INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY – closing party tomorrow @ the Hedreen Gallery

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: a special project by Matthew Offenbacher and Yoko Ott

tomorrow (Wednesday March 17th), 5 – 8 pm
at the Hedreen Gallery
Seattle University
901 12th Avenue

Online exhibition catalogue here

With Isaac Layman, Ken Allan, Susie J. Lee, Robin Held, Saya Moriyasu, Charles Tung, Wynne Greenwood, Philip Thurtle, Claude Zervas, Christine Luscombe, Ben Waterman, Jason Wirth, Dan Webb, Greg Wilson, Philip Miner, Richard Gray, Emily Pothast, Kathleen Woodward, Mandy Greer, Lindsay Whitlow, Cris Bruch, John Carter, Heide Hinrichs and PJ Alaimo. ABOVE: Cris Bruch’s arrangement of John Carter’s research findings and mathematical equations supporting Experimental Evidence of Stable Wave Patterns on Deep Water, and Heavy Metal band playlists.

Exhibition runs through Saturday, March 20th

Gift Shop: Project #5

We gave love a bad name
We made a screaming masterpiece
Joe Plummer came up from Portland
At some moments, everything was illuminated
And it was loud

WORK SONG

Joe Plummer
Eric Fredericksen
Tyler Cufley
Ben Chickadel
Leo Saul Berk
Gretchen Bennett
March 3rd – March 14th

The Gift Shop


The Gift Shop Project #5 of 6

This is the fifth in a series of projects initiated and developed by Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher which have turned the abandoned Henry Art Gallery gift shop into an autonomous, artist-powered, alternative exhibition space. Goals include: involving a diverse and interesting group of artists; developing means and methods which acknowledge the contingent nature of this particular site; generating new understandings of what an exhibition can be; and enjoying the pleasure and energy generated by working together. This iteration of the gift shop may include a drumming residency and the spontaneous formation of new bands. gift.shop.project@gmail.com.

You’re special (so special)

The new La Norda Specialo is here! #6, yahoo and congratulations!

Hello friends. I’m very proud to announce the sixth issue of La Norda Specialo.

  • Conversations between Gretchen Bennett and Shaw Osha
  • Hollis Frampton: A Stipulation of Terms from Maternal Hopi
  • Nicholas Nyland with Saya Moriyasu, Akio Takamori, Maki Tamura : A Day in Cathay
  • Rebar Niemi: Heathen Screams into the Fire, Punishes Self, Moves On
  • D.W. Burnam: Unmediated Melancholy: Debra Baxter’s “point of zero preconception”

with illustrations by Nicholas, Rebar, Shaw, Gretchen, Dan Carrillo, and Matt Browning.
February 2010. Printed in Seattle, Washington, USA.
4 – 8.5 x 14″ double-sided pages on pink paper, 500 copies.

Available free in Seattle: at Ambach and Rice, Greg Kucera Gallery, near the lockers at the Henry Art Gallery, in women’s bathroom at The Hideout, Howard House, James Harris Gallery, Lawrimore Projects, SOIL Cooperative Art Gallery, and Western Bridge; and in Portland, Oregon: at the Cooley Gallery at Reed College.

Also available free by mail, by sending a SASE envelope to 1402 NE 63rd St. Seattle Wa. 98115 (regular business-sized envelope with two 44 cent stamps please).

This issue has been supported by a generous grant from 4Culture. The website is made possible by the kind sponsorship of Jon Kvistad. La Norda is now being printing on a RISO High Speed Digital Duplicator awesomely donated by Sean O’Connell of the Witt Company. The contributing artists have donated substantial amounts of their time, effort and expertise.

For back issues and further information: www.thenorthernspecial.org

Opening Friday Evