Dec
16
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Storefronts UN[contained] Artist Reception

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Storefronts UN[contained] is an artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues

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Join us for the artists’ reception featuring the December artists in residence for CoCA and Shunpike's Storefronts UN[contained]. Located at 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St, this is the final month for this temporary artist in residence program designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines and to celebrate cultural diversity and explore themes of racial equity and social justice, among others. 

December featured artists in residence:
Barry Johnson is a self-taught multi-disciplinary artist that is known to reflect events across the world in his shifting work. His work puts the human form at the center in a constant search for identity and history, yet strips away face and blocks voices from the viewer. He will be showing brand new work made over the past couple weeks including 4 new paintings, two 36X48 mixed-media - 1 large 5ftX9ft - an installation including a 20ft chain, wood, money, chair - three videos (projections) - and two performances featuring Angel Langley and another show with Lauren McShane from the Seattle Rock Orchestra all starting at 1pm. 

Naima Lowe is a black queer artist and educator. She uses performance, video, photo, and text to explore abjection, mourning, dislocation, and the black body in relation to the natural world. She often uses antiquated audio/visual technologies to create texture and interrogate nostalgia. She is also interested in the ways that the traditions of black utterance create space for emotional depth, code making (and breaking), and humor.

Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit, Alutiiq/Black/Choctaw, internationally-nurtured poet, playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She creates blues-influenced, socially-engaged texts and images exploring identity, art activism, and the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory, and spirit.

A partnership between CoCA, Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained] is additionally made possible with the support of Elysian Brewing and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

About CoCA
CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for 35 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area.

Barry Johnson: Photo Credit: Alex Bergstrom

About Center Steps Residential
Center Steps is planned to be a mixed-use, mixed-income residential property that intentionally integrates residential and open spaces with the Uptown Community. The developer, Barrientos, on behalf of 225 Roy LLC, has been an active participant in integrated arts projects for many years and have been collaborating closely with the Uptown Arts and Culture Committee (UACC) to activate the site prior to the start of construction. UACC was influential in developing the site program with Sara Everett, the Barrientos representative, who is also Board President of CoCA. The collaboration between Shunpike, CoCA, UACC and the Developer is a model of how good community collaboration can result in great ideas.

About UACC
Uptown Alliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate all art forms within Uptown and to create more space (both permanent and transitional) for arts and culture, in the vibrant and expanding Uptown theatre, arts and culture community.

About Shunpike
Shunpike’s mission is to provide artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Washington State.

Barry Johnson and Angel Alviar-Langley staged a pop-up art performance during his residency viewing with CoCA.

Video credits: Barry Johnson

Calendar Listing:
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]


Saturday, December 16th, 2017, 11:30am – 2:30pm
Location: Three shipping containers across from Seattle Center on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood

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Dec
15
4:00 PM16:00

Sketch and Scrap

On December 15th, Pioneer Square businesses will be encouraging everyone to take a moment to pause and enjoy the spirit of the holiday season while indulging in shopping, dining, and more around the neighborhood. 

Come play hooky with us, get your shopping list crossed off, and enjoy a delicious bite to eat or well-deserved drink. You've earned it and we're making it easy! Businesses around Pioneer Square will be offering great promotions, fun prizes, and festive activities all day to get the party started. 

Want the chance to win one of four fabulous Pioneer Square prize packages? Make sure to pick up your official Holiday Hooky Hour passport at one of the participating businesses on December 15th. Then simply visit at least five of the Hooky Hour locations that same day, getting your passport marked at each stop. Finally, turn in your passport at the last location for a chance to win! Prizes include Seahawks tickets, hotel stays, restaurant and shopping gift cards plus much more*! So get out there and explore the Square! You’ll be glad you did!

* No purchase is necessary to win, and the odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

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Nov
30
to Jan 13

Dispossessed

Dispossessed

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Seattle’s Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) is excited to present Cathy McClure, multi-media artist with a background in metal design who typically works in sterling silver, copper, bronze, and steel. Additionally, she has a preoccupation with engineering, mechanical toys and the discrepancy between America’s Dream of our techno-future and the actual state of it. Her latest body of work highlighted at CoCA involves the deconstruction and reinvention of toys.

“Hands wielding scissors, I massacre discarded motor-driven robotic plush toys, eviscerating them through a Geppetto-like taxidermy until I get down into the guts... Skinning my "Bots" to the bone, all that remains are their various articulated plastic limbs and bodily armature, which contains the preserved mechanisms that gave these once-cuddly Elmos, elephants, Mickeys and monkeys their life-like movement and sound.” -Cathy McClure

In times past, the future was an unfamiliar and magical place filled with technology. The Digital Kids generation’s post-toy life leans more toward apathy and bewilderment at a screen over jubilance and exhilaration found in play. Additionally, while Toys R Us files for bankruptcy* and Super Mario takes over the screens of millions of children this holiday season, we are left surrounded by a grossly abundant supply of the dispossessed and forgotten. McClure’s uniquely engineered and gold-leafed bots have led her to the place where the discarded are discovered and reinvented amidst her clever curiosity and a sheer joy for the darker side of play.

 

 

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McClure received the Betty Bowen Award and received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1997. She has had solo shows at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Bellevue Arts Museum and has exhibited widely, including the Henry Art Gallery, the Milton Hershey School Museum, and Art Miami Basel.  She is currently represented by Edelman Arts and Moss in New York, New York.  She lives in West Seattle with her husband and lots of various parts and pieces of mechanical toys acquired at local thrift stores.

Join us for the opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, December 7 from 6-9pm.

All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104

 

 

 

Calendar Listing: Cathy McClure: Dispossessed

Closing reception and Artist Talk on Saturday, January 13th, 12pm – 1:30pm
Exhibition opens November 30, 2017 and runs through Saturday, January 13, 2018.  
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 5pm.

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Nov
25
11:30 AM11:30

Storefronts UN[contained] Artist Reception

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Storefronts UN[contained] is a new artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues

Join us for an artist reception at 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St featuring the October artists in residence for CoCA and Shunpike's Storefronts UN[contained] - a new artist in residence program designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines that celebrate cultural diversity and explore themes of racial equity and social justice, among others. 

November featured artists in residence:
Imani Sims believes in the healing power of words and the transformational nuance of the human story. Imani is committed to sharing her story, bearing witness to marginalized stories, and creating spaces for the oppressed to share through artistic expression.

Zane Suarez is an artist born and raised in Seattle, WA. A child of the Filipinx diaspora, their work aims to explore the intersection of identity, history, and community while decolonizing the art space

Imana Gunawan is a Texas-born Indonesian and Seattle-based storyteller, multimedia journalist, and dance artist. She has performed on- and off-stage in Washington and Jakarta since 2011, and taught in Seattle, Jakarta, and Amman, Jordan.

A partnership between CoCA, Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained] is additionally made possible with the support of Elysian Brewing and the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods

About CoCA
CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development, and understanding of Contemporary Art. CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for 35 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area.

About Center Steps Residential
Center Steps is planned to be a mixed-use, mixed-income residential property that intentionally integrates residential and open spaces with the Uptown Community. The developer, Barrientos, on behalf of 225 Roy LLC, has been an active participant in integrated arts projects for many years and have been collaborating closely with the Uptown Arts and Culture Committee (UACC) to activate the site prior to the start of construction. UACC was influential in developing the site program with Sara Everett, the Barrientos representative, who is also Board President of CoCA. The collaboration between Shunpike, CoCA, UACC and the Developer is a model of how good community collaboration can result in great ideas.

About UACC
Uptown Alliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate all art forms within Uptown and to create more space (both permanent and transitional) for arts and culture, in the vibrant and expanding Uptown theatre, arts and culture community.

About Shunpike
Shunpike’s mission is to provide artists with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic well-being of Washington State.

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Saturday, November 25th, 2017, 11:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Three shipping containers across from Seattle Center on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood

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2017 Legacy Marathon and Auction
Nov
2
to Nov 3

2017 Legacy Marathon and Auction

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Tickets:

VIP Priority Seating: $200.00

General Admission: $150.00

Reserve a Group of Four Seats: $600.00

Reserve a Table of Eight Seats: $1,200.00

Support CoCA with a suggested Donation: $50.00

Meet the Marathon Artists

We've put together a stellar list of artists for this year's event! The entire event launches at 10AM on Thursday, November 2 with 24 hours of controlled chaos as 20+ emerging and established artists paint, draw, wax, construct, collage, spray, write and sculpt their way to creating nearly 100 new works of art to be auctioned off at the CoCA Legacy Auction on Friday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome to come watch the artists in action during the Marathon Thursday, November 2 during the Pioneer Square Art Walk. Elysian is donating a percentage of their draft beer sales to CoCA during the Artist Preview Party from 6-9pm.

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CoCA Legacy Auction

Exclusive Gallery Party,
(attendance guaranteed with purchase of VIP ticket)
October 17, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm

CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon Artist Preview Party
November 2, 2017, 6:00pm- OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

CoCA Legacy Auction
November 3, 2017, 5:30pm

Where: Elysian Fields, 542 1st Avenue South


Celebrating our 36th Anniversary, we are proud to announce the CoCA Legacy Auction, our 25th Annual 24-hour Art Marathon & Auction.

About the Art Marathon & Auction:

CoCA’s 25th Annual 24-Hour Art Marathon & Auction is a two-day celebration of contemporary art. Held at the Elysian Fields (542 1st Avenue South), the events starts at 10am Thursday, November 2 when over 20 artists embark on a 24-hour journey where they paint, draw, collage, spray and wax their way to over 100 new works of art. For this years marathon and auction CoCA is celebrating its 25th Annual art auction by recognizing the amazing artists and people in its 36 years of cultivating contemporary art in Seattle.

THE ARTISTS
We've put together a stellar list of artists for this year's event including:  Flynn Bickley, Diego Suarez, Todd Horton, Casey Curran, Dallas Cooper, Jean Bradbury, Julie Devine, Erika Rier, Stephanie Hargrave, Kamari Bright, Braden Duncan, CASH,  Larry Calkins, Aramis Hamer, Gabriel Marquez, Juli Adams, Leah Gerrard, Jeff Mihalyo, Talia Silveri Wright, Jazz Brown, Flora Ramirez-Bustamante, Leslie West, Kyle Rees, Ben Beres, Zac Culler. 

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These artists are preparing to paint, cut, design, melt, fabricate, code, photograph, glue, snip, draw, wire, and sew over 100 phenomenal new works of art during the frenetic, controlled chaos that is the CoCA 24-Hour Art Marathon.

Schedule of Events:
On the evening of Thursday, November 2, we hold our popular Art Preview Party during Pioneer Square Art Walk where the public is invited to preview the completed works and hoist a glass of beer in celebration. On Friday, November 3, these freshly minted works of art will be auctioned off by the indomitable and entertaining auctioneer, Laura Michalek. Guests will be treated to a sumptuous seated dinner.

THE MARATHON
The entire event launches at 10AM on Thursday, November 2 with 24 hours of controlled chaos as 20+ emerging and established artists paint, draw, wax, construct, collage, spray, write and sculpt their way to creating nearly 100 new works of art to be auctioned off at the CoCA Legacy Auction on Friday, November 3. Everyone is welcome to come watch the artists in action during the Marathon.

Join the ongoing cacophony at the Artist Appreciation Party on Thursday, November 2 from 6-9pm during Pioneer Square Art Walk. Meet the artists and get a peek at works in progress. Admission by donation.

THE LEGACY AUCTION
On Friday, November 3 doors open at 5:30pm for CoCA's popular silent and live auctions with the effervescent Laura Michalek, our auctioneer and guide for the evening. While you decide which of the pieces you'll be bidding on, enjoy tasty beverages from Elysian Brewing.

To further our mission to support contemporary art, CoCA offers 50% of all auction sales back to the participating artists so the higher you bid, the more you directly help artists thrive!

Tickets:

General Admission: $150.00
CoCA's 25th Annual Fundraiser includes silent and live auctions of art, plus a seated three-course dinner, hosted bar.

VIP Priority Seating: $200.00
Includes invitation to an exclusive gallery party, recognition at the event, and guaranteed front row auction seating.

Reserve a Group of Four Seats: $600.00

Reserve a Table of Eight Seats: $1,200.00
Purchase a table so all eight of your guests can sit together. Best option if you want to reserve best seats in the house!

CoCA Artist: $65.00
Promo code required for purchase. Have you shown with CoCA during the past 36 years, either part of the 24-hr Art Marathon & Auction or in one of our galleries? We'd love to
welcome you back with a special discounted ticket price. Please contact
info@cocaseattle.org for promo code. Tickets are limited, so don't miss out! (Limit one ticket per artist. Ticket price is for Auction event only).

Support CoCA with a suggested Donation: $50.00
Help us reach our Raise the Paddle goal ahead of time and/or in lieu of attending the event.

SAVE THE DATES:

Exclusive Gallery Party, (attendance guaranteed with purchase of VIP ticket)
October 17, 2017, 6:00pm-8:00pm

CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon Artist Preview Party
November 2, 2017, 6:00pm

CoCA Legacy Auction
November 3, 2017, 5:30pm

Where: Elysian Fields, 542 1st Avenue South

 

Our sincerest thanks to our amazing sponsors!:

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Additional Thanks to:

Good Bar
Audi Seattle
New Roots Organics
Dragon’s Head Cider
Best Practice Architecture
Brimmer & Healtap
JM Cellars
Spektor Dental
Glazer's Camera
Caffe Ladro
Tom Douglas Home Remedy
Top Pot Doughnuts, 3rd & Columbia

Dessert Dash Donors:

Cakes of Paradise
Cupcake Royale, Madrona
Dianne’s Delights
Grand Central Bakery
Essential Baking Company
High Five Pie
Irwin's Bakery
Le Fournil French Bakery
QFC Burien
Taylor Adamas
Top Pot Doughnuts, Capitol Hill

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Oct
5
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CoCA Legacy Exhibition

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) proudly presents “CoCA Legacy” featuring a small selection of influential artists from the thousands of significant contemporary artists it has had the pleasure of working with in its rich 36-year history.

Since its inception in 1981, a robust creativity has shaped CoCA's legacy, community, and the ongoing notion of what contemporary art is to the region and world. The exhibition seeks to celebrate the diverse range of artists that represent CoCA's legacy best: those who are fiercely independent and experimental, with an unapologetically rough hewn nature, and often with an equally bold political statement. 

While CoCA has served thousands of artists in 36 years, visitors are invited to relive a small slice of CoCA’s best and brightest in this retrospective exhibition. The exhibition will include work from notable artists such as Laurie Anderson, James Turrell, Paul Rucker, Mary Ann Peters, Gary Hill, Juan Alonso-Rodriguez, Alice Wheeler, Doug Jeck, Judith Kindler, Michael Spaffor, Elizabeth Sandvig, Annie Sprinkle, and Chuck Close among others.

In sharing this experience, CoCA hopes not only to celebrate its robust archives and the pedigree of Contemporary Art in Seattle, but also to catalyze CoCA's future legacy of-as the name suggests and the exhibition will showcase-Seattle's epicenter on contemporary art.  

CoCA Legacy is made possible with support from 4Culture, Greg Kucera Gallery, Traver Gallery and Elysian Brewing.

 
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Calendar Listing: CoCA Legacy

Opening reception on Thursday, October 5, 6pm – 9pm, for Pioneer Square ArtWalk.
Private VIP Event at the gallery on Tuesday, October 17 6pm - 8pm
Second reception on Thursday, November 2, 6pm – 8pm, for Pioneer Square ArtWalk.

Exhibition opens Thursday, October 5 and runs through Saturday, November 18.  
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11am - 6pm.


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Don't forget to join us November 2-3 for our CoCA Legacy Art Marathon & Auction
Purchase your tickets here

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Spontaneous Combustion
Sep
7
to Sep 30

Spontaneous Combustion

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An explosion of two performative installations simultaneously critiquing power and elitism found in the contemporary (art) world. Made up of two groups of multidisciplinary artists, this exhibition explores power dynamics through performative research, institutional intervention, and an overload of sensory experiences.

Eastern Washington artists and educators, Peter Christenson and Phillip Mudd, collaborate on their project "Juried Performance,” an ongoing inquiry into the symbols, processes, and systems associated with institutionalized power and the hegemonic elite. Revolving primarily around a collection of recorded parasuicidal rituals that occurred in front of an absentee jury, the project analogizes the “juried art competition” to today’s sociopolitical climate. Videos of these performances were then mailed to nine well-known contemporary art institutions, essentially forcing review of the uncommissioned performances. The artists will perform during Pioneer Square’s artwalk.

Also in the exhibition is Desearch Repartment, an anonymous art team from Canada, the US and Germany that questions cultural and economic power through their creation of a conceptualized world in which the prison industrialized complex and performative art collide. The group appropriates the hyper capitalist world using an ever expanding universe of social practice, text-based manifestations, fake products, marketing gimmicks, famous people’s faces and more. Inhabiting the Desearch world translates into the practice of their “exercise program,” YAGA; navigating and becoming a part of an online group, “State of Exceptional (SOE) Webnation;” and integrates these in a performance experiment with costumes, movement, narration, projections and the SOE online activities and digital imagery. They aim to critically examine the relationship between embodiment and identification within digital capitalism.

“Through the various levels of YAGA, from Ground Zero to level 2001+, our Shock-Awes will awaken, we’ll free the inner artist, and we will discover Torture Compassion, a solution to the problem of world suffering through private, individual enactment of self-torture which exonerates us from unconscious guilt and responsibility. YAGA creates flexibility, especially in the neck area, so we can say yes to everything. Areas of tension are where Free Radicals congregate. Saying yes with a flexible neck creates Whi flow and makes it is possible to bend reality around your mind.” -Desearch Repartment

Public performances by both groups will occur on Thursday, September 7th beginning at 7pm

Calendar Listing: Spontaneous Combustion
Opening reception on Thursday, September 7, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square ArtWalk.

Exhibition opens September 7 and runs through September 30.
Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.

 
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Storefronts UN[contained]
Sep
2
12:00 PM12:00

Storefronts UN[contained]

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Storefronts UN[contained] is a new artist in residence program that supports artists of color and aims to create a platform for community dialogue around critical social issues

CoCA presents an expanded version of their CoCA Lab Artist in Residence Program which directly supports underserved artists with 1-2 month residencies in an 8’x20’ shipping container, as well as financial support. A partnership with Shunpike and 225 Roy LLC, Storefronts UN[contained], will begin in late August and run through December, 2017.

The Storefronts UN[contained] residency program is designed to support 12 socially engaged artists from a variety of disciplines that celebrate cultural diversity to explore themes of racial equity and social justice among others. As an organization that presents contemporary artists, CoCA’s aim is to create a platform that will spark community dialogue around critical social issues of today.

