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Tacoma March Art Walk: Spaceworks Highlights

15 Mar

Third Thursday on March 16, 2017 gives you a lot to think about. All the events listed below are free, open for your participation, and within three blocks of each other! Mark your calendar and plot a walking route to add these stops to personalize your Tacoma art walk.

Opening Reception at the Spaceworks Gallery (Curator Silong Chhun)

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Exhibition Runs: March 9th to April 20th

Explore the dramatic impact of war, genocide, resettlement, and deportation of Cambodian Americans today while experiencing their cultural contributions. This exhibition features artwork by contemporary artists as well as photos and text from Khmer American: Naga Sheds Its Skin, an exhibition created by the Khmer American community and Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. For exhibition background read the Spaceworks Blog.

Join the opening reception, March 16th, 2017, 5-9pm. This event is free and open to the public and will offer food & beverages. Invite your friends on the Facebook Event Page.Spaceworks Gallery Logo

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Jason Sobottka – 1120 Creative House Featured Artist

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Teaching About Marryweb painting by Jason Sobbotka

Jason is the newest tenant at 1120 Creative House. He is a professional artist and arts educator. He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s first tenured visual art instructor. He exhibits his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures around the nation. Jason was awarded the Winter 2012 Faculty Excellence Award and was nominated for 2016 Foundation of Art Award presented by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

His past experience includes working for Tacoma Art Museum’s Education Department, where he designed and built the museum’s hands-on art making gallery, the Open Art Studio.

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Artist Mentorship Night at 1120 Creative House

Tacoma artists and art patrons mingle at 1120 Creative house. Third Thursday Artwalk, November 2015.Artist Trust invites you to join this informal mentorship and networking event that gives artists of all disciplines a chance to sit down with artists and arts leaders in small groups for casual conversations about opportunities, issues, and challenges in the arts world. Featuring artists and arts leaders: Masahiro Sugano, Filmmaker and director: Amy McBride, Arts Administrator for City of Tacoma: Heather Joy, Manager of Spaceworks Tacoma: Aaron Spiro, musician and co-founder of Alma Mater Tacoma: Patsy Surh O’Connell, artist and Founder/President of Asia Pacific Cultural Center.

March 16, 2017, FREE
5:00 – 7:30 PM

1120 Creative House
1120 Pacific Ave, 2nd Floor
Tacoma, WA 98402

*This event is free, but registration is required. Please RSVP to attend. Click Here for RSVP at BrownPaperTickets.com

Click here for more event details

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Nearby: Kristina Ward – Evocative Portraits at Liftbridge Coffee

Portrait of Amy Vaughn by Kristina WardLiftbridge Coffee bar invites you to the artist reception for Kristina Ward, 6-9pm with live music by Colin Reynolds starting at 8pm.

Find great coffee, music, and art at Courthouse Square: 1102 A St , Tacoma, WA 98402

Artist statement:

For me making art is a type of meditation, and for this series I intentionally cast my focus on the wisdom of animals and a few amazing women. Each animal by its very nature has a sort of medicine to offer, something to be learned from their approach to and way of moving through life.

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Last Chance to View Current Round of Artscapes

Walk by the Woolworth windows, Tollbooth Gallery, and Court House Square during March art walk to view the current round of Artscapes installations. This is your last chance to see installations by Erika Norris, Amanda Triplett, Matthew Dockrey, Blake Carter, Eric Olson, and Allison Hyde (all pictured below). Spaceworks’ Artscapes program places 2D, 3D, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma.

Click here for details on all current Artscapes

What Happened? New Artscapes Mural

10 Feb

A call to participate…

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A new public artwork has popped up on one of the last remaining HAPPENINGS kiosks at the corner of 13th and Market in downtown Tacoma. The work invites you to visit www.ryanfeddersen.com/what-will-happen where you will find the following prompt: Continue reading

Wayzgoose Steamrolls Into the Woolworth Windows

19 Sep

IMG_5209Giant steamroller prints from the 12th Annual Tacoma Wayzgoose Festival are on view in the Woolworth Windows, S. 11th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma through Nov. 17, 2016.

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Artwork by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary. Spaceworks photo

So, what is a wayzgoose, and what is a steamroller print, you ask? According to Wikipedia, “Wayzgoose was at one time an entertainment given by a master printer to his workmen each year on or about St. Bartholomew’s Day (24 August). It marked the traditional end of summer and the start of the season of working by candlelight.” The date is significant: “On August 24, 1456 the printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed, perhaps triggering the very first wayzgoose party at Fust–Schöffer shop in Mainz [Germany].”

A less formal guild of Tacoma print artists has updated medieval tradition with their annual letterpress and book arts festival held at King’s Books. A highlight of the weekend event, founded by Jessica Spring (Springtide Press) and bookstore owner sweet pea Flaherty, is making steamroller prints where artists carve 3′ x 3′ linoleum and print on huge sheets of paper using a steamroller as a printing press. The event was designed to showcase the paper arts and to get the public interested and involved in handprinting and bookmaking.

