Blog Profile / Another Bouncing Ball

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The David Park effect

In 1949, David Park took his paintings to the dump. They were abstract in an Abstract Expressionist vein. With a clean slate, he used what he knew about the push and pull of moving paint around to return to the figure. Made of big, blunt brush-and-knife strokes, his quiet moments marked the beginning of Bay Area Figurative. Show More Summary

The body tangle

William S. Burroughs' idea of high romance: If I had my way we'd sleep every night all wrapped around each other like hibernating rattlesnakes. Connection creates wreckage: Steven Miller A happy hum Luke Gilford from This Is A Race And...Show More Summary

Norman Lundin - painting the past

Norman Lundin is slow to embrace the new. He stakes his studio practice in the pre-modernist 19th century, as an off-shoot of the Barbizon School with a hat tip to 17th Century Dutch still life. His palette is sliver-gray and mossy green. Show More Summary

The beat-up photo

In the go-go part of the 1980s, when the well-heeled were drinking champagne from glass slippers at the Mary Boone Gallery and Robert Hughes was wringing his hands at the corrupt excess of it all, saying, for instance, that young Soho...Show More Summary

How to weave with French Fries

And how to weave with glass, bottle caps, license plates, light, film rolls, corks, spit and packing peanuts, peanut butter and jelly, fire. Jack Daws - TWO TOWERS, 2003 Chromogenic print of artist-made construction from McDonald's French...Show More Summary

Lisbeth Salander as dancer Zoe Scofield

If Zoe Scofield were a fictional character, she would be Lisbeth Salander, who made her debut in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's not the physical resemblance, although it's striking: (images, Juniper Shuey) It's the meaning of their movements,Salander in a boxing ring, Scofield on stage. Show More Summary

Gerri Sayler - drawing glue

In the early '60s, kids who sniffed the ink on mimeograph paper switched to glue. While it still meant stuck-on-you, it acquired a penumbra of the outcast otherworldly. Titled Nascent, Gerri Sayler's transparent, kinky, hot-glue strands hang in the air in Suyama Space like cloud tendrils. Show More Summary

Ryan Horvath - foot fetish, continued

Ryan Horvath Previous. Horvath is currently in a show at Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, Inc.

Andrew Miksys - from Seattle to Lithuania

Wherever he lives - from Seattle but of Lithuanian heritage and largely in residence there in recent years - Andrew Miksys finds worlds inside the world. Here or there, he connects. Andrei Codrescu: His greatness lies, I believe, inShow More Summary

Zoe Strauss & Melville

Two American classics: Herman Melville's Moby Dick, opening sentence: Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin...Show More Summary

Charles LeDray in Boston (not coming to Seattle)

Charles LeDray debuted in Boston with a solo show at the ICA through Oct. 17. Sebastian Smee in the Boston Globe loved it: LeDray is one of contemporary art's brightest stars, and this show, organized by the ICA's Randi Hopkins, is the...Show More Summary

Ellen Lesperance wins Betty Bowen

From Portland. I've never heard of her, and her website is mysterious - all flash, little info. Administered by the Seattle Art Museum, the Betty Bowen Award goes annually to a Northwest artist. The top prize is $15,000. Two runner-up awards for $2,500 go to Elias Hansen and Barbara Sternberger. Oct. Show More Summary

John Bankston - folk incrustations

In my family, making something out of anything but words was a waste of time. Lumpy clay bowls and crayon drawings brought home from school were considered childish aberrations, akin to picking your nose and eating it. John Bankston comes from another tradition. Show More Summary

Hint for old journalism in new world

Considering that the online-only Seattle PI is such a streamlined and staff-starved operation, celebration ensues when it manages to deliver any journalism at all. On the site, Vanessa Ho's elegant boiler-plate story about Seattle Opera's financial challenges nailed every aspect of what/when/why but failed to create any sense of who. Show More Summary

Death & Art - the Seattle edge

The admirable Douglas Britt at the Houston Chronicle reports on a one-night show in a funeral home. What will these "visionary" Houston artists think of next? Seattle's Charles Krafft had a show in a funeral home in 2003, and not, as in Houston, by hanging portraits on the wall. Show More Summary

They who dig newspapers...

Can represent the U.S. at the 2011 Venice Biennale. Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla (image via)

Molly Norris needs us

From the Seattle Weekly: On the insistence of top security specialists at the FBI, she is, as they put it, "going ghost": moving, changing her name, and essentially wiping away her identity. She will no longer be publishing cartoons in our paper or in City Arts magazine, where she has been a regular contributor. Show More Summary

An unsettled era: more in suitcases

Pack up all my cares and woes....(previous) Chiharu Shiota - Circle the suitcases! Demetrius Oliver's Asterism - black stars on the move. Huma Mulji - Arabian Delight Robert Capa's long-lost Mexican suitcase The Art Guys - Suitcase Wheel Preston Singletary - Bentwood Box

John Grade loves your elephant skin

Take your skin that's smooth as a baby's bottom and shove it. John Grade loves puckers, knots, sags, discolorations, ruts and rough spots. Grade, pronounced Grotty, Circuit 2010 - Glazed ceramic bonded with gypsum polymer to corn-based...Show More Summary

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