Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Knutson / Pettway at Greg Kucera Gallery

HOG IN DA PEN, 1987, by Loretta Pettway
Quilted fabric, 108 x 80 inches, image via Greg Kucera Gallery

Greg Kucera Gallery will be showing work by Gee's Bend quilter, Loretta Pettway, in her first solo show. Check out other Gee's Bend quilts and prints.

FOUR COILED STARS FIELD, 2011 by Michael Knutson
Oil on canvas, 72 x 108 inches, image via Greg Kucera Gallery

It makes a great pairing with Michael Knutson's Layered Coils. There will be a reception tomorrow night (Thursday) from 6-8pm. Also, don't miss his artist talk on Saturday, Sept 3 at noon.

DETAIL: SPRUNG COIL QUARTET #4, 2007, by Michael Knutson
image via Greg Kucera Gallery

I love this detail image from his Sprung Coil Quartet #4.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Walden Three is coming!

image from City Arts

Back in December of last year, Greg Lundgren invited a small group of us to Vito's and laid out his vision for Walden Three, "...a documentary film hybrid conceived and developed by Vital 5 Productions." Basically, Walden Three will be a 10 year documentary film (production budget of $17+ million) which will center around a physical arts center, located directly across from SAM in the former Lusty Lady building. The project might get extended an additional ten years, multiple movies might get made -- it's Greg Lundgren so there are no rules.
"It all started with a very simple idea. We need an art center in Seattle. And not some anemic, struggling center that mirrored all of the non-profit models of the past or the DIY temporary spaces that sprout and disappear like mushrooms – we need an art center that is formidable, sustainable, long term and risk taking. Conversations were held, questions were asked, old models analyzed and new concepts considered. But some key points were defined – it should exist in the city center, so people of all walks can have access and engage with the center. It should not be a transient center, hopping from one condemned building to the next, it needed a secure and long term home. And it should, if possible, be defined as a for-profit business, not subjected to the fickle and dwindling budgets and grants allocated for the arts, but something dynamic and revenue generating, something that is self-sufficient and able to create experimental and progressive programming without the red tape and politics of public funding. We need an art center with a permanent home in downtown Seattle.Meetings continued, and the conversation shifted to our cultural capital – lists were made. We confirmed our instincts that indeed, the Pacific Northwest is brimming over with a creative class that remains largely untapped and unexploited. A huge resource, like timber or natural gas or gold, that needs to be identified, cultivated and exported to the world. Our cultural capital is outstanding – in every medium and capacity." - Greg Lundgren
Greg rallies the troops in this letter in the September issue of City Arts. I couldn't agree more with this part, "Walden Three asks one central question: Can a renaissance be manufactured? I believe it can and I believe Seattle holds all the key ingredients to activate such a golden era. We have the creative capital to fuel it, the proper space to house it, the technology to propagate it and surely someone in our midst with the audacity to finance it."

Monday, August 29, 2011

gut [vigor] heart [resolve] hands [focus]

gut[ted][ing][s] 2011, arches cover white, strathford drawing roll,
glue, 26 foot long installation by Sharon Arnold

Hopefully you've seen Sharon Arnold's show gut [vigor] heart [resolve] hands [focus] that's currently hanging in the Alumni Gallery of Cornish. If not, you still have a couple of days. The gallery is open 9-5 through Friday (the show comes down at 3pm on Friday).

1:1 no 1, one stick of charcoal on one piece of 2"x2" paper, 2011
by Sharon Arnold
gut [vigor] heart [resolve] hands [focus]

these words embody ways in which we brace ourselves to move forward, representing the things we carry, contain, or spill forth. at what point are we unable to give anything more or contain what we hold?

there are areas of overlap in each of these pieces, but they have their own character. gut[ed][ing][s] is expressing more than can what possible be contained - spilling, overflow; 1:1 is literally taking on more material while slowly falling apart; and carry the one, drop the rest is about amassing so much information that the older information is lost.

