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Pipes show
Robert Mickelsen, M4 SAW (squad automatic weapon) - 2013 Lampworked borosilicate glass, courtesy of the artist

Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe:
Northwest Flameworking on the Brink of Legalization

Artists’ Reception Thursday, October 17, 2013 6pm-10pm
CoCA Georgetown at Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Avenue South, Suite 258 Seattle WA 98108

Please join us for a special screening of the film Degenerate Art: The Art and Culture of Glass Pipes. Get an in-depth look at the artists currently exhibiting in this groundbreaking exhibition. Thursday, December 19, 5-9pm as part of ART@SDC Third Thursday Open Galleries. Film will begin at 7:30pm Degenerate Art tells the story of glass pipe-making from the origins of the "color-changing" pipe, to the radical emerging art movement it has become today. Despite federal laws, pipe-makers have created a whole new genre of American folk art. A huge multi-million dollar industry has formed around this taboo culture. This subversive art challenges our right to free speech and expression, as well as reflecting the nature of the people who make and collect the pieces. One of the last true underground American scenes, glass pipe art remains invisible to mainstream culture. ~M. Slinger (Producer/Director/Artist)

Part of ART@SDC Third Thursday Open Galleries: 13 galleries, 3 fountains, 1 unique building. Seattle’s infamous indoor artwalk.
Free admission & parking Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm.
The exhibition continues through January 10.

For the past two decades, a vibrant group of largely underground, torch-wielding glass artists have taken the technical and aesthetic boundaries of the pipe as an art form to new heights, collectively forming one of the few bonafide avant-garde art movements in the country. Featuring 25 artists from across the U.S., many of whom are featured in the award-winning documentary Degenerate Art: The Art & Culture of Glass Pipes (M. Slinger, 2012), this exhibition blends street and urban art, high brow/low brow, and grass roots spiritualism in a fascinating and dynamic survey of borosilicate flameworking in its emerging golden age. Much of the artwork reveals a strong interest in contemporary culture—from guns, to biomimetic abstraction, to the dominance of corporate logos, to the juxtaposition of cartoon characters with drugs. And aliens.

In addition to showcasing the diversity of functional forms such as Sherlock pipes, bongs, bubblers and recyclers, Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe also includes large-scale glass installations, conceptual sculptures and other works inspired by the movement. An opening reception with many of the artists in attendance will occur Thursday, October, 17, from 5-9pm at CoCA’s Georgetown gallery. Performances by art collective Ear, Noise, Throat will also help celebrate the opening of this dynamic exhibition, the first survey of borosilicate pipes to occur in a contemporary art gallery (as reported by Ana Campoy in a September 3 Wall Street Journal article).

The exhibition is juried by curator David Francis, Hillary Ryan, Traci Kelly, and Reo Hornibrook.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS (as of 10/5/13)
Arizona: Bandhu Dunham, Ninja Hamm
British Columbia: Patrick Stratis
California: Bob (Cheese) Gutierrez; Ryan (Ryno) O’Keefe; Nathan (JAG) Purcell
Colorado: Alex Ubatuba
Florida: Robert Mickelsen
Idaho: Bryan Dosher
Oregon: Chris Carlson; Tim (Ease) Carruthers; Ryan (Buck) Harris; Jay (Bird Dogg) Harrower; Darby Holm; Rob Morrison; Tara Roberts; Lacey St. George
Pennsylvania: Daniel Coyle; Matt Eskuche; Jeremy Grant-Levine; Zach Puchowitz; M. Slinger
Washington: Nathan Aweida; il; Kevin (Quave) McCulley

ArtaFact

Art. A Fact.
CoCA Member Salon


Reception: November 21, 2013, 5-9pm
CoCA Georgetown at Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Avenue South, Suite 258, Seattle WA 98108

CoCA's newest exhibition space: Art.AFact. Designed as a salon style show, Art.AFact.
will feature a dynamic and evolving roster of disciplines and mediums.

This month we present the work of:
Jean Albus
Robroy Chalmers
E. Grace Dager
Aaron Filion
Anne Marie Grgich
Phil McGaughy
Jennifer McNeely
Patri O'Conner
Kate Protage
Chris Sheridan
Kate Vrijmoet
Curated by Brenda Scallon

Jean Albus

Jean Albus: Ineffable


Reception: October 2, 6-8pm. On view through 10/28

CoCA is pleased to present a solo exhibit of Montana based artist Jean Albus’s beautifully disquieting photographs curated by Joseph C. Roberts.

To make her rural Montana landscapes personal, she injects evidence of herself in each photograph. Often, that evidence is a young woman’s dress in some state of decay and completely out of context in the dry desert terrain. The emotional effect is palpable. Is this evidence of a romantic coming of age -or a moment of rage? The work comments on aging, memory, transition, loss and mortality. Cheerfully, however, Albus says, “if you shine light on a dark subject, it’s not dark anymore; right?”

An artist reception will be held on Wednesday October 2rd from 6 to 9pm. Albus’s work will be on view through October 27, 2013.

For more of Jean Albus’s work, visit: JeanAlbus.com

Also on view at CoCA Ballard through November 18th is K. Kissik: Reconstructed Moments.

CoCA Ballard is located at 6413 Seaview Ave. NW in Shilshole Bay Beach Club on Ballard’s waterfront (three doors north of Ray’s). Gallery hours are 9am – 5pm weekdays. Open & free to public.

Lyle Carbajal

Kathy Kissik: Reconstructed Moments

Artist's Reception: September 18, 2013, 6-8pm

CoCA Ballard Gallery
Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Avenue N.W., Seattle, WA 98107

Curated by Joseph Roberts. On view through November 18, 2013.

Ear, Noise Throat

Ear, Noise, and Throat

Two nights only!

October 13, 7-9pmJewelbox Theater
October 17, 5-9pm Georgetown Gallery

An Arts Crush/CoCA event

"Ear, Noise and Throat" is an exploration of Sound, Movement, Words, and Mayhem.

A rare convergence of talent and toy blend in a semantic symphony of gesticulating confabulations. In this extra-somatic adaptation, it is the emotional impact of genuine laughter that has pushed back the boundaries of the absurd, activating arias of chaotic clamor.

Now you have joined the cabal!
In this collaborating free range event, you will wonder if you are at the show or in the show. Caution, this infusion may cause a mild pivoting in either direction. Do not be alarmed. Join Semaphoric Host E. Grace Dager and her Band of Toy (B.o.T.s) with Detonator Beth Lawrence, Amy Denio, Leah Gold, Jon Strongbow, Tim Scallon, Sheri Brown, Jana Szabo, Christy Fisher, Dean Moore, Scott Adams, Brenda Scallon, King Dre', Raven, and rotating special guests. You've been warned!

Acclimatized

Acclimatized: Heaven & Earth 5

Temporary Outdoor Art Exhibition at Carkeek Park

Opening Reception, with artists in attendance:
Saturday, July 13, 2-5pm
Environmental Learning Center
1000 Carkeek Park Road
Seattle, WA 98177

In collaboration with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Carkeek Park Advisory Council, the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) will orchestrate an exhibition of temporary artwork in the forest of Carkeek Park for the fifth consecutive year, from July 13, 2013 through October 20.

In addition to the obvious reference to climate-change adaptation, Acclimatized: Heaven and Earth 5 hinges on the skill of artists in placing various eco-artworks in the park that are designed to withstand the intensity of scrutiny by an estimated 100,000 summer visitors to the park. In the wake of last year's vandalism of the artwork (several pieces were burned to the ground or pushed over and destroyed), 14 artists from around the Puget Sound region and as far away as Portland, Oakland, and Erdenheim (PA) were selected from a pool of nearly 40 proposals. The jury consisted of CoCA curator David Francis and Paula Hoff, Strategic Advisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation Superintendent's Office, a unique collaboration between the city and an alternative arts organization with a long history of experimental work.

The art is arranged throughout the park on a trail of about 3.3 miles. Artworks are identified by QR code readers on adjacent pier blocks that link to descriptions of the artwork and include brief biographies and statements by artists. Generous funding for the exhibit is provided by Carkeek Park Advisory Council and Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, as well as vital in-kind support from Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Associated Recreation Council.

Acclimatized is one of the region's only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more. The exhibit is open dawn till dusk through October 20. Maps, along with more information, are available online: www.heavenandearthexhibition.org, www.cocaseattle.org

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Andrew Alba (Portland, OR), Susan Arthur (Bainbridge Island), Dave Francis (Seattle), Alan Fulle (Seattle), Elizabeth Gahan (Seattle), Aaron Haba (Camano Island), Thendara Kida-Gee (Seattle), Ingrid Lahti (Mercer Island), Light Table Design Collective (Riisa Conklin, Carrie Barnes; Seattle), Fred Lisaius (Newcastle), Lucy Mae Martin (Conway), Philip McGaughy (Oakland), Richard Metz (Erdenheim PA), Suzanne Tidwell (Sammamish)

For more information, including past exhibitions, visit http://www.heavenandearthexhibition.org.

Art Jones

You Won’t See Me: Portraits by Art Jones


CoCA Georgetown
Seattle Design Center
5701 6th Ave S, Suite 258, Seattle, WA 98108

‘Instant Karma Portraits’ are an exchange. I make an image- you are the subject. You've given me an incredible gift of your visual representation, I give to you the original Polaroid, but I have a negative version of the image- a memory that I must bring into the digital world to approximate (remember) that one of a kind original. The process changes the image, and reflects the difference between the moment and my memory of it. The narrative of the act: posing (or not), setting up the shot, adjusting, and finally making (and viewing) the image is a different kind of exchange, and a connection between us as we collaborate on making the image. I hope the viewer sees a hint of all of the decisions, choices, and thoughts that happened in those 10 seconds.

Every Pizza Hut in Karachi, Pakistan and Karachi Notes (23 short videos, projected onto a 3D map) were inspired by a trip to Karachi with smARTpower a cultural exchange program developed in collaboration with the Bronx Museum of the Arts, and the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Artist Bio:
Jones' films and media art projects have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, London's Tate Gallery and numerous media festivals and broadcast outlets internationally. Jones works in a variety of genres, including fiction, documentary and music-related pieces, where his unique sense of humor and dynamic style of directing, animation and editing has gained him notice among music aficionados, film critics and media scholars.

Jones is best known for for his innovation in the art of audio/visual mixing. His live mixes have been performed in collaboration with musicians and artists including Soundlab, DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Phillip Virus with Alec Empire, Teleseen, Amiri Baraka, Femmes with Fatal Breaks, and Anti-Pop Consortium. He lives and works in New York City.

Clip of Art Jones’ work here. smART Power with Art Jones in Karachi, Pakistan.

Stephen Rock
Failed Silence
by Stephen Rock

CoCA Collision: Past, Present, & Future Members Show

It's a CoCA Collision: join us as we collide the past with the present to create a big bang for the future.

From gigantic paintings to tiny sculptures, from the quiet to the ridiculous, CoCA Collision is a massive exhibition
of contemporary art that features the work of 147 artists from across the country. And Switzerland.

Representing the past, present and future of CoCA are Collision curators:
Shawn Ferris, CoCA Board President 2000-2002
Joseph Roberts, CoCA Curator 2007-current
Chris Crites, CoCA Member Liaison 2013 & beyond...

Join us on Thursday, August 15 for a rousing evening of "What's My Process" where Collision artists discuss how they approach their subject matter, handle materials, and generally go about creating their work. Take a tour of the exhibition, meet the artists, purchase a new piece for your collection.

Part of ART@SDC.
Third Thursday, August 15, 5-9pm
262 parking spaces, 14 galleries, 3 fountains, 1 unique location. Free admission.

CoCA Collision is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm through September 13, 2013.
Join us for a closing party, Saturday, September 14, 6-9pm as part of Georgetown Art Attack!

CoCA Georgetown
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258
5701 6th Avenue South 98108

Etsuko Ichikawa

Etsuko Ichikawa: Glass Pyrograph on Beach

Etsuko Ichikawa's Glass Performance and Party
Thursday August 8th, 2013, 6PM - 8:30PM

Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

We are delighted to be hosting a remarkable evening of performance art with Etsuko Ichikawa who will create a 33-foot long Glass Pyrograph on paper and premiere her short film "Echo at Satsop."

This event is to celebrate Etsuko's 50/20/10:

"I've turned 50 years this summer, this is my 20th year since I moved from Tokyo to Seattle, and it is my 10th year since I became an independent artist. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank friends and families who have supported me, and to meet new people. Please come to celebrate with me!!!"

Doors open at 6pm; performance starts at 7pm. The event is free of charge and open to the public.
There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

This event is
Organized by CoCA
Hosted by Apulent
Supported by 4Culture
Courtesy of Davidson Galleries

Erin Fussell

Erin Fussell: Dance in the Face of Various Deaths

July-August, 2013 Residency

Dance in the Face of Various Deaths is open to the public Monday-Friday from 12-4pm or by appointment.

At Willamette Cultural Resources
623 SE Mill St, Portland 97214
Free admission.

How do we stay alive in the face of so much death around us: death of landscape, death of spirit, death of justice? Not just scientifically alive, but pulsing with life, exuberant, transcendent? Dance symbolizes that pulsing life, that resurrection. We dance in the face of various deaths because death signifies an end and an end signifies a beginning

As an artist in residence, I will be in conversation with Portland American Indians at NAYA on contemporary native dance, working in the Willamette Cultural Resources Associates office with archaeologists and doing research. I will make video art in response to what I learn in combination with these ideas and host a presentation veiwing at the end of the residency.

Dance in the Face of Various Deaths is made possible through the support of CoCA Seattle and Willamette Cultural Resources.

For more information on a residency at KUNSTKAMMER PDX, please contact CoCA and/or:
Willamette Cultural Resources
Phone: 503.281.4576
Email: info@willamettecra.com

The exhibit is on view M-F, 10am - 4pm.

Lyle Carbajal

Lyle Carbajal


Watching the Snakes Volute

Paintings by the internationally acclaimed Lyle Carbajal. Citing references to childhood imagery such as comics, monsters and machines, Carbajal juxtaposes the innocent associations of youth with the complicated path of maturation. He holds a degree in design yet is self-taught as a painter. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world such as Museu de Estremoz in Portugal, the Caro D'Offay Gallery in Chicago, and Art Fair in Denmark and can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Opening Reception
Thursday, August 8, 6pm-8pm
CoCA Ballard

Mike Dondanville

Mike Dondanville: Paintings From The Maw

A Life in Painting

Michael Dondanville was an artist born and raised in the Seattle area who produced hundreds of pieces of art almost entirely for his own amusement. Self taught, never part of the Seattle art scene, Mike created oil paintings using whatever materials he could get his hands on, mostly cheap boards and strips of canvas.

Despite these apparent limitations, his works of art provide a rare glimpse into the depths of the human imagination, drawing on everything from mythological archetypes to mathematical abstractions. The result is at times alternately beautiful, surreal, and nightmarishly grotesque, as if a reflection of the many contradictory facets of the mind exploded onto a canvas.

This, coupled with his vivid eye for color and affinity for almost topographical textures, make the paintings of Michael Dondanville something not to be missed, and yet they have never been shown outside of the occasional commercial mural or home of a friend or family member.

Now for the first time since his untimely passing in January of this year, CoCA is proud to present a retrospective of Mike's oil paintings, spanning over twenty five years and drawn from a selection of over 200 pieces, this exhibition showcases the multifaceted abilities of a previously unknown painter in all his stages of artistic development.

Opening:
Thursday, July 11, 6-9pm
CoCA Ballard Gallery
Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Avenue N.W., Seattle, WA 98107

WHITEWASHED: Joseph Gregory Rossano

Curated by David Francis

The Catalog

Catalog Release Party Wednesday, July 10, 5-7pm
CoCA Georgetown Gallery at Seattle Design Center

"Whitewashed" presents artist Joseph Rossano's solo exhibition exploring the role of endangered and extinct species in our collective re-imagining of nature and environment during a critical time of climate change and dwindling resources. Mixed media artworks feature kinetic specimen-drawers mounted on the wall, complemented by projections of DNA barcode as well as The Last of the Curlews, a 1972 animated film by Hanna-Barbera, and other sculptural pieces. Essays by David Francis, PhD, Curator; artist Joseph Rossano, with contributions by ten other leading scientists. Fully illustrated catalog with numerous images from the exhibition. 72 pages, $30.

The artist will be on hand to discuss the exhibition and sign your copy.

The Exhibition

CoCA is pleased to announce Whitewashed, a multi-media exhibition by Joseph Rossano. Rossano, whose 2013 installations at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and San Diego Natural History Museum have received widespread acclaim. Whitewashed brings together new developments in art and science through a pioneering exhibition of kinetic sculptures and video projections featuring QR coded links to commissioned essays by leading researchers in evolutionary biology, including MacArthur fellow Daniel H. Janzen. Captivated by the reality that an animal's DNA is a portal to revealing a wealth of information invisible to the naked eye, and ethically compelled by the increasing loss of a natural world that we barely know, Rossano presents a series of specimen-style boxes, each with a portrait of a threatened or extinct animal on the cover that Rossano has painted with tar and then overlaid with white. The exhibition's white color scheme references the loss of polar ice and serves to convey the show's primary metaphor: scientific truths have been systematically "whitewashed" by a culture focused on exclusively human needs.

After obtaining a degree in Studio Arts at Louisiana State University, Rossano studied at Pilchuck Glass School, and established Waterford's Artist in Residence program. His work has exhibited at Google, Pacific Science Center, ArtPrize/Grand Rapids Art Museum, and the South Australia Museum, among others. He has received support and grants from Ford Motor Company Fellowship with Earthwatch Institute, Moorea Biocode Project (funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation), and the Hattie Ettinger Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

Opening Reception and Presentation
April 22, 2013 (Earth Day), 6-9pm.

Exhibition runs through July 12, 2013; M-F 9-5 pm or by appointment.

CoCA Georgetown Gallery
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258
5701 6th Avenue South
Seattle WA 98108

This event is open to the public. Free admission and parking.

the PATH with NO name

A Cleveland High School Art Exhibit

Opening Reception
Thursday, june 13, 2013 5-9pm.

CoCA Georgetown Gallery
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258
5701 6th Avenue South
Seattle WA 98108

ART IS A VOICE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE


"The duty of youth is to challenge corruption." -Kurt Cobain

I read once that it's important to teach students to use their voices to speak the truth, because that is what enables them to make the world a better place. The idea stuck with me and here I am years later writing a curatorial statement for a student art show that is all about speaking truth to power.

A central theme of the language arts curriculum in my 10th grade humanities class was identifying social commentary in literature through different genres, and then infusing social commentary into stories of our own. To culminate this conversation we teamed up with resident artists Jaala Smith and Jave "Yoshi" Yoshimoto who helped us take this theme one step further: expressing social commentary visually through art.

