March 31 to May 7
Reception tonight (Mar 31) from 6 to 8PM / FB invite

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Current influences...

Ghosts, 2010 by Kim Dorland
oil, acrylic, nails, string, yarn, glass, paper, spraypaint on wood
60 x 48 inches (image via)

I've been lost in the worlds of Kim Dorland and Allison Schulnik lately. I feel a total artistic kinship to their subject matter of owl-ghosts, radioactive deer, painterly flowers and lush forests.

The Funeral Party #2 (and details), 2010 by Allison Schulnik
oil on linen, 84" x 136" (image via artist)

And I am in awe of their handling of paint; I don't know how they're able to pull images out of the piles and blobs of velvety oils.

Ghost (Deer), 2010 by Kim Dorland
Oil, glitter, and string on wood panel
72 x 60 inches (image via)

For his last show, New Material, Kim started integrating heavy amounts of glitter and thread, which I think is a really cool direction.

by Allison Schulnik (image via)

Allison remains deeply committed to paint but also does amazing ceramics and video.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Japan Fundraisers

Breakthrough, 2001 by Tracy Boyd
48" x 48", oil on canvas

If you didn't alr
eady hear, Seattle artists along with the Murakami Family were able to raise over $86,000 this past weekend during their Artists for Japan fundraiser. WOW! Great job artists, supporters and patrons.

And artist Diem Chau was able to raise $6590.00 in a separate auction where she donated 2 of her crayon families.

Sunday, March 27, 2011



I was fiddling around with images one day in Photoshop and ended up liking the image above and used it as my FB profile picture. Some friends said that they wanted it on a tshirt. Cafe Presse makes it super easy and I had a tshirt shop set up in minutes.

Look, some folks even followed through and actually bought one. And they're not just for bears - wouldn't your baby look adorable wearing this? I think I might scrawl, "Bear-in-training" on some of them and give them to kids of friends.

by Joey Veltkamp

Okay, actually, if you have any disposable income - it'd be way better to save your pennies and buy this tshirt! Twelve local artists were invited to do their take on Topstache. And if you've been looking for a jaunty polar bear on a bright yellow tshirt, your search is over - I went ahead and drew it for you.

Money raised from tshirt sales goes to Art With Heart ("Art with H
eart helps kids through the healing power of creativity."). All tshirts are $25 and the other artists are Anchor Tattoo, Brandon Ilenstine, Curtis James, Electric Coffin, Heidi Sandhorst, Jthree Concepts, Lauren Curtis, Marc Tweed, Narboo, StarHeadBoy, and Stubborn Sideburn.

Jared K Nickerson / Jthree Concepts

There will also be a big bash this Saturday (April 2, 6-10pm) at the Piranha Shop (formerly Ouch My Eye Gallery), including a group show of the artists to launch the charity line of tshirts.
"View art, Drink a cocktail, and Buy a T-shirt to show your support for Art With Heart."

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Plume by Josh Martin

Plume, 2010 by Josh Martin
photograph printed on canvas

"Plume is a piece that's pretty characteristic of both my work and my process.

I came across this flat sheet of rusting metal lying in the back of a pickup truck in the desert in Nevada, and I thought, "Goldmine!" I crawled all over it and took a couple dozen photos, and when I was able to get back to my computer to upload and process them, this image immediately leapt out of the pack and promptly hogged all my attention.

As for processing, I prefer not to monkey super lots with the original images beyond applying a few very basic sliders to the entire piece. I have this rule for myself that I can't add or subtract individual elements or colors from the images, because to me, that feels like cheating, so I don't use paintbrushes or cloning tools or anything Photoshoppy like that. Everything has to already be there in the original photo - I'm just there to coax the good stuff to the surface and intensify the scene as necessary.

As for Plume specifically, the final image does this thing that I love where a relatively small patch of nondescript scrap material, when treated just right, ends up giving a powerful impression of vastness, of other-worldliness. As if entire underwater ecologies or planetary nebulae are hidden inside these bits of industrial detritus, just waiting to be discovered." - Josh Martin

Friday, March 25, 2011


detail from current oil painting

When I first started out painting (11 years ago?!), I started out in oil. But living in a small apartment, I switched to acrylics a couple of years later. It was way easier for someone with zero patience or any room for paintings to cure. Lately, I've been really attracted to oil again. Maybe it's the collaborations with Susanna Bluhm, the interview with Alexander Kroll or just a natural rhythm but it's been really fun to work in the studio building up layers of oil paint.

