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2014 Annual Juried Exhibition

PostGlamism: Glam Art in the 21st Century

Gallery Open M-F, 10am-4pm. 
Special Evening Event: July 17, 5pm-9pm 

Join us Thursday, July 17 for a special tour of the exhibition with this year's juror, Mike Sweney. Ask questions about his process, learn how he selected the winners. With music, beverages, snacks and lots of bling in Sparkles, our lounge designed by Ray C. Freeman, III. You are encouraged to become part of the art: wear your bling.

Read the review of PostGlamism by Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times.

CoCA Georgetown at the Seattle Design Center
5701 Sixth Avenue South, Suite 258. 98108

Part of ART@SDC Third Thursday Open Galleries
10 galleries, 3 fountains, 1 unique building
5pm-9pm, Free admission and parking.

From May 15 – August 1, 2014, CoCA will present the 24th Annual juried exhibition celebrating this year’s theme, PostGlamism: Glam Art in the 21st Century. 

Each year, CoCA curators invite an independent juror to select the work from among the entries received, and is proud to have Michael Sweney as the 2014 juror. Sweney currently serves as Manager for the Art in Public Places Program with the Washington State Arts Commission. A member of the Tacoma Arts Commission and Tacoma Art Museum’s Collection Committee, Sweney’s work is informed by almost 20 years experience as an art dealer and curator in New York City (Charles Cowles Gallery) and Seattle (Davidson Contemporary).

The exhibition features the work of 14 artists who embrace and glorify the concept of PostGlamism pop culture and history through a mastery of mediums in both small and large scale including: neon, glass, painting, photography, interactive video installation, found objects and performance.

2014 Annual artists are: Karen Clark (CA), Dixie Darling (WA), Christian French (WA), Jeff Gerber (WA), Troy Gua (WA), Vin Hill (WA), Virginia Jenkins (WA), Lauren Kalman (MI), Rebecca Maxim (WA), Lindsay McCoy (WA), Dylan Neuwirth (WA), Hadley Northrop (CA), Matthew D. Rowe (WA), and Glenn Tramantano (WA). 

Congratulations to the juror award winners:

Christian French: First Prize
Dylan Neuwirth: Runner Up
Lindsay McCoy: Honorable Mention
 

From Juror Michael Sweney about his process:

 "I was looking for work that seemed to embrace the very idea of 'glam', not just works with glitter or disco balls. What I mean is that GLAM - even at its consumerist core - was an experience; it was fashion, music, performance, attitude. I also considered the concept of 'post' glam, and wanted to choose works that updated, or referenced glam in a contemporary context.

So, how did that work? Take Lindsay McCoy. Her photo sessions of over-the-top fashionistas in bright clothes with even-brighter makeup seem both self-conscious and genuine. There is so much fun in the photos, and the sheer number of images forces you to inhabit their world. Live Forever, Dylan Neuwirth's gorgeous neon diamond, glows throughout the CoCA space, coating walls and corners, reflecting in windows and picture frames. You experience it even when you're looking at something else, but it's not obnoxious; it's smooth and sexy. Like McCoy's photos, it is self-aware, as if it knows it's not truly glam, but acting glam. Maybe that's the essence of post-glam, not parody but reverence.

Then there was Christian French's inhabiting work, Doctrine of the Void with Alan Watts (club mix). I was dancing to the disco beat (or, really, re-mixed updated disco) echoing through the space before I ever saw it. Turning the corner, the funky bass was joined by an all-out, in-your-face disco ball (yes, dammit, he actually put one in his piece). Approaching it, you encounter the shiny trophy-and-magic-glitter-helmut shrine. Say what? It's an homage to consumerism, to the culture of fetishism, and it rocks. The trophies themselves are embossed with invented aphorisms, would-be Buddhist koans that reward anyone who takes the time to pay attention, and that's the point."

2014 CoCA Annual is made possible with generous support from: 4Culture, Allied Arts Foundation, Seattle Foundation, Overbeck Real Estate, Artistic Media Group, Elysian Brewing, Juniper FlowersSky River Mead, Sparkle Donkey, CoCA members, volunteers and donors.

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