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Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe

Northwest Flameworking on the Brink of Legalization

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Full color catalog of this ground breaking exhibition at Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), marking the first time that flameworked borosilicate pipes have been shown as artwork in a legitimate gallery setting.

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64 pages, 8.5 x 8.5, full color, soft cover, perfect bound
Preview here. (13.2Mb pdf)


11/11/2013 The Seattle Times: CoCA's 'Pipe' show riffs on legal pot's imminent arrival 
08/03/2013 The Wall Street Journal: These Are Heady Times for Glass Blowers' High Art

Earlier Event: October 2
Jean Albus: Ineffable
Later Event: January 16
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