“Artists have a tremendous role today in dismantling social structures that perpetuate oppression. We know that art has the power to both unify people and to agitate, we see this in the freedom songs of the civil rights movement, and the satirical art campaigns during the AIDS epidemic. Our objective is that the art produced by our artists in residence will move conscious bystanders towards taking tangible action for social causes.” – Andrea Lim, Storefronts UN[contained] Project Manager.

“I think being a woman of color, more often than not, people will assume that your work is always political — regardless if it actually is or not. There's something about art and activism that will continue to intertwine between myself and the work I produce. Sometimes the work speaks loud and clear about my position in this world, other times it is shown more subtly whether during the process or my conscious decision on how I go about my project. I think at this day and age, art is just another tool for some of us who have been afraid to speak up to finally shout loud and clear about what we want people to know,” says artist in residence Anissa Amalia, a multi-disciplinary artist from Jakarta, Indonesia.

The inaugural list of artists features Anastacia Tolbert’s literary work, Edward Raub’s Native American wood carvings, and Anissa Amalia’s interactive immersive videos which explore cultural identity and politics. CoCA will host the three artists at an event with live music on Saturday, September 2 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm on 3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St in the Uptown Neighborhood in Seattle’s Lower Queen Anne neighborhood. 

Storefronts UN[contained] is made possible with the support of 225 Roy LLC, Elysian Brewing and Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

About CoCA
CoCA serves the Pacific Northwest as a catalyst and forum for the advancement, development and understanding of Contemporary Art. CoCA has been a vital part of contemporary art in the Northwest for 35 years, and has operated galleries and produced events throughout the Seattle area.

About Center Steps Residential
Center Steps is planned to be a mixed use, mixed income residential property that intentionally integrates residential and open spaces with the Uptown Community. The developer, Barrientos, on behalf of 225 Roy LLC, has been an active participant in integrated arts projects for many years and have been collaborating closely with the Uptown Arts and Culture Committee (UACC) to activate the site prior to the start of construction. UACC was influential in developing the site program with Sara Everett, the Barrientos representative, who is also Board President of CoCA. The collaboration between Shunpike, CoCA, UACC and the Developer is a model of how good community collaboration can result in great ideas.

About UACC
Uptown Aliance Arts + Culture Committee serves as a community connector and catalyst for this project and for future projects. UACC’s objective is to activate the all art forms within Uptown and to create more space (both permanent and transitional) for arts and culture, in the vibrant and expanding Uptown theatre, arts and culture community.

About Shunpike
Shunpike’s mission is to provide artists with the services, resources and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success. Shunpike envisions a community where independent artists and arts groups thrive, creatively and economically, and where their work is widely valued as fundamental to the cultural, social and economic wellbeing of Washington State.

Calendar Listing:
CoCA Storefronts UN[contained]
3rd Ave N between Mercer and Roy St, Seattle, WA 98109

Opening Reception and Open House with the Artists, September 2, 2017, 12:00pm – 5:00pm Tunes by DJ Toya B

 
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New Mystics: Yenom Wen
Aug
3
to Aug 26

New Mystics: Yenom Wen

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From August 3rd - August 26th Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents “Yenom Wen” featuring work from the Pacific Northwest artist collective, New Mystics. As a body politic, the New Mystics collect degenerates of diverse disciplines: sign painting, screen printing, graffiti, performance, photography, dance, jewelry-making, street art, fabrication, tattooing, music production, painting, DJ’s & MC’s producers and experimental musicians.

Individually and collectively New Mystics seeks to fill a spiritual void created by late capitalism and consumer narcissism thru reconnecting with mystery, myth and mysticism. They seek the beating heart of the city, the origin of poetry, and the landscape of dreams. For this exhibition, they explore what we discard, where we find value, and where we find “coolness.” The show will navigate the space between being complicit in the current homeless struggle and reflecting one’s disconnection between detritus and desire.

Seen in the mirrored view, the exhibition title, Yenom Wen, reads “New Money,” and reflects not only the seemingly-reversed morals of materialistic consumer culture, but also highlights the ease with which we are blind to problems directly in front of us. Having a preoccupation with “money” and “newness,” consumers can easily miss the obvious disparities in our times, which cast products—as well as people outside of this consumer culture—as disposable.

Yenom Wen is made possible with support from 4Culture and Elysian Brewing.

Calendar Listing: Yenom Wen
Opening reception at 114 Third Ave S. on Thursday, August 3, 6pm-9pm.
Exhibition opens August 3 and runs through Saturday, August 26.
Public gallery hours, Thursday - Saturday, 11am-6pm.
Private Seattle Art Fair VIP event on Sunday, August 6, 10am-12pm.

Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.

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COCA GENER8
Jul
13
6:00 PM18:00

COCA GENER8

CoCA Gener8 is a catalyst for new artist projects that *generate* work in a unique, short term, large-scale office space. The eight artists who were selected to have 24/7 access to the large studio space (which is near Elysian Brewing on Capitol Hill) May 17 through June 15.

Join us from 6-9pm on July 13th during the Capitol Hill Art Walk at 1300 E. Pike St. to see what they are up to.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Beer Sponsor: Elysian Brewing 


Kamari Bright
Wyly Astley
Amina Maya
Dylan Tucker
Makena Gadient
Jean Bradbury
Melanie Voytovich
Stefan Gonzales
Jazz Mom

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Opening Reception of Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception of Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

From June 17 to July 29, we will feature artist Sarah Fetterman, a welder and woodworker, with collaborators Hannah Simmons, a digital artist who utilizes coding and dance, and Jack Christoforo, a software designer. Past Selves is a multi-sensory experience through performance and technology with an additive memory arc that runs through the 6-week exhibit.

In Past Selves performances, Simmons will be covered in flour and her movement in the gallery recorded via black tar paper on the walls. As she moves, a white powdery shadow of her body is left in her wake, the flour capturing the back of a leg leading to the ghost of her foot’s arch and the curve of her shoulder as she turns.

At an angle to the performance, a viewer interacts by inserting both elbows into bronze armrests and the natural conductivity of the human body completes the circuit between skin and sculpture, activating a camera to record the performance and room. 

By recording viewings, a memory is generated which is continually overwritten. Simmons’ software layers each recorded “memory” over the previous recordings to form a single ghostly record. With each performance, Simmons’ repetitive actions will meld into previous ones, stabilizing her presence in memory and video recording. The final recording revealing only the blackness of the walls and the flour traces, with a jacket sleeve here, a peering neck there—blurring back to the unseen beginning. The oil from skin transforms the bronze with a patina, storing the memory of the individual in the material of the sculpture as well.

The team's premiere performance of Past Selves on Saturday, June 17 at 4pm will be a private and exclusive event with light hors d'oeuvres and a refreshing beverage courtesy of Sparkle Donkey Tequila for donors at the $100 level and above.  Donate now and make sure you are a part of this unique event! 

A second public presentation of this contemporary art event will be held on Thursday, July 6 from 6-9pm. Join us during artwalk in July for a second performance by Simmons at 7pm.

Sarah Fetterman: A Seattle-based welder and woodworker, Fetterman is a multidisciplinary performative sculptor with a focus on interactive, contemporary art experiences. Since graduating from Bennington College in2014, she has received numerous awards and recognitions including the 2016 Pratt Award and an upcoming Vermont Studio Art Awards Residency, as well as an International Residency in Can Serrat, Barcelona in 2018.

Hannah Simmons: Boston native, Seattle-based choreographer and performer. She graduated from Bennington College with a degree in Mathematics and Dance. Before migrating to Seattle, Hannah was a company member with José Mateo Ballet Theatre (Boston) and had the privilege of spending several months with The Forsythe Company (Frankfurt, Germany) through an educational exchange. She currently performs with Seattle-based companies Coriolis Dance and House of Verlaine. Hannah has also performed with Anna Conner + Co, PE|Mo, and Daniel Roberts, among others. Her choreographic work has been supported by Velocity’s Bridge Project, Arts Incubator at Cornish Playhouse, and Artist Trust.

Jack Christoforo: Seattle-based software developer. As the technical collaborator, he wrote the code for Past Selves as well as designed and implemented the hardware and interactive controls. Christoforo began learning code the summer after 8th grade. He graduated UVM in2012 with a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Chinese. Christoforo is currently an after school teacher at Creative Coding Camps for children in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Calendar Listing:

Sarah Fetterman: Past Selves 

Private event: Premiere performance on June 17 at 4pm for donors at $100+.

Opening reception and performance on Thursday, July 6, 6pm – 9pm, as part of Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Exhibition opens to public June 22 and runs through July 29.

 

Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11am – 6pm.

 
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CALL FOR ARTISTS: COCA SKETCHBOOK 2 - MARGINALIZED: EDGES AND GUTTERS
Jun
30
12:00 AM00:00

CALL FOR ARTISTS: COCA SKETCHBOOK 2 - MARGINALIZED: EDGES AND GUTTERS

CoCA is delighted to offer our members the CoCA Sketchbook, a CoCA publication with (mostly) blank pages for notes and sketches. The second in a series, Marginalized: Edges and Gutters, will thematically explore what it means to exist on the periphery and literally push artwork to the boundaries of the printed page.

This call explores what it means to exist on the periphery. Selected artwork will bleed off the edges, fit in the margins, or be intentionally censored in the center of the page. Artists from a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds are encouraged to submit work which expresses the concept of marginalization in our communities, politics, galleries, and institutions. By redacting areas of visual information in the printing process, the catalog seeks to start a dialogue addressing how voices are seen, heard, and represented.

