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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.

“Ghosts of Flesh Avenue” on view downstairs

Guest artist and honorary Biscaynito Amanda James Parker has installed her video homage to peep shows of yore in the storefront beneath ’57 Biscayne studios. More here, at the Good Arts Building website.

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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Welcome to our newest Biscaynito!

We’re super-excited to announce that we’ve filled the cute new nook of a studio with the lovely Celeste Cooning, cutter of intricate patterns in Tyvek and much more.  She will be settled in by our next open house, December 1st in time to celebrate the holidays. Welcome to the community, Celeste, and we look forward to future co-inspirations and collaborations!

That the studio had a line-up of fabulous and personable artists ready to take it before it was even built speaks to the utter dearth of affordable cultural space in this town. Good Arts is looking forward to building some additional work & gallery spaces on the street level of the building in the upcoming months. Please join our mailing list to keep abreast of developments. While we’re at it, let’s hear a shout-out to those who are working to create affordable space elsewhere in the city: Sam Farraizaino at Equinox, Timothy Firth at Common Area Maintenance,  and many others, most of them artists themselves.

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

June 2, 2016: The return of “100 under $100”

We’re opening the doors for First Thursday in June, and bringing back the ever-popular “100 under $100” art extravaganza for the third time. One-hundred pieces of very affordable art will hang on our walls, going home with the lucky buyers who snatch them up for a mere $100 or less. Lots of artists, lots of styles. lots of fun.

Also browse the open studios of ’57 Biscayne to see what the artists are up to, chitchat with friends, make new ones, and listen to Victor Janusz sing timeless classics at our piano. victor

Thursday June 2, 6-10 PM and then by appointment through the month of June, as long as supplies last. Curated by Jane Richlovsky and Dara Solliday.

Here is a (somewhat random) sneak peek of the show. Also check the facebook page for additional updates and images.

Photography by Nathan Vass

Nathan Vass

Nia Michaels

Nia Michaels

Kristen Winn

Kristen Winn

Karin Bolstad

Karin Bolstad

Amanda Amsel

Amanda Amsel

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Braden Duncan

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Molly Magai

Mars Flag - Cheri Kopp 2008

Cheri Kopp

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Liz Ewing

“X Marks the Spot” installation opens downstairs

’57 Biscayne and the Good Arts Building are thrilled to welcome guest artist Etta Lilienthal. Her latest site-specific piece will light up the storefront at 702 First Avenue, May 5 through May 31. Check it out on First Thursday or any time this month.

X Marks The Spot is a new storefront installation by Etta Lilienthal housed in The Good Arts Building in Pioneer Square.  A suspended array of lights create a pathway towards a mirrored surface, reflecting the focus of the arts community in Pioneer Square.

Made possible by the Artist Trust Grant Program, The Good Arts Building, Michal Immerwahr and Emily Lange.

March Open House and welcome, CoCA!

We’ll be opening up the house upstairs for First Thursday Artwalk on March 3, while downstairs, the Center on Contemporary Art will be opening 35 Live: CoCA Members’ Show in their new pop-up location here in the Good Arts Building.

Resident artists will be showing tintypes, letterpress, jewelry, paintings, and other fabulous things made on the premises, from 6 to 9 PM.  In our newly gussied-up lobby, where the original wood floors have been uncovered and shinied, Victor Janusz will be serenading us on piano starting at 7.

Pianoman Victor Janusz added to an already-too-exciting Holiday Extravaganza

This just in: Join us for First Thursday in December and be serenaded by the dulcet and classy sounds of crooner Victor Janusz as you shop for locally made art and crafty utilitarian objects to give to your loved ones.

VICTOR JANUSZ is one of the Northwest’s most in-demand Entertainers. Last season at ACT, he penned and performed his own “HANDS SOLO: Pianoman” Show (directed by Lori Larsen) which was critically acclaimed and sold out an exclusive two-week run. Victor has just released a brand new CD “Living In A Blue State” with his full VJ BAND, including drummer STEVE WHITE (of Blue Man Group) Rob Witmer, Billy Joe Huels, Angie Louise, and Saxman Mark Taylor, among others. Victor is most at home… Anywhere!–So long as he’s playing or singing at a piano, preferring original tunes, jazz, classic rock and Carpenters’ songs. He’s performed many times at ACT, the Space Needle, Canlis, Nordstrom…  even a Command performance for President-elect Obama. If he’s in a good mood, he’ll tell jokes, and if in a really, really good mood –may take requests!

His songlist includes the Sinatra Songbook, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Rogers & Hart, Broadway Classics, the Beatles, Elton John, Billy Joel, Carpenters, Motown, REM, Lou Reed, Steely Dan, and lots of original tunes, as well.

And he’ll be playing on ’57 Biscayne’s very own piano, thank you ACT Theatre (and the two middle-aged people who moved it into the lobby this weekend).