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Artist Brian Hutcheson pays tribute to author Dashiell Hammett. Spaceworks photo

Artists participating in the 12th annual Wayzgoose included Brian Hutcheson, CLAW, Maggie Roberts, Chandler O’Leary & Jessica Spring, Candy Teeth Creative, Charles Wright Academy, Carrie Foster, Chris Sharp, Beautiful Angle, Katie Dean and Stadium High School. The art on display pays tribute to writers including Dashiell Hammett and Frank Herbert. Check out this fab exhibition and see just what those printmakers are up to when burning the tallow at both ends!

The 2016 Wayzgoose Festival posters are on view at the Woolworth Windows, S. 11th and Broadway through Nov. 17, 2016.

August Tacoma Art Walk: Spaceworks Highlights

17 Aug

Sense of Place a Group Postcard Exhibition

5-11:20pm at 1120 Creative House

Sense of Place: A Group Postcard Exhibition

(1120 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA)

“Sense of Place explores personal and cultural histories within the context of individual lived experiences of living in the Pacific Northwest.”

Featuring works by Thomas Brown, Raychelle Duazo, Eileen Eddleman, Haley Haines, Lee Heath, Krista Johnson, Cam Kristenson, Ashley Lindsay, Erika Ray, Vyra Saran and Amanda Small. Continue reading

New Artscape at 6th and Ainsworth

10 May

Spaceworks recently partnered with artists Tim + April and property owner WC Studio to activate the vacant site at the corner of South 6th and South Ainsworth, and now we have something beautiful to look at while construction goes on behind the fence.

Tim + April, a creative duo based in Tacoma, used over 2,000 feet of up-cycled vinyl billboards to create this mural, depicting where the sky meets the mountains around Tacoma. Much of their work is inspired by the cities and landscapes they are surrounded by and the places they have traveled through. They like to turn the old into new and the grayscale into color.

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Advertisemounts by Tim + April

This art installation was funded and facilitated through a partnership between WC Studio Architecture Agency and Spaceworks Tacoma.

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If you have a vacant property and would like to partner with Spaceworks, please click here to learn more.

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Reminder: Deadline to Apply to Artscapes March 21st

14 Mar

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This is just a friendly reminder that the DEADLINE to apply for Artscapes is March 21st, 2016, by 5pm.

Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking artists and artist teams from the Pacific Northwest who:
• Can develop a site responsive, temporary, public art display.
• Can successfully and fully activate a public space that is visible 24/7.
• Is an experienced artist seeking a unique location to exhibit artwork.
• Can create an enticing destination-quality visual display for passersby.

ARTSCAPES DESCRIPTION
Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned 125 art installations! Click here to view them all.

ELIGIBILITY
• Any individual artist or artist team in the Pacific Northwest may apply.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings. All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria.
• Artistic excellence as submitted in work samples.
• Ingenuity in concept, and implementation as submitted in work samples.
• Ability to create work that would engage passers-by.

TO APPLY
Click here to see the guidelines, checklist, and link to the online application

QUESTIONS
Contact:
Gabriel Brown, Artscapes Coordinator
gabrielb@tacomachamber.org
253.682.1735

Apply to Artscapes

21 Jan
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From left: mural by Angela Larsen, Tollbooth video installation by China Faith Star, and storefront window installation by Becky Frehse.

Spaceworks Tacoma is seeking artists and artist teams from the Pacific Northwest who:
• Can develop a site responsive, temporary, public art display.
• Can successfully and fully activate a public space that is visible 24/7.
• Is an experienced artist seeking a unique location to exhibit artwork.
• Can create an enticing destination-quality visual display for passersby.

ARTSCAPES DESCRIPTION
Artscapes temporarily places 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, mural, or multi-media art installations in storefront windows, outdoor spaces, and an outdoor video gallery in the City of Tacoma. The program offers an artist stipend to support the creation of new work and site-specific projects, or the installation of existing work. Since launching in 2010, Spaceworks has commissioned 125 art installations! Click here to view them all.

ELIGIBILITY
• Any individual artist or artist team in the Pacific Northwest may apply.

SELECTION CRITERIA
The review process is competitive and the review panel will be looking for a diversity of offerings. All applicants will be selected based on the following criteria.
• Artistic excellence as submitted in work samples.
• Ingenuity in concept, and implementation as submitted in work samples.
• Ability to create work that would engage passers-by.

TO APPLY
Click here to see the guidelines, checklist, and link to the online application

QUESTIONS
Contact:
Gabriel Brown, Artscapes Coordinator
gabrielb@tacomachamber.org
253.682.1735

Haiku Installation Ties Together Poetry and Image

30 Dec
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One of three paintings in “Doves and Ravens”, an installation by Brad Dinsmore.