CoCA Sketchbook 1

Submission Details

This call is for current CoCA members. Selected artists received a copy of the sketchbook and a discount on additional copies.

 Attach up to 3 b+w/grayscale images only

  • ·Label submitted images: LastName_First_01_Title.jpg
  • ·Size to300 dpi, jpg, grayscale mode, 1920 on the longest side

Email your proposal to submissions@cocaseattle.org

Deadline: Friday, June 30, 2017

“It is a very exciting project. It helps me think about my work from a new perspective. I am looking forward to participating more collaborative projects with CoCA." -- Zihan Liang, Sketchbook 1
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Sarah Fetterman Private Reception
Jun
17
4:00 PM16:00

Sarah Fetterman Private Reception

CoCA is thrilled to feature a private gathering for VIP donors for the premiere presentation of Sarah Fetterman's "Past Selves" on June 17 at 4pm. Fetterman's work is rare, provocative and engaging, blurring the line between art and performance alongside collaborators Hannah Simmons and Jack Christoforo.

This private event is presented as sincere thanks for generous donors to CoCA this year. Join us with a donation to CoCA at the $100+ level. cocaseattle.org/donate

Thank you for your support of CoCA and we look forward to experiencing this unique contemporary art event with you!

 

CoCA Pioneer Square Gallery
114 Third Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98116

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Mizzonk: The Contsant
May
4
to Jun 10

Mizzonk: The Contsant

Image courtesy of Mizzonk. 
Natural Sand, 72" x 44" installed on concrete floor

A temporary stillness cast in sand, however beautiful, might vanish in a swipe. “Nothing and Everything” intends to illuminate that moment, a solitary moment to question if there is meaning in the impermanent nature of life.  

The Constant

Mizzonk With Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen

From May 4 through June 10, 2017, we are excited to present Mizzonk, the artist team (husband and wife, Architecture and MFA) of Wan-Yi Lin and Roger Chen. Based in the Greater Vancouver Area of BC, Canada, these two talents have art and design backgrounds that have involved creating art and installations that invoke a sense of mindfulness and the notion of "being." 

“MIZZONK,” a name inspired by a monk’s devotion to contemplation and his work, is an award-winning collaborative art and design studio based in the Greater Vancouver Area.

Mizzonk's work evokes the senses and stimulates the relationship between one's inner world and the connection to one's outer world. Both founders believe that a person's relationships with others and with the world start with an introspective view and the exploration of the inner self.

Subjects in Mizzonk's art include consciousness, introspection, human nature, the human condition, memories and identity.

In a stripped-down, minimal and timeless appearance, Mizzonk's art invites the viewer to engage. It creates conversation, invites imagination and calls for contemplation.



Join us for the opening reception during Pioneer Square Artwalk on Thursday, May 4 from 6-9pm.
All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104 

 
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CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program
Apr
8
6:00 PM18:00

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Britta Johnson (March & April)

Saturday, April 8, 2017 6-9pm

After taking part in March's CoCA Lab, we are thrilled to welcome back Britta Johnson this April!

The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, in partnership with Seattle City Light, selected three Seattle artists including Britta to create semi-permanent, site-specific, solar-based artworks that will serve as a showcase of solar energy and the City’s sustainability and environmental stewardship. Johnson will be working on components of her project as part of her CoCA Lab residency.

Johnson will be developing and testing the interactive animated aspect of "Giant Whirl," which will be permanently sited in West Seattle’s Don Armeni Park in 2018. While many details of the sculpture have yet to be finalized, one key feature of the piece is a series of LED lights that, when motion-triggered by park users, display the form of a ghostly octopus drifting around, curling and hanging out as long as the visitor lingers. Drawing inspiration from a variety of sources including historical and current uses of the site and in keeping with the solar program's sustainability theme, Britta's sculpture is meant both to serve as a memorial to the giant Pacific octopus legally hunted nearby by Dylan Mayer in 2012 and to inspire visitors to take better care of its local and global habitat, a desire shared by the artist and Mayer.

The artwork is funded by Seattle City Light 1% for Art and Green Up public demonstration funds. The city is committed to excellence in environmental stewardship and in sustainable building practices.


ABOUT GREEN UP:
Green Up is an opportunity for Seattle City Light customers to participate in the renewable energy market for as little as $3 a month (200kWh). You can make a powerful environmental impact and contribute to a greener, more resilient energy future by joining us in supporting renewable energy development in our community and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Sign up today!

ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Britta Johnson received a BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in 1997. A Seattle-based stop-motion animator, she makes video installations, short films and music videos. Her projects and collaboration have shown in venues including Seattle's Lawrimore Project, the Greg Kucera Gallery, Gallery4Culture, Bumbershoot, the Henry Art Gallery, the PICA's TBA Festival, the Walker Art Center, MASS MoCA, the Honolulu Museum of Art and the Boston MFA. To become more familiar with her work, you can check out her website or Instagram page.


All CoCA Lab events held at CoCA UN[contained]
6555 5th Avenue S, Seattle
Part of the Georgetown Art Attack

 

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, rock'n'roll band Marion Walker, Seattle artist and interventionist,Suzanne Morlock, indigenous installation artist Christine Babic, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture , Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.

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Make America Create Again: Annual Members' Meeting
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Make America Create Again: Annual Members' Meeting

Image courtesy of Felipe Pinzon.

Make America Create Again: CoCA 2017 Members' Show

THIS JUST IN: We are happy to announce the winners of the People's Choice Awards we held in partnership with sponsor Blick Art MaterialsMakena Gadient has won the award for $100 from Facebook likes, and Morgan Peterson won the award for $50 from April's gallery visitors. We congratulate these two awesome peeps as well as everyone who participated, and a huge thanks to Blick for sponsoring the exhibition! 

"Never Play Safe" by Makena Gadient.

Let the revolution begin with creativity and a joyous freedom of expression!

Huge thanks to the 277 artist members who participated in the call for artists. We are so excited to share our members' art with the world. You can see the great work on our Online Member Directory and then join us in March and April for the real deal.

Our 2017 members' show, Make America Create Again, will feature more than 119 artists in the bursting-at-the-corners Pioneer Square gallery from March 2-4 and then again in April. The March exhibition opens to a celebration during the Pioneer Square Art Walk on March 2 from 6-9pm and on March 4 from 12-6pm to feature our members performing spoken word, music, choreography plus time-based performance among other ephemeral works.

March will be a short month due to a minor remodel in the gallery, but we will throw open the doors again in April to feature 2D and 3D artworks plus special performances. The exhibition is set to run from the opening reception on Thursday, April 6 (6-9pm) through Saturday, April 29. See further down below for the complete list of participating artists!

And, mark your calendars for the Annual Members' Meeting on Tuesday, April 4 from 7-9pm with a special presentation by this year's guest juror Deborah Paine as she talks about the selected artwork. Members also vote on new and renewing board members. Individuals interested in board service with CoCA should contact Nichole DeMent at nichole@cocaseattle.org. Special thanks to Elysian Brewing for providing beverages for this members only private event! 

In addition, we are feeling the love from Blick Art Materials as this year's sponsor! You will too with a 40% off discount (click here or on Blick's logo image below to find out more). Plus, new this year, Blick Art Materials is providing gift cards as prizes for our fabulous artist members with three chances to win and we need your voice! Select your faves online here for one artist with the most likes to win $100, and another artist with the most votes in the gallery exhibition will win a $50 gift card. Votes will be accepted through April 28 and winners will be announced on our website on April 29.

There will also be a $150 Blick Art Materials gift card presented for the Juror's Award announced at the Annual Members' Meeting. We have Blick gift cards as prizes for our fabulous artist members. All will be announced at the meeting, but you have to be a member to attend. Sign up now and join us to learn more about the future of CoCA, vote for your favorite piece of art in the show and have a voice in the selection of new Board members.

Below is the list of participating artists. Stay tuned as we make updates to this page with more names!

LIVE PERFORMANCES - Thursday, March 2
7-7:30pm: Musical performance by Jennifer Wagner
7:40-7:55pm: Spoken word performance by Blu the Baqi
8:30-8:40pm: Choreographed dance performance by Joseph Blake

VIDEO ARTISTS - Friday, March 3 from 10:30-4:30
Amber Barney-Nivon
Peter Bill
Kamari Bright
Sarah Fetterman
Ellen Hochberg
Scott Kolbo
Robbie Land
Alysse Stepanian
Helen Thorsen

LIVE PERFORMANCES - Saturday, March 4 from 12-6pm
1:30-2:15pm: Melanie Voytovich with collaborator Storm Benjamin - An acoustic musical set with vibraphone, drum set, flower pots, plants and a few other instruments.
4:00-4:20pm: Rahikka (aka Carson Rennecamp) - Digital video and ambient sound performance.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS - April
Christy Bailey
Nicole Kaul
Ray C. Freeman
Kalindi Kunis
John Osgood
Sara Everett
Ali Holmes
Curtis Ashby
Juli Adams
Kyle Rees
David Francis
Holly Ballard Martz
Nan Wonderly
Gabriel Marquez
Braden Duncan
Brenda Scallon
J Shagam
Robin Hominiuk
Karen Hackenberg
Mimi Sturman
David Sokal
Rebecca Woodhouse
Louise Britton
Judith Rayl
Vikram Madan
Jeff Mihalyo
Susan Christensen
Sonya Stockton
Leah Gerrard
Leonardo Lanzolla
Sarah Guthrie
Jacqueline K Calladine
Kree Arvanitas
Harriet Sanderson
Phil Stoiber
Randi Ganulin
Mark Lubich
Terrell Lozada
Gary Beeber
Tatyana Brown
Li Turner
Amina Blyden
Deborah Knetzger
Nichole DeMent
Talia Silveri Wright
Malayka Gormally
Susan Gans
Lisa Sheets
Cheri Kopp
Kayleigh Wold
Anita Yau
Polly Purvis
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John Zimmerman
Victoria Raymond
Suze Woolf
Suzanne Morlock
Babs Fulton
Alan Newberg
Sandi Bransford
Tom Gormally
Honghong Wang
Cynthia Luckie
Stephen Rock
Stephanie Hargrave
Jody Joldersma
Phil Eidenberg-Noppe
Iskra Johnson
Cynthia Lahti
Terrance Wolf
Justin Chase Lane
Dan Brassfield
Cathy Sarkowsky
Noelle Morrison
Katie Metz
Karey Kessler
Nancy Coleman
L. Kelly Lyles
Jennifer McNeely
Morgan Peterson
Curt Clugston
Kara Manseau
Amanda Triplett
James Lilly
Andrew Drawbaugh
Julia Wald
Rosie Peterson
Caitlin Dundon
Greg Caldwell
Minhi Winkempleck
Andrew Hoeppner
Rachel White
Lynda Swenson
Rob Gischer
Kate Vrijmoet
Julie Devine
Megan Glasscock
Sydney M. Perti
Rebecca Wachtman
Jean Bradbury
Ann Daedalus
Kerry Davis
Chi Michalski
Brian Lane
Daniel John Williams
Sofia Babaeva
Claire Brandt
Thomas Green
Travis Monroe
Erin Fox
Miguel Edwards
Kamari Bright


Refreshments will be provided by Elysian Brewing!


If you have any questions about the exhibition, feel free to message us at: info@cocaseattle.org
 
We thank 4CultureRock's Studio, Elysian Brewing and Blick Art Materials for their amazing support!

Calendar of Events

MARCH EXHIBITION (March 2-4, 2017)

  • Grand Opening Celebration during the Pioneer Square Art Walk on March 2 from 6-9pm featuring time-based works and performances
  • Video and temporary installations on March 3 from 10:30am-4:30pm
  • March 4 from 12-6pm we will feature our members performing spoken word, music and choreography plus time-based performance and video, among other ephemeral works

APRIL EXHIBITION (April 6-29, 2017)

  • Public pening Celebration during the Pioneer Square Art Walk on Thursday, April 6, 6-9pm
  • Featuring 2D and 3D art plus video alongside special performances on dates TBA.
  • Private members only party: Tuesday, April 4 from 7-9pm, with special guest and this year's juror Deborah Paine talking about the artwork selected.  Sponsored by Elysian Brewing.


*Gallery will be closed from March 6 -25 due to a gallery remodel

All events at CoCA in Pioneer Square: 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, 98104

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CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Image courtesy of Liz Larsen.

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Kin·der·gar·ten of Light

Saturday, February 11, 2017 6-9pm

In the same way kids want to try, do and touch everything, the GlowFi team wanted to do and create everything with light. Too many choices and too much energy means GlowFi is creating an eclectic collection of new and experiential light art with multiple ways to interact with light. This exhibit will feature new technologies with “side glow fiber optics” that look a bit like neon (but much more fun), a Throne of Light you can sit in, interactive projection art, fun things to play with and new ideas with light. This garden of light promises to inspire your inner child.

GlowFi is a collection of light art by Josh and Liz Larsen. More about GlowFi can be found at http://GlowFiArt.com.

All CoCA Lab events held at CoCA UN[contained]
6555 5th Avenue S, Seattle
Part of the Georgetown Art Attack


All images except for the last one (courtesy of Josh Larsen) are courtesy of Liz Larsen. 

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, rock'n'roll band Marion Walker, Seattle artist and interventionist,Suzanne Morlock, indigenous installation artist Christine Babic, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4Culture , Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.

Image courtesy of William Anderson.

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"HEAR OUR VOICE"
Feb
2
to Feb 25

"HEAR OUR VOICE"

"HEAR OUR VOICE"
Visual Art Selections FEATURED IN the Women's March on Washington AND IN SEATTLE 

FEBRUARY 2 – 25, 2017
 

Featured in The Huffington Post!

Inspiration Strikes at February 4 Panel Discussion!
At the Pioneer Square gallery on February 4, a crowd gathered as a discussion of art and activism took place. It took on the subject of what one would call "
a creative revolution."

We want to give a tremendous thank you to panelists Jessica SabogalKamari BrightBlu the BaqiAramis HamerShout Your Abortion Co-Founder Amelia Bonow and The Amplifier Foundation Program Director & curator of Hear Our Voice Cleo Barnett for sharing stories from their lives as women, artists and as activists. Through their inspirational words, we were all reminded of the true power of collaboration and how visual art can help start important conversations about our society that otherwise may not have been approached.

Image courtesy of Dan Hawkins.

Image courtesy of Dan Hawkins.

Image courtesy of Shirene Soleiman.

Image courtesy of Shirene Soleiman.

Amazing Turnout at the First Thursday Opening Reception
It was quite a turnout at the opening reception of Hear Our Voice! The night was filled with art lovers, artists and activists gathering as they took in the sight of our entire wall now covered with vibrant, powerful posters. One of the featured artists, Jessica Sabogal, not only had her Women Are Perfect piece displayed in the exhibition but also a giant piece that was literally freshly made (see in below photo)!

We also want to thank Eric Carnell from Fogland Studios and New Mystics for hosting one epic screen-printing session. As part of these artists' recent CoCA Lab residency RESISTANCE: Art as Advocacy, Eric Carnell and NKO reminded us that, using simple tools and techniques, it's possible to empower people through visual art.

mage courtesy of Shirene Soleiman.

mage courtesy of Shirene Soleiman.

Unity & Support Flowed During the January 20th Womxn's March Seattle Sign Prepping Party
D.C. wasn't the only march getting great images for January 21! In addition to showing the visual work in the Pioneer Square gallery in February, we disseminated 900 free posters for Seattle's Womxn's March. We want to give a HUGE thank you to those who dropped by the gallery on January 20 and helped add handles to the double-sided signs so they could be held proudly up above the crowd!

Image courtesy of Nichole DeMent.

Image courtesy of Nichole DeMent.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

We are immensely proud to feature artists from across America in Hear Our Voice, an exhibition and partnership with The Amplifier Foundation that features visual messaging used to amplify the voices of women and supporters of the monumental grassroots movement and post-inauguration marches. Artworks from two Amplifier campaigns “that capture the shared humanity of our diverse America” will be the visual messaging for marches occurring in D.C. and Seattle. We will feature over 75 images and pieces of video of the activations at the Pioneer Square location this February. A panel discussion featuring local and national artists as well as organizations that utilize art as activism is scheduled for Saturday, February 4 at noon at the gallery, 114 Third Ave South.

Over 40,000 posters and nine large-scale banners from two campaigns will be created by The Amplifier Foundation and carried by participants in the Women’s March on Washington in D.C. Additionally, our organization will disseminate 900 of these artworks to march participants in Seattle and produce a public street art campaign from the Amplifier projects.

One of the projects includes artwork by Shepard Fairey, Jessica Sabogal and Ernesto Yerena titled We the People in response to issues of “hate, fear, and open racism” raised in the current political atmosphere. According to The Amplifier Foundation: “In the wake of this year’s presidential campaign, un-American things are becoming normalized. This moment calls for new images, to disrupt the rising tide of hate and fear. We the People need to come together under new symbols of hope ... our America is one of equal humanity, it does not demean or discriminate … we are resilient.” The text included in the We The People artwork states, “We must be indivisible, we must be greater than fear, we must defend dignity, and we must protect each other.”

This month, Amplifier also worked alongside Women’s March on Washington (WMW) coordinators for the call for art from women and femme expressive individuals inspired by WMW’s mission and values, “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families -- recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Of the 5,000 submissions made from across the U.S., five were selected to be included in post-inauguration marches and over 75 more will be in CoCA’s February exhibition titled Hear Our Voice. Selections were juried by Carmen Perez and Paola Mendoza from the WMWCleo Barnett from The Amplifier Foundation, independent artist Swoon and Jess X. Snow and Favianna Rodriguez from Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative. The selection process was committed to ensuring that the artwork reflected women and femme expressive people of all backgrounds and residing in the U.S. yet did not require artists to be U.S. citizens.

We couldn't be more thankful for the sponsors involved in this exhibition. They include Rock's Studio, Glazer's CameraBallard OutdoorLexJet and the Office of Arts & Culture.

Thursday, February 2, 6-9pm: Opening Reception

Thursday, February 2, 7-8:30pm: Pop-Up Screen-Printing Demo With Fogland Studios & NKO

Saturday, February 4 at Noon: Panel Discussion: Art as Advocacy

Exhibition running February 2-25, 2017

CoCA is located at 114 Third Ave S., Seattle, WA 98116.

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Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other
Jan
5
to Jan 28

Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other

Image courtesy of Jazzy Photos/ Joseph Lambert.

Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other 
a collaborative multi-media exhibition and performance by Laura Rodriguez

Final Immersive Public Experience & Closing Party: Saturday, January 28, 3-6pm.

