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
First Friday July 2, 2010
I missed the opening by a day for the first ArtWalk but got to see a bit of work when up in Sandpoint recently and hope to finally get into the POAC show in the PowerHouse, too. Called "Rescued and Redeemed" and probably a lot of assemblage, which I like.
Got to stop by Woods Wheatcroft's gallery (he does a themed show, this one being Light & Yellow). No idea how he does at curating art but I love, love, love his photography.
Saw Catherine Earle's work at Coldwater. You'll want to check that out if you missed it at Redtail.
Others on the list include the collages and paintings of Ana Monfort, Julie Hutslar's watercolors and then just discovering the work of artists I don't already know.
Media Contact: Karen Hunt, University Communications, (208) 885-7251, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prichard Art Gallery Opens Artwalk with Ted Apel's Coilings Exhibit
MOSCOW, Idaho – The Prichard Art Gallery will join in the City of Moscow's annual Artwalk event with Ted Apel's Coilings exhibit. The exhibit will open on June 18, with a reception beginning at 5 p.m., and the exhibit will run until Aug. 7.
Apel’s sculptures and installations focus on an audio transducing element as the source of visual and sonic material. The exhibit will feature six sculptures and installation pieces, including one that has never been seen before.
“Ted does an amazing job of combining challenging auditory elements with significant sculptural forms,” said Roger Rowley, director of the Prichard Art Gallery.
The Bell Synchresis produces sound through two loudspeakers. One speaker is electromagnetically shaken to cause two bells to sound inside the second speaker. Two doll house loudspeakers serve as the source of the recorded bell sounds.
The Trochilics is comprised of 10 freestanding sculptures, each consisting of a small motor resting on the floor. A metal panel is attached to each motor and acts as a sounding board for an audio signal. Audio amplifiers and a computer control the input signals. The Trochilics emphasizes the movement of the metal panels to unite sound with visual art.
The Jump Start features a car battery that is connected to a loudspeaker via jumper cables. The sound of a car starting is periodically produced by the speaker.
In the sound Trialogue, Apel uses three organ pipes that are modified with speakers to produce resonant frequencies of each pipe.
Portrait of Malleus is a sound sculpture that produces quiet and constantly changing music. A bronze plate is hung from the wall with electronics mounted behind it. The sculpture relies on the listener to focus their attention on the plate as both the producer of sound and the visual object.
“Each element on its own is very interesting, and then together they really make for a unique gallery experience,” said Rowley.
Apel was raised in Pasadena, Calif. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics from Pomona College and a master’s in electroacoustic music from Dartmouth College. His sound installations and sculptures have been featured in numerous festivals and galleries nationally and internationally. He currently teaches computer music and new media art at Boise State University.
The Prichard Art Gallery summer hours are Tuesday-Friday, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Gallery is closed Sunday and Monday. The gallery, an outreach facility of the University of Idaho, is located at 414/416 S. Main St. on the corner of Fifth and Main streets in downtown Moscow.
Admission is free. Additional information is available at www.uidaho.edu/galleries.
June 18, 2010
Contact: Karen Mobley
City of Spokane Arts Department
The artwork of Paul McKee will be featured at the Chase Gallery, June 29 through August 27, 2010. The Chase Gallery is located in City Hall at 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. in Spokane. An artist reception will be held in conjunction with First Friday, on Friday, August 6, 5pm to 8pm. Gallery hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Paul McKee will present “Spokane Reflections,” a portrait of Spokane in paintings and sculpture based on reflections in downtown windows. Since 2003, McKee’s work has based upon the reflections he sees in urban buildings. He is attracted to how the strict grid of a window’s panes contrasts with a flowing, reflected world. “My art finds transcendence in the ordinary experiences of contemporary life. A glass box skyscraper seems ordinary, but it is really exotic when approached as if I’m outside of the culture that builds them. I combine the sense of awe a newcomer might feel with the prolonged study only possible by a long-time resident. When I closely examine reflections in windows, I see the world anew, as if for the first time.”
“This is an opportunity for Spokane to see itself in a fresh light,” says McKee, “Spokane offers a variety of architectural styles. There are ornate masonry buildings such as the Davenport Hotel which reflect nicely in the mirrored windows of buildings like the Bank of America Building.”
Paul McKee holds a BA from Evergreen State College and has exhibited his work at the New York Fashion Academy, Seattle Academy of Fine Art, Blue Door Gallery, and North Seattle Community College Gallery. His work “Sight (Collecting),” a painting on 18 canvases of a reflection in the Tacoma Art Museum is part of the permanent collection of the City of Kent.
Karen R. Mobley
City of Spokane
Spokane Arts Commission
808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201-3333
ArtWalk 2010 features 67 businesses and more than 110 artists from the beautiful Moscow, Idaho community and surrounding area.
The opening receptions are Friday, June 18 beginning at 5pm.
Friendship Square events start at noon, where there will be art and craft demonstrations, children’s chalk art, live music, and food.
Live music in Friendship Square will feature: Friendship Square UI Native American Drum Group performing from 4:30 to 6pm, Groovehaus performing from 6 to 8pm, and the Mullan Road Band performing from 8 to 10pm.
Also: Idaho Historic Statehouse Murals will be unveiled Friday, June 18 at 2:30pm in the Idaho Commons at the University of Idaho.
There might still be time to sign up. Click here for more information.
JUNE 1, 2010
Currently showing at the Entree Gallery during June is “Botanicals and Animals”, an exhibit of contemporary and rustic accents for home and garden. On display at both the Reeder Bay and Coolin Bay galleries, this diverse selection of regionally-crafted work includes pottery, fountains, bird baths, framed mirrors, forged iron pieces, garden sculptures, Amish furnishings, and unique reclaimed lumber beverage coolers.
As a special 2-day exhibit on June 18-19th, from 11am-5pm, the Reeder Bay gallery will also present “Earthen Song”, highlighting the Americana-style garden benches and furnishings of “American Maids” Hanna Moreland and Mandy Matlock. The two artists, whose country roots are reflected in their country-style accents and furnishings, use and reuse found wood and other items in their designs, using something old to create something new.
“This is a ‘must-see’ show, providing a wonderful opportunity to spruce up a sunroom, patio and yard with unique pieces not readily available elsewhere,” said gallery owner Pam Martin. “Although these pieces are specially created for the yard and garden in mind, many of are perfect for bringing the outside indoors”.
The Entree Gallery, now at two locations, invites the public to view the work of over 150 regional artists. The gallery at Reeder Bay is located just 2 miles east of Nordman at 1755 Reeder Bay Rd, and can be contacted at 208 443-2001.
June hours are Sunday-Thursday 10am-4pm, and Friday-Saturday 10am to 5pm. For hours at the Coolin Bay gallery, located two doors from the Leonard Paul Store, call 208 443-2002.
Take this story, for example, about a local North Idaho artist who is completing a mural honoring Vets. How awesome is that?! Will this artist's work ever be in the Frye Gallery or the Met? No, but a whole lotta people are going to see this, get something from it and relate to it in a way that the typical gallery viewers are not. This is public art at its finest, expressive, illustrative and of the people.
Check out this link to a recent Cda Press article about Linda Fabrizius' mural at City Hall.
The Tinman Gallery will close for remodelling on Monday, June 26th and reopen for the Artist's Reception for the Alice in Wonderland Invitational on Friday, July 30th. Over 30 artists will be exhibiting including Kay O'Rourke, Harold Balazs, Dick Ibach and Mel McCuddin."
Live Auction: Saturday, July 3rd from 2-4PM (food & drinks)
At Auntie's Books (402 W. Main, Spokane).
All proceeds benefit KYRS!
For more information: JewelrybyMegan@comcast.net
Ongoing through June 11th
The Post Falls Artists Multimedia Show
Free admission; for more information call (208) 457-8959.
Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N William Street, Post Falls, ID, www.jacklincenter.org.
Friday, June 18th; 5:30-7:30 pm
Artist’s Reception and Opening for Photography and Sculpture Show featuring Terry Lee, Steve Gevurtz and Kevin Kirking (above right).
Free admission; show runs from 6/18-7/9; for more information call (208) 457-8959.
Jacklin Arts & Cultural Center, 405 N William Street, Post Falls, ID, www.jacklincenter.org.