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Art. A. Fact
3:30 PM15:30

Art. A. Fact

CoCA Member Salon

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

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

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

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Ceci N'est Pas Une Pipe
to Jan 10

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

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Jean Albus: Ineffable
to Oct 28

Jean Albus: Ineffable

Jean Albus: Ineffable



Jean Albus, Moira, Goddess of Fate


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

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

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

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

For more of Jean Albus’s work, visit:

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

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

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Art Jones
4:00 PM16:00

Art Jones

You Won’t See Me: Portraits by Art Jones

Opening Party, Third Thursday
September 19th, 6-10pm

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

Art Jones will VJ live with multiple projectors. From his ongoing series, Jones will take Instant Karma Portraits of attendees. Event coincides with ART@SDC Third Thursday Open Galleries. In celebration, complementary Cadillac Demitri's Margaritas will be served.

Show Description:
The installation is divided into three sections:
1) Over 300 4” x 6” prints of Polaroid portraits from the ongoing series Instant Karma Portraits will run along either wall, unframed, in long horizontal strips. Photo subjects include Obama Administration’s smaART Power program Jones collected working in Karachi, Pakistan and his home, New York.
2) In the middle of the gallery, a map of Karachi, Pakistan is projected on the floor. Mapped onto this will be short videos from the Karachi Notes series. Multiple headsets will be available to listen while viewing the videos.
3) A sound piece will be located in a dark booth area in the rear of the space for two people to sit: on the floor is an illustration, which is revealed by a top-mounted, slowly revolving ultraviolet spotlight.

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

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

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

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Kathy Kissik
to Nov 18

Kathy Kissik

Kathy Kissik


Reconstructed Moments


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

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

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

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to Sep 12

CoCA Collision: Past, Present, & Future

Stephen Rock, Failed Silence

Members Show

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



CoCA Collision:
Past, Present, and Future Members Show

A complete color catalog of the 2013 CoCA Members' Show at our Georgetown Gallery, "CoCA Collision". Includes all of the artwork on display, as well as artists statements of the 145 participating artists. 

$30 + tax&shipping. Purchase from our lulu Storefront.
85 pages, 8.5 x 8.5, full color, soft cover, perfect bound.

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Acclimatized: Heaven & Earth V
to Oct 20

Acclimatized: Heaven & Earth V

Temporary Outdoor Art Exhibition at Carkeek Park


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

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

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

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

Acclimatized is one of the region's only venues for site-specific artwork in an urban forest setting where part of the exhibit includes a walking tour of an hour or more. The exhibit is open dawn till dusk through October 20. 

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

For more information, including past exhibitions, visit



Acclimatized: Heaven and Earth 5

Full Color Catalog from 2013 Temporary Outdoor Art Exhibition at Carkeek Park in Seattle. Presented by Center on Contemporary Art, curated by David Francis, with essays by David Francis. Featuring the work of 14 artists throughout this 216 acre Urban Wilderness.

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