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 5 at 6pm - 9pm.

Exhibition runs through January 28, 2017.

We are proud to present a multi-media experience created by artist and choreographer Laura Rodriguez in collaboration with Levi Ryan, Scotty Flores, Becca Blackwell and Ashlyn Fletcher in our January exhibition titled Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other. Through a Surrealist lens, Laura explores the complex history of LGBTQ and minority persecution in the past and present.

With our current political climate, the LGBTQ and minority communities are being threatened. Racism, xenophobia, homophobia and social injustices are rearing their heads to suppress, oppress and endanger such communities. In response to these issues, Rodriguez has utilized creativity as her weapon. Choreographed performance and special objects especially created for the show allow the gallery space to be in a constant state of transformation and activation throughout the month. And, you can play a part in the exhibition -- Audience participation is encouraged!

The special objects include pink and black triangles that are a strong visual component in Surrealism Part - Fear of the Other. They reference the artist's intimate examination of Germany during WWII when Nazis persecuted millions of Jews and minorities to uphold an ideology to purify German society and uphold the Aryan race. Paragraph 175 of German Criminal Code 1935 was extended to persecute the LGBTQ community during this time as it utilized the pink and black triangle symbols to define those in concentration camps.

Rodriguez’s work is inspired by artists like Frida Kahlo, Dorothea Tanning, Leonora Carrington, Leonor Fini, Remedios Varo, Francis Bacon and Salvador Dali. She adeptly employs the mysteriousness of a surreal landscape for a beautiful, visual organization of layers, meanings and juxtapositions in order to explore these shocking truths.

With Surrealism Part – Fear of the Other, the intent is to build awareness and to propagate a reconstruction for the betterment of humanity.

Opening Reception & Immersive Public Performance: Thursday, January 5, 6-9pm. 
Open Conversation with artists: Saturday, January 7, Noon
Closing Reception: Saturday, January 28, 3-6pm

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm
CoCA is located at 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, WA

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When She Dies, You Too Will Die: Christine Babic
Dec
1
to Dec 23

When She Dies, You Too Will Die: Christine Babic

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Center on Contemporary Art presents “When She Dies, You Too Will Die” featuring Contemporary Indigenous Artist, Christine Babic, from the Chugach Suqpiaq tribe to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation

CoCA is proud to present a solo exhibition of work by Christine Babic, “When She Dies, You Too Will Die,” opening December 1 at our Pioneer Square gallery. Her first solo exhibition in Seattle is a culmination of her two month artist residency at CoCA Lab, an artist residency space located in the Container Village at the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex.

Born to the homelands of her ancestors in Cordova, Alaska, Christine grew up in the midst of the Exxon Valdez disaster, where she bore witness to the rampant destruction of Native lands and resources. Growing up, she participated in a variety of traditional Suqpiaq art practices, focusing on her mother's mastery - skin sewing and dance. She attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she concentrated on unpacking colonialist structures and creating new methodologies surrounding Native art. Babic began to use the language of hides, taxidermy, and found objects to speak of her lived experience and the oppression of Native peoples that she has witnessed.

“Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice if you will help her or let her die, and when she dies you too will die.”       -John Hollow Horn, Oglala Sioux

As her residency began in September, the protests in North Dakota were gaining strength. Babic felt a responsibility to drive 17 hours to Cannonball, North Dakota to protest in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation. “When She Dies, You Too Will Die” is a love letter inspired by the devastating and unspoken history of colonization written to every victim of  the American Genocide of the Native, and a call to arms for beaten and exhausted generations of survivors.

The show features works that are incredibly personal to Babic’s heritage, her experience as a contemporary Native artist, and as a protester at Standing Rock. An American flag altered and tarnished by its journey to North Dakota, entitled ‘No DAPL’; an inherited caribou hide bearing the inscription ‘Meet Our Eskimo’; a collaborative piece between Babic and her mother - a traditional Suqpiaq artist - her works call attention to current issues facing Native peoples and incite a critical look at how to end the continuing oppression. Babic’s “When She Dies, You Too Will Die" poignantly screams out, “we will not be displaced again, we will not be assimilated, our culture will not be drowned by your pools of oil and blood.” 

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 1, 6-9pm
Artist Lecture: Saturday, December 3rd at Noon followed by Q&A.
Exhibit runs December 1 - December 23, 2016.

CoCA is located at 114 Third Avenue South, Seattle, WA.
Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:30am-4:30pm.

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CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program
Dec
1
to Jan 1

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program


Featuring NKO & Fogland Studios.

For December and January we are excited to welcome artist NKO and Fogland Studio as our CoCA Lab artists in residence located in CoCA's shipping container at Equinox Creative Industrial Complex in Georgetown.

This team of creatives have a slew of surprises in store, including a Drawing Jam on December 10 (audience participation encouraged!), and a Book Release and Pop-Up Market on January 14. More details to be released soon, however, expect the next couple of months to be jam-packed with art demonstrations, community drawing sessions, and, ultimately, the unveiling of the latest CoCA Lab container installation.

NKO & Fogland Studio: Book Release and Pop-up Market
Saturday, January 14, 2017
6-9pm

Fogland Studios, New Mystics and CoCA present a handmade book release party, activist event, pop up shop and screenprinting demo from 6-9pm during Georgetown Art Attack on Jan. 14. 

 

Continuing their recent CoCA Lab residency RESISTANCE: Art as Advocacy, artists and printers Eric Carnell and NKO will debut a screenprinted book (whose contents were developed during a drawing party at Art Attack December 10), and demo guerrilla screen printing techniques featuring posters for local advocacy group, Shout Your Abortion. The artists will showcase how, using simple tools and techniques, it's possible to empower people through visual art.

 

Come by and drink a beer, donate to your favorite causes - including Black Lives Matter, Shout Your Abortion, I-873 (police accountability), NoDAPL, and Rent Control - and see how individual and collective voices can be powerful. Now is the time for healing, festival, and RESISTANCE!

All CoCA Lab events held at CoCA UN[contained]
6555 5th Avenue S, Seattle
Part of the Georgetown Art Attack

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, rock'n'roll band Marion Walker, Seattle artist and interventionist,Suzanne Morlock, indigenous installation artist Christine Babic, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from , Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

Big thanks to our beer sponsor    

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CoCA Lab: Suzanne Morlock
Aug
15
to Sep 10

CoCA Lab: Suzanne Morlock

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Suzanne Morlock

Between August 15 and September 10, 2016, CoCA is pleased to welcome Seattle artist and interventionist Suzanne Morlock as our latest CoCA Lab artist in residence. 

Center on Contemporary Art residency brings together collaborators on homelessness
@ Georgetown Art Attack, Saturday, September 10th 6-9pm

Visual artist Suzanne Morlock has undertaken a residency through the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) and invited collaborators Anitra Freeman, Katmondu, Margaret Johnson, Glenn Messersmith and Teresa Reeves to undertake a process of experimental exchange for this residency. Bound by a common conceptual concern – homelessness, which forms the theme for this month long exploration. A spoken word piece, Hood Robbin', created by Katmondu specifically for this residency serves as the starting point for the collective and individual activations. This work culminates at the Georgetown Art Attack on Saturday September 10th from 6-9pm in the container courtyard across from Equinox Studios 6555 5th Avenue S, Georgetown.

Morlock invites art viewers to consider expanding their understanding of the voices of people who are made vulnerable by life's circumstances, the families they were born into or unspeakable trauma. After interviewing 16 people who have experienced homelessness, Morlock stated, "hearing these brave stories humbled me to know that all it takes is something really bad to happen and almost anyone of us could find ourselves on the street."

Morlock brings together the design of a tiny house floor plan, the stories of the 16 brave people who spoke with her, performing art in the form of dance, spoken word, poetry and video to encourage an environment of contemplation, understanding and compassion.

Movement performances by Margaret Johnson will be accompanied by Hood Robbin' in a choreographed piece. Poetry about homelessness will be eloquently spoken live by Anitra Freeman and Teresa Reeves while Johnson performs improvise movements in the tiny house space. The house plan design was created by Glenn Messersmith. The performances will be presented several times during the 6-9pm time frame.

Morlock has been interrogating this human inequity since moving to Pioneer Square in 2014. She continues to investigate the phenomenon in her neighborhood and seeks to expand the creative conversation in collaboration with others using this laboratory environment. Collaborators include three individuals who have experienced homelessness along side three who have not.

Next Event

CoCA Lab Featuring Suzanne Morlock
September 10, 2016, 6-9pm
UN[contained] | 6555 5th Ave S | 98108
Part of Georgetown Art Attack. Ride the Art Van
Free and open to the public. Donations graciously accepted.

About CoCA UN[contained]

CoCA UN[contained] is our space located in the Container Village at the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex and Studios. UN[contained] features the work of multi-disciplinary artists with special events to coincide with Georgetown Art Attack, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, rock'n'roll band Marion Walker, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4 Culture, Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/coca-lab-suzanne-morlock/#sthash.Lk1i6XWf.dpuf

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Coca at Seattle Art Fair
Aug
4
to Aug 7

Coca at Seattle Art Fair

CoCA at the Seattle Art Fair: August 4-7, 2016

Join CoCA this weekend from Thursday, August 4 through Sunday, August 7 at our Cultural Partner booth at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair located at Century Link Event Center or CLINK as we like to call it. We'll have a new shipment of our popular PopUp ARt catalog for sale and a wide selection of artist and exhibition catalogs from the last 35 years.

2 for 1 MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL
During Art Fair weekend only you can take advantage of our 2 for 1 membership special! Receive a free CoCA membership at the $40 level when a new membership at that level and above is purchased from August 4-7. Already a member? Bring a friend to sign up and get yours renewed for free or go halfsies, either way a screaming deal! Learn more about our amazing membership benefits here, but remember it includes access to our free online member directory. We've heard such great feedback that this networking resource has connected artists with curators, contemporary art lovers and other artists across the globe.

In addition to all the fun at CLINK, the Fair will have special performances and presentations across the city- including next door to us at CoCA PS35. Between Friday, August 5 and Sunday, August 7, artist Brendan Fowler will present a two-part durational performance piece in the adjacent storefront in the Good Arts building, plus our good friends from La Sala will present La Cocina around the corner on 1st Ave, and the artists of '57 Biscayne Studios upstairs will have doors open for you to see behind the scenes during the group exhibition, Placiness. So much good stuff in one spot and, of course, you won't want to miss our show "What You See is What You Sweat" at 106 Cherry Street (scroll down for more info).

DISCOUNT TICKETS
As a cultural partner of the Seattle Art Fair, we are pleased to offer you exclusive access to discounted Opening Night Tickets ($35 instead of $50) and 2 for 1 Fair Passes (multi-day tickets). 

Redeem this exclusive ticket offer here: http://seattleartfair.com/tickets/coca

CoCA at SEATTLE ART FAIR
Thursday, August 4, 2016
      5:30pm - 8:30pm | Beneficiary Preview, proceeds benefit Seattle Art Museum
      8:30pm - 11:00pm | Opening Night Preview
Friday, August 5, 2016, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sunday, August 7, 2016, 12:00pm - 6:00pm


CoCA PS35  |  106 Cherry St, 98104
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Opening Night Reception
Friday, August 5, 2016, 11:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday, August 6, 2016, 11:00am - 8:00pm

Normal gallery hours through August are Thursday - Saturday, 1-7pm.

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/coca-seattle-art-fair/#sthash.rHVBMZ03.dpuf

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What You See is What You Sweat
Aug
4
to Aug 27

What You See is What You Sweat

"What You See is What You Sweat" flips cultural appropriation around and builds relationships between communities of color where whiteness is not the center

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) in Seattle is proud to present What You See is What You Sweat from August 4 - 27, 2016.

What would it look like if artists and curators of color could appropriate a conversation about 'appropriation' in contemporary art? The aim is to flip the script. After all, appropriation is a power play. White supremacy, sexism, transphobia or classism function plainly by dint of it. Yet Western artists from Duchamp to Warhol have made use of appropriation to shift cultural contexts. If we look at appropriation in an open-ended way, what is behind the curtain of ownership, cultural exchange, authenticity, and meaning making here? And can we use appropriation to find the types of relationship-building taking place between communities of color where whiteness is not the center? And to this end how are white artists looking at history and social change? Creativity and power (both balanced and imbalanced) make odd bedfellows. Suffice it to say, What You See is What You Sweat is a 21st century ride on the dark side of possibilities.

What You See is What You Sweat is made up of a curatorial team of five doers and thinkers who are creating space for arts audiences and artists who shop in the ethnic foods aisle and those who hit the streets for social change. They include: C. Davida Ingram (artist/writer/curator/educator), Chieko Philips (curator/historian/exhibition designer), Christopher Shaw (artist/designer), Leilani Lewis (curator/producer) and Zorn B. Taylor (artist/educator/futurist).

A diverse selection of media from video and textiles to paintings and photographs will be presented from participating artists including Alex Anderson, C. Davida Ingram, Chris Head, Darius X, Edxie Betts, Jeffrey Veregge, Juventino Aranda, Mark Mitchell, Micha Cárdenas, Nicholas Galanin, Patrisse Cullors, Paul Rucker, Romson Bustillo, Satpreet Kahlon, Viradeth Xay-Ananh, and Zorn B. Taylor.

An opening reception with the artists and curators will be held on August 4, from 6-9pm at CoCA PS35 located at 106 Cherry Street, Seattle, 98104.

Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday from 1-7pm.

Header images (from L to R): Romson Bustillo, Juventino Aranda, Satpreet Kahlon

Next Event:

Opening Reception
August 4, 2016, 6-9pm
Location: CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., 98104
Part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk.

Seattle Art Fair Weekend:
During the Seattle Art Fair weekend, CoCA PS35 will hold extended gallery hours.
On Friday, August 5 and Saturday, August 6, PS35 will be open to the public from 1-8pm

 Press:

08/06/2016 The Stranger: Five Things to Do at the Second-to-Last Day of Seattle Art Fair! 
08/04/2016 The Stranger: What You See is What You Sweat 
08/10/2016 The Stranger: Dear Seattle Art Fair, I Love You and I Want You to Live
08/15/2016 The Stranger: The 25 Best Things To Do in Seattle This Week
08/22/2016 City Arts: Joan Jett at White River, Sheer Mag at El Corazon, 'What You See is What You Sweat' at CoCA

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/what-you-see-what-you-sweat1/#sthash.ohj97utj.dpuf

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CoCA Lab: Marion Walker
Jul
1
to Aug 31

CoCA Lab: Marion Walker

CoCA Lab: Artist in Residence Program

Featuring Jessie Smith with Marion Walker

For July and August we are excited to have Seattle artist and musician, Jessie Smith, with her band, Marion Walker join us for the CoCA Lab artist residency.

Marion Walker is currently recording a new album, and during their two month residency they will choreograph and shoot a new dance film/music video to accompany the album. This video will be considered the second in a series, the first being "We Won't Be In Love Much Longer" which Marion Walker made last year. Both the new album and video are to be released in 2017.

Join us for Art Attack on July 9 for a screening of Marion Walker's 2015,“We Won’t Be In Love Much Longer,” a hybrid dance film, music video, and art flick – a nostalgic episode in the dead of a Southern summer night. Then return on August 13 to help Marion Walker kick off their upcoming tour which begins right after their CoCA residency ends. Marion Walker will be playing live throughout the night!

About Marion Walker:

Marion Walker is a Rock'n'Roll band of sweethearts with sharp teeth from Seattle, WA and Reno, NV. Their music is a head-on collision between doomy, bleak worlds and fuzzed-out, technicolor tones.

Formed in 2012, Marion Walker is fronted by Jessie Marion Smith (Saint Genet, Dead Bird Movement) and Kyle Walker Akins (Think in French, Yesir). Marion Walker tours extensively around the United States and has released several EPs and compilations. They are currently in the process of recording a new full-length LP.

Jessie and Kyle are working artists in addition to their musical pursuits. Jessie is a choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker. Kyle is a visual artist, sound engineer, and filmmaker. They bring their collective experience in these other mediums into every aspect of Marion Walker.

www.MarionWalker.org

Next Event

Marion Walker Viewing Party: "We Won't Be In Love Much Longer": Saturday, July 9, 6-9pm
UN[contained] | 6555 5th Ave S | 98108
Part of Georgetown Art Attack. Ride the Art Van
Free and open to the public. Donations graciously accepted.

Video Release and Tour Kick-Off Celebration: Saturday, August 13, 6-9pm
UN[contained] | 6555 5th Ave S | 98108
 

About CoCA UN[contained]

CoCA UN[contained] is our space located in the Container Village at the heart of the growing Equinox Creative Industrial Complex and Studios. UN[contained] features the work of multi-disciplinary artists with special events to coincide with Georgetown Art Attack, the neighborhood’s popular monthly art walk. 

About CoCA Lab Artists in Residence Program

CoCA Lab provides individual artists or artist teams the opportunity to transform our space into a living art laboratory. Artists are invited by CoCA curators and have included international artist Dr. Phoebe Ching Ying Man (Hong Kong), Brooklyn-based installation artist Aaron Asis, performance artist Ezra Dickinson, installation artist Cait Willis, sound artist Nat Evans, installation artist Michelle de la Vega, performance artist ilvs strauss, multimedia installation artist Trina Cooper, composer Jovino Santos Neta, fiber and installation artist Wyly Astley, filmmaker Adam Sekuler, installation artist Celeste Cooning, performance artist Carl Lawrence, and many others since the program's inception in April 2014.

CoCA Lab is supported, in part, by an award from 4 Culture, Seattle Foundation, individual donors and CoCA members.

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/coca-lab-marion-walker/#sthash.R9mggfxr.dpuf

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CoCA & Columbia Winery
Jun
29
3:30 PM15:30

CoCA & Columbia Winery

CoCA & Columbia Winery Celebrate Northwest Artists

On view through June 29
Columbia Winery
14030 NE 145th Street | Woodinville, WA | 98072

In 2015, we teamed up with our generous sponsor, Columbia Winery, to offer an exciting new opportunity for artists from the Pacific Northwest. Created to support local artists from Washington and Oregon and to illustrate how food, wine, and celebrations come to life through visual art, we held a call for entries seeking three artists to best respond to this theme.

This spring, we are pleased to present an expanded exhibition of the artists.

Featuring artwork by Terese CuffHallie HarrisAlan RoseCASHAnna MacraeJohn ZimmermanMelissa Koch, and Vikram Madan.