Stormcrow by Summer Wheat, 2010 (image via)
acrylic and oil on canvas, 16” x 20”

This has also resulted in a shift of what type of art I find interesting these days. Suddenly, the messier or heavier, the better. Drippy, thick abstract figures like Summer Wheat's are blowing me away right now. That's really surprising because I typically like a lot more order in my art.

Skull, 2010 by Summer Wheat (image via)
acrylic and oil on canvas, 72”x 96”

Someone else who's making really interesting abstracted portraits is Cait Willis. She showed the painted below last year at Vermillion. Such a really interesting (and bold) new direction.

Talking Head 1 by Cait Willis

Cait has a show opening up at Ghost Gallery on April 14th which will continue this exploration of technological glitches. And if you can't wait until then, make sure you check out her current paintings in the Forecast: Communicating Weather and Climate show still on view at the convention center through April 7th.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Criticism - is Seattle ready?

Waldorf and Statler, Muppet critics

When they say, "Everyone's a critic", it's true. We all have the ability to study/evaluate/interpret a piece of art. We know what we like and what we don't like. We have two upcoming talks in Seattle that will touch on this.

Today (March 24, 2011) from 12:30 - 2pm, I'll be presenting at Gage about my experiences as an artist/blogger/arts enthusiast and how easy it is to join the conversation here in Seattle.
Artist and blogger Joey Veltkamp guides you through his experiences as both an artist and a writer, helping you learn how artists can participate in the conversation of art criticism with the popularization of artist blogs and new media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Gage Academy, 1501 10th Ave. E, Seattle
Geo Studio, Room 304, Third Floor
And then next Tuesday, Cornish will be hosting a discussion on critiques with Cable Griffith, Jim Demetre and Jen Graves.
Critique the Critique
Tuesday, March 29
Cornish Main Gallery
Main Cornish Campus, First Floor
12 - 1 PM

Please join us for a casual lunchtime discussion about the “Critique.” Love it or loathe it, it is a common practice shared by students, teachers, artists, and critics. The “crit” is used differently by many, with a variety of applications and objectives. This conversation is aimed at putting the entire practice “on the wall” and examining the best and worst parts of the critique in an effort to become better at both giving and receiving criticism. Seattle art critics Jen Graves (The Stranger) and Jim Demetre (Artdish) will join Cornish Exhibitions Curator Cable Griffith to lead the discussion. Please bring your lunch and appetite for debate!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dark Room Trio / Western Bridge

Chay Norton & Kathy Lawson / Crispin Spaeth's 'Dark Room'
Photo by Benjamin Kirby, 2006

I've heard rumblings that it was coming back but Western Bridge made it official yesterday by sending out the announcement for Crispin Spaeth's Dark Room Trio. The original Dark Room premiered at Western Bridge back in 2006, the entire dance performance happens in a room lit only by infrared spectrum. Because the room is completely dark, the audience gets night vision goggles but the dancers rely on non-visual cues.

It's a really strange way to watch the performance. At times, you get distracted and end up looking at someone sitting across from you. There's a tension - will the dancers collide with each other? Miss a mark and run into a wall? The night vision goggles (which remind me of war or Silence of the Lambs) add another eerie layer. Yann Novak composed the unsettling minimalist soundtrack which matches the mood perfectly. Yann will also be performing his piece Presence live at Henry Art Gallery this Friday.

Tickets are free but you need a reservation. This was one of my favorite things I've ever seen at Western Bridge (and that's saying something)! It will go perfectly with their current show, Light in Darkness. Dark Room runs April 8 - April 23 and will be performed by Annie Hewlett, Elia Mrak, and Kathryn Padberg.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Mysterious Content of Softness / BAM

Lauren DiCioccio, Still, Life 2009 - 2010
Hand-embroidered, hand-sewn and hand-painted assorted objects
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Fischer Gallery

I recommend heading across the water to check out Bellevue Art Museum's current exhibition, The Mysterious Content of Softness. Built around eleven artists (including locals Diem Chau and Rock Hushka) using fiber (or softness in the case of Angela Ellsworth's corsage pin bonnets) in new or different ways.

