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Neon Dreamer: Interactive Pac-man Pop-up Installation all the way from Prague!

’57 Biscayne and the Good Arts Building welcome Czech artist Edita Pattova, presenting Neon Dreamer, an interactive painting and video installation, on the first stop of its West Coast tour. Neon Dreamer will be up for one night only, Thursday, August 3, from 5-9 PM in the under-construction Good Arts Arcade at 108 Cherry Street.

Inspired by the neon lights of Times Square on a visit to New York, Edita created a grid of nine oil paintings depicting an imaginary American city. On it, she projects an original video game, inspired by Pac-man, which visitors can play singly or competitively, becoming the dreamers chasing their dreams, beer, money, and each other through the neon-lit painted city streets, while dodging the authorities and other hazards.

They’ll be flying off the walls!

Don’t miss the return of 100 under $100,  Thursday, September 7 from 5-9 PM.

This is the FOURTH annual iteration of this event, and we keep getting better stuff.

Take home affordable art that very night. There will be 100 original pieces of it gracing our walls that night—but not for long! Start a collection, round out an existing one, fight over stuff, have fun!

Watch this space for preview images and more on the evening’s events.

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Last chance to see Original Hits by Original Artists

Come see this fun show of fake album covers for made-up bands. The invited artists, all 33-1/3 of them, were quite inspired by the project (repressed fantasies of being a rock star perhaps?) and came up with bands and artwork that run the gamut: funny, naughty, surreal, satirical, political, and just plain weird.

The gallery will be open from 1-6 PM on Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27. It’s at 108 Cherry in the future home of the Good Arts Arcade, a planned mini-retail complex for makers, and of course right in the heart of Pioneer Square.

 

Original Artists, the complete list, together for the first time

Here are the Original Artists who will be fabricating bands and album covers for the upcoming show, Original Hits by Original Artists:

Gabriel Campanario
Amanda James Parker
Jed Dunkerley
Kelly Lyles
Romson Bustillo
Paul E. McKee
Paul D. McKee
Eric Eschenbach
Dara Solliday
Savina Mason
Chris Rollins
Jeff Scott
Sandy Nelson
Jane Richlovsky
Rainer Waldman Adkins
Karin Bolstad
Marne Cohen Vance
Nia Michaels
Liz Ewings
George Abeyta
Paula Wong
Krisna Schumann
Sarah Dillon
Elizabeth Arzani
Henrietta’s Eye
Jeanie Lewis
Morgan Cahn
Nathan Vass
Matthew Potter
Megan Reisinger
Hadar Iron

THAT’S 33-1/3! (or thereabouts)

Original Hits by Original Artists: An Exhibit of TOTALLY FAKE Album Covers

R.I.P. the album cover, sort of. We said our goodbyes to that roomy square-foot of substantial cardstock, with its fantastic artwork — maybe by Warhol or Dali or Mapplethorpe —to name just a few. We also said our goodbyes to the hours of contemplation of the cover-art while the music spun on a nearby turntable, a unique synthesis of the aural with the visual with the tactile — a feast for the soul. Then the album cover was demoted in both size and importance, a mere afterthought of a booklet cover, encased in brittle plastic. Now stripped of its physicality entirely, it’s relegated to the ether where its low-rez pixelated remains live out their diminished existence barely visible on tiny hand-held screens. Until now! With LP sales now at a twenty-eight-year high, the album cover (both genuine and fake) is back!

Original Hits by Original Artists, opening May 4 right downstairs on the first floor of the Good Arts Building, will pay proper homage to the art of the album cover, both past and present—without the album. The exhibit features covers for dozens of fabricated albums cut by bands that exist only in the artists’ imaginations. The show will be on view May 4 – May 31, 2017 at 108 Cherry Street in the Good Arts Building (downstairs from ’57 Biscayne).

A Release Party and reception for the artists will be held First Thursday, May 4, 6:00 -10:00 p.m. followed by the Upstream Music Fest, May 11-13, when there will be actual live (if unrelated) music on site, programmed by Upstream during the run of the festival. One of a handful of free venues in the neighborhood, it will be open from 4-8 PM with music on May 11 and 12; and 1-8 on Saturday the 13th, with music from 4-8. The exhibit will also be open on the last two Fridays and Saturdays in May, from 1-6PM and by appointment.

Original Hits is curated by artist Jane Richlovsky of ’57 Biscayne which, incidentally, was named for a Joni Mitchell song lyric. For this show Richlovsky and fellow artist Dara Solliday invited approximately thirty-three and one third artists to unearth those long-forgotten catch phrases that had once sparked a reply of “That would make a great band name!” and then create a full-size old-school 12-inch LP album cover for this hypothetical hitmaker. Artists include Romson Bustillo, Kelly Lyles, Nia Michaels, Jed Dunkerley, Gabriel Campanario, and Richlovsky, showing fake album covers in paint, collage, repurposed tin, textiles, wood, and who knows what else.

