Two shows open late-March in Seattle: “RED CURRENT (sweet fruit)” and “Lavish and Lush”

The Pelican Goddess

The Pelican Goddess

And I’m back. From Italy, and almost un-sick! And already getting ready for two shows that open very soon in my own backyard.  The first is the brainchild of two raven-haired, whip-smart art mavens of the contemporary Northwest scene; independent curator/artist/entrepreneur Sharon Arnold and legendary Roq la Rue gallerist Kirsten Anderson.

RED CURRENT (sweet fruit) has been curated by Arnold to capture a moment of red hot intensity in the Seattle Art landscape, curating 37 artists into a salon-style survey of what is happening right now in this community. I am thrilled to show one of my favorite works, “The Pelican Goddess”, with a group of artists I’m humbled to be a part of.

by Counsel Langley, "Far North"

by Counsel Langley, "Far North"

The line-up, please:

Mandy Greer  Kimberly Trowbridge  Amanda Manitach  Izzie Klingels  Serrah Russell  Saskia Delores  Debra Baxter  Jess Rees  Anne Blackburn  Erin Frost  Lynda Sherman Laura Ward  Jennifer McNeely  Susanna Bluhm  Counsel Langely  Erin Shafkind  Claire Johnson  Klara Glosova  Andrea Wicklund  Gala Bent  Rumi Koshino  Naomi Faith Allyce Wood  Julie Alpert  Crystal Barbre  Deborah Scott  Kristen Ramirez  Allie Manch  Ellen Garvens  Cristin Ford  Gretchen Bennett  Francesca Lohmann  Emily Pothast Bette Burgoyne  Jennifer Borges Foster  Jennifer Zwick  and Stacey Rozich

Amanda Manitach

Amanda Manitach

The show opens on Friday March 23rd from 6-9pm and runs through April 7, 2012 and Kirsten Anderson promises a festive opening with themed ‘treats’, if you will.

Roq la Rue Gallery  |  2312 2nd Ave. |  Seattle  | 206-374-8977







The second show I show up in is “Lavish and Lush”, part of the clay-bombing of Seattle that’s about to happen when the NCECA Conference blows into town this March 28th-31st.  The 2012 theme for the conference is “On the Edge”, which I guess works for me since I’ll be showing photographs…of fiber, and clay and flesh.  If anyone knows my history, it begins in clay.  That beginning still bares a trace in the piles of visceral messy fluidity I bring to the fore in fabric, and most distinctly in the “root room” I made last year at my Roq la Rue show “Honey and Lightening”, which was soaked in latex paint and mud from the foundation of my home.

The Cherry Tree Root Chamber, detail, 2011

The Cherry Tree Root Chamber, detail, 2011

The process of making that installation was a sloppy, goopy mess, so full of the pleasure I found in working with clay for years, but without the need to go near a kiln.  It pushed clay back into my work, not as objects or even sculptural material, but time-based sensuality incorporated into some of my performance-based photographs.

The Golden Cage, archival ink jet print, 2011

The Golden Cage, archival ink jet print, 2011

Curated by Tammie Renee Rubin, artist and assistant professor of ceramics at University of Illinois and artist Erin Furimsky, visiting professor at Illinois State University and Heartland Community College,

“Lavish and Lush” is an exhibition of experimental sculptural objects and small installations that are both excessive and obsessive in concept, composition, and materiality. Each artist in this exhibition possesses a lavish and lush aesthetic, creating prolific works wrought with sumptuous surfaces, ornate renderings, and sensual textures that are both visual and tactile feasts. Like feast on food, one feels comforted and nourished, but if the consumption continues the experience shifts uncomfortably to one of over consumption and repulsion”.

Since Claypalooza is only in town for a short while, there is a limited amount of time you can catch the show as well as a whole host of other NCECA shows at:

Seattle Design Center/Suite 366  |  5701 Sixth Avenue South |  Seattle, WA 98108

Two opening receptions, Tuesday, March 27, 5p – 9p & Friday, March 30, 5p – 9pm

Monday/26, Wednesday/28, Thursday/29:   9AM to 5 PM

Tuesday/27: 9 AM to 9PM

Friday/30: 10 AM to 9 PM

Saturday, March 31, 10 AM to 5 PM

“American Dreamers” at CCC Strozzina, in Firenze, Italy opens tonight!

I have been in Florence, Italy all week installing a new/remix installation called Cynosura to be part of the exhibition “American Dreamers” at the Centro di Cultura Contemporanea at Palazzo Strozzi!   Curated by the delightful Bartholomew Bland from the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers New York, and also the incredible Franzisca Nori from the CCC Strozzina, the last several months have been a whirlwind of preparation, and intense attention to details, all leading to the opening tonight!

From the CCCS website:

Does the “American dream” still exist? Since 11 September 2011 the United States of America has witnessed the collapse of its sense of invulnerability and security, but the ability to dream and the will to believe in the future have maintained their central place in the idea of “being American”.
The exhibition comprises a reflection on the work of artists who use fantasy, imagination and dreams to build alternative worlds to the increasingly complex reality of life today. Some condense the essence of reality into miniaturised systems while others expand outwards into space, and yet others feed on fantastic, dreamlike images or reflect on such symbolic themes as the home and the family, or the mass media imagery, which play even today a central role in the construction of the myth of the American way of life.

More soon, after the revealing tonight!  The CCCS is a labyrinth in the old ancient wine cellars of the Strozzi Palazzo, this time sending us winding through small sparkling worlds of fantasy made predominantly of humble materials or the detritus of the outside world.  The shapes and forms of the building itself along with the exhibition design vision of Berlin artist/designer Markus Bader, lends to the sense of the entire show being one meandering installation.  I’m thrilled to see what people will think…more soon after tonight!

Paul installing at CCCS, Florence Italy