Seattle artists

CoCA Magic: who pulled off the hat trick?

I finished all three pieces I intended to create during the CoCA Seattle art marathon… but I used every last minute. And I wasn’t alone in that. If I remember correctly, when I left at 10:30am there were at least five or six other artists still scrambling to complete their works.

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Before I drop from exhaustion, I’d like to remind you we’re auctioning off these brand-new artworks in just a few hours:

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Join me at the auction and we’ll see if all the artists made deadline! But first: sleep!

LBIF Works on Paper: coming home with honors

“Tourist” is a prize winner! My collage is heading home from New Jersey, after winning second prize in the LBIF “Works on Paper” exhibit. Look at the company I’m keeping these days…

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Deep thanks to Dr. Louis Marchesano of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, who juried the show and selected the prize-winning pieces as well as those awarded honorable mentions.

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While I’m waiting for “Tourist” to arrive, I’ll keep busy at the Kirkland Arts Center. “Fracture” opens tonight, the show that includes the “They Don’t Really Feel Pain” assemblage sculpture. Feels like I’m on a roll!

The serious business of play (dates)

I call them "play dates" but I'm serious about experiencing art with my artist friends.

Artist Rachel Setzer, shown in profile with "Naida, the Proud Princess" by Edward S. Curtis

Artist Rachel Setzer, shown in profile with "Naida, the Proud Princess" by Edward S. Curtis

Rachel Setzer and I took in "Double Exposure" at the Seattle Art Museum recently. She understands my love of tintypes, daguerreotypes and other old-fashioned photo technology, so Will Wilson's prints were a big draw for both of us.

You can see the cooperation between photographer and portrait sitter, which has a different vibe compared to Edward S. Curtis' documents of a 'vanishing' people. However, the Curtis photos far outnumber the contemporary work.

Will Wilson, "Talking Tintype, Andy Everson, Artist, Citizen of the K'  ómoks   First Nation"

Will Wilson, "Talking Tintype, Andy Everson, Artist, Citizen of the K'ómoks First Nation"

The exhibit is more of a Curtis survey with a few living, Northwest Native artists added for local color (pun intended). I think Rachel and I found the exhibit aesthetically pleasing, but still a let-down. Fortunately, Amy Sherald's work is just around the corner.

Amy Sherald, "Saint Woman"

Amy Sherald, "Saint Woman"

It's on view as part of "In This Imperfect Present Moment," an exhibit of 15 contemporary artists whose work local art collectors are lending to SAM. Valencia Carroll and I visited the show for some in-person inspiration. After gawping over Amy Sherald's painting, I also found another favorite by Lawrence Lemoana. His banner prompted me to see a disturbingly familiar parallel between Dave Meinert in Seattle and Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

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Bottom line: if I'm going to venture out of the studio...

Genevieve Gaignard, "Trailblazer (A Dream Deferred)"

Genevieve Gaignard, "Trailblazer (A Dream Deferred)"

geeking out over Genevieve Gaignard's photography with friends makes it worth the effort.