Procrastination at its Best

Never Finished Sculpture

Never Finished Installation. Photo by Mark Woods.

There might have been an opening reception, but artists Etta Lilienthal and Ben Zamora have not admitted to completing the commissioned work on view. Never Finished at Suyama Space suggests open-ended conversations, things in motion, unresolved conflict. In other words it’s an ongoing dialogue that stretches from floor to ceiling in one of Seattle’s largest and most inventive gallery spaces. The gallery acts as foyer to the well-known firm Suyama Peterson Deguchi Architects. On one side of the wall, architectural professionals bent studiously over plans. On the other, Never Finished made up of over 300 fluorescent fixtures caught in a silent, whispering vortex. Continue reading

Why run when you can walk? Seattle’s NEPO 5k Walk Don’t Run 2014

Walk don't Run Sculpture

“It’s all downhill from here”, start line of NEPO 5k Don’t Run 2012. Photo by Eric Becker.

In 2011 writer and curator Klara Glosova opened up her home as an ad hoc gallery known as NEPO House (“open” spelled backwards). She invited Seattle denizens into its domestic nooks and crannies to view the work of local artists, both well-known and not so well-known. Glosova, who has defined the space as “a homing device for experimental, multimedia projects,” didn’t stop there. Soon afterwards the Czech Republic transplant helped organize an annual 5k traipse through the city’s core that lasts but one day, and which has become one of the metropolis’ most anticipated annual events. Of course, “anticipated” suggests that participants know what they can expect. They can’t. The attraction of NEPO 5k Walk Don’t Run relies on expecting the utterly unexpected. Continue reading

Your Feast Has Ended

Galanin Sculpture

Nicholas Galanin. Inert, 2009. Wolf pelts, felt. 72 x 48 x 30 in.
Collection of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle

Step into the Frye Art Museum for Your Feast Has Ended and you’ll likely feel more than a twinge of guilt. The exhibit features work by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes (Seattle), Nicholas Galanin (Alaska), and Nep Sidhu (Toronto) who have created works that prompt reflection on cultural power plays, and provide a lesson in how to turn historical hurts into contemporary triumphs. Continue reading

John Grade’s ‘Middle Fork’ at MadArt Space

Sculpture

MadArt Space, a recently opened street-level studio and workspace at the heart of Seattle’s growing South Lake Union neighborhood, is focused on the artistic process rather than final product. Not only will the spacious site provide ample room for the creation of large-scale, often unorthodox artwork, but it also offers opportunities for the area’s many passersby to get a sneak peek at the action. Who better to inaugurate MadArt Space than the Seattle-based sculptor John Grade, who has made it a point to usher artwork from the boondocks to traditional institutions, and back again. Continue reading

Dylan Neuwirth at SEASON

Dylan Neuwirth, 2013, FEELING SOME TYPE OF WAY, wall mounted neon with transformer attached to cinder block, 45 x 5 x 3 inches, edition of three

Dylan Neuwirth, 2013, FEELING SOME TYPE OF WAY,
wall mounted neon with transformer attached to cinder block, 45 x 5 x 3 inches, edition of three

Seattle-based artist Dylan Neuwirth graduated from the University of Georgia in Athens in 2000, then in 2003 stopped making art for almost a decade as he struggled with alcoholism. When he came to he found precious few of his former friends left. He recreated an online community via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr, and rebooted his career. His current work at SEASON—a home cum art gallery run by resident artist and gallerist Robert Yoder—exists in the in-between spaces. It’s taglines stolen from cyberspace, remnants of formerly functional objects, and hand-blown vessels containing nothing at all. Continue reading

Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb

Dan Webb, Splash, 2006. Carved fir, varnish 33 x 15 x 13 in. Collection of Jennifer and Christopher Roberts. Photo: Arthur Aubrey

Dan Webb, Splash, 2006. Carved fir, varnish 33 x 15 x 13 in. Collection of Jennifer and Christopher Roberts. Photo: Arthur Aubrey

A self-taught carver, Webb’s work straddles conceptual art and the hands-on practice of make-manship. But perhaps trying to locate the dividing line between the two is irrelevant. Fragile Fortress: The Art of Dan Webb is the Seattle artist’s first-ever solo museum exhibition. It presents a broad swathe of work that ranges from a faux suit of armor constructed of duct tape to realistically carved arms and legs that are miraculously born from massive beams of raw wood. Continue reading

Debra Baxter: All I Ever Wanted

Sculpture Debra Baxter

Almost Better (detail), 2013. Alabaster, Crystalized Coral, 6.5 x 10 x 6 inches.

Seattle artist Debra Baxter’s show at Platform Gallery, All I Ever Wanted, investigates a uniquely feminine desire for pillow talk. Baxter’s work has, at times, straddled the realms of jewelry and sculpture. Take, for example, her set of brass knuckles (Devil Horn Crystal Brass Knuckles).  Topped by a jagged mass of crystal it could be the world’s most badass engagement ring, or a snazzy fighting weapon. Continue reading