Tacoma, WATacoma Art Museum (TAM) debuts new and recent works by 24 regional artists in NW Art Now @ TAM, opening May 14. This exhibition highlights the current moment in Northwest visual arts with works that illuminate and respond to the social and environmental forces shaping our regional identity. Through their work, artists reveal tensions, provoke, delight, and inspire us to understand the challenging and urgent concerns of today. See how those themes appear in contemporary art through this special exhibition, on view through September 4, 2016.

“For the past 40 years, TAM has conducted regular surveys of contemporary art in the Northwest. We are proud that TAM takes on this important role to survey the art of our time and of our region,” said Stephanie Stebich, Executive Director at TAM.

Although the frequency and titles of TAM’s regional survey exhibitions has varied, the focus has remained constant – showcasing the achievements and advances made by artists working in the Northwest. Artists, curators, collectors, arts instructors, students, and art fans eagerly look forward to the surveys. You’d need to visit 24 art studios from Boise to Walla Walla and Seattle to Portland to see all of the works that NW Art Now @ TAM brings together in one stop in Tacoma.

How does a regional visual arts survey come together? Last winter, TAM issued an open call to artists, inviting them to submit digital images along with written statements about their work. Nearly 300 artists responded. This is a juried exhibition, meaning that the applications were reviewed and narrowed based on how the artworks and practices reflected the themes and goals of the exhibition. The co-curators then visited the studios or conference called each of the semi-finalists. The resulting show includes 24 artists and 47 works in a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, craft-based work, as well as conceptual, performance, installation, and digital projects. Eleven of the original works will be on view for the very first time.

“It is fascinating to see how artists reach beyond the region and bring deep knowledge of contemporary art from around the world into their practices. They are raising the bar in really important ways,” observed Rock Hushka, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary and Northwest Art at Tacoma Art Museum. “These artists are changing our expectations about the role of art in shaping Northwest identity.”

The exhibition is co-curated by Hushka and Juan Roselione-Valadez, D

Posted May 20th, 2016

Puzzles and Portraits at Greg Kucera Gallery

Puzzles and Portraits

Greg Kucera Gallery
January 7 – February 20, 2016

PUZZLE – A PAINTING IN 150 PARTS is just that—a large, singular puzzle now broken into its individual, but constituent, parts.  Each puzzle piece was laser cut from a plywood blank, assembled as a whole, then painstakingly painted as a large image encompassing all the parts.

Now the pieces are presented in the gallery as separate parts. Each part is also its own unique whole, whether completely abstract, or depicting elements of landscape, still life or figurative imagery.

Viewers will not know what the complete image is until 2021 when the work is reassembled and exhibited as a complete pictorial whole for the first time publicly.  Until then, only the artists will have ever seen it whole.

For the SEARS PORTRAITS, the trio of SuttonBeresCuller, have relied on Sears photo department and their own various individual skills for make-up, costume and concept to create myriad views of themselves in different guises.  The artists would regularly schedule time at Sears with their ideas, props, clothing and cosmetics, and then work with the much amused or annoyed technicians there to snap their photographs.

Their costume choices include Mexican wrestler “Luchadores,” Seahawks fans, Mariners players, graduates, and even bridesmaids. They may be wearing gas masks, Groucho Marx masks, orange jail suits, goofy striped sweaters, Burger King crowns, or simply aluminum foil.   Elaborate make-up shows them as ghosts, vampires, or with gory bruises, cuts and black eyes.  They employ a number of alter egos including themselves as old men, cowboys, NASCAR fans, construction workers, or junior businessmen.  Or revealing facial expressions, postures or attitudes that are hard to pin down exactly but suggestive of the range that accomplished actors can convey.  In some of the most touching photos, the three men are shown juxtaposed to their own fathers, wearing the same outfits.  As the artists have aged over the 13 years this series has spanned thus far, the images become telling portraits of the artists as young men, and now middle aged men.

Posted January 16th, 2016

Exquisite Corpse: Planthouse Gallery

Exquisite Corpse

January 8 – February 17, 2016

55 West 28th Street, New York, NY  10001

Planthouse Gallery is pleased to present its upcoming group exhibition, Exquisite Corpse, an artful modern day collage of ‘pictorial consequences’, which accompanies the release of its first children’s book publication, 43 Monsters. Please join us for the opening reception on Friday, January 8th.

The Exquisite Corpse, derived from the French expression “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau” (or, “the exquisite corpse shall now drink the new wine”) is an exercise in improvisational intrigue that has challenged the agendas of artists since it was purportedly invented by André Breton and his Surrealist companions as a parlor game in the early th century. Traditionally, the Exquisite Corpse involves a rotating piece in poetic or visual form that is initiated by one artist, then continued by another, and finished by a third. The limitation of the ‘game’ is that the successive artists see only a fragment of the previous drawing upon which to elaborate, thus resulting in a playful, imaginative, and surprising image that is more than the sum of its parts. For our version of this experiment, we’ve invited  Planthouse veterans and friends to partner with artists and media of their choosing. The collective collaborations complete — along an essay by Night at the Museum and Dinner for Schmucks screen- writer David Guion—the veritable  ‘monsters’. Planthouse is delighted to manifest our own uncer- tain iteration of this game in homage to the cheeky humor of our new book 43 Monsters, which features the whimsical 1970’s childhood illustrations of Chuck Webster and a comic text by Arthur Bradford.

Exquisite Corpse Artists:

Richard Dupont, Carol Bove, Enoc Perez, Greg Foley, Will Cotton, Nathan Fox, Jamisen Ogg, Ryan Fenchel, Caleb Lyons, Victoria Haven, Dawn Cerny, Daft Kuntz, Ian Cooper, Libby Rothfeld, Paula Rondon, Naho Taruishi, Tatiana Istomina, Arturs Virtmanis, Robert Medvedz, Teresa Lui, Adam Raymont, Martha Lewis, Melissa Marks, Eva Mantell, Chuck Webster, James Siena, B. Wurtz, Alex Dodge, Glen Baldridge, Louise Sheldon, Martin Mazorra, Jenny Schmid, Damara Kaminecki, Ellen Driscoll, Selena Kimball, Stephanie Snider, Katherine Bradford, John Mitchell, Caroline Wells Chandler, SuttonBeresCuller, and David Guion.

Posted December 19th, 2015

Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture

Re-Living The City

12/04/2015 – 2/28/2015

We are proud to participate in the UABB.  Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (UABB) is currently the only biennial exhibition in the world to be based exclusively on the set themes of URBANISM AND URBANIZATION. Coorganized by the two neighboring and closely interacting cities of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, UABB situates itself within the regional context of the rapidly urbanizing Pearl River Delta, concerns itself with globally common urban issues, extensively communicates and interacts with the wider public, is presented using expressions of contemporary visual culture, and engages international, avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest.

The 2015 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture (SZ) will take place at the site of the former Dacheng Flour Factory in the Shekou district of Shenzhen, a declining factory complex built in 1980s.


Posted December 3rd, 2015

“Duwamish II” Featured for Seattle Art Fair

Seattle Art Fair

Thursday, July 30 – Sunday, August 2 | All Day 

In 2001, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) listed the Lower Duwamish River – a five-mile stretch through South Seattle – a federal Superfund site. During the Seattle Art Fair, SuttonBeresCuller will feature Billboards from the The Duwamish Photo Series, which grew out of research and testing being done on- site for the project Mini Mart City Park, a community-focused, brownfield revitalization project.

Image credit: SuttonBeresCuller, “Duwamish II” 2009

Posted July 28th, 2015