May 2015, Capitol Hill Art Walk Preview

Posted on May 12, 2015, 3:58 pm
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The Capitol Hill Art Walk hosts art at venues of all kinds, from galleries to bars to apartments. The result is a festive, intimate and welcoming atmosphere. This month’s program includes a diverse range of impressive works in varying mediums, from wearable art to video to comics to installation. Listed below are some of the highlights, beginning around Denny and Olive and moving towards and beyond Pike & Pine.


Joana Stillwell at Ghost Gallery

Joana Stillwell. "Goldfish," 2012. Image courtesy of Ghost Gallery.

Joana Stillwell. “Goldfish,” 2012. Image courtesy of Ghost Gallery.

Since her graduation three years ago from the University of Washington Photomedia Program, Joana Stillwell has produced a steady output of thoughtful videos and installations. Following right on the heels of the opening for her solo show at SOIL last Thursday is Nice and Good at Ghost Gallery. Presenting new and recent video works, Stillwell performs “meditative examinations” of everyday materials such as balloons and gum.

While you are at the gallery, check out the lovely collection of hand-made jewelry and objects for sale by local and global designers.

The reception for Nice and Good is from 6-9PM and is on view through June 5 at Ghost Gallery (Corner of E Denny Way at Summit & Olive, entry on Summit Side)


Fiona McGuigan at Calypte Gallery

Showing for one night only at Calypte Gallery, the latest apartment gallery on the Hill, is Fiona McGuigan’s Repetition, Paradoxically Is Always New. McGuigan was born in Switzerland, trained in The Netherlands and now resides in Seattle. Working with the immediacy of Sumi ink, McGuigan’s draws the same objects and figures over and over, moving “beyond representation towards a gestural construct of the form.” Repetition, Paradoxically Is Always New will be a thoughtful exploration of process and the subtle complexities it reveals.

The reception for Repetition, Paradoxically Is Always New is from 5:30-9:30PM and on view for one night only at Calypte Gallery (1107 East Denny Way #A2)


Timothy Cross. "Love Letters," 2015. Image courtesy of Two Shelves.

Timothy Cross, Love Letters, 2015. Image courtesy of Two Shelves.

Timothy Cross at Two Shelves

One block from Calypte is Two Shelves, another excellent apartment gallery. In the home of artists Joe Rudko and Kelly Bjork, Two Shelves gives artists “120-inches of shelf space as a constraint and motivator to make and exhibit new work.” For May, Timothy Cross will present Love Letters, an installation of small sculptural works. According to Cross, “The love is for the place and all the bits that make up the whole. The letters are for the people around me who have influenced and encouraged me along the way.”

The reception for Love Letters is from 7-10PM and will be on view by appointment at Two Shelves (212 11th Ave E, buzz RUDKO/BJORK and go upstairs to Apt 202)


"Imminent Mode." Image courtesy of True Love Art Gallery.

Outfit by Jordan Christianson and Anouk Rawkson. Image courtesy of True Love Art Gallery.

Imminent Mode at True Love Art Gallery

Fashion fuses with art for Imminent Mode at True Love Art Gallery. Pairs of fashion designers and fine artists were chosen and curated by Adé Cônnére to create original collaborative works of wearable art. Designer-artist pairs include: Cami Funk and Kerstin Graudins, Brenda Bryan and Grant Rehnberg, and Jordan Christianson working separately with two artists, Dan’l Linehan and Anouk Rawkson. Editorial photos of the pieces being modeled will be on display, along with samples of the garments themselves. With music by DJ Mister Sister, the reception is a guaranteed feast for the eyes and ears.

The reception for Imminent Mode is from 6-10pm and will be on view through June 7 at True Love Art Gallery (1525 Summit Ave)


col·li·sion at Vermillion

“col·li·son." Image courtesy of Vermillion.

Image courtesy of Vermillion.

The artists of col·li·sion ask, “Does the kinetic energy of a piece change when viewed with work derived from another artist?” The exhibition is a one-time experiment by painter and muralist Jacob Dixon, musical artist Specs Wizard and comic book collage artist Sir Froderick. Composed of individual and collaborative works, col·li·sion tracks how outside forces influence and change a particular work or artistic style. Comic works by Jtw Thinktankrx will also be on display with music by DJ Able.

The reception for col·li·sion is from 6-9PM and is on view through the beginning of June at Vermillion (1508 11th Ave)


The Jokes On Us at The Factory

The gentrification debate continues at The Factory with tnglr’s installation, The Jokes On Us. Tnglr, the street artist duo of Peter Benjamin Bigelow and Donald Walingford, infamously installed faux Proposed Land Use Signs in front of Seattle Landmarks this past April Fool’s Day. The installation will build upon this work to further debate the rapid growth and development sweeping across the city. “Who is benefiting and who is being squeezed…The Joke’s On Us.”

The reception for The Joke’s On Us is from 6-11PM and is on view by appointment at The Factory (1216 10th Ave)

David Strand is a writer and aspiring curator based in Seattle.