We spent much of this school year honing skills to communicate and understand stories and ideas in words. Now we were in uncharted territory, crafting stories and ideas visually with color, line, shape, form, space and texture.

As students were busy choosing a social issue, researching, and conceiving of their art pieces, we talked about how art can be a stron force for raising awareness, and changing hearts and minds. We analyzed te works of Bansky, Shepard Fairy, and other street artists, as well as Barbara Kruger, Robin Holder, Ai Wei Wei and others, using them as a model for how to speak our truth, visually.

This was a language arts project. The honesty and power of these artists' ideas shines through their work, in spite of their limited time and media. I was impressed with the carefully thought out concepts, the attention to detain and concern my students expressed for our world, and it's future. I encourage you to read their artist statements so you can understand fully, the dept of their thinking and the passion of their ideas.


This event is open to the public. Free admission and parking.

Elias Hansen

Elias Hansen


I'm not sure I'll be home in time
http://eliashansen.com

It is a boat we find on the shore of this little town, a cute little dingy only tied to a log, oars tucked inside along with a cooler and a pair of life jackets. We throw our beer in the cooler, drink the warm beer that's already in there, jokingly put on the life jackets and push off. We haven't planned on going anywhere, but we also haven't really planned on much else. A bit choppy, the full moon teases us that we are safe in it's light.

It's a short row across the water to the reservation, we make good time with the wind at our backs. Do we do this often? Not enough, really. Hidden in our little town, we spend nights on the beach, watching the few lights flicker on the opposite shore. Drinking beer, throwing the bottles in the water, chasing them with rocks. We are children, we are happy with our few miles of beach, our little country roads to patrol. The trip across the water is to the grocery store, to see the girls we know, to sit on the dock and watch our town's few lights flicker.

My shift at the oars lands us, Steven hops off the bow and pulls us in. We tie to a log, leave a beer in the cooler in case anyone is thinking like us. These are the type of nights we are always looking for, a night where we don't pretend to have answers, where we ask for the unpredictable. We walk out on the dock to smoke and watch our little town. We talk about what it will be like to grow old enough to leave this bay, what will finally pull us away. We are always unsure, but also always proud. We have grown like young men, we have made our families proud. We are the next generation, and the little town will talk about us when we move on.

At the pay phone next to the gas station we call the few girls we know, convince them to sneak out and meet us at the basketball court by the water. The five of us start a fire on the beach, Steven and I sitting on opposite sides of these young women, so proud of ourselves for this little moment. We are young men; we are easy to please.

It is stories of our childhoods in these little towns, it is stories of the water. It is stories of how scared we are to leave, stories of how anxious we are to leave.

Artist Reception

Date to be announced
Avenue One Condos, 2721 First Avenue (enter on Clay Street)
On view: April 20, 2013 through August 10, 2013


Jave Yoshimoto: Whose Fault

Organized by Joseph Roberts

Artists's Reception
Friday, March 15, 2013, 6pm - 9pm
in conjunction with Apulent Open House

CoCA Ballard/Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107

For those who have not experienced Yoshimoto's epic work, Baptism of Concrete Estuary, brace yourselves. This painting took a year to execute, and it is Yoshimoto's personal meditation on the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. It evidences his therapeutic journey; his effort to process what happened, why, and what to do in response.

Yoshimoto's work is influenced by Katsushika Hokusai , the Japanese Edo period ukiyo-e painter and printmaker who created the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku Sanjuroku-kei). Notably, that series included the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created in the 1820s.

Tohoku and the Pacific Northwest nestle shores of the Pacific Ocean. For centuries, the scenic and strategic beauty of these areas has attracted large colonies of people. Constuction of major infrastructure naturally follows: ports, cities, dams, nuclear power plants… all built on goelogic faults that we have long known will shift. Similar conditons exist around the world.

