Thursday, April 19, 2012

Friday fun!

 I'm really bummed that I'm going to be missing a couple of great events tomorrow.

Sharon Butler (image via artist)
First up, Cornish will be hosting a special "Sustenance" discussion about DIY Arts writing with Sharon Butler and local artists/writers Matthew Offenbacher, Amanda Manitach, D.W. Burnam, and Emily Pothast about artists writing and creating a critical dialogue. I really wanted to join this conversation. 

And then tomorrow night, the Henry Open House starts at 5pm (for members, 7pm general admission). As usual, they've packed tons of fun into this evening. Be the first to see Andrew Dadson's Brink Exhibition. You can meet the artist in the Contemporaries Lounge from 5-7pm. Other exhibits on view: Gary Hill's glossodelic attractors, an amazing piece built of pollen, and a wild ceramics show. There will be music and visuals by Dumb Eyes, plus Cupcake Royale will be there scooping out their brand new ice cream (it's really good!).

Moondog, 2012, by Sharon Butler (image via SEASON)
And if you can't make tomorrow's panel either, swing by SEASON tonight from 6:30 - 8pm for a reception to welcome Sharon Butler to Seattle. 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Seattle Junk Love / Picker for hire

photo by Shelli Markee
My pal Sarah Littlefield (aka Seattle Junk Love) is an amazing picker for hire. She has awesome clients like Salt & Straw, Cupcake Royale, and lots of other local restaurants and private clients. If there's a good estate sale, she's probably up at 4am to make sure she's first in line. 

photo by Sarah Littlefield
Many of my most favorite things have come from Sarah. If you need something like a potato masher that reminds you of your grandmother or a 1950s US Medical Corp stool or a vintage Pendleton (Glacier National Park) blanket, she's probably got it (or she'll get it for you). 

photo by Shelli Markee
Here's a piece City Arts did on her (and some other amazing artsy folks) last year. Swing by SugarPill to see her latest window display. Follow her on Twitter if you want first dibs on her latest finds.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Wynne Greenwood / Peace in

Head #2 with Pillar, 2012, by Wynne Greenwood
Painted ceramic, dyed fabric, thread and foam
(image via Lawrimore Project)

I keep coming back to these multi-faceted busts by Wynne Greenwood, currently on display at Lawrimore Project. The expression on Head #2 is haunting.
Inscrutable ceramic heads rest on soft pedestals listening. Heads with multiple faces and expressions complicate the tradition of honoring individuals through busts. Are these heads different representations of the same individual or several individuals? A depiction of one’s experience or many people’s? Are these chimerical figures imagining moments when the individual becomes the collective? This scene explores the creation and experience of personality, character and role -- traits that engender the edges of a personal civilization. - via
A Fire To Keep Your Warm, Limited Edition Record Cover, 2012
(image via Lawrimore Project)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Refable / Cullom Gallery

Aesop's Fable, "The Council of Mice,", 1969 by Jacob Lawrence
image courtesy of Francine Seders Gallery

In 1970, beloved luminary Jacob Lawrence was commissioned by Simon & Schuster to create a series of illustrations. With its broad appeal for both children and adults, Lawrence chose Aesop's Fables.
"Deftly capturing the fables' charm, humor, and wisdom, Lawrence's works reflect both the whimsy and the severity of these timeless morality tales that have fascinated him from his youth. Interestingly, although intrigued by the use of animals as main characters, Lawrence first sketched the scenarios with human figures, replacing them only later with their anthropomorphized forms. These figures are rendered with a rich, dynamic tension and vitality emphasized by the high contrast black and white color scheme." via

Amphibious by Robert Hardgrave (image via Cullom Gallery)

Fast forward to 2012 where local luminary Robert Hardgrave has curated a show at Cullom Gallery called Refable: Graphic Works Inspired by Jacob Lawrence and His Renditions of Aesop's Fables. This wonderful new series pays homage to Lawrence's sweet yet complex illustrations. 

The Lion and the Three Bulls by Sean Michael Hurley
(image via Cullom Gallery)

These updated takes are amazing and include work by some of the Northwest's finest. Participating artists include Matthew Dennison, Warren Dykeman, Hibiki Miyazaki, Amy Huddleston, Sean Michael Hurley, Darin Shuler, Peter Taylor, Joe Park, Gene Gentry McMahon, Stacey Rozich, Claude L. Utley, Kimberly Trowbridge and curator Robert Hardgrave.

The Ant and the Grasshopper by Joe Park
(image via Cullom Gallery)

I just can't recommend this show enough. It's sweet and fresh while our honoring one of our region's most important artists. It will be up through April 28th at Cullom Gallery.

