REVIEWS: ADVENTURES THROUGH THE ANTHROPOCENE!

  • November 21st, 2016

Alec Clayton’s review in the Weekly Volcano is here.

Dave R. Davison’s review in the Tacoma Weekly is here.

I am very pleased at both reviews and the turn out for the opening reception. There’s still plenty of time as the show is up until December 16.

Parking access to The Gallery at TCC is of South 12th Street in between Pearl and Mildred Streets.

Hours are Monday through Friday 12-5 pm. NOTE: Campus is closed on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Friday.

Adventures Through the Anthropocene: November 9 through December 16, 2016. The Gallery, Tacoma Community College.

  • November 15th, 2016

Solo Exhibition: Adventures Through the Anthropocene

Here are some installation shots–panoramas of the three rooms.

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Recent shows and reviews:

  • July 27th, 2016

I have some work in two local juried exhibitions. My painting 21st Century Oxpecker graces Alec Clayton’s review in the Volcano and is on view at 2016 Southwest Washington Juried Art Exhibition at the Minnaert Art Center at South Puget Sound Community College.

Alec Clayton’s review here:

The Olympian’s review of the Southwest Washington 2016 show:

My painting Kingfisher Pixelation was selected for the 14th Annual Juried Local show at The Gallery, Tacoma Community College. The show will open on September 19.

9th Annual Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Art Award

  • May 20th, 2016

   

I have been nominated for the 9th Annual Art Award by the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and am blown away by this honor. 
As an artist, I am used to applying for exhibitions and competitions but this honor had my work being nominated by a committee of local arts leaders and as I already indicated was a tremendous surprise. It is fantastic recognition.

And I am in esteemed company! The Foundation’s nomination webpage details the other artists and designers who have been selected. All of the artists receive a generous nomination award and promotion by the Foundation.

The grand prize is a $7500 commission to create a work for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation.

I am grateful for this opportunity and thank both the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation and the nominating committee.

Erik Sandgren Retrospective, Polson Museum this Saturday.

  • May 20th, 2016

I am excited for Erik Sandgren’s Retrospective that is opening on Saturday at the Polson Museum in Hoquiam.

Here is the article in the Daily World.

I am honored to contribute a brief essay for this show. It will be up for a while and the big celebration will be the closing reception in October. 

Godspeed Betty Ragan

  • May 31st, 2015

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I first met Betty Ragan sometime while working at Tacoma Art Museum or else showing at UPS Kittredge Gallery or perhaps even earlier. She was part of the brief but stunning Gallery Impromptu that arose after Art On Center Gallery closed in Tacoma. She also was part of Gallery 110.

My connection to Professor Ragan runs deeper in that she was instrumental to my wife, Jane Sobottka’s art education. Betty was a champion for many people but I suspect single mothers had a special place in her heart. She would allow Jane to often bring Courtney to class when a babysitter was unavailable.

If you are in any way connected to contemporary higher education environments you’ll understand that just isn’t a reality anymore–especially in a Printmaking class with heavy equipment and chemicals. In a weird way, every time I go through rules and student handbook items at my school, I think of Betty’s kindness to my family and smile.

When moving to Tacoma last summer I had to organize many a portfolio and flat file and several hand-written grade sheets for Jane’s prints and drawings had Betty’s feedback and encouragement.

Please take a moment and review her art on her website.

We were both shocked and saddened to hear Betty passed away last week. A beautiful obituary written by her son in in the News Tribune and I encourage you to read it here.

She was a fixture in the 253 Art scene, the art education scene and clearly was very active politically, socially and charitably. Goodspeed Professor Ragan.

5 Day Art Challenge Part Two: Undergraduate Bronze Sculptures

  • February 20th, 2015

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At the University of Montana (1996-1998) I did some bronze casting. These two horses have some obvious visual connections to the ceramic pieces I showed from my childhood. They’re lost wax castings and also have strong connections to my current Symbiosis work–especially the adaptation/mutation in the quadrupeds.

The stylized horse on the left is called The Abasement of the Pursuit and has small human hands carved into the underside of the hooves (apologies for the flash shot). The horse on the right has human hands instead of hooves (as well as human arms) and an upside down heart symbol on his chest. This horse is called Praying Horse.

They remain some of my favorite works. In fact, I have two more horses, a mummified tree house and a stylized dragon that were all cast using a more sophisticated silica casting technology. All of these need additional work due to the metal freezing out. They will be uploaded later.

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5 Day Art Challenge Part One:

  • February 17th, 2015

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Erik Sandgren and Joanne Price both nominated me for the social media challenge to post my art across the years.

To begin we have two ceramic dinosaurs from when I was in 2nd Grade. The first is an Allosaurus in a landscape and the second is a lone Ankylosaurus.

Upcoming Show: Imaginature at Kirkland Art Center

  • January 19th, 2015

Grant PH Barber saw my work in Stacie Chappell’s curated exhibition Figural (Kirkland Art Center 2013). He asked if I would be interested in showing work in his January 2015 exhibition Imaginature.

The opening reception is Friday, January 23 at 6:00 PM at Kirkland Art Center.

Hours open:
Tuesday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturdays 11am-5pm
Grant selected Wolves in Kevlar for this exhibit.

William “Bill” Barker’s Schwa

  • September 25th, 2014

And now for something completely different:

Back in the early 1990s my friend Greg Flores brought me several zines called Rough Cut. These collaged and photocopied magazines had many images from Bill Barker’s Schwa books. I’ve been fascinated ever since and while I own the Schwa World Operations Manual and another published work–there are videos and images that haunt me that I cannot track down.

For a glimpse into Schwa: