Press release for my show at The Telephone Room

The Telephone Room Gallery presents “Is You Is?” New Drawings by Blake Haygood.

November 4 – 30, 2009

“The title of my show, “Is You Is,” comes from the Louis Jordan song “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t (My Baby).” The question for me is not about my love life but about my career as an artist. After being a co-founder and co-owner of Platform Gallery in Seattle for 5 years, I began to ask myself, am I primarily a gallery owner or an artist? It became increasingly clear that I would need to make a choice and fully commit to one or the other. I left Platform at the end of July to focus on my art. Luckily for me the good people at the Telephone Room in Tacoma offered me a slot in their schedule. I’ll be integrating my drawings of disintegrating/reforming mechanical/organic objects into the space. This is my first solo show with all new work since last showing at Platform in January 2005.”  —Blake Haygood

(Image: Blake Haygood, “Is You Is?”, gouache and graphite on rag board, 2009. Photo courtesy the Telephone Room Gallery.)

The Telephone Room Gallery’s focus is to exhibit art. We host openings where you can see the art, talk with the artists, enjoy refreshments, and it’s free. Hope to see you soon.

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The Telephone Room is the world’s second-smallest art gallery at 12 ½ square feet. It is located in a Dutch Colonial home in Tacoma and since 1930, its sole purpose has been to house a black rotary dial telephone. Until now…

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