Japanese haiku is one of the world’s most popular forms of poetry. With a basic structure of three lines containing 17 syllables written in a 5-7-5 pattern, it is simple but not simplistic – when an idea is compressed into so few words, a skillful haiku packs a wallop. When haiku is accompanied by art, as in Brad Dinsmore‘s installation, “Doves and Ravens”, at the Woolworth Windows at S. 11th & Broadway, the effect is one of mind expansion as words, freed from the page, take flight in the viewer’s imagination:

Dozing off in grey
Laodicean birds wake
To a brighter day.

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Mid-air transformation: a painting in Brad Dinsmore’s triptych, “Doves and Ravens”.

Dinsmore’s haiku also provides his artist statement. The poem is intimately embedded in the visual portion of his work, the juxtaposition of birds – one dark, one light – rich with symbolism. The avian imagery immediately invites contemplation as ghostly doves are seen to emerge from the negative space between the black birds. A deeper reading recalls the story of Noah who, after 40 days of rain sends out two birds to find dry land, first the stalwart raven (who can feed on carrion and) does not return, and then the dove who after being sent out twice returns “and in her mouth [is] a freshly plucked olive leaf,” a sign of resurgent life.

Centuries ago, classical practitioners of haiku augmented their poems with art and calligraphy, amplifying its ambiguity. Dinsmore’s artwork also rewards close viewing with layers of meaning. The installation contains a triptych of birds: two canvases feature both black and white silhouettes, but one is of only doves, most of which are curiously flushed pink as if signalling inner transformation. The visual movement of the birds is toward the right where a flock of intermixed corvids and doves painted directly onto the wall creates a dynamic flurry that stretches around a corner and culminates in a three-dimensional view from outside.
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Taking flight: Dinsmore’s mural wraps around a corner to attract passersby.

“I thought a poem would provide the right amount of insight and intrigue to the passerbys on Broadway,” says the Tacoma-born artist. “Though I hadn’t written a haiku in more than a decade, it seemed to fit the work quite well.” The 3-line poem fulfills two tenets of the classical form: “Haiku traditionally contains a kigo, a word or phrase that symbolizes or implies a season….The kigo in my artist statement is gray, for our long gray season.

IMG_0558“Traditional haiku also contains the idea of kiru or ‘cutting’,” where the wording provides a breaking point between contrasting ideas, says Dinsmore. In “Doves and Ravens” there is a multiplicity of contrasts: darkness and light, grayness and blue sky, dozing and wakefulness, anticipation and fulfillment, symbolic death and life. “My attempt to capture this in both my haiku statement and large corner painting emerges when the ‘Laodicean birds wake’ from their slumber in gray” and proceed to fly off the canvas, he explains.

Dinsmore earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Redlands University in California, and a Master of Fine Arts degree at Washington State University. His artwork demonstrates considered thought balanced with a lack of cynicism. “In 2009, while doing research in philosophy, proverbs, art, and religion, I began to see the world differently. I have found freedom, the fertile ground, where seeds of all sorts grow in spontaneity and love.” View Dinsmore’s “Doves and Ravens” when you have time to unpack the meanings that fill his 3-line poem and intriguing paintings, like a poetic aviary encased in glass.  -Lisa Kinoshita

“Doves and Ravens” at the Woolworth Windows, S. 11th and Broadway, through March 17, 2016.

 

Sidewalk Dance Films at the Tollbooth

27 Dec
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Wraparound graphics created for the Tollbooth Gallery. Art/photo: Jeffrey Curtis

Jeffrey Curtis has been described as “a choreographer who works with video and a video artist who works with movement.” In Sidewalk Dance Films, a project commissioned by Spaceworks Tacoma for the Tollbooth Gallery, he takes both dance and video out of context and into the street.

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Video dance performances made-to-measure for a miniature theater. Photo by Kris Crews

 

For those not familiar, the Tollbooth is an outdoor kiosk in downtown Tacoma that continuously screens artist videos and animation for pedestrian viewing pleasure. Through March 17, 2016, it is featuring a loop of contemporary dances made by Curtis, with a fresh collection appearing every two weeks. Some of these “sidewalk dances” are set outdoors in appropriately gritty urban environments, such as between the graffiti-covered columns of a concrete bridge. If you live, work or play downtown, break up your day with a free dance performance courtesy of this talented artist. Continue reading

Transforming advertising pulp into public art

24 Dec
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An Elizabeth R. Gahan art installation. Photo courtesy of the artist

With not a flake of snow on the ground you can still take in a winter wonderland by heading down to the Woolworth Windows to see Elizabeth R. Gahan‘s beautiful geometric installation with colorful pinwheels of airborne, origami-like forms. Continue reading

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