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(Closed Sunday/Monday except for special occasions.)
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$1 off all drinks. $3 Washington Wines. $3 Wells(!) Some new food specials.
December Art Show:
Rattle My Cage Opens Thursday, December 10, 2009 (show runs through 1/3/10) Curated by Sierra Stinson
A cage is an enclosure that restricts freedom and confines a living thing (lion cage or prison) or it can contain and protect something from the outside world (human rib cage, shark cage, casino cage). Sierra Stinson has gathered eight west coast artists for their interpretations of “Rattle My Cage.” Many are graduates of Cornish College of the Arts, and Gretchen Bennett has been an instructor. They have each created their own body of work within a range of mediums that creates a cohesive and diverse exhibition.”
Stinson says, “Growing up, I thought the term 'Rattle My Cage' meant something that impacted and affected a change in perception that was paramount, hence the 'rattling.' It was always a positive force inside my head and heart. Since then, I have come to learn each individual’s perspective of this common term varies from quite negative and disturbing to inspiring and calming.
November Art: "We Built This To Leave", Sharon Arnold, Trevor Johnson, Ryan Molenkamp
Opens Friday, November 6, 2009
Show runs through 11/28/09
This show speaks to the obsessive creator in all of us. From our youngest memory of playing with blocks to the daily compartmentalization of our lives we are always building, organizing, and making something new. Each artist in this show explores what we are all so busy building, why we are compelled to do so, how those creations impact the environment, and what becomes of the left over materials.
Sharon Arnold’s pieces exhibit the work of an artist whose focus is process itself. Her obsessive works allude to both individual and industrial labor. The resulting sculptures and drawings carry a sense of the time and effort put in by the vast laborious, repetitive efforts of the artist.
She is founder of the art blog and subscription projects
Dimensions Variable/LxWxH, an artist-driven public project based on the discussion and promotion of locally-based art and literature. The project's primary function is to engage artists and viewers together through art and philosophy using the website as access to an artistic community.
Sharon Arnold's work stems from unique and repetitive applications of traditional and non-traditional uses of paper and printmaking. Her imagery manifests as fictional cartography, combining methods of mapping with the idea of place. http://dimensionsarevariable.blogspot.com/
Trevor Johnson’s formal exploration of discarded Styrofoam packing materials speak to the reuse of objects that would otherwise be landfill. The improvisational methods used to create his sculptures may seem akin to playing with blocks, but their elegant compositions show a mature, elegant consideration for building that can only come from practice.
paintings vary in their approach from seemingly harmonious explorations of structured forms inhabiting landscape to more perilous scenes of conflict between man-made structure and environment.
Ryan has previously exhibited his graphite and oil paintings at Vermillion in November of 2008 to wide acclaim. He has also run the Fat Tiger studio in the 619 building and is a contributing writer to CityArts Magazine.
Thanks to everyone who participated. Look for the winner on the City Market sandwich board next week.
Costume contest winner:
"Mud Zombie". Second Place: "9", Third Place: Princess Leia
Saturday Oct. 31, 2009 PopWreck Halloween Party! Come dressed as your favorite popwreck. Prizes!
Costume Contest - Dress as your favorite
Or whatever else you do every year.
Pumpkin Carving Contest: Bring your carved pumpkins for display at the gallery all week prior to the party.
Art Show featuring City Market Posters
ALL for sale with proceeds going to True Family Womens Cancer Center at Swedish Hospital Cancer Institute.
Prizes include: Vermillion Gift Certificates, City Market Gift Basket,
AND a POSTER PORTRAIT done by CAIN MOREHEAD
City Market-Style. Hang it on the CM sandwich board or just take it home!
MARK MUELLER - "MODERN JOURNALISM" Ends Wednesday, 10/28
"Modern Journalism" reflects the landscapes of our industrial neighborhoods in a style that is reminiscent of the early American Modernists who affirmed the power of human beings to create, improve, and reshape their environment with the aid of scientific knowledge, technology and practical experimentation. In this instance, Mark Mueller uses "Modern" to reference the optimistic superficiality of our time and "Journalism" to explain the occasionally negative cynicism that passes for nostalgia. Mueller’s industrial facades are bent with cubist perspective into lyrical constructions and muted abstract expressionism out of graphite, oils and lead.
