Friday, November 26, 2010

Showing in Seattle!

CoCA Pioneer Square Presents the 2010 Annual Juried Exhibition,

Memory Upgrade

From December 2, 2010 - January 1, 2011, CoCA Pioneer Square will present Memory Upgrade, a juried exhibition featuring work from 16 emerging as well as established artists in a wide variety of visual media, including 2d, 3d, and video.

Memory Upgrade explores the ways in which artists have responded to the global financial crisis by changing various aspects of their work. Considered collectively, these artists hint at the heightened importance of memory, history, and the role of the artist to affect social change.

Over 180 artists from across the county, Europe, and Australia submitted works for consideration. CoCA has presented the Annual since 1989, each time inviting an independent juror to select the work. For this year's 21st anniversary of the show, CoCA is proud to have Juan Alonso as juror.

Over a career that spans 25 years, Alonso has received numerous grants, awards, and recognition from a wide variety of arts organization in the Seattle area, including the Behnke Foundation, PONCHO (2007 Artist of the Year), 4Culture, Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Artist Trust, Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Centrum. Born in Cuba in 1956, Alonso came to the Unites States at an early age, leaving behind his family to learn a new language in a foreign place.

There will be an opening reception on Thursday, December 2, from 6 – 9pm at CoCA’s Pioneer Square location located inside the former Elliott bay Book Company at 310 1st Ave South in Pioneer Square. Juan Alonso will announce prizewinners at the reception and field questions via satellite from Miami / Basel Art Fair.

Participating artists include: Minh Carrico, Laura Castellanos, David French, Douglas Gast,

Sarah Gilbert, Harold Hollingsworth, Phillip Hua, Alma Leiva, Nia Michaels, Nate Orton,

Scott Schuldt, Patti Shaw, Garric Simonsen, Tereza Swanda, Kate Sweeney and Jillian Vento.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

GAP Grant

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded a grant from Artist Trust for my 'View from the Canoe' Project. The 'View from the Canoe' is an artistic documentary of regional waters. The project is multimedia and includes photography, video, hand-made maps and functional sculpture (canoe paddles). Portions of the work will be seen on the Civic Center Fence in Downtown Seattle, the King County E4C video gallery, and the ArtsWest Gallery.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Last Week

This is the last week of "By Hand, By Water, By Mind" at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon.

My video work from the "View from the Canoe" project has been selected to be shown in the King County E4C gallery in Seattle, Washington. The E4C gallery is a series of monitors that can be viewed from the sidewalk at the King County 4Culture gallery/offices. No date on that, yet.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Signal Fire Residency - Outpost 2010

I've just returned from my week long residency with Signal Fire. This year they set up in the upper Clackamas River in the Mt. Hood National Forest. There were four artists, each provided with a large 10x10 foot tent, spaced about 200 yards apart with the hosts, Amy and Ryan, maintaining a base camp, where we all met for dinner and socializing each evening...until nearly midnight most days. My planned project for the week was a hand-surveyed and hand-drawn map, and that is just what I did. It was a special treat to work in an area that I was unfamiliar with - I hadn't even seen a map of the area. This really let me continue working on a concept built around the value of knowing where you are, as opposed to knowing what your location is. I navigated by compass or, as time went on, by recognizing places and landmarks.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Images from Maude Kerns

The archaeology wall - mostly work from my Earthwatch Institute Fellowship

The political wall

Installation of the paddles

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

By Hand, By Water, By Mind

'By Hand, By Water, By Mind' opens July 16 at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon.
This solo exhibition runs through August 27, with an opening reception on July 16 from 6-9pm and an artist's talk/discussion on August 18.

I will be showing a broad range of work including beadwork and my more recent 'View from the Canoe' documentary project. The 60-some works in the exhibition include video, photography, hand-made maps in paper and mixed media, sculpture and hand-sewn beadwork.

Maude Kerns Art Center
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403
Phone -

Gallery Hours
onday: 12.00 PM - 4.00 PM
Monday to Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.30 PM,
Saturday: 12.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lot's of Art Stuff happening

One - there is an article on me and my work in the June/July issue of Beadwork magazine. Written by Tina Koyama, you'll find it on the very last page, with photographs.

Two - Article about my "The View from the Canoe" project in our local Capitol Hill Times.

Three - Solo Exhibition at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon.
Opens July 16 and runs to August 27. Opening reception is July 16.

Four - I've been awarded a residency with Signal Fire. Four artists, one week, each with a 12 x 12 foot tent, in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Groups show during the following year in Portland, OR.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Website update

I just added a section for my View from the Canoe project on my website-

Look for it in the gallery section. You'll find links to some of the peripheral work coming out of the project plus a link to one of the video short pieces. I'll be adding some more detail close-ups and photography soon.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


'The Re-education of Smedley Butler' received a jurors award at the Materials: Hard and Soft craft exhibition in Denton, Texas. Jo Lauria, curator of the 'Craft in America' exhibition (also a PBS series) juried this years exhibition.

See below (January 14) for an image of the work.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The View from the Canoe

A year and a half ago, I set off on a path - a journey of exploration, with my canoe. What started as a blog of frequent canoe trips evolved into something more poetic, which evolved into something spoken, and which has finally evolved into a film/video project. The work is just ready for public consumption and we'll see where it goes from there. You can find art in anything... if you are willing to put your time in.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

My recent work, 'The Re-education of Smedley Butler' has been accepted for the 'Materials: Hard and Soft' annual competition. Materials: Hard and Soft February 6 to April 1, 2010 Greater Denton Arts Council Denton Texas This annual competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts was started in 1987 and is now in its 22nd year. Recognized nationally, Materials: Hard & Soft attracts hundreds of entries from every state in the union.

The beaded triptych, 'Cause and Effect' will be at the 2010 CVG show at the Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton, Washington CVG runs from February 2 to February 27 and it is just a short walk from the ferry.