Artwork:The Nature of Bees, Melissa Koch

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/coca-columbia-winery/#sthash.uRyEUYjj.dpuf

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American Power
Jun
7
to Jun 30

American Power

American Power
July 7-30, 2016
Thursday-Saturday, 1-7pm

While art venues in the United States are increasingly interested in contemporary art that is vague and apolitical, CoCA takes the month of July to feature artists that speak out and stand up for their views and use art as tool for social change. CoCA seeks to create community where it is needed and provide space for open dialogue which broadens awareness of all points of view through support of contemporary art and artists. 

“American Power” features a partial remounting of internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, Paul Rucker’s, “Rewind Exhibit” recently exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Ku Klux Klan robes on 7 foot tall mannequins confront this symbol of hate through Rucker’s revisions which use red silk, Ghanaian Kente cloth and camouflage patterns in place of ghostly white cotton. Rucker’s video on the proliferation of prisons and his “Soundless Series” which use the beautiful shape of a cello address power, race, and class and further explore the historic inequities for people of color.

The terms "American" and "power" convey the central metaphors of additional works by Pacific Northwest artists Tracy Boyd, Chris Crites, Rebecca Cummins and Troy Gua. Work throughout the exhibit responds to the current climate around guns and violence, while it also addresses the hostility for those that don’t look or act similar to the “norm.”

Gua’s sculpture “American Pie” presents a ‘flaky crust’ made of resin and foam enveloped in a pie tin and filled with bullets. Gua’s metaphor is, unfortunately, too accessible: gun violence is as commonplace and American as apple pie with 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015 (Mass Shootings Tracker), thousands killed and, according to the Gun Violence Archive, 26,819 people injured [those figures exclude suicide]. Crites presents a new body of work from his “Terrible Horizons” series, as well as his work of disposable people and icons on disposable media, i.e. paper bags. Cummins overlays the sound of exploding bombs on popping balloons and Boyd, both a veteran and a queer artist, presents paintings of iconic political faces on reclaimed military tarps, as well as a self-portrait with two faces titled “Dual Self,” which shows her inner grief post-Orlando alongside a direct glare in her bold and active painting style. “This painting is meant to help us mourn the horrible tragedy, but to remember that it’s most important to move beyond fear and anger,” said Boyd.

Located at CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., shows opens on July 7 and runs through July 30, 2016. For more information please visit cocaseattle.org.

Next Event:

Artist lecture by Paul Rucker
When: Saturday, July 23, 3-4pm
Location: CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., 98104
Suggested $5 donation

Past Events:

American Power Opening Reception
When: Thursday, July 7, 6-9pm
Location: CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St., 98104
Part of the Pioneer Square Art Walk

Conflict Resolution Presentation by Sergeant Gracy
When: Thursday, July 7, 7:30-8pm
Location: CoCA PS35, during the opening reception for "American Power."

At 7:30pm Sergeant Paul Gracy of the Seattle Police Department will give a special presentation on conflict resolution techniques. The talk will be 20-30 minutes and will include discussion of how to react to aggressive behavior in a safe and effective way. 

 Images: (left, top - bottom) Tracy Boyd, Dick, acrylic on tarp. Chris Crites, Hood-1957-74 Kilotons, acrylic on paper bag.

(right) Paul Rucker, Shelter in a Time of Storm, mixed media installation.

American Power is made possible with support from 4Culture and Good Arts, LLC.

Press

07/13/2016 The Stranger: Couch-Surfing Center on Contemporary Art Gets a Center

07/07/2016: The Stranger: Recommended art events

07/07/2016: Seattle Weekly: Seattle Weekly's Art Walk Picks

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Symptomatic
Jun
2
to Jun 25

Symptomatic

Symptomatic

Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) presents “Symptomatic,” featuring artworks from Portland artist and 2013 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship awardee, Cynthia Lahti, and internationally exhibited artist and lecturer, Harriet Sanderson.  On view from June 2 – 25, 2016 at CoCA PS35 in Pioneer Square. Curated by Nichole DeMent, these two artists produce works of art that engage the tensions found in a world that struggles for balance. “Their bold work is about that vulnerable interplay between self-identification and culture, yet their fun, Neo-Expressionist style provides levity and an abstract beauty which allows us to reflect and transcend the tension,” says DeMent.

Cynthia Lahti’s art encompasses drawing, collage, and ceramic sculpture combined with found objects in an intentional naïve style that include tossed out toys, glass vases and various types of containers. These upcycled objects such as ribbons and party decorations seem to represent ephemera from a simpler previous era. She then alters, manipulates, and integrates the found materials into the final artwork to expose contradictions that exist within the form while referencing the figure. Some of her forms are in a position of vulnerability or pain, yet also appear to be in a profound state of peace or ecstasy. Lahti’s work retains a strong reference to the real world while expressing the intangible world of emotion.

“My art is influenced by human artifacts from ancient times to the present, as well as by my personal experiences and emotions. I draw inspiration from objects and images, both historical and contemporary. I seek in my art to force a deeper explanation of reality and to facilitate a connection with a larger human experience,” says Lahti. “The conjoined materials subvert and liberate one another and provide humor, as well as chaos. Each artwork weds and combines the sacred with the profane, the wise with the stupid, and the beautiful with the grotesque.”

CoCA is honored to present Harriet Sanderson’s mixed media prints and sculptural installation which embrace the idea that the physical body is the architect of experience and identity. Sanderson has lectured and exhibited sculpture and printmaking within civil rights frameworks around the country.Conceptually, her work unabashedly explores how chronic illness, aging, and disability complicates self-identity.

With a background in traditional printmaking, her digital images are constructed in much the same way– she layers scans of her own skin, previous work, and mattress pads, then draws on the surface with pen and ink. Sanderson states about her work, “With this tactile and vulnerable imagery of skin on display, I pursue the way our cultural repugnance of the imperfect human body creates a struggle toward identity, an identity that lies somewhere between the ‘damaged’ and ‘normal.’” Her fragments of photographs, irregular marks and torn pieces of paper combine to create art that transcends cultural stigmas and highlights a proclivity towards beauty, fun and expressive play.

“Symptomatic” is an exploration of the isolation of the human condition and the alienation engendered by modern society, but also provides artworks that creatively represent a greater empathy for a global civilization and expanding human consciousness.

On view June 2-25

CoCA at PS35: 106 Cherry Street, Seattle, WA 98104

Gallery Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-7pm

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/sy/#sthash.DcXX2ikO.dpuf

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JuárezX: Dragged Across Borders
May
4
to May 28

JuárezX: Dragged Across Borders

On View May 5-28, 2016. CoCA PS35 | 106 Cherry St. | 98104

CoCA is proud to present “JuárezX: Dragged Across Borders,” co-curated by Joseph C. Roberts and Peter Bill. The exhibition presents work by undocumented immigrants and artists from Juárez, Mexico to explore the intersection of race, class, and migrant status at the US and Mexico border. Simultaneously, the exhibition presents readings and interactive workshops that invite visitors to consider social norms, or borders, created around gender and sexuality. CoCA is proud to present an exhibition and support artists that dissolve boundaries and invite visitors to question borders as places that allow fixed notions of identity to bend, stretch, and even disappear.

The exhibition features work by artists from Juárez, Mexico who have literally and conceptually been “dragged” across borders. Yorch Otte, an urban muralist, serigrapher and leader of the Art Collective “Rezizte," presents graffiti art on panel depicting life on the border. Gabriela Hernandez, an undocumented Seaburry Fellow and New Mexico Highlands University alum, features a series of 6’x3’ banners that represent struggles of LGBTQ and undocumented people. Mario Romero juxtaposes topics of the occult, scientific and astronomical with the border. Pulsoans Ans, graffiti artist and ANS Art Gallery owner, commands spray paint canisters to produce pieces that play with the idea of life and death as they apply to the identities in the margins. Melo Nonsense, aka Melo! presents a series of b&w photographs, the results of a series of interventions made in Cd. Juarez, using graffiti and street art as the main tool, which were conducted in abandoned places. These urban areas, known as "Undergrounds," are filled with textures, contrasts, smells, stories, and people that influence the art and reclaim the place for the entire community. Peter Bill, Assistant Professor of New Media at Western New Mexico University, and Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba, Associate Professor of Queer & Border Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, documented their projections of guerrilla video texts onto the streets of Ciudad Juarez. Sarita Corderito adds witty political commentary and tasty painting/collage chops to the mix.

Special presentations during the opening reception on May 5 included live graffiti art by Melo Nonsense, and a reading by Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba, PhD, from his work "Aesthetics and Politics of the US-Mexico Border urban art.” CoCA is pleased to be able to bring this enlightening conversation to Seattle audiences and acknowledge LGBTQ individuals in the fight for immigration rights because such identities intersect.

JuárezX: Calendar of Events

Friday, May 6, 2016, 12pm: Dr. Héctor Dominguez Ruvulcaba presents "Aesthetics & Politics of US-Mexico Border urban art"

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 6-9pm: Opening Night Artists' Reception. Part of the Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk.

Thursday May 5, 7:30pm: Lecture by Dr Héctor Dominguez Ruvalcaba presents "Aesthetics & Politics of the US-Mexico Border urban art."

Exhibition opens May 5, 2016 at CoCA PS35, 106 Cherry St. Pioneer Square. Through Saturday, May 28.

Gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday, 1-7pm.

106 Cherry St., Seattle, WA 98104

This exhibition is made possible with support from our generous sponsors: Good Arts LLC, Sparkle Donkey, Elysian Brewing, and the Office of Arts & Culture.

- See more at: http://www.cocaseattle.org/exhibitions/past/2016/juarezx/#sthash.c71LBtWA.dpuf

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