Show runs: March 12 – April 9, 2013

The New Neo-Naturalists


The New Neo-Naturalists

From March 14 - April 12, 2013, CoCA will present "The New Neo-Naturalists," featuring the work of David Eisenhour, Lisa Gilley, and Sean Yearian.

The three artists share both a rural upbringing and formative periods on the Northwest's Olympic Peninsula. Washington artist, Lisa Gilley, was born in Mount Vernon, and currently resides on Marrowstone Island. Sean Yearian, also a local native, grew up in Chetzemoka Park, Port Townsend, and is currently living and working in Seattle. David Eisenhour grew up in a northern Pennsylvania farming community, moved to a small town on the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia, and currently has his studio in Port Hadlock, Washington.

Belying the somewhat tongue-in-cheek show title, these artists are all engaged in serious personal explorations of the role of nature in the production of contemporary art, and have produced a manifesto:

We the new neo-naturalists do hereby declare:

 Our god the natural world is one with us as evidenced by our DNA connecting us to the first life on earth 3.5 billion years ago.
 Biology is our religion.

 We pledge:

   To continue to evolve that we may escape the fate of our bacterial ancestors in this petri dish we call earth.

   our allegiance to the life system of this planet.

 We strive to connect and repair this splintered destructive world with our art.

Opening Reception, with the artists in attendance:
Thursday, March 21, 2013 5pm - 9pm
CoCA Georgetown Gallery
Seattle Design Center, Suite 258 5701 6th Avenue South, Seattle WA 98108.

This reception will take place during Open Galleries at Seattle Design Center. On Third Thursdays, designers are invited to participate in workshops during the day and the galleries stay open late for an indoor art walk that includes exhibitions and performances. This event is open to the public. Free admission and parking.

Jungmaven:2020

Jungmaven: 2020


This month at our Belltown gallery, we're channeling our punk rock roots and selling t-shirts to help raise funds for CoCA programming. These amazing shirts are made from eco-friendly, 100% USA, hemp and organic cotton blends lovingly crafted by Jungmaven. Select your shirt and have it custom silk-screened while you watch by none other than our very own CoCA Board President, Ray C. Freeman III.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 10, 6-8pm, buy a custom t-shirt to help support CoCA's mission and hang out in the Condo's Clubhouse.

Jungmaven 2020--Reception & Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 10, 6-8pm
Avenue One Condos, 2721 First Avenue (enter on Clay Street)

T-shirt exhibit and sales continue through April 19.

Ben Buswell
Lionsgate
glazed ceramic, wood
and paint
64"x18"x16" each, 2011

BEN BUSWELL
PROJECTOR

Opened Saturday, January 12, 2013
CoCA Belltown Gallery
Reception date to be announced

From the artist:


In Projector, Ben Buswell creates a series of works that point to the disappearance of self and the construction of knowledge. In this recent body of work, Ben highlights emergent systems in the creation of the art object, willfully disappearing the metaphysically deft stroke of the artist's hand. The massing of many insignificant, artless gestures undermines the assumption of a meaningful narrative and points to the physical processes of experience.

Rather than utilizing imagery associated with particular cultural or personal significance, Ben utilizes images that are cross-culturally and historically ubiquitous. Communication technology, mirror glass and the figure: each, in it's own right, is an archetype of both meaning and cliché. By conflating the reading of these images with the comprehension of their physical structure these works function as surrogates for self-reflection and question where the foundation of understanding lies.

Ben Buswell lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received his MFA from The University of Wisconsin- Madison, and BFA from Oregon State University. Solo exhibitions include The Shadow and the Willing at the Helzer Gallery (2010) and TENNESSEE at TILT Gallery and Project Space (2008). Ben has been included in The Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum (2006) Portland 2012 at Disjecta and recent exhibitions in Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2011 Ben received a Career Opportunity Grant from The Oregon Art Commission and Ford Family Foundation.

CoCA Belltown Gallery is 'open' 24/7. 2721 First Avenue (First and Clay) on the Clay side of the building.