Louis Jordan

I learned about Louis Jordan when I worked as a cook for a Tex-Mex resaurant in Juneau, AK in the earl 90’s.  The Telephone Room has a nice post about Jordan here complete with a video of the Muppets covering one of his songs. Regina Hackett linked to Louis Jordan’s Is You Is or Is You Ain’t (My Baby) in her post about my show at The Telephone Room . The show ends November 30th.

Below, another on of my Louis Jordan favorites.



The Studio

My studio door - very welcoming.

I thought I’d post a few photos of my studio with work in progress for my Telephone Room show. I have a great space – it has no street presence, yet has these high windows that let in lots of natural light.

Really high ceilings…

You can see I’m very neat and tidy. That’s Don Deleva’s painting above the door.

The three main drawings for The Telephone Room

Here are the small drawings in progress

My Show At The Telephone Room

Is You Is? at The Telephone Room

My installation “Is You Is?” at The Telephone Room in Tacoma. I have a drawing that covers the ceiling, which means I had to remove the light fixture, cut a hole in my drawing, and hope to hell I measured correctly. I Did. Whew. I completed the installation by putting a drawing in the window and in the alcove under the phone, placing 10 small drawings on the shelves under the window and one on the shelf by the door.

Yep, it really is a telephone room with a WORKING rotary phone. It is in someone’s home and it measures something like 33″ wide by 63″ deep. That someone is Heide Fernandez-Llamazares and along with Marty Gengenbach and Ellen Ito form the team responsible for this great little space.

It was a fun opening – they even provided me with some bourbon to get through my pre-opening jitters on Wednesday night.

Thanks Telephone Room!

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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Heide Fernandez-Llamazares
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 Deatail of large drawing for Telephone Room show

My first post. Took me long enough. Weeks, probably months. Had to reload WordPress a few times. Made lots of mistakes. Typical.

Some of you may know that I was a co-founder and co-owner of Platform Gallery in Seattle, which opened in 2004. No longer. I have just one hat now. Stephen Lyons is manning the helm at Platform and is now the sole owner. I wish him well. I expect great things and know he will deliver them. Here is what local art critic Regina Hackett said about my leaving the gallery on her blog, Another Bouncing Ball.

I have my first solo show (of new work) since 2005 at The Telephone Room.

I am in a works on paper show at SAM Gallery through November 6th, 2009