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Public Art Roundtables

Seattle’s hardworking Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs is hosting a series of public art roundtables and they’d like to invite you, the aspiring public artist, to join them.

The Public Art Roundtables workshop is dedicated to emerging public artists. Attendees get to take part in half hour roundtable discussions on everything from preparing a strong application to developing projects and covering one’s rear end, legally speaking. There are also opportunities to schedule 15 minute one on one sessions for more individualized discussion.

Some of the presenters include artists Marita Dingus, Claudia Fitch, Kay Kirkpatrick, and Kristin Tollefson as well as staff members of the Art & Cultural Affairs office.

If you want to attend these roundtables, taking place Saturday, September 19th at City Hall, the good news is that they’re totally free. The bad news is that there is limited space–you’ll want to hurry and sign up ASAP; get contact info by visiting the Office of Art & Cultural Affairs workshop page.

Guerrilla Art @ Gasworks

Gasworks Guerrilla Art

Gasworks Guerrilla Art

Step into a TIME Machine Tuesday at NWFF

Tuesday night at Northwest Film Forum join filmmaker Bill Brown and media artist Sabine Gruffat for an evening of video performances, spoken word, scratchy records, and 35 mm slides with their project Time Machine

Gruffat directs you through Real Time Rendering, Quartz and Max patches through digital and analog hyperspace. Brown gives you a guided tour of memory’s roadside attractions from both the past and the future.

The trip begins 8 pm Tuesday, August 18th.

Wave Poetry Festival – A Review in Verse

Pateboard Skoem by Slightlynorth from our Flickr pool

Pateboard Skoem by Slightlynorth from our Flickr pool

The New York School

A couple towards the front cuddles,
As Frank’s cat excavates his armpit
And looks away from the camera,
Black and white diva tabby.

Farther back, a woman slumps,
Mouth open, wheezing? Snoring.
She snuffles, sits up, fakes a cough.
(So sorry, pardon me.)

Schuyler sweats, glistening beads
Rolling down his face as he mumbles,
His thick lisp like surf describing rock.
I think the cameraman is high.

The couple still canoodles, like the gallery
Is Make-Out Point and they are in his car
Over a dry Midwestern town,
Dirty windows steamed with lust.

John is funny. “Saturday,” he reveals,
“Is a very good time to write a poem.”
And, casually, “all words are pretty good.”
I concur, but secretly contemplate nachos.


Wave Books Poetry Festival, August 14-16, 2009. Good times, y’all.

Wave Poetry Festival Winning Haiku

Crisp Morning by Xinapray. From our Flickr pool.

Crisp Morning by Xinapray. From our Flickr pool.

Jeff Morrison is the winner of our Haiku contest, with this evocative entry:

Face pressing forward
into the glass mountain west,
through the train window

Thanks, Jeff, and enjoy!

Last Chance to Win

Light Reign, a James Turrell Skyspace

Light Reign, a James Turrell Skyspace

Get your piping hot haiku in by Noon today for a chance to win a free pass to the Wave Books Poetry Festival. The winner will be notified via email.

There can be only one…

Going on right now: On Hiding An Elephant In Plain Sight: A Performance Of Private Acts

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Triptych of the performance: On Hiding An Elephant In Plain Sight: A Performance Of Private Acts

Last night I stopped by Occidental Park in Pioneer Square to check out the Free Sheep Foundation’s art performance entitled “On Hiding An Elephant In Plain Sight: A Performance Of Private Acts.” This performance is described by the artists as:

D.K. Pan, NKO and Holly Brown explore the intimate relationship between reader, author and text. Featuring the words of Haruki Murikami’s “Wild Sheep Chase” (NY Times Book Review –, two ‘authors’ transcribe the novel as it is read aloud: one pens on the exterior of the box truck (which serves as stage and ‘literary vehicle’), the other types the text on an endless roll of paper. The reader will be stationed atop the box truck, audible via a PA system. Accompanying the performance will be the Hanley Family Elephant Ear stand providing deep-fried goodness.

This overnight, endurance performance serves to highlight and expose the intensely private acts of reading and writing along with the conflicting desires they engender. The relationships of voice, hand, and typewriter become intertwined in the act of imprinting memory onto a public site. A silent transformation occurs, unnoticed. A box truck becomes an elephant, text escapes the confines of its pages; we awake from a dream and find ourselves at the beginning of a journey. Murikami’s tale of search, longing, and reconciliation serves as the point of departure for this performance action.


Catch the Wave

Light Reign, a James Turrell Skyspace. Photo courtesy of the Seattle PI.

Light Reign, a James Turrell Skyspace. Photo courtesy of the Seattle PI.

Next weekend, August 14th-16th, Seattle poetry press Wave Books, with the UW’s Henry Art Gallery, is hosting a poetry festival: three days of poetry, film, books, art, book arts, et cetera, et cetera. The event will feature Wave authors and take place in the Henry Auditorium, as well as the James Turrell Skyspace.

Authors scheduled to read are Joshua Beckman, Noelle Kocot, Dorothea Lasky, Anthony McCann, Eileen Myles, Richard Meier, Maggie Nelson, Geoffrey Nutter, Matthew Rohrer, Mary Ruefle, Dara Wier, Jon Woodward, Matthew Zapruder and Rachel Zucker. Various authors will read 7 – 9 PM on Friday and Saturday, but all will read in the Skyspace on Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM.

The festival is limited to 150 tickets, and run $50 for students, $75 for regular folks. A limited number of day passes ($25 each) are available for Friday and Saturday admissions only; there are no Sunday passes.

Also at the Henry next weekend is Ann Lislegaard’s 2062, a trilogy of digitally animated installations based on classic works of science fiction by Ursula LeGuin, J.G. Ballard, and Samuel R. Delany. 2062 closes August 23rd and really should not be missed. The other must-see exhibit is Chiho Aoshima’s The red-eyed tribe, a digital mural influenced and inspired by traditional Japanese painting, modern pop culture, manga, and kawaii.

The red-eyed tribe by Chiho Aoshima. Photo courtesy of Blum and Poe.

The red-eyed tribe by Chiho Aoshima. Photo courtesy of Blum and Poe.

Lawrimore on fire


A fire at the Lawrimore Project yesterday torched SuttonBeresCuller’s There Goes the Neighborhood, a living room in a trailer that has been hauled into King County’s suburbs. No other artworks were damaged because of some remarkable consideration on the part of the firefighters, who moved some art works out of the way of their hoses and contained the water so that it didn’t flood the basement. It was an awfully thoughtful move on the part of the firefighters.

Lawrimore’s Spite House opens tonight: “SPITE HOUSE is an exhibition that will reveal invisible territories of spite. By articulating the threshold between spite-r and spite-e, the work in the show emphasizes that the vacillating polarity between these two extremes depends on how you scrutinize the property line.” The fire was accidental, but it had some interesting timing. In honor of it, the gallery will have a bar serving flaming cocktails set up in the charred back sculpture yard.

(Via Slog.)

Local artist wins national award

Local environmental artist Buster Simpson has a long and rich history of creating art for public commissions as well as for private galleries and institutions, exhibiting his work in one-person and shared exhibitions, teaching and consulting on art from coast to coast and around the world. Among his many great public works are Whole Flow in Pasadena, CA, Offering Hat, Drinking Cup, and Illuminated Boat in Kansas City, MO, and Portal at WSU, not to mention Parable, Rosettarray, Ping Pong Plaza, Beckoning Cistern, Mobius Band, Water Table/Water Glass, Moment, Bio Boulevard and Seattle George Monument, to name a few of his works around Seattle and the Puget Sound area. Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen his work.

In recognition of Simpson’s many contributions to public art, Americans for the Arts, a national organization to promote the arts which recently held its annual conference here in Seattle, recognized him with the 2009 National Public Art Network Award. This award “was created to recognize and honor innovative and creative contributions and commitment in the field of public art.”

Congratulations to Simpson; this is an honor truly deserved. Highly recommended is viewing his website to get a look at his projects on film and then going to them in person when possible.

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