Visual Arts

"Imaginary Places" with Irina Gendelman

Mon, 04/28/2014 - 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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Imaginary Places
PLATO Lecture Series Spring, 2014
Greeners on the Cutting Edge
Monday April 28, 1:30-3 pm, LH1
The Evergreen State College

Irina Gendelman, Ph.D. and Jeff Birkenstein, Ph.D. – St. Martin’s University

Poet Charles Pierre Baudelaire wrote about the flâneur, a perfect spectator, an impassioned observer, a character who is away from home and yet who feels at home, who is in the midst of the world and at the same time hidden from it. Baudelaire’s flâneur, a person of some means who had the time to be idle, spent his leisure time wandering the streets of Paris and observing the life of the street.

We apply this idea to the modern observer of the world. Like Baudelaire’s flâneur, the modern wanderer is something of a hidden observer, at once within the world and outside of it, even as she is now time tethered to digital technologies such as Facebook, Instagram and digital cameras.  The digital camera (and the internet applications on which its images are shared) acts as an extension of the flâneur’s body, a cyborg eye and a cyborg memory. It sees, frames and captures observations to be selectively shared as visual artifacts. With this extension, the flâneur, the spectator, also becomes a creator of new digital spaces to be explored. As modern wanderers, we record and reproduce the physical world as we see it, even as we alter that space through our digital images.

By recording, archiving, and looking at images of food and art, we will discuss these new and ever-evolving realms of imaginary spaces and how they reflect – and are reflected by – our understanding of observed reality.


"Shake": Remarkable dog portraits by Carli Davidson

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 7:00pm

A free event at orca Books for pet- and animal-lovers! Carli Davidson presents her book "Shake". 

Davidson employed the wonders of modern photography to create freeze-frame images of dogs in the humble act of shaking off water. The results are funny, endearing and a little bit strange.

Orca Books is at 509 4th Ave E in downtown Olympia.

Tumwater May-hem Comic and Game Fest

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Drop by the Tumwater Timberland Library to get free comic books, play board games, card games and video games, and make personalized superhero insignia necklaces! In addition to door prizes, you can enter a family cosplay contest to win fantastic rewards from local comic and game stores. Ask at the library’s information desk for more information.

Carl Smool - Evergreen Artists' Lecture Series

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

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Wednesday, April 9
11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1
The Evergreen State College

Carl Smool is a Northwest native who spent the first 30 years of his career working in Seattle, often in the margins and in-between spaces of the art world.  Arriving in Belltown in the late ’70s, he was motivated to address social, political and environmental issues in his art; these issues continue to inform his work.  While working as an editorial illustrator for The Rocket, his cover portrait of Ronald Reagan got the paper banned from Pacific Lutheran University; his graphic work for a campaign opposing Reagan’s re-election earned him death threats; and his altered billboards made national news. His work has appeared at the Center On Contemporary Art, the Whatcom Museum, the Mia Gallery, the Bellevue Art Museum, and many other venues.

 In the ’90s, he expanded his work with Bumbershoot, the Seattle Arts Festival, creating numerous large scale installations, including a sinfully delightful fire ceremony in 1997.  He designed the grounds and stage décor for WOMAD-USA (the World Of Music, Arts and Dance Festival held in Redmond) from 1998 through 2001, and in 1999, he brought his work to WOMAD UK. Carl’s five stage, 17 sculpture piece, “At the Crossroads, a Fire Ceremony for the New Millennium,” was commissioned by the Seattle Center, but got caught up in Mayor Paul Schell’s post WTO terrorist anxiety.

Anna McKee - Arts Talk - "Travels With Climate Scientists"

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Aisha Harrison - Timberland Arts Talk

Wed, 03/19/2014 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry

Sat, 04/26/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

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Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry
Through March 19, Evergreen Gallery
Hours: Mon-Fri, 11:00-1:00 and 1:30-5:00
April 7 - May 7, hours TBD
Reception with Artists attending on Saturday April 26, 2-4pm

Corwin Clairmont, Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes
Tarsand Trout, relief print, 5" x 7"

Terrain: Plateau Native Art & Poetry is a print portfolio and exhibition that was organized by Joe Feddersen, artist and Evergreen Faculty Emeritus.  Bringing together relief prints and poetry created by 34 Plateau artists and writers, it presents a visual and verbal journey through physical, emotional, and visionary landscapes.  Feddersen writes: “Defined by the crest of the Cascades to the Continental Divide, touching northern California extending far north into British Columbia, Terrain speaks of the textures of the earth –  the homeland of the Plateau people. This compilation of expressions, relief prints and poems, breathes the life of ongoing cultures inherent to place.”
For its showing in Evergreen Gallery, Terrain is accompanied by Extended Terrain: Contemporary American Indian Prints.
Terrain artists and poets: Leo Adams, Sherman Alexie, Neal Ambrose, Gloria Bird, Ron Carraher, Vic Charlo, Corwin Clairmont, Cameron Decker, Alyne Watlamet DeCoteau, Debra Earling, Vanessa Enos, Carly Feddersen, Joe Feddersen, Ryan Feddersen, Jennifer Ferguson, Frank Finley, Ric Gendron, Cheryl Grunlose, Michael Holloman, Van Holloman, James Lavadour, Miles Miller, Ramon Murillo, Rochelle Kulei, Ed Archie NoiseCat, William Passmore, Lillian Pitt, Lawney Reyes, Susan Sheoships, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Kirby Stanton, Toma Villa, Ramona Wilson, Elizabeth Woody

Becky Knold at Salon Refu

Sat, 02/15/2014 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Mary Randlett - Photographs at Salon Refu

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

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Mary Randlett's Photographs
Salon Refu/Susan Christian Project Space
114 North Capitol Way, Olympia

There will be an opening reception on December 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. Llyn de Danaan will give a little introduction to Mary's career, which has spanned sixty-five years of absolute attention to the beauties of our native landscape here in the Pacific Northwest.

After that, the gallery will be open every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 7 p.m. until January 5. Except January 2.


Johanna Drucker talks at Evergreen

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 11:30am - 1:00pm

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Artist lecture: Johanna Drucker
Wednesday December 11, 11:30-1:00
Lecture Hall 1 at Evergreen

Johanna Drucker's books & visual projects will be exhibited in the Evergreen Gallery during winter quarter. Artist, writer, typographic poet and scholar-critic Johanna Drucker is widely known for her contributions to contemporary art theory and history, as well as her prolific output as a creative artist. Throughout her career she has helped shape the field of artists’ books, visual poetics, and digital aesthetics in dialogue with the arts and critical issues. Her scholarly writing documents and critiques visual language: letterforms, typography, visual poetry, art and, lately, digital aesthetics. Drucker is internationally renowned for her book art, which touches on a variety of themes, especially “the exploration of the conventions of narrative prose and the devices by which it orders, sequences, and manipulates events according to its own logic” as well as “the use of experimental typography to expand the possibilities of prose beyond the linear format of traditional presentation.”

Selected Druckworks, at the Evergreen Gallery, surveys Drucker’s books, graphic art and visual projects, revealing key insights into the artist’s development over the course of four decades. It is a smaller version of Drucker’s 40-year retrospective exhibition, Druckworks, which is currently touring the country.

Drucker’s work has been exhibited at universities, libraries, galleries, and museums throughout the world, including Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Yale University, Columbia University, Harvard University, Art Institute of Chicago, University of the Arts (Philadelphia), and Parsons School of Design.
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