2008


Paul Tonnes: Wounds

Paul Tonnes: Wounds

At CoCA Belltown
November, 2008
Curated by Ray C. Freeman III

Artist's Statement:
I have a scar on my torso, a reminder of a surgical wound made when I was an infant. It runs north to south, 4 1/4 inches long, 1 1/2 inches from my belly button, on the right. Look closely you can see the where the sutures entered and exited. The scar (I take it with me everywhere) is a constant reminder of my mortality and how lucky I am to be alive. I don't know where this art came from, perhaps a meditation on my own personal wound.

 


 

Robin Oliver

Spectacle of Improbable Creatures

A Surrealistic Manifesto by Robin Oliver

At CoCA Belltown
October, 2008
Curated by Ray C. Freeman III

Robin Oliver has created a world inhabited by creatures simultaneously familiar and enigmatic. Their world is defined by beautifully intricate drawings and paintings, but the creatures themselves have moved beyond the picture plane into our world, and hauntingly peer back at us as we examine them. Speechless as they may be, the stories that they nevertheless tell will make you shiver a little. Just in time for Halloween!

 


 

Scott Ezell: Carbon Rings

Scott Ezell: Carbon Rings

At CoCA Belltown
September, 2008
Curated by Ray C. Freeman III

Seattle artist, poet, and musician Scott Ezell combines his poem-cycle "Carbon Rings" with his painted response to the New York Times website coverage commemorating the five year anniversary of the US war in Iraq. The result is a human and humanizing response to the electric information and mechanical destruction which are a substructure of contemporary life. more on Scott Ezell's work at www.scottezellgallery.com

 


 

16th Annual CoCA Art Marathon and Auction

16th Annual CoCA Art Marathon and Auction

At the Engine Room of the Old Rainier Brewery, Georgetown

August 8th and 9th, 2008

Pre-Funk show 9pm Friday, August 8, 2008
Live music by Nightheart, djs Tommy Long, Jimmy Hoffa, Chris Tremens, & special guests

Auction 5:30pm Saturday, August 9, 2008

A 24 hour non stop art marathon, featuring 25 emerging and established artists. Auction proceeds benefit CoCA.

Participating artists included George Atherton, Justin Behnken, Chris Crites, John Dempcy, Pedro de Valdivia, David Francis, Geoff Garza, Patricia Hagen, James Hilbourne, Doug Jeck, Nicky Kriaria, Kal Leavy, Marc Lindsay, Kelly Lyles, Jeff Mlhalyo, Lorna Nakell, Anna Nash, Irene Wood, and Mark Zirpel.

Click here to view pdf of Live Auction catalog

 


 

Food on the Table and a Roof over Head

Food on the Table and a Roof over Head

an installation of a workspace

At CoCA Belltown
August, 2008
Curated by David Chula Tupper

To many enthusiasts, the tattoo emporium as an artistic statement in and of itself is an integral and vital part of the tattoo experience.

To coincide with the SeattleTattoo Expo (August 8-10 at the Seattle Center), and with a little help from his friends, David Chula Tupper is installing a (non-functional, but realistic) tattoo shop, complete with tattoo station, drawing station, needle making area, had and coat rack, etc., and curating a show of artwork that you might find hanging in a tattoo shop as well. Participants include P.A. Stephens, Collin Delgado, Jeff Cornell, and Eric Marts.

 


 

Brian O'Neill: Vessel Aesthetic

Brian O'Neill: Vessel Aesthetic

At CoCA Belltown
July, 2008
Curated by Ray C. Freeman III

Brian O'Neill is a ceramicist living and working in Bellingham. Originally from Los Angeles, Brian has shown his work mostly up and down the coast, including the 8th Annual Mingei Pottery Invitational at Glenn Richards Gallery, a juried exhibition at Ellen Ziegler Design. His work has been featured at Fireworks Gallery, Kindred Gallery, and Pottery Northwest Gallery, just to mention some of his Seattle showings.

Artist Statement:
"I find great satisfaction working with basic raw materials that can be coaxed, nurtured if you will, into objects that have shape and balance - a rhythm in their proportion and surface texture. It is my hope that some of these universal rhythms of nature are embodied in my pieces, evoking the simple strengths that reside in stone and the natural landscape. Most of my forms are vessels. While not always “functional” in the traditional sense, each piece has an interior and an exterior - much like all of us. The visible form and the more hidden space inside is an anthropomorphic relationship I enjoy exploring. Each piece comes into existence and develops a personality as it evolves."

See more of Brian's work at www.brianoneillceramics.com/

 


 

Ronald Hall: Three Paintings

Ronald Hall: Three Paintings

At CoCA Belltown
February - April 2008
Curated by Matthew Kangas

Ronald Hall lives in Seattle, but grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. He has had solo exhibitions at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art in Anchorage, Alaska; Custom House Studios and Gallery in Westport, Ireland; Gallery 110 in Seattle; and at the Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. "Ronald Hall and Jacob Lawrence" was organized by Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound in 2006. His work is in the collections of Tacoma Art Museum and Green River Community College. He exhibits at Pacini-Lubell Gallery in Seattle.

Matthew Kangas guest-curated this show in conjunction with "Black History Month: Faces" at CoCA's Shilshole Gallery.

See more of Ronald Hall's work at www.ronaldhall.com

 


 

David Chula Tupper

David Chula Tupper

"Tales From the Shore"

At CoCA Belltown
January, 2008
Curated by Ray C. Freeman III

A 2007 participant of CoCA's annual Painting marathon, as well as a veteran of many CoCA events, David has participated in numerous solo shows and group and juried exhibitions.

Most recent solo venues include the Debra Owens Gallery in San Diego, CA, and a show at the Friesen Gallery in Seattle, entitled "You're Innocent When You Dream".



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