The Dog and the Bone by Darin Shuler
(image via Cullom Gallery)

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Jeffry Mitchell / New York Times

The Lumbermens by Jeffry Mitchell (image via Ambach and Rice)

A huge congratulations to Jeffry Mitchell for this morning's write up in the New York Times!! (The New York f**king Times!) He's spent the past month or so down in Los Angeles working like a dog to make this show and it just looks amazing. I can't wait to see it.

installation view of "trinkets" by Jeffry Mitchell (via Ambach and Rice)

2012 is already shaping up to be a great year for Jeff. Next up, he'll be doing a 2 week residency at Clark College. And then he'll be busy putting the final touches on his mid-career survey for The Henry's fall exhibition, Like a Valentine. Congrats, tiger!

Saturday, April 7, 2012


Untitled (One day this kid...), 1990, David Wojnarowicz

As you already know by now, HIDE/SEEK has come to the Northwest. The exhibition became infamous last year when David Wojnarowicz' video A Fire in My Belly was removed from the National Portrait Gallery for the dubious reasons that the gays were trying to ruin Christmas. There haven't been any major dust-ups in Tacoma, at least none I've heard of. I can't recommend this show enough and it's a huge deal that we are one of three stops (D.C., Brooklyn, Tacoma). Last week, Jen Graves took Jeffry Mitchell and I down to Tacoma Art Museum to check it out. You can read about our gay romp here.

Ghosts (seeking comfort), 2012, by Joey Veltkamp

To extend the reach of the show, four local gallery owners have organized an exhibition called Under the Rainbow: Images By and About Gay Men and Woman.
"In a cooperative effort to support the Tacoma Art Museumʼs current exhibition Hide/Seek, four Seattle gallery owners have curated an exhibit from their own personal collections, gallery inventories, and the private collections of their clients. Gail Gibson (G. Gibson Gallery), James Harris (James Harris Gallery), Greg Kucera (Greg Kucera Gallery) and Stephen Lyons (Platform Gallery) bring together this complimentary exhibit of artwork by gay artists." via
I'm honored to be included in such an exhibition with some of my favorite peers (Jeffry Mitchell, Steven Miller, Chris Buening, Molly Landreth, Jonah Sampson, Rafael Soldi) and legends like David Wojnarowicz, Annie Liebowitz, David Hockney, Tom of Finland.

Jeffry Mitchell / Ambach & Rice

I sure wish I was in Los Angeles today for the opening of Jeffry Mitchell's latest show Shamrock Edelweiss Seaweed. This will be Jeff's first solo show with Ambach and Rice and the work is amazing. 
The three largest works are comprised of stacked pots encumbered by drooping chains, protruding fists, flowers and beads. The clustered entropic surfaces of these precarious totems evoke exuberance and ambivalence, fertility and impotence. Flowers, which are pervasive throughout the exhibit, have been a recurrent motif throughout Mitchell's career. The most persistent iterations are the lotus pod, (a Buddhist symbol of faith and creativity) the dogwood blossom (a symbol of the Crucifixion and a nod to the artist's Catholic upbringing) and an imaginary five-petal flower found in Disney's Bambi. Throughout Mitchell’s work emblems of innocence and loss nullify one another's supremacy to exude a pathos and humility grounded in altruism. - via

If you're in L.A., don't miss it! The show will be up through May 12.

Friday, April 6, 2012

celebration for Christopher Hoff

Christopher Hoff / photo by Sandra Owen
Whiting Tennis will be opening up his home for a celebration to honor Christopher Hoff this Saturday evening.
"I wasn't as close to Christopher as some others, but his sudden departure has still been a huge blow, and I know I'm one of many in this respect. He is the kind of person you miss more and more as time goes by, knowing you'd have become better friends. I'll be having a gathering here at my house on Saturday night, starting at 7, and going until whenever, probably late. There will be food and beverages, and of course, some fine scotch. In honor of the gentleman himself this house will be open to his friends, and even to friends of his friends, so please share this invitation with that in mind." ~ Whiting Tennis
When: Saturday, April 7th, 7pm - whenever
Address: 11745 Evanston Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133

If you would like to make a donation in Christopher's memory, there is a memorial fund set up here.

Here's a repository where people can share their photos of Christopher.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Restaurant Bea / Madrona

Restaurant Bea / photo by Clare Barboza
My friend Kate Perry and her business partner chef Tom Black have just opened up a new restaurant in Madrona called Restaurant Bea. Their theme is "polished comfort food" and the menu is full of items like Local tuna casserole, Bea's meatloaf, and Salish Sea nicoise. The fresh menu can change throughout the week.

Restaurant Bea / photo by Clare Barboza
They've done some really great things to open up the space, including moving the bar (which is already bustling). They have a daily happy hour from 5-6pm but I don't think they've gotten it on to the website yet.

Restaurant Bea / photo by Clare Barboza
They even have an adorable backspace, Little Bea, that you can rent for private events. It seats up to 22 people and I did the logo. You can read more about Restaurant Bea here.

Little Bea

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Christopher Hoff

Seattle photographer Brad Curran sent over these great photos he shot a while back of Christopher Hoff. The last one just seems perfect. Thanks for sharing, Brad. Also a reminder that, as per Kimberly Trowbridge, there will be a memorial service tomorrow (Monday, April 2nd) at 10:30 am at the Gasworks Park shelters.