September 24, 2012, 8:25am


Kevin Arnold’s (NAP #100) multi-paneled canvases are refreshing and humorous.  Creating art that is all about the object and its very own objecticity, if you will, Arnold paints canvases as physical placeholders and stand-ins for the very objects he depicts.  Canvases become vinyl pillows, packing cardboard boxes, folding chairs and tables. 

Listed under: Interview, Q&A

July 25, 2012, 8:30am

The Conversation: Gretchen Bennett and Matthew Offenbacher

The following is a conversation conducted between Seattle artists Gretchen Bennett and Matthew Offenbacher on July 11, 2012 in Offenbacher’s studio. Bennett and Offenbacher are both prolific artists in  their own right and have been collaborating on a variety of projects, including exhibits, publications and business, since 2009. - Amanda Manitach, Seattle Contributor

Listed under: Interview

July 19, 2012, 8:30am

Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part II)

Part two of my interview with Thao Votang and Brian Willey, owners of Tiny Park in Austin, TX. Find part one here. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Art World, Austin, Interview

July 17, 2012, 8:00am

Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part I)

Living half a block from West Chelsea's gallery scene equalled art overload for this former New York City resident. I figured I wouldn't find the same convenience in Austin, TX...until I discovered the adorable apartment gallery Tiny Park, within walking distance of my flat. Tiny Park's petite size belied its creative and compelling exhibitions, organized by owners Brian Willey and Thao Votang. Less than a year after opening their doors to the public, Tiny Park moved to a proper commercial space on Austin's east side. I spoke with Willey and Votang about their plans for the new, not-so-Tiny Park. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Art World, Interview

July 11, 2012, 8:30am

Tracing Time with Xiaoze Xie

Xiaoze Xie’s (NAP #44) recent show at San Francisco’s Gallery Paule Anglim featured amplified, large-scale oil paintings depicting library archives of folded newspaper spines and cover photographs.  This show is all part of two larger, ongoing projects titled “Both Sides Now” and “Fragmentary Views,” which Xie began in 2001.

Listed under: Interview

July 09, 2012, 8:20am

A Conversation with Joan Watts about “Poems and More” at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art

This June, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art exhibited a new body of work by painter Joan Watts. Watts has been painting since the 1960s, and she has managed to successfully forge a singular path throughout the waxing and waning of art market trends and historical movements. Charlotte Jackson has represented Watts for several years now, and she is the rare kind of art dealer who supports the essential changes and developments of her artists.

Listed under: Interview

May 30, 2012, 8:25am

Comingled Encounters: Artist Relationships at SEASON

Artist Robert Yoder’s gallery, known simply as SEASON, resides on a wide thoroughfare between two north Seattle neighborhoods, somewhere between a deli and a city park. One of several residential spaces appearing in disparate corners of the post-recession city as other spaces downsized or faded away, SEASON fills not only a gap in available spaces for artists to show work but also creates a distinct venue for relationships between artists to manifest. - Erin Langner, Seattle Contributor

Listed under: Interview, Seattle

May 16, 2012, 8:15am

Flat Time Blue: Buddy Bunting at Prole Drift

The centerpiece of Buddy Bunting’s Flat Time Blue at Prole Drift (on view through May 27th) is a panoramic watercolor and flashe painting that stretches twelve feet across the wall. The painting depicts a prison washed out and warmed up with scalding bright yellow sun, its structural starkness rendered sheer and almost weightless. It’s the tenth in a series Bunting has been developing since 2004.

Listed under: Interview, Seattle

May 14, 2012, 8:30am

Jen Erickson's Topographies Of Lost Memory

The tenuously-connected tissue of small marks on Jen Erickson's paintings at PUNCH Gallery (On view through June 3) fan out like smoke curls, clustered blooms of algae or exploding supernova. Some diptych panels, hung side-by-side, have mirrored designs, like bifurcated stains on a Rorschach blot or diagrams depicting binary division and replication of cells. The unfurling sprawl is comprised of thousands of graphite zeroes drawn over oil paint on panels. In this blend of the organic and mathematical, Erickson's work melancholically dwells on the inability to retain memory.

Listed under: Interview, Seattle

May 11, 2012, 8:30am

Libby Black: Nothing Lasts Forever

I caught up with artist Libby Black (NAP #67 and #85) at Marx & Zavattero gallery in San Francisco, where her show ‘Nothing Lasts Forever’ is currently on view (through May 26th). Black has carefully selected and curated the images in the show, mindful of how flower paintings can be associated with ‘Sunday painters.’ To combat this tendency she has injected a layer of darkness and playfulness into the show through unique juxtapositions. For instance, between still-lifes of colorful bouquets is one of a high heel shoe with a penis extending from the toe, a design by Vivienne Westwood.

Listed under: Interview, San Francisco


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