this work is a metaphor, meditation, and self-torture device through which I continue to pile on, strip down, unload, lift off, layer up, break down, soldier on. - Sharon Arnold

carry the one, drop the rest No. 1 (detail), 2011
tracing paper, acetate, graphite, sharpie, by Sharon Arnold

I think it's my favorite show by Sharon; it has a quiet sadness to it. It's smart, well suited to the academic setting of an art college. But for all its intellectualism, it holds an equal amount of heart, demonstrated through her use of excess. A small square of velvety paper holds the remains of an entire stick of charcoal. Stacks of vellum are piled on top of each to create ghost images. Rectangles' innards reveal themselves to be more than possible. This is what it feels like to be smothered by someone who loves you.

Islands: Susanna Bluhm & Cable Griffith

Magh Meall, 2011 by Cable Griffith
acrylic on canvas18 x 24 inches

Susanna Bluhm and Cable Griffith will be showing brand new work for their upcoming SOIL exhibition Islands.
Susanna Bluhm and Cable Griffith present new work that references islands as places, metaphors, and microcosms. Both painters take over the entire gallery, examining the mysterious, bountiful singularity of the landscape.

"They call it coolness and we call it visibility", 20
11 by Susanna Bluhm

For this show, they've taken over the entire gallery. It's been a while since I've been this excited for a show. Partly because I'm just really enamored with painting right now. But mostly because this looks like some of the strongest work I've seen by either of them. I've already done two studio visits with Susanna and I'm just in love with this series!

Ogygia, 2011 by Cable Griffith
acrylic on canvas, 18 x 24 inches

Islands: Susanna Bluhm & Cable Griffith
August 31 – October 1, 2011
SOIL Art Gallery
Opening reception: Thursday, September 1, 6–8pm

Related: SOIL just posted a call for members over here. Deadline: 5pm, Sat, Dec 10th, 2011.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Happy Sunday

Rose, 16" x 12", watercolor

A friend who I've been missing sent this over to me yesterday with the note, "Happy Saturday". Such a sweet gesture, I wanted to pass it on. Happy Sunday!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Lake Washington

Sorry for being so quiet lately. I'm been spending every wonderful minute I can in Lake Washington. It's my favorite place to watch Mt. Rainier. Seward Park and the T-Dock have pretty much been my home these past few days.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Get your art on / Thursday

Some art events that might require your attention tonight.

Lauren Davies

This evening, Across the River Arts and Fremont Abbey Arts Center will present their one night only showcase Twentyfive: A Night of New Works by 25 Emerging Artists and Performers.
"Painters, sculptors, dance choreographers, poets, musicians, playwrights, and every style in between will make up this special show giving the community an opportunity to meet these talented individuals and experience their brand new creations."
Artists include: Laura Ackerman, Jeff Ballard, Kellen Braddock, Jennifer Cadence, Gibson Cima, Lauren Davies, Anita Feng, Lisa Frank, Tamblyn Gawley, C. Luke Geller, Rachel Grant, Josh Hornbeck (quiet), Kalen Huffman, Jane Kakaley, Cheri Kopp, David McCrae, Joy Mills, Atsuko Nagakura, Rosie Peterson, Laura Samsel, Greg Sinibaldi, Martijn Swart, Casey Tonnelly, Catrina Turley, John White, and Suze Woolf.

Full info here.

fog machines found in abandoned halloween shop by Graham Downing

Tonight from 7-11 at Vignettes, Graham Downing will show new art in his one night only show, sleeping with my contacts in: close to home, close to work. This will be Graham's second show with Vignettes. I loved this piece from his last show.
"I've been sleeping with my contacts in for the last four months.
Sometimes if they hurt in the morning I'll take them out and wear my glasses for the day. I've had these glasses since high school and people always say I don't look like myself when i wear them.

I also don't know my social security number.
And i always buy gas 5 dollars at a time." - Graham Downing

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Good luck, Jaimie!