About the venue: The Good Arts Building was purchased by an artist/developer partnership, Good Arts LLC, in 2015, with the mission of promoting the interdependent prosperity of artists and other neighborhood businesses and institutions. ’57 Biscayne Studios are located on its second floor.

Holiday Open Studios December 1st

Thursday, December 1st from 6-9 PM

It’s time for our annual Holiday Open House, when ‘57 Biscayne resident artists open their studios and are joined by fabulous guest vendors, serenaded by the dulcet tunes of pianist Victor Janusz.

Shop local for handmade arty gifts like jewelry, reconstructed tin icons, paintings, prints, cosmopolitan lo-fi office supplies (for that person on your list who has everything), handprinted cards, olde style tintype photos, cocktail party accessories, hats, handbags, lamps handmade from recycled ephemera, and much more. Everything is made on site or darn close (except in the case of the cosmopolitan office supplies, but they’re so cool who cares?).

Downstairs at 108 Cherry Street, Amanda James Parker will be remounting her Lusty Lady video installation, Ghosts of Flesh Avenue, turning unsuspecting passersby into voyeurs. (The original video was shot here in the Good Arts Building, so it’s something of a homecoming.)

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Placiness extended through August 28

Placiness, the current exhibit in ’57 Biscayne’s newly refurbished lobby & hallway galleries, will run through August 28th, so if you missed it due to Art Fair FOMO and/or eyeball fatigue, don’t be sad.

For-sure hours: Friday August 12 from 1-6 PM, then the remaining Fridays & Saturdays of August 1-6 PM and also by appointment.

The building is open during regular business hours, but to make sure you get the whole experience (i.e., the whole gallery is accessible and the gallery lights are turned on) it’s best to email first.

Placiness features art inspired by the buildings, history, landscape, and humanscape of Seattle. Paintings, drawings, and photographs directly confronting the cityscape, constructions incorporating materials endemic to the region and more.

Photo by former Biscaynito John Strickland, whose analogue work can be seen in the show.

Placiness in progress…

Savina Mason installs her magical purple site-specific piece in the former corporate Zen garden, while Jane Richlovsky hangs new lights. Placiness will debut in our unrecognizably-transformed lobby gallery on First Thursday, have extended hours through Art Fair weekend, and run through August 28. Twenty superb Seattle artists represent, reflect, and redefine their city.

Photo by Dara Solliday

PLACINESS

’57 Biscayne presents PLACINESS, August 4-7 at ’57 Biscayne in the Good Arts Building

Open First Thursday, August 4, from 5-8 PM and 12-7 Friday, Saturday; 12-5 Sunday

Artists’ Reception Saturday, August 6 (time TBA)

’57 Biscayne was born out of the much-ballyhooed demise of 619 Western, and in the years since we’ve become a kind of charismatic megafauna in the exploding urban environment of the boom-and-bust city we call home. The image of artists losing their place in the city often functions as a symbol of a larger sense of loss: While the decline of affordable studio space is measurable and undeniable, people also tend to remember places they love as having been in the past more interesting, animated, authentic–placier–than they are in the present. Whether that is actually the case or just the foggy goggles of nostalgia is debatable.

What is often lost in the discussion is what it means to the art. ’57 Biscayne, and other urban studio spaces, are not mere symbols to the artists who work there, but a base from which we observe, interact with, and respond to the city. PLACINESS gathers the visual evidence of what it actually means–from the artists’ points of view–to stay in our neighborhood and in our city: to live and move about and to look at things and people. The show encompasses representational paintings and photographs that directly reference Seattle physically or spiritually or historically; constructions that incorporate materials or found objects endemic to here; and work in a variety of media that is visually inspired by the streets, buildings, history, landscape, and humanscape of Seattle.

PLACINESS will coincide with the Seattle Art Fair, which is presenting sound art by Brendan Fowler downstairs at 108 Cherry.  In keeping with its mission, the Good Arts Building is hosting Art Fair as an Event Partner, as well as providing storefront space to La Sala, presenting La Cocina, a multimedia extravaganza at 702 First Avenue; and the Center on Contemporary Art at 106 Cherry.

Image: Dara Solliday, View from Jane Richlovsky and Drake Deknatel’s Studio at 619 Western I

100 under 100 closing soiree

Thursday, June 30th from 5 to 7 PM

The locusts descended on our First Thursday opening, but there is still some art left so we thought we’d make a party of it. This is your last chance this year to pick up some gems at the people’s prices. There will also be some bonus art for sale by many of the same artists – ones we didn’t include in the initial hanging, in the interest of sticking literally to our numerical theme.wall6

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