May 2009 Newsletter

I.D.: Individual Demographics
May 21 - June 27
Opening reception: Thursday, June 4, 6:00 - 8:00

Please join the us for the opening reception.
We will also be hosting two free panel discussions:

• Wednesday, June 10 at 7:00 PM
"Local Is the New Conceptual": Seattle Art in the Public Sphere,
moderated by Jen Graves, Art Critic, The Stranger
Panelists are:
Ken Allan, Professor of Art History, Seattle University
Stephen Lyons, Platform Gallery
Dan Webb, Artist

• Wednesday, June 17 at 7:00 PM
Blowing Up Demographics,
moderated by Mary Ann Peters, Artist
Panelists are:
Ki Gottberg, Drama Professor and Actor
John Feodorov, Art Professor and Artist
Margot Quan Knight, Artist

Artists deal with identity in a myriad of intriguing ways. This show examines identity in terms of the individual (self or self-portrait) versus the group (demographics and ideologies), and addresses complex contemporary issues ranging from anonymity (lack of self) to aspects of fantasy (desired self) or surrogacy (symbolic self).

Color lithograph with silkscreen, chine colle, and gold leaf
60.5 x 18.75 x 7.5 inches, edition of 45

Contributing Artists:
Anne Appleby, Nola Avienne, Louise Bourgeois, Matt Browning, Jack Daws, Anthony Goicolea, Fergus Greer, Jane Hammond, Tim Hawkinson, Glenn Ligon, Hugo Ludeña, Margot Quan Knight, Sherry Markovitz, Kerry James Marshall, Mark Newport, Deborah Oropallo, Marc Quinn, Dario Robleto, Tim Roda, Ed Ruscha, Roger Shimomura, Chad States, Mickalene Thomas, Tom of Finland, Kara Walker, John Waters, Dan Webb, Alice Wheeler, Edward Wicklander, and Kohei Yoshiyuki.

Artists such as Roger Shimomura or Glenn Ligon reveal information about their own identities along race lines while Nola Avienne brings internal information to the surface in a very physical comparison of the blood of various artists, questioning the market potential of artist’s based on their personas.

Nola Avienne describes "The Donor Wall Project":
"I asked members of the art community for volunteers to allow me to draw a small sample of their blood. 72 artists have generously donated their blood to create individual biological portraits. Each artist’s blood is painted on a 3”x 3” square of paper, framed and hung in a grid. Inspired by Chuck Close, this portrait employs a grid but with a minimalist approach, reducing the identity of the subject to its most primal component – the chemical breakdown of the artist.

The Donor Wall Project investigates the artist as commodity and the desire to truly possess a piece of the artist. An unfortunate trend in the art market is the purchasing of work as an investment, not out of love for the work but because collectors want to buy a name. If the artist has become a commodity why not circumvent the art altogether when you can own an actual piece of the artist?"

Artists whose blood swatches will be offered for sale are:
Rick Araluce, Nola Avienne, Linda Beaumont , Gala Bent , Zack Bent, Ben Beres , Matt Browning, Lisa Buchanan, Buddy Bunting, Elizabeth Buschmann, Dan Carrillo, Jaq Chartier, Diem Chau, Celeste Cooning, Chris Crites, Tim Cross, Rebecca Cummins, Julie Custer, Marc Dombrosky, Eric Elliott, Molly Epstein, Diana Falchuk, Andy Fallat , Maija Fiebig, Julia Freeman, Ellen Garvens, Justin Gibbens, Mandy Greer, Cable Griffith, Gail Grinnell, Lauren Grossman, Ben Hirschkoff, Sarah Hood, Etsuko Ichikawa, Elizabeth Jameson, Derrick Jefferies, Amy Johnson, Claire Johnson, Shaun Kardinal, Pamela Keeley, Amanda Knowles, Kirk Lang, Isaac Layman, Margie Livingston, Kiki MacInnis, Mike Magrath, Allison Manch, John Martin, Jeff Mihalyo, Jennifer Mills, Saya Moriyasu, Brian Murphy, Jamie Potter, Kristen Ramirez, Tesesa Redden, Keeara Rhoades, Tivon Rice, Paul Rucker, Ariana Page Russell, Adam Satushek, Samantha Scherer, Alex Schweder, Matt Sellars, Katy Stone, John Sutton, Whiting Tennis, Kari Thomas, W. Scott Trimble, Sylwia Tur, Laura Wright, Robert Yoder, and Ellen Ziegler.

Kohei Yoshiyuki's photographs of couples having sex in public parks in Tokyo are made all the more curious by the inclusion of uninvited interlopers or anonymous observers of this public sexual activity.

Jane Hammond, Mark Newport, and Dario Robleto create highly charged substitutes for themselves in their work through symbolic references as varied as Egyptian mummies, superhero costumes, and Billie Holiday, respectively.

Tom of Finland’s spectacular drawings of idealized physiques and semiotically encoded sex roles catalyzed a profound change in the way gay men approached their sexuality in the 1960s and 1970s. This invention of an idealized persona and personae continue to have an effect on today's gay male realities and stereotypes.

Fergus Greer's photographs of the great Leigh Bowery in various outrageous "drag" identities make a good counterpoint to Deborah Oropallo's fantasies of 18th century male power portraits overlaid with images from female fetish websites. Likewise, John Waters' creates imaginary images of celebrities seen as Farrah Fawcett through the use of collaged wigs of her iconic hairstyle from the 1970s.

Marc Quinn's image of his own face, cast in his own blood as a 3-d object and then photographed and hand painted with juicy red paint makes a great contrast to Tim Hawkinson's dry 3-d portrait of his slender body suggestively sculpted by the tide lines on his body as water drains from a bath tub.

Hugo Ludena suggests group identities for Latinos living in the NW while Kerry James Marshall takes slogans from the Black Power and Civil Rights movements and makes high art out of those words, taking them from their dangerous sounding beginnings 50 years ago straight into the lives of privileged Americans today.

Mark Bennett makes highly detailed blueprints of the imaginary homes used for sets from 1950s and 1960s TV sit-coms. The viewer quickly identifies with and remembers how much of our identity as Americans today was formed by these TV shows.

Mickalene Thomas' portrait of Michelle Obama casts America's newest celebrity face in the Warhol tradition of emblematic and iconic portraits.

See more work from I.D.: Individual Demographics

Upcoming Exhibitions

Women are Beautiful
July 2 - July 15, 2009

Opening reception:
July 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Chromogenic print, 24 x 19 inches

Curl: Site Specific Installation July 2 - August 15, 2009

Opening reception:
July 2, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

CURL, 2008
Custom tongue and groove flooring, fabricated from bending plywood
Dimensions variable