T-Bone Steak, 2011 by Jaimie Healy
7" x 8"

My friend Jaimie Healy is leaving Seattle this week to head down to California College of the Arts to get her MFA. We met a few years back (I loved her wolf photo collages in a coffee shop) and she's always great to talk art with over drinks and homemade dinners. A few weeks back, she asked me what my favorite cut of steak was and I told her a T-Bone. Today, she showed up with this awesome painting of a T-Bone steak for an art-trade--I love her meat paintings!

You might have seen her work at DUG: SOIL Invitational 2011, and most recently in her show I Have to Warn You a Gun May Go Off in This Room at Joe Bar. Good luck, Jaimie!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Troy Gua

partially Colorbandz'd photo of Troy Gua
image by Hayley Young

Do you remember that vintage cartoon with the mouse thief where everyone exclaimed, "Savoir Faire is everywhere!" Well, replace Savoir Faire with Troy Gua because that guy is everywhere this year!

Troy was one of my first interviews (in 2008) and even back then he was clear about what he wanted.
"Y’know, I just really want to show at a gallery that’s gonna help me achieve my goal, Joey; art world domination, and then rest of the world domination. It’s just that simple." - Troy Gua
He recently received the Seattle Magazine 2011 Spotlight Award.

Chrysalis (Contents May Shift In Transit), 2011 by Troy Gua
shrink wrap plastic, packing tape and vinyl

Troy's Mad Homes piece, Chrysalis (Contents May Shift In Transit) was one of the most widely discussed pieces in the show.

"Father" and "Son", 2011 by Troy Gua
for Bumber by Number

His pieces "Father" and "Son" for the upcoming Bumber by Number show are great. I love how he used his Colorbandz process on only part of the clown faces.

Study for Portrait of Joey Veltkamp As Colorbandz™, 2011 by Troy Gua
image via artist

And then this morning on Facebook, he announced that 15 of his Colorbandz paintings might end up in a movie that's currently shooting in Seattle. Congratulations on a great summer, buddy!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Deborah Scott

Consumption of Innocence, 2011 by Deborah Scott
Oil and Mixed Media on Canvas,
60"H x 36"W
image via artist

I just love these paintings by Deborah Scott. Consumption of Innocence is great; little red riding hood with her Target bag looks like a modernized pulp fiction cover.
"My work is a mash-up of classically styled figurative painting and contemporary iconography. My narratives are based on biography, tarot, mythology and fairytale. Iconic brands and contemporary imagery support the narrative in my work."
Temperance, 2011 by Deborah Scott
Oil and Mixed media on canvas,
60"H x 36"W
image via artist

Deborah's work was selected as the "First Place Figure" by SAM Director Derrick Cartwright at last year's Best of Gage. I can certainly see why.

Prole Drift opens Sept 1

In the good news for Seattle category, Dirk Park's new gallery Prole Drift, is all set to open up Sept 1. (1st Thursday). The main gallery is a 16' cube, with some auxiliary space for flat files and smaller objects.

First up is An Empty Vase, a project by Jenny Heishman and Matthew Offenbacher. The project is patterned after the apartment of Sir John Soane and will include work by Tim Cross, Nicholas Nyland, Gretchen Bennett, Chauney Peck, and Buddy Bunting.
"Our idea is based on thinking of a new gallery as a kind of collection. We have created a structure to enfold, energize, and complicate that collection. It is inspired by the nineteenth-century English architect John Soane's solutions for the compact and dense presentation of his collection of paintings, sculptures, and curios. Within the limited confines of his townhouse, Soane enthusiastically piled object upon object, rooms inside rooms—compelled, we imagine, to fill up the empty space. An art gallery is a kind of void which is ritually filled and emptied. In order to keep the melancholy of this rhythmic cycle at bay, we have made space that aims for enthusiasm rather than mastery."
You can read more about Prole Drift here. Next up is a solo show by Jenny Heishman opening Oct 14.

