Hanging out with Adam Satushek’s photos at Platform

Stephen is on vacation (well deserved) and I’m sitting the gallery for him today. I get to spend time with Adam’s exceptional photos.

Helicopter, archival pigment print, 40 x 63 inches, 2009, edition of 5

From the press release:

Adam Satushek pays close attention to the ways that human beings influence their surroundings through the traces that are left behind and the impact on the landscape from behaviors, movements, and alterations. His work captures the odd and unintended intersections of common, forgotten objects with the natural environment; an environment which then must bear the mark of that uninvited partnership and struggle mightily to maintain its dignity.

They are LARGE and beautifully printed. And odd – in a good way.

Adam’s photos are on view through May 8, 2010 at Platform Gallery.


In January Rebecca and I got to visit briefly with Marc Dombrosky and Shannon Eakins at Marc’s show at Platform. My post about “Neverland” here. They have relocated to Las Vegas while Shannon pursues her MFA. We miss them.

Marc recently sent me a gift of one of his lovely embroidered pieces. Thanks Marc! I have it in the studio beside a pair of Marc and Shannon’s “Tacoma Drinkers.”  These are leather beer holsters that attach to your belt loops for two fisted drinking.

It should say "Wet Beer."

Plus we have this:

T-Town should by a gross of these!

We hope to visit them in Vegas soon.

Michael Schall and Dan Webb.

Michael Schall at Platform. Makes you want to put down your pencil, this guy is that good. Not just little drawings, either. Case in point:

Battle at Sea, graphite on paper, 70 x 94 inches, 2008

The detail is crazy, plus he gets some serious shadow:

Hoover Dam, graphite on paper, 36 x 60 inches, 2010

Then, when you are finished with THAT pile of rigor and dedication, check out Dan Webb’s show at Greg Kucera Gallery. Get another dose, this time the sculptural equivalent.

FORTRESS, 2009 Carved wood (Cedar) 44 X 28 X 29 inches

Check out this beauty:

WOODYLION, 2009 Carved Redwood 32 x 14 x 11 inches

Now it’s time to go back to the studio and get to work. Or, if you’re a collector – get out the checkbook.

Goodbye Telephone Room

It was fun while it lasted.

I took my show Is You Is? down this Sunday. I got to hang out a bit with Heide Fernandez-Llamazares and Ellen Ito, two of the three that make the Telephone Room run (Marty Gengenbach being the third).  We talked about yurts, snowboarding and football. And other things. Before and after pictures below.


Is You Is? installation shot
Is You Is? through the door


Sorry Telephone Room! I took part of the ceiling when I removed my drawing.

Thanks Telephone Room!

Their next show is For the Birds by Elise Richman January 8 – 31, 2010.

Check it out.

Marc Dombrosky at Platform

I’m excited to see Marc’s show Neverland at Platform Gallery tomorrow at First Thursday.

FOR SALE 2009, Embroidery on found cardboard box. 12 x 13 x 19.5 inches

He’s back from Las Vegas where he and Shannon Eakins are living while she gets her MFA. We miss ’em and look forward to catching up tomorrow night.

There are many other good shows including Yuki Nakamura and Gretchen Bennett at Howard House. For more complete coverage hit Best Of, Another Bouncing Ball and Jen Graves.

Congrats Marc! I’ll see you  there.

Get ’em While They’re Hot!

Platform Gallery “Holiday Gift” suggestions! Kelly Mark, Scott Fife, Ariana Page Russell, and William Powhida.

A new edition from Kelly Mark, get yours today!

	Exist (2009) Powder coated aluminum with LED lights; 7.5 x 12 x 2 inches 2009 Edition of 25 + 2 AP
Exist (2009) Powder coated aluminum with LED lights; 7.5 x 12 x 2 inches 2009 Edition of 25 + 2 AP

Hurry,  because you don’t want to miss Ross Sawyers’ show at Platform which is only up until November 28th!

Untitled Archival pigment print, 2008, 30 x 24 in.; edition of 10
Untitled Archival pigment print, 2008, 30 x 24 in.; edition of 10

Seattle Reminds Me of Montreal

Well, not really but something IN Seattle did take my mind back to Montreal. Rebecca and I visited Montreal back in 2005.  We visited the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and were wowed by L’Envers des apparences or The Wrong Side of Appearances.

I had seen Tim Lee’s work in Seattle before, and soon after returning I was actually in a show with Kelly Mark at COCA called Wish, curated by Jim O’Donnell.  Then Kelly appeared at the Henry in 2006. Her  website here. Then at Platform in 2008. Can you tell I like her work? Note: I was a part owner of Platform from 2004-2009.

Ok, ok. The reason for this post. Last week I went to see the Sutton, Beres, Culler show at Lawrimore Project. Jen Graves blogs about the show at The Stranger. Go see it.

They have a piece in the back called pPod:

pPod 2007 Fiberglas, aluminum, vinyl, security cameras, CB radio, audio system, LCD monitors, steel, rubber, Plexiglas  48 x 30 x 78 inches
pPod, 2007 fiberglas, aluminum, vinyl, security cameras, CB radio, audio system, LCD monitors, steel, rubber, Plexiglas 48 x 30 x 78 inches

It is a very well appointed, highly portable personal space. As you gaze into it you can hear the stereo play. It’s a fun piece.

It reminded me of this piece by Yannick Pouliot, titled Le Courtisan.

2002 Wood, painted plaster, luster and soundtrack 199 x 47 x 47
Le Coutisan, 2002 wood, painted plaster, luster and soundtrack 199" x 47" x 47"

As  we meandered through the museum we kept hearing music start then abruptly stop. We finally came up this tall ramshackle octagon with exposed 2″ x 4″s and plywood. When people opened the tall, skinny door and went in there was a flash of light and music.  So with a sense of trepidation (who knows what you’ll be confronted with in a museum) I stepped in.  The chandelier lights up, music (classical baroque I think) blares and you are confronted with this highly refined but tiny space. You have enough room to turn around and look up. Completely took me by surprise. I keep wishing I will see it again someday.

Happy Friday!