The email took me by surprise. Steampunk? What the heck was that?
Nagging in the periphery was a vision of DIY vinyl dolls with fur on them, absurd and grotesque clowns. Nah, that was Circus Punk. This was something else entirely, a new "trend," the very word being specious.

Fortunately the gallery owner provided us a link to Steampunk, albeit WikiPedia, which defines it as a "sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s."

It reminded of Flash Gordon and the newest movie version of Sherlock Holmes. Retro-future? Like the Jake Van Slott image (above left). Deliberately contrived, artfully so. A nudge and a wink to both future and past.

Exhibitors/participants: Abney Park, Aimee Stewart (illustration, at right), Gemma, Jerry Ringling, Pat Gallagher, Mac McGowan, Kristina Hoagland, Dmitri, Veronique Chevallier, Shamus Tinplate, Ivan Drugostrov, Rischa Leinweber, Renee Gorman, Vela Gyertya, Cecile Charles, Nienke Crick, Shanda Woodward.

Gallery of THUM
159 South Lincoln, Suite 151
Spokane WA 99201
(509) 294-9234

First Friday July 2, 2010