New Cityscapes by Ann Duffy
As Seen in the
Show runs through 09/27/09
Also featuring Randal Owen Hutchinson in the hall
Vermillion is proud to present New Cityscapes by local painter Ann Duffy. Duffy paints seemingly straightforward scenes that are Hyperrealist snapshots in time often with utilitarian cars, long stretches of empty roadway, glimpses of iconographic buildings, or humorously altered roadway signage as the theme.
Regina Hackett says, "… Ann Duffy paints light…She's a realist who orchestrates each scene as if it were a modest piece of chamber music. In a world full of losses, her light can still take your breath away."
Her subtle, pictorial elements and unusual sense of place gives a recognizable subject like a truck driving down Airport way in Georgetown an eerie stillness, capturing motion and shaping dark outlines at dusk. With just a sliver of an "S" on an historical neon sign as reference, anyone who has been at that exact location will find it undeniably familiar, especially given that the perspective is unadulterated and natural to the eye and about as unremarkable as glancing out the window. But then the satisfaction of nostalgia seeps in, in a way that is not clichéd and one is left to wonder among other things, whether that place still exists. It does.
Also for September...
Randal Owen Hutchinson - Manifest Destiny
"Manifest Destiny" addresses the issue of Seattle's changing landscape. Randal uses photography and photographs as well as a background in printmaking to meld images that commemorate memory, place and ideal or a blend in all things.
Found: A Collection of Creatures and Curiosities
Creative process leaves many ideas fallen in its wake. Shadows are all that remain. But there is treasure within tragedy. Once beloved but long since discarded, gathered findings and detailed studies find new life and reinterpretation. This collection of painting, sculptural forms, video, and installation work reveals the narratives that emerge as previously discarded elements are brought back to life. Please join us.
About Digital Kitchen Digital Kitchen
is a creative agency that focuses on film production, experiential design, motion graphics, brand identity, and interactive work for marketing and entertainment. Based in Seattle, Digital Kitchen has created experiential campaigns for Target and Microsoft, broadcast spots for hundreds of leading brands, interactive work for AT&T, Budweiser, and Mercedes, and the Emmy Award-winning main titles for "Dexter" and "Six Feet Under".
Troy Gua: Do You See Me?
Seattle Artist Troy Gua Begs The Question "Do You See Me?" At Capitol Hill’s Vermillion
Seattle, Washington (June 9, 2009) - Vermillion is proud to present Seattle artist Troy Gua in "Do You See Me?" opening Thursday, July 9th at 6:00 p.m. Following a successful run at Seattle Art Museum Sales and Rental Gallery and a well-received showing at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, Troy Gua switches gears and takes a break from his popular ‘Pop Hybrid’ series to present a solo show of new work inspired by the online social networking phenomenon, the human desire for validation and his own forthright pursuit of notoriety.
Fed by Troy’s fascination with fame and Facebook, this challenging new work has culminated into several series and introduces, among other things, a multi-pieced look at the internet’s shocking ability to reveal truths, a grouping of "flesh" covered canvases alluding to the struggle for self expression and individuality and a series of large scale photo-based portraits of people instrumental in Troy’s race for notability, including Vermillion’s Diana Adams, artist/entrepreneur Greg Lundgren, SAM Gallery’s Barbara Shaiman, artist/writer Joey Veltkamp and Troy’s beloved wife Catherine.
Troy’s statement for ‘Do You See Me?’: "Viral fame. Digital personas. Social networking obsessions. What we choose to see, what we choose to show and the universal human need for validation. This man’s personal quest for recognition and esteem. I’m Troy Gua. Do you see me?"
