After seeing art in the four major cities of the Pacific Northwest in less than the past week, I’m pooped. Time to stay home and make some art.
Jennifer McMackon, who runs the lovely and thought provoking simpleposie site has been generous enough to let me put in a special guest appearance today by means of a Pop Quiz for Painters. Thank you Jennifer!
And I’m hitting the road today, venturing south to witness Portland’s First Thursday gallery crawl with my own eyes and to attend the opening of Chroma at Gallery 500. The show, being put on by Telegraph Arts includes a showcase of 6 simultaneous film, live dance, and live music performances. There is also a visual art component including artists: Michael Knutson, Jacqueline Ehlis (whose work I have been dying to see for a long time), Albi Spring, Tom Cramer, Tara Jane O’Neil, Molly Vidor, Tarina Westlund, Gretchen Gamble, Christine Morlock Vogt, Julie Clainos and I am thrilled to tell you I have a piece included too.
At the end of the month, Suyama Space, the beautiful exhibition space in Belltown will present a new installation by local artist Roger Feldman. The title of the exhibit is ROCK, here is their mini blurb:
The contemporary alternative gallery of Suyama Space, located at 2324 2nd Avenue in Seattle presents sculptor Roger Feldman in a site-specific installation entitled ROCK. The exhibition is open to the public January 31 – April 22, 2005. The Seattle artist will present an installation lecture at the gallery on Saturday, January 29 at 12 noon. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is free to the public.
Feldman is described as being an architectural- constructivist sculptor, and with the creation of three separate structures going into Suyama, should be an interesting use of their cavernous exhibition room.
More on Feldman’s sculptures here.
The Grass is Always Greener syndrome:
I am very appreciative to be noted in Portland Art News latest installment, however I must note I am on the other side of the fence and currently feel it is Portland who has superior art offerings, or at least superior art enthusiam being generated from the local bunch. Just this morning in my inbox an email from Red76 Arts Group down in Portland regarding a Laundry Lecture they are holding tomorrow evening:
Laundry Lectures w/N.I.N.E
@ F & I U Wash
Wednesday, January19 6pm
28th st. (btw. E. Burnside and S.E. Ankeny)
Here is their back ground:
In the Fall of 2003 Sam and Laura were sitting in the Polish Laundromat (Laundry/Prania) around the corner from the then Red76 headquarters in Chicago, IL. They got to thinking about places you wait in. Places wherein their function is mainly sitting around for something to happen. From this the Laundry Lecture Series was initiated.
Why not set up a series of talks in your local Laundromat? Why even ask the owners? We didn’t. As long as you are a paying customer what’s to stop you from gathering you and your friends to talk about whatever you’d like, as the socks get lost, and your favorite pink t-shirt gets frayed one more time in the dryer? Nothing, we say. Go ahead, get your friends together, feel free to be open and honest wherever you are. Speak your mind. Share your thoughts: in Laundromats, on checkout lines, and so many other wonderful shared-use venues all over the world.
Please bring your laundry along to wash at all lectures in this series. Not only will you leave with a fresh perspective on the world, but a fresh perspective on your wardrobe as well.
at any rate, interesting stuff is definitely going on in both back yards. Please note the mention of the lovely Eva Lake on PAN’s list and rounded out by Jeff Jahn. I personally think the mere existence of PAN presents a strong case for its self as superior, by the fact alone there is enough material down in Portland’s art world to find satire in.
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