Lacey Jane Roberts, We Couldn’t Get In. We Couldn’t Get Out., 2006-2007
Hand-woven wire, crank-knit yarn, steel poles, assorted hardware
Courtesy of the artist

Some of these ways don't seem as revolutionary in our progressive Northwest as they might in other parts of the country. Artist inclusions like James Gobel, Lacey Jane Roberts, Nathan Vincent and duo Miller & Shellabarger rest primarily on the juxtaposition of masculine versus feminine. I feel like our region has a long history of gender fluidity in our art so the idea of a man knitting doesn't seem that surprising anymore - you probably see it on the bus on your morning commute. While the work might not revolutionary, it's certainly awe-inspiring. And I really like the quiet back story of Rock Hushka's Renaissance inspired tapestries whose act of creation is offered up as a meditation on ..."the sincere belief that each human can truly make a difference."

Miller & Shellabarger, Untitled (Crochet, Basel, Switzerland)
Archival pigment print, edition of 5, 1 AP, 2008
Courtesy of the artists and Western Exhibitions, Chicago, Illinois

I think the inherent tenderness of Miller & Shellabarger's public love is what makes Pink Tube so great. It transcends the examination of gender to become a document of their everlasting love. Began as a performance piece in 2003, they will continue to work on it (in public only) until one of them dies, at which point the remaining partner will unravel it.

Diem Chau, Legacy, 2010
Porcelain plate, organza & thread
Image courtesy of artist and G. Gibson Gallery

It's a big exhibit with really interesting work. I really liked Jeremy Chase Sanders' synesthesia-inspired queer plaids. And of course I love Lauren DiCioccio's celebration of everyday objects. It's always great to see a wall of Diem Chau's delicate embroidered porcelain. Angela Ellsworth's 9 Seer Bonnets each reference one of polygamist Lorenzo Snow's wives. Angela Hennssey examines race by shredding black velvet. Lacy Jane Roberts renders a security/prison fence impotent by limply recreating it with fuschia yarn. James Goebel makes larger than life fabric bear paintings. Nathan Vincent recreates an entire men's locker room - out of yarn. Lisa Kellner investigates the body through silk organza.


The Mysterious Content of Softness is curated by Stefano Catalani and will be on view through June 26, 2011.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Cloud Installation / Ben Hirshkoff

I met a friend at SOIL yesterday and was happily surprised by this awesome new cloud installation in the TK's garage.

Artist Ben Hirshkoff, known for his beautiful clouds sculptures, made the piece with cut painter's tape. I'm not sure how long it will be up so make sure to check it out.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Artist Talk / Degenerate Art Ensemble

Degenerate Art Ensemble: Cuckoo Crow (performance still), 2006
Image by Bruce Tom

Today at 2pm, Degenerate Art Ensemble co-artistic directors Haruko Nishimura and Joshua Kohl will sit down for a talk with with Robin Held, Frye Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Collections. The talk is free and I'm sure will be invaluable when touring the exhibition (which I can't wait to see)!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Friday by Rebecca Black / Bob Dylan

Art finds its way into unexpected places in our digital age. There's something beautiful about this progression of the song Friday by Rebecca Black. In case you haven't been following, here's the timeline.

First there was this...

...which caught the attention of these folks which probably brought the song to the attention of this person...

Bob Dylan's imaginary original version of Friday is genius. It's hilarious how suddenly lyrics like, "Fun, fun, you know what it is." take on meaning when processed through the filter of Bob Dylan. It casts a light on how inane current tween music seems and then you realize that the only reason the song works as a Bob Dylan cover is because of the inanity of many of his own lyrics.

And then folks took the joke to the next level by starting to post comments that support a fabricated history of the song.
Not a moment goes by during this song when I can keep myself from crying. It was the last slow song played at my Senior Prom. Just a few days later Johnny was shipped overseas to Vietnam, and not too long after that I got that terrible letter. His parents even decided to play this song at his funeral. There was not a dry eye in that church. I miss you Johnny, and this song is just a reminder of the turbulent times that the 60's were, and it's comforting to know that Dylan is still appreciated. - thevigilanteoflove
Important memories of NYC, lost loves, and the bourgeoisie are all referenced in the 4,400 comments, along with lots of outrage from fans in both the Dylan and the Black camps. Clearly not everyone is in on the joke.
YOU ARE ALL SO DUMB, especially you people who are trying to explain the metaphor's behind the song or the relevance of the lyrics. Bob Dylan did not write or sing this. Can you imagine Bob Dylan in the 60's singing 'party party party yeah' hahaha. Don't just accept what you see on the internet as the truth and then attempt to prove how much you know about music by justifying the lyrics. - FOOOLScocolunar
Now, they've even edited/hijacked the wiki page of Bob Dylan's Basement Tapes.

We live in weird times.

Breadth at Gage

If you didn't already know it, Lauren Klenow has quietly been curating smart shows in a modest gallery tucked up on the 3rd floor of Gage Academy of the Arts. The Steele Gallery has hosted some amazing shows such as Claire Cowie's dark show based on the book of Revelation.

Tonight, they'll be hosting a reception for Breadth: A Cross-Examination of Seattle Portraits which will include portraits by artists like Joe Park, Gretchen Bennett, Cat Clifford, Rumi Koshino, Klara Glosova, Lauren Grossman, Christopher Martin Hoff, and many more!

Also opening at Gage: Spitting Image: 5th Annual Student Self-Portrait Show and Toward Clarity: Advanced Watercolor Student Exhibition.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Art happenings tonight.

If you're not out drinking green beers, here are some art events happening tonight.

New Northwest Coastal Living by Nathan DiPietro
19.25" x 46.25" (image via)

Nathan DiPietro will be showing beautiful new egg tempera paintings at Woodside/Braseth. New Northwest Coast: An Investigation of Seabrook Washington looks at an idyllic coastal town and the dark forest surrounding it. I haven't seen them in person yet but they look very ominous on the screen. I really like Nathan's exploration of the darker side of American expansion. I don't know if it's intentional or if I'm just projecting. Check them out tonight from 5:30 - 8:30. Also showing, Mirror Tent by Jared Rue.

by Saya Moriyasu

The Henry will be hosting Kirkland Art Center's lecture tonight for their current exhibition (Be)longing: Apprehensions and Opportunity at the Cultural Crossroads. The talk starts at 7pm and participants include curator Mercy Trent and artists Sonny Assu, Diem Chau, Tess Martin, Saya Moriyasu, and Remedios Rapoport. Free.

Diem Chau and Saya Moriyasu are also raising funds for raising funds for Japanese earthquake relief. Diem is auctioning off a custom family portrait rendered in crayon for $10 a pop. At last look, she's helped to raise nearly $3,500! Saya will be donating prints (a collaboration with Maki Tamura and Nicholas Nyland) as part of a big fundraiser called Artists for Japan at KOBO at HIGO happening next Saturday. Other donating artists include Etsuko Ichikawa, Junko Yamamot0, Elizabeth Jameson, Roger Shimomura, Ellen Ziegler and many more! And Junko is also having an opening of her work this Saturday at KOBO at HIGO.

Peacock (colored) by Urban Soule / Kim McCarthy

Urban Soule (aka Kim McCarthy) has an opening tonight from 6-9 pm at Bedlam Coffee in Belltown as part of Belltown's Art Walk & More.

Also, Ver(a)rt Gallery will be having a reception for COLORBLIND.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

2011 Brink short list

Henry Art Gallery just announced the short list for the 2011 Brink. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 22, 2011, at 7PM. Congrats to everyone nominated!

Tannaz Farsi (Eugene, OR) and artist duo Anna Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen (Portland, OR)

Andrew Dadson (Vancouver, BC) and Dawn Cerny (Seattle, WA)

Grant Barnhart (Seattle, WA) and Debra Baxter (Seattle, WA)

Allison Hrabluik (Vancouver, BC)

$$$ for Japan

Flower #4 by Joey Veltkamp

Today (3/15), ALL of Linda's restaurants/bars will be donating 100% of their profits to disaster relief for Japan via International Medical Corps. THAT'S HUGE! I've never heard of a business donating 100% of their profits to a cause. So swing by Oddfellows for your morning coffee or lunch, or host a happy hour at Lindas and then have dinner at Smith or King's Hardware and know that you're helping to raise money for earthquake relief.