An Empty Vase, a project by Jenny Heishman and Matthew Offenbacher
Prole Drift / 523 S. Main St.
Opening reception Sept 1, 5-9pm

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Recent work by Alexander Kroll

Not Yet Titled, 2011 by Alexander Kroll
12" x 10", oil on linen over panel
image via CB1 Gallery

I especially love artists who constantly push their work in new directions. I remember being blown away by Alexander Kroll's work when I first saw it in 2010. The paintings had a tension, as if trapped under a cage of his thick, geometric paint strokes.

Then, earlier this year in dual shows (James Harris Gallery and CB1 Gallery), Kroll removed the cage and opened everything up.

Not Yet Titled, 2011 by Alexander Kroll
12" x 10", oil on linen over panel
image via CB1 Gallery

I asked him a few questions back in February about his (then current) work and he had this to say.
"I think the new paintings are the best things I have ever made. In realizing that I had made an enormous breakthrough in my work, there was a huge feeling of relief, but also of focus and freedom. These are the paintings I want to be making. I don’t need to impose an idea structure on top of them like I was doing in the network paintings. They have their own idea structure, sort of proper to the work. They assert their identity, their meaning or meanings without the need for a superimposed structure."

Not Yet Titled, 2011 by Alexander Kroll
60" x 50", oil on linen over panel
image via CB1 Gallery

I agreed with him back then but I think this new work is even better still. The new paintings have less of his previous impasto paint application but retain his characteristic gorgeous marks. Also, he's expanded the scale of his typically modest-sized paintings--some are as large as 60" x 50".

Twin Tigers Quietly Caressing, 2011 by Alexander Kroll
Oil on linen over panel,
54" x 42"
image via CB1 Gallery

Friday, August 19, 2011

Artists who interview recap

photo by Mandy Greer

A couple of weekends ago, Mandy Greer invited five of us artists who interview to gather round a big table full of tangerines, pie and coffee to talk about what we get from the experience.
"But what I really wanted to get at are your personal motivations for doing this. I want to know how did this start for you all, how did this practice begin? It’s hard enough to have time just to be an artist, so it must do something for you, it must feed you in some way and I want to learn about that today." - Mandy Greer
You've probably noticed I've been blogging more lately. It wasn't until I read the transcription of the roundtable that I realized just why I've been so inspired lately. From time to time, somebody (usually an artist) will send me an email to let me know that they feel isolated from the scene and they have been using my blog as a way to feel connected. That's pretty much exactly why I keep doing the blog--to foster connection.
"It was right after I completed Dare alla Luce at BAM in 2008 and I had been buried in making this massive artwork for 16 months with almost no outside contact, raising a toddler. Finding Joey’s blog, it was like this beautiful blooming flower and window onto all this activity. I continue to go back to it, like a touchstone, to get a feel for what’s happening, when I’m totally buried in work." - Mandy Greer
It's a real interesting read (I can say that because I didn't have much to say that day). Also a big congratulations to Mandy--both her and Troy Gua just won Seattle Magazine's 2011 Spotlight Award!

Over and Over / Vermillion

"Howl Now", 2010 by Derek Albeck
Graphite on paper, 24 by 20 inches

Do you love obsessive drawing? Then you're going to double-love Vermillion's upcoming exhibition, Over and Over: A Small Survey of Obsessive Drawing. Amanda sent over the press release yesterday and I can't quit thinking about Derek Albeck's work. I'm loving his drawings with rainbows, especially since I've been holed up in my studio this past week making these piles of rainbows.
"Whether visionary, systematic, minimal or playful, the drawings on show at "Over and Over" share a common compulsive thread, created through often repetitive and painstaking processes that speak to a lust for obsessive mark-making, lines, dots, and smudges."
Carbon Traces by Patrick Kelly

The show is full of great work from around the globe by Patrick Kelly (Portland), Derek Albeck (LA), Connie Prantera (London) and Derrick Jefferies (London) plus work by the show co-curators Amanda Manitach and Izzie Klingels (both from Seattle).
Over and Over: A Small Survey of Obsessive Drawing
Vermillion, September 8 - October 8, 2011
Opening reception: September 8, 6-8pm

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Studio Group activities

This Island, 2011, by
Susanna Bluhm
acrylic and oil on canvas, 20 x 20 inches
image via Susanna Bluhm

Last night, my studio group met at Susanna Bluhm's and we got to preview her upcoming show (Islands, with Cable Griffith). OMG - I'm so in love with these (and Susanna's work in general).

At the end of our studio group, we always take a few minutes to talk about the various project we're all working on and I was reminded of all these things I had meant to blog about it.

Etsuko Ichikawa
image via Caroline Palmgren

The Anthropologist ("Supporting the work of inspiring individuals.") commissioned filmmaker Alistair Banks Griffin to create a movie about Etsuko Ichikawa. It's been up for a month now but if you haven't seen it, it's great!

"By tickling Columbine's feet, Pierrot makes her die laughing."
2011, by Amanda Manitach (image via Amanda Manitach)
50 x 38 inches, graphite on paper, 201

Amanda Manitach has been hanging out and drawing in The Project Room this week as part of Mandy Greer's Solstenen. She'll be there today and tomorrow from noon to 5pm. I have no idea if this is still happening but earlier attendees were rewarded with babycakes.

Don't have the credentials to be a 'real' artist? Erin Shakfind to the rescue with the Universal Artistic License - the only piece of paper an artist 'needs' to make work. Erin has temporarily set up her licensing bureau in Occidental Park and is making licenses for anyone who stops by. But today and tomorrow from 11-2 are her last office hours in the park so get on down there if you can!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

2011 Lo-Fi Arts Festival *Not to Scale

Acts of Ascendancy: The Private and Public Passion of Regret
video by NKO

I'm bummed to have missed the 2011 Lo-Fi Arts Festival *Not to Scale - a 24 hour marathon of installations, performances, cabaret, river dances and so much more.
It must be quite a thrill to see such an array of art in a natural setting. Join the Smoke Farm FB group to see more pics.

Participating artists included Aaron Loveitt, Alexandra Baybutt, Amy Billharz, flatchestedmama, Anne Blackburn, The Lonely Coast, Arne Pihl, Interrupture, Chris McMullen and Steve Withycombe, Daryle Conners, "Awesome", South Meadow Cabaret, dk pan/NKO, Doug Nufer, ticktock with Sculpture by Miguel Edwards, Ellen Welcker, Eric John Olson, Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia, Greg Bem, ilvs strauss, Jennifer Law and Toby Cohen, Jenna Bean Veatch, Jodee Adams-Moore, John Boylan, Josh Peterson, Kate Fernandez, Fruition Productions, Kathleen Skeels, Keely Isaac Meehan, Kelly Igoe, Ken Turner, Kristin Tollefson, Laura Becker and Evan Blackwell, Mandy Greer, Maridee Slater, Meg Hartwig, Mike Katell, Mike McCracken, soikowski research/performance, Rick Araluce, Robb Kunz, Sara Edwards, Sarah DeWeerdt, Sarah Ferreter and Katherine Wimble, Sarah Kavage and Adria Garcia, Saskia Delores, Vis-a-Vis Society, Stephen Roxborough, Steve Leroux, Bear and Beaster, Susan Balshor, Valet Design, Titanium Sporkesta, Tom de Beauchamp

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bumber by Number preview

I know I've already mentioned the upcoming Bumber by Number exhibition at Bumbershoot but some of the participating artists have started posting their images. Ryan and Jenny's paintings have to be by each other; they make such a nice pairing.

updated 8/17

My wish (detail), 2011 by Joey Veltkamp

Also, here's a preview of my piece, which was inspired in part by Lori Earley's The Wish.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

True Love Art Gallery / Capitol Hill

True Love Art Gallery owners George Long and Boris Hussein
(not pictured, Mike Gilmore / image via Brian Sanchez)

Doing their part to "Keep Capitol Hill weird", my friend Boris Erickson, along with co-owners George Long and Mike Gilmore, have opened a new custom tattoo shop/art gallery called True Love Art Gallery near Pine & Summit.

Cat by Kyle Schuman

The inaugural show RUNNING LOW ON SELF-ESTEEM is a collection of paintings, illustrations and site-specific work by Brian Sanchez and Kyle Schuman. I'm in love with the awesomely weird modified found cat painting by Kyle Schuman. I think it's still available for only $200!

True Love Art Gallery is still figuring out their hours, website and other info so in the meantime, keep up with them on Facebook. Here's a welcome to the neighborhood note from CHS.

My Darger orbit

Henry Darger (image via)

This morning, I had a strong urge to watch the Henry Darger movie, In the Realms of the Unreal. There's a quote I loved so I took a minute to pause the movie and write it down. After teaching at Cornish this summer, I now see just how true this is.
"It is the best gift of all. The more you draw, the better you'll be able to draw. Do the best you can and draw everything you can lay your hands on." - Henry Darger
Then I had déjà vu and checked my blog and sure enough--my Darger orbit is about every 2 years. I last watched the movie (and loved the same quote) back on Aug 19, 2009.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The owls of Matthew Offenbacher

Medium Owl, 2006 by Matthew Offenbacher (image via)
oil and watercolor on canvas, 22" x 22.5"

As I walked home tonight, it was impossible to miss the giant moon in the sky. It got me thinking about Matt Offenbacher's painting Medium Owl (2006). [Does everyone get cravings for paintings?] The blog redesign has me feeling a bit ambitious and I was considering tackling a list of NW owls, like this week's Bears of Seattle post. (I'm kind of obsessed with owls and bears...I wonder sometimes if I grew up in Florida, would I love flamingos and alligators instead?)

Large Owl, 2006 by Matthew Offenbacher (image via)
oil and watercolor on canvas,
31.5" x 24.5"

In regards to owls of the Northwest, Matt's Missoni-inspired ones are at the top of my list. I remember thinking they were way too weird for me when I first saw them back in 2006. But in the five years since then, as I've gotten to know both Matt and his art, they've become some of my favorite paintings. And I hope that they find their way to a museum soon so I can quit worrying about their future.

Small Owl, 2006 by Matthew Offenbacher (image via)
oil and watercolor on canvas, 11.5" x 11.25"

I was going to comment that I've already said this all a million times before but then I wanted to fact-check that number. Hyperbole aside, out of the 1,110 posts I've done, it turns out Seattle is, by far my most talked about subject (that makes sense since it's a Seattle-focused art blog).

An index to the history of lust, 2007 by Matthew Offenbacher
oil and watercolor canvas, 19" x 18" (image via)

Then, in an almost a 3 way tie, Matt Offenbacher, Jeffry Mitchell and--just barely edging them out--Gretchen Bennett. (I'm not surprised - they're 3 of my favorites. I don't think that 30+ mentions out of 1100 posts is really that much.) And the 5th most blogged subject? Vermillion.

untitled, 2011 by Matthew Offenbacher (image via)
oil, acrylic, distemper on stainguard,
52 x 45"

I also love Matt's non-owl work; here's a painting from his recent Vignettes show, The Divided $elf.

Artsy Saturday

Ruins, 2008 by Danila Rumold (image via artist)
Oil and Cold Wax on Canvas, 24" x 24"

Artist Danila Rumold will moving to San Francisco later this fall. In preparation, she'll be having a studio sale today with both new and old work for sale. 6-9pm / 2856 Northwest Market St., Seattle.

by Chris Rollins

X Print Exchange will be hosting their 2nd show tonight as part of Ballard Art Walk. Participating artists include Chris Rollins, Paul McKercher, Allyce Wood, Brittany Kusa, Clayton Cusak, Damian Puggelli, Don De Leva, Jeremy Cody, Kaleb Hunkele, Mary Shea, Michael Cadiz, Nate Stottrup, Ryan Moblo, Tatiana Garmendia, Tom Workman, Susie Burke and Brian Lane. 6-9pm / also at 2856 NW Market, Seattle.