Troy has been steadily gaining exposure in the Seattle art scene and has recently been invited into the 8th Annual PONCHO Invitational Fine Art Auction, recognized with a Special Award at the Art Port Townsend Juried Art Show by SAM Gallery Director Barbara Shaiman, included in the Expressions West show at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon by Gage Academy’s Gary Faigin, presented in Volumes Four and Five of The Open Studios Press’ Studio Visit Magazine, and has been featured in several local online and printed arts publications, including being chosen as the subject of this January’s "Curator’s Eye" piece in City Arts Magazine by Greg Lundgren. "I think what thrills me about Troy Gua and what is most interesting to me is watching him experiment and explore…" Greg Lundgren – "Curator’s Eye," January 2009 In candid disclosure of his fixations, desires and dreams this July at Capitol Hill’s Vermillion, The Stranger’s "new favorite place," Troy Gua side-steps the expected in his new solo show, promising experimentation and exploration in abundance whilst beseeching his audience, "Do you see me?" To find out more, please visit www.troygua.com or email Troy directly at email@example.com.
Vermillion is located in Seattle's Capitol Hill's neighborhood at 1508 11th Avenue and is open Tuesday through Sunday, 4pm until late.
Katherine Dyke photographs hand-made fantastical landscapes that create a sense of wonder and attract curiosity. The handpainted backdrops and large scale of the prints themselves defy the mind's logical understanding of what is real in these photos. She received her MFA from Columbia College Chicago where she taught courses in Experimental Techniques in Photography.
Shaun Kardinal documents his unique experience of common, ubiquitous moments photographing his performances of daily rituals, both intimate and mundane. The artist aims to reveal himself as one and all: the man and the anyman.
Shaun co-founded Some Space Gallery and has been the designer and is the web developer for Davidson Galleries, Seattle's premier print gallery. He is also a contributing member to Crawl Space, an artist-run gallery on Capitol Hill. He has exhibited work in and around Seattle, Los Angeles and New York, including exhibitions at SAM Gallery, SOIL and Howard House.
is a recent UW graduate and is having a solo show at
in January 2010.
is a self taught photographer living in Seattle whose work was recently featured on the cover of The Stranger.
Joseph Anthony Velazquez
currently lives and works in Seattle as a preschool teacher. He also works as a freelance photographer for Full Circle Farms and their CSA program, in Carnation WA.
The Artwalk is renewed. From the
Blitz Website: "BLITZ is a Capitol Hill event. It's a showcase--the best of visual, music, and performance arts. It's simultaneous open houses at our neighborhood's vital businesses/venues. It's where you want to be on the second Thursday of every month!"
Download a PDF with a list and map of all the venues
Vermillion Gallery in conjunction with Desmadre Arte present "Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives in America", a group show of emerging artists who are incorporating Latino cultural themes within urban contemporary works. This exhibition is a view into the rich, yet subtle manner in which Latino culture exists in modern American life. The artists participating are influenced through a multitude of references showing elements of the Mexican social realism of Orozco and Rivera, the pop of Warhol and Cuban agit propagandist Rene Medeiros, saturday morning cartoons, paño art, tattoo's, and graffiti in all of it's manifestations.
There has been a growing underground for Latino artists, centered mainly in the West Coast, that has become increasingly tied with the contemporary Urban art community. These artists have been incorporating imagery and themes that relate to their Hispanic heritage and the American experience. While for many the Spanish language has been sacrificed in efforts to assimilate, there are other ties to a shared past that consistently appear in many of the works included in "Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives in America". Many of the artists explore the strong family experiences that factor heavily in the Latino community, ranging from the mundane family celebrations that mark the calendar to the strong female presence that anchors so many families. These experiences are what connect the past to the present and on to the future.
As we head into this 21st century there has been a departure from the old cultural identities. We are seeing what curator Nicholas Bourriard calls the "Creolization" of culture, a blending of various traditional cultures with some local specific contemporary elements. This show is equally about this moment in history, a time in which America is living up to it's promise to be the worlds melting pot, as it is about any given culture. There is a sense of reinvention present in much of the work by the artists participating in the show, an urge to respect the past while pushing forward to forge new means to celebrate their heritage.
Desmadre Arte - Desmadre Arte is a collective effort by curators Jose Tapia and Damion Hayes and artist Julio Guerrero to showcase emerging artists who are incorporating traditional latino cultural themes within contemporary works. Our goal is to shed light on a growing movement amongst latino artists who are exploring and incorporating cultural roots while creating work that expresses the 21st century realities and complexities of life. To do this we are producing art shows that revolve around these themes as well as maintain our website to showcase the artists we feel best represent these Ideals.