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This sites content production happens in random spurts When I have time and can convince other artists into talking and/or working with me. I make no apology for it's infrequency as I'm probably making other cool things happen. I'M ONLY ONE MAN... who loves artists and writes articles and interviews about their lives.

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February ArtWalk Favorites

 

What do a drunk nun, a broken toaster and tools with testicles have in common?

...You guessed it: Artwalk here in Seattle.


Lets start with something comfortable... Like dead puppets.

Molly Hill: String Master 2010

Acrylic on canvas / 28" x 22" / $2,800

Molly Hill was showing @ Grover Thurston And although her show seemed a bit "kitch"...  Never the less: I fell for it.

Don't get me wrong, she's an amazing painter. Inspiring even. As a matter of fact, her work looks like N. Rockwell and S. Dali were domestic-partners raising an orphan daughter who only painted at the psychiatrists office. I dig it.

What can I say? I'm a sucker for direct symbolism, obvious paradox, and cliche topics in general. Stuff like puppets with severed red strings, a chained up monkey, or fore-staged subjects... what's that? the painting to the right has ALL that? DAMN. See?

Art like this falls into the "guilty pleasure" category for me. It's comfortable. you can glance at it, understand it instantly, and move on to stuff like inspecting proportions, colors, textures, and "craftsmanship". All of which Molly has in spades.

I suggest you click on Molly's Website Link below to explore her work in full, it's got all of the above and more.

Molly Hill - Website


Kate Hunt: Dollar Pieces 2009

Kate Hunt / Dollar Pieces 2009 / 2" x 7" x 5" / $200ea

Finally! Art with indisputable value... It's made of money.

Kate Hunts fascination with paper is unhealthy. Which is most unfortunate for her because it's so amazing that I doubt anyone will ever let her stop working with it. In Feb she displayed a large "sum" of work @ Davidson Galleries Money that made flags, newspaper that made pedestals, I couldn't help but wonder if any fire marshals have given her grief or insisted on fire-proofing.

Kate's work was fun. She used steel, encaustic, bailing wire, newspaper, and cold hard cash to create burnt out, charred, pillars, bowls and panes that made me feel like I was at a fire sale for an eccentric  printer whose house burned down. What I liked most was that she's got an obvious brand. I could recognize her work now anywhere I ended up seeing it, and that's the kinda thing that makes one famous...

Check Out her website for more cool sculpture. Kate Hunt - Website

 


Now lets get to Some Penis and Testicle Art shall we? I thought you'd never ask...

Ken Edwards: Garden Tool

Ken Edwards/ Garden Tool /Mixed Media / $950

Ken Edwards filled the Gallery IMA with tools designed to be more organic but still very masculine. They basically look like the tools that the natives in Avatar might use. I loved this one, but there's lots more to view on his website (See Link below)

I know it's not a new idea to re-invent mans common tools, but for a 35 year firefighter, I'm sure tools have varied meaning and memory even in retirement.

Ken Edwards - Website

 

 

Ruthie V: Gender

Ruthie V / Gender / Cement on panel / with Trowel Penis

Ruthie V, Showing in Feb @ Shift in the TK building, made quite an impression on people that night. What does it all mean? I mean I get the phallic nature of tool handles, but cement? was it to tie in the trowel or are you making a comment on how attached we are to them? either way, you had me at "...is that a penis"? It's not all about sex or genitalia with Ruthie, in fact this is the only penis I could find in her collection..

She had lots of great work in the show and she even knew enough to throw in one of those blantantly obvious shock value pieces to grab the lesser versed artwalkers who might have missed the subtle hint of brilliance in her other work. good show Ruthie.

Ruthie V - Website

 



Paul Young: Toaster

but it's plugged in...?

What's left? Oh yah, broken toasters and drunk nuns!

So here's the toaster... It's a piece by Paul Young in the infamous 619 (Western) building. via Gold Shoes Studios & Gallery on the 5th floor (Edd Cox's Establishment) You can find Lots more of Pauls work here www.PaulYoungPainting.com

Anyways, i just liked it for the irony of it all. I mean it's plugged in, but has a sign telling me it still wont work... yet I have to try to push down the lever... I HAVE TO.

 

 

Nun Drinks BeerJamison Drinks BeerAnd what West Coast event is complete without running into one of the Sisters of perpetual indulgence. Aside from free condoms and lube, they also hand out sex-positive messages and try to loosen people up about sexuality in general, after all, if there's one thing I learned growing up in New England it was that we were most CERTAINLY founded by Puritans. And we've got a long ways to go before we find a comfortable "middle ground" about sex. I wish I got this sisters name, they're usually hillarious like sister buttercup panties, or bertha beads, and so on... here's our two photos, one with me drinking and the other with her drinking. (her being the one with a  beard here)

 

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why I like installation art…

I'm an artist.

"So what kind of artist are you?"

Oh, I do installation.

"…uhhhuumm"

Actual definition:

A genre of art which incorporates any media, including the physical features of the site, to create a conceptual experience in a particular environment.

Really broad for something that can leave such an impression.

I like to define it as:

Anything(s) made out of any material(s) that is arranged for any reason(s) in a particular space(s) to communicate an idea(s). But, the most important thing about installation art is… it's temporary.  And it should be.  That's what creates the conceptual experience.