Sure, the town of Tieton is a bit of a drive. But every minute you drive away from Seattle, you greatly increase your chances of seeing sun. Art + sun? What's better? Today, from noon to 5pm, the Mighty Tieton Warehouse will be hosting a reception for the release of 10x10x10xTieton.

sanctioned mural created last weekend at a public, all-ages event

As part of their collaboration to showcase Northwest urban contemporary artists, CoCA and Bherd Studios will be hosting an opening reception tonight (in their Seattle Design Center space) for the sanctioned mural (Un)Sanctioned. 6-9pm / 5701 6th Ave S, Seattle.
(Un)Sanctioned will educate viewers about a commonly misunderstood and perceived "outsider" art community and begin a conversation about the controversial nature of street art. The show will also celebrate the diversity of the unique PNW street style aesthetic which tends towards a cooler color palette utilizing greens and blues; often incorporating natural elements indigenous to our area; and also giving nods to Native American line form drawing and Asian pop culture. Artists include:179, Carlos Aguilar & KSera, Zachary Bohnenkamp, CASH, Duffy, Jesse Edwards, Hera, David Joel, Jesse Link, John Osgood, Parskid and Sneke. via
Sad Bag by Jesse Brown

Over at Pun(c)uation, J. Maxwell Bennett has curated another exhibition called, "The Sign Show", with work by Jesse Brown, Kevin Drake, Todd Lown, and Zach Rockstad. Check out some of the images here. Opening reception tonight from 7-10pm but rsvp ( or on FB.
A house of worship to hand painted signs, an art form hurried to extinction by vinyl banners and machine cut lettering. Honoring neighborhoods that drip with old soul, signs swinging from rusty hinges. Storefronts that couldn’t afford all that fancy polish, where the spacing isn’t quite right and the letter form is a little off. The imperfection of the hand rings evident, and therein lies the beauty. via

End your night on a high note (wink wink) and tune into KEXP's Audioasis at 8pm to hear Seattle's own Midday Veil kick off their Summer 2011 tour. Preview/purchase the album here.


D'oh! I assumed the 2011 Lo-Fi Arts Festival *Not To Scale was sold out but I think they're still selling tickets at the gate. This starts at noon today. It looks amazing and is a steal at $35!
The Lo-Fi Festival Vision: A 24 hour exploration of installation, performance, and interaction with the Farm which seeks to seed the Farm with narrative and inquiry about place and our use of landscape; providing an unusual opportunity for artists to work in expansive ways within a specific site.

Lo-Fi Artists: Aaron Loveitt, Alexandra Baybutt, Amy Billharz, flatchestedmama, Anne Blackburn, The Lonely Coast, Arne Pihl, Interrupture, Chris McMullen and Steve Withycombe, Daryle Conners, "Awesome", South Meadow Cabaret, dk pan/NKO, Doug Nufer, ticktock with Sculpture by Miguel Edwards, Ellen Welcker, Eric John Olson, Dr. Calamari and Acrophelia, Greg Bem, ilvs strauss, Jennifer Law and Toby Cohen, Jenna Bean Veatch, Jodee Adams-Moore, John Boylan, Josh Peterson, Kate Fernandez, Fruition Productions, Kathleen Skeels, Keely Isaac Meehan, Kelly Igoe, Ken Turner, Kristin Tollefson, Laura Becker and Evan Blackwell, Mandy Greer, Maridee Slater, Meg Hartwig, Mike Katell, Mike McCracken, soikowski research/performance, Rick Araluce, Robb Kunz, Sara Edwards, Sarah DeWeerdt, Sarah Ferreter and Katherine Wimble, Sarah Kavage and Adria Garcia, Saskia Delores, Vis-a-Vis Society, Stephen Roxborough, Steve Leroux, Bear and Beaster, Susan Balshor, Valet Design, Titanium Sporkesta, Tom de Beauchamp