Flower #3 by Joey Veltkamp

And then save the date for next Monday (3/21) for a fundraiser of a personal nature at Boat Street Cafe. My friend Sachie (artist/waiter/Seattle darling) is raising money for her family in Japan. They're all safe but have lost everything and need money asap. More details soon but I'm donating the above flower paintings. I'm not sure how they're doing it, but if I'm setting the price, they're gonna be cheap! So if you're looking for art or other goodies, head over to Boat Street Cafe this Monday night. And if you want to make a donation before then, email me and I can put you in touch with Sachie.

Updated 3/16

Also, artist Diem Chau is offering up a very generous custom family portrait (3 crayons). Every $10 raffle ticket enters you to win. She's hoping for 200 tickets sold but it'd be awesome to sell a lot more! All money raised goes to the Japanese Red Cross Society. More info here - you have til the 23rd to buy a ticket!

Monday, March 14, 2011

In the studio with Philip Miner

I stopped by the studio of Philip Miner recently. On the way in, an elderly gentlemen stopped me and asked if he and his sister could come in; he wanted to show her the saw blade the almost killed him. I had already knocked so when Philip opened the door I smiled and said, "Uh, these folks would like to see a saw blade..." Luckily, he knew exactly what I was talking about. As they reminisced, I poked around Philip's studio.

Glenn Ligon / The Whitney

Malcolm X (Version 1) #1, 2010 by Glenn Ligon
image via

If you're going to be in NYC anytime soon, please go see this exhibition for me! The Whitney is showing 100 pieces of work by Glenn Ligon for his mid-career retrospective, Glenn Ligon: America. Up through June 5th.

Untitled (If I Can't Have Love, I'll Take Sunshine), 2006 by Glenn Ligon
image via

Thanks to Pacific Standard for the heads up.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

landings / Max Kraushaar

space suit by Max Kraushaar

Okay, we're moving on from SoundSuits to space suits.

Tonight, Vignettes will present landings by Max Kraushaar. This one night exhibition will feature hand-sewn space suits (with custom vacuformed components) and paintings.
Sun (3/13), 7-10 @ Vignettes

Friday, March 11, 2011

Nick Cave is here!

SoundSuit by Nick Cave (image via)

And he brought the OMG!

I've always loved Nick Cave's pieces at Seattle Art Museum but they didn't prepare me for Meet Me at the Center of the Earth. A life-sized bear made of patchworked sweaters greets you when you enter. The bear (and it's hard not to call it a bear, instead of bear-suit) is flanked by an army of odd fabric creatures all standing under a furry banner proclaiming Meet Me at The Center of the Earth.

Soundsuits by Nick Cave (image via)

With over 50 suits displayed, it does feels like another world. Cave uses found materials to create the suits and they range from the natural (twigs or birds) to the highly ornamental (buttons, beads, embroidery). I had no idea the original suit, made of twigs, was a response to the Rodney King beating. When inert, the suits are beautiful yet somber. People quietly walked through the galleries last night.

SoundSuit, 2010 by Nick Cave (American, born 1961)
Mixed media (photo by James Prinz)
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery

Which is in direct contrast to the hand-clapping and exclamations that were happening just ten minutes earlier. Once activated, the suits become magical. Last night, Spectrum Dance Theatre wore some of the nights and performed in the lobby. As someone described it, it's like a car wash come to life. The bright, faux fur is whirling and when the dancers get close, the forms almost merge - it's just really beautiful and completes the suits. It reminded me of the religious ecstasy of Shaker dancing.

SoundSuit (detail), 2010 by Nick Cave (American, born 1961)
Mixed media (photo by James Prinz)
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.

If you didn't get to see the suits in motion, don't despair. When Nick Cave does shows, one component is to partner with community dance groups to create what are called Invasions. Kind of like a monster flash-mob, the suits show up in public for quick mini-performances. Both Cornish and Spectrum will be performing over the course of the exhibit. Yesterday, the first one happened in a window of Nordstrom around 4pm. Follow SAM on Facebook or Twitter to figure out where they'll be next.
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is an invitation by the artist to break free from the confines of our daily life and travel to a place in which imagination is unencumbered. - Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art (via)
Don't don't miss Meet Me at the Center of the Earth; shows like this are the reason I love SAM!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Interview with Serge Gay, Jr.

Life, 2010 by Serge Gay, Jr.
Acrylic, 20×20

I just read an awesome interview with Serge Gay, Jr. on Monsterfresh. The interview was conducted by Leilani Lewis who also runs the local art blog Pro-Pepper ("Arts and Events with flavor"). Like Leilani, I had just recently heard of Gay's work when it was featured in the Wes Anderson-themed show Bad Dads. He's probably most famous though for being part of the duo that created Cee Lo Green's most recent video, Fuck You. Gay will be in the upcoming Bold Hype Gallery show, Quentin vs Coen.

Hair Dress by Serge Gay, Jr.
13 x 16 inches, Glclee on 100% cotton rag paper

Updated: Want to own your Serge Gay, Jr.? 1xRUN is offering a limited edition print of his piece Hair Dress for only $45!

Upcoming talks...

A couple of great talks coming up in March...

Collector, 2006, by John Grade
wood, 78 x 50 x 42 in. (image via)

John Grade will be speaking at Cornish tomorrow about his new work from a recent residency in Valenciennes, France.
Thursday, March 10th @1:15pm
Cornish Main Gallery
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA
Non-Sign II by Lead Pencil Studio (image via)

And next Friday (March 18), Lead Pencil Studio will be giving a le
cture at Microsoft. Pre-register (
Friday, March 18 @ 12pm
Microsoft Campus
Building 33/Microsoft Conference Center
16070 NE 36th Way
Redmond, WA

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Capitol Hill Art Walk / March 2011

Lots and lots of great art to see this Thursday. Here are a few highlights.

by Rumi Koshino

The Living Room will be showing then by Rumi Koshino.
In the last year and a half Rumi Koshino moved four times, each move coinciding with abrupt transitions. "then" is a photographic documentation of three of the five apartments she has recently lived in. This installation attempts to blur the distinction between self portraiture and photographed spaces, while investigating the accumulated cultures, history, and emotion embedded within them.
by Andy Wentz

Joe Bar is showing new digital prints by Andy Wentz. You Name It is the artist's Seattle debut. More details here!

by Matt Martin

The fine folks at retrofit home will be hosting a champagne reception to open artist/graphic designer Matt Martin's latest show.
In his latest series of work...continues to be influenced by motion, contrast, and the materials he works with. Passing glances of urban structures are revealed as fragile components of a larger universe in flux that is at once expanding and imploding in ribbons and washes of rich, vibrant color. Through his working process of heavy layering and reduction, the results arise organically and seem to crystallize the final moments of the recognizable before being completely consumed by vivid abstraction.

by Barbara Trentalange

Singer Barbara Trentalange did double duty as a painter for this series of musicians that she'd like to work with for her new show at Cupcake Royale called Baby Napping Series: Northwest Musicians.

by Jess Rees

'Urban naturalist and artist' Jess Rees will be showing upstairs at CakeSpy. Pretty Little Things will feature a curiosity cabinet, new feather paintings and more.
She explores the space between natural and constructed worlds, and provides a vision of life across its manifestations. Through installation, sculpture, and drawing Jess Rees's work presents themes of ecology, biology, psychology, history and art.
Indy #20 2010 by Roy Powell

The art studio/gallery space of Local 1520 (Greg Boudreau, Roy Powell, Peter Loyd, Abiel Hoff) will be open for Blitz. More details here.

The Visitor, 2009 by Ryan Molenkamp

Ryan Molenkamp's Regrading at Vermillion will have paintings from four different bodies of work, unified under an umbrella of "material, mood, and style". I'm especially excited to see the new branch in his Place paintings where landscape has now morphed into floral bouquets. They look beautiful.

Amanda Manitach will also be showing new work at Vermillion. Fold will be "a collection of vapid recursions and ecstatic bifurcations".

Also at Vermillion, Sharon Arnold will be selling the limited edition (20) of the inaugural issue of LxWxH. $125 buys you two original pieces of art (a painting by Susanna Bluhm, a drawing by me) and an original essay (by Amanda Manitach this issue).

There's no Penetration this week (it happened last week). But Midday Veil will be playing at The Comet, so that'd be the perfect afterparty.


PS - I like the unintentional tension of the two b&w paintings above; it's like the bear is looking up distractedly right before Roy's race car comes barreling around the track. LOOK OUT, BEAR!