A few months ago at Artwalk I was enjoying the Toshiro-Kaplan building when I came across an installation of these bowls made out of salt crystals balanced delicately on lumber cut at different levels.  Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the artist or the piece but the picture of it in my mind is so clear and I will will certainly recognize when I see their work again.  There was such a feeling when I walked into the room.  It was not the only piece there, although you wouldn't know it.  Effective installation can't really ever be accurately transcribed because of the overwhelming change in perception, it should grab you and bring you to some other place entirely.  You should get lost in it.  And i was floating on those bowls - flying and bouncing across them - and yet I felt as if there was something that was supposed to be there but intentionally missing.  It was uplifting and eerie at the same time.

But who really wants to buy this stuff?  I don't.  Just like I love Damien Hirst's satirical pharmacy - yeah, its fucking fabulous but am i really going to hang 4 shelves of prescription boxes on my wall?  And where would i put those 126 salt bowls?  I am constantly trying to wrap my mind around how these artists are making a living, and at the same time I feel impassioned to follow this path.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I like installation art because I want to force you into my eyes, because of the challenge of it, because of the people who get it, because of the ability to change someones mind if for only a second.  When art surrounds you, you have no choice but to submit yourself to it.

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Jan 1st Thursday Favorites

I took my daughter on her second artwalk. She's still officially the youngest person @ artwalk (3 months) and I'm not gonn lie, she's a critic already. For work that she doens't like she whines and kicks, work she's just "ok with" will turn her head away but glance back occasionally, and work that she actually likes makes her mouth drop open (usually dropping the pacifier) here's our combined favorites for this blustery Mid-winter evening downtown.

Harold Hoy
Via: Gallery IMA
Erector Set Panda
Galvanized Steel and Rubber
16 x 31 x 8 inches

At first you think, cool animals made our of home depot parts... But Your Wrong.

He uses galvanized steel and pipe hanger material (based partly on the erector set) to work around larger issues of man's predilection for claiming ownership of the natural world and our desire to manipulate and re-form it

LINKS:

Artist Bio

More Of Harolds Work

A Piece that's not an animal


Olena Conover
Via: Pacini Lubel
Autumn Birches
Acrylic on Canvas
38½" x 38½"

Pacini Lubel found a gem once again.This is a shitty photo but it's all I could find online of her new stuff. She laces the whole scene with lines that tease your eyes away from the lush colors and draw instead to the framework of branches and limbs that turn a set of trees into a living breathing canopy. Again there are stronger pieces and I'm kicking myself for not getting photos.

LINKS:
Only one I could find: ArtLena.com


W-Scott-Trimble
Via: Soil
Concept Car #1, 2010
Wood, masonite, plaster, chalkboard paint, chalk
114 x 48 x 48 inches
note: I think the one Exhibited was larger

Soil posted an Exhibit Called "Transvalue" that was supposed to explore the transference of information and knowledge, based on how we learn from our elders, our institutions, and our environment...

But All I could do was wonder why the hell they built a huge Slate-board Hummer. Later I found out that I was too early and they hadn't put out the chalk for everyone to write with yet: shitty. I love this kinda shit. Makes people love art more because they get to be a part of it. hmmm....

LINKS:
W Scott Trimbles Website

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The Faces of Art Walk

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Swimming in odd places

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Gabriel Manca shows what you can do with a little wood and some paint to explore odd pairings of landscapes and aquatic exploration.

More here

Copyright Althea Scully Cultureherd.com

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Mechanized Love Puppets

"You guys gotta play with these love puppets".

Gallery IMA is always one of my favorite stops along artwalk. They never let me down. Even if I'm not feeling their monthly show, their permanent collection (downstairs) is always a small but expertly curated selection.

Here's a video of a perversely genius contraption sculpted by Casey Curran that you can operate if you venture downstairs at IMA... and you should because when else can you see 2 things hump each other by turning a crank?
http://www.cultureherd.com/press/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/VIDEO0001.flv

That immediately reminded me of Arthur Ganson another phenomenal Mechanized sculpter.
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Oh and Alexander Calder's "Circus" is especially entertaining here's a great clip of it...
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More Mechanized Sculpture Videos:
Arthur Ganson
Casey Curran

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Wow, Johnny!

One of my favorite local artists is Johnny Wow! My fascination with the Dr. is not wholly dependent on the subject matter to which he paints. I had the anticipated pleasure of attending last month’s Retrospective Show (which he claims was his last) in the 619 Western Building and was astounded to see the outcome.

From top to bottom, the Fourth Floor was completely transformed into an orgy of painted fascinations, filled with florescent animals and awkward, yet, insinuating portraits (namely in the “Glitter Girls” series). I came away not only with a painting but a feeling like I had just participated in Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” Upon entering, you were immediately engorged in the past decade of the Dr.’s world. As work was purchased, more work was immediately hung in replace. While literally walking on his stapled-to-the-floor paintings you couldn’t help think, “Either this guy is completely nuts, or he actually knows what the fuck he’s doing.” I happen to believe the latter.

Johnny Wow! is to Painting as Neil Young is to music. It’s not the pornographic material that keeps me going back for more, it’s his ability to be constantly producing new work. The work may not always hit the right cords with me, or with other people, but the fact that he pushes the line and confidently hangs brand new work for you to see month-to-month makes me return time and time again. His outpouring of new media and content is something for other artists to envy.

So, thank you for keeping it fresh, alive and vibrant. I’m looking forward to what comes next. But I’m convinced; this will not be his final Retrospective Show.

Michael Pomerleau.

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August Artwalk Fav’s

This gets delivered in-short or probably never.

Not much time on my hands between Birthing Education, Business Building and my day job. I did however venture out with some of my favorite artsy friends and crowd surf through a balmy Summer Artwalk.  Was it worth it? ...Always mother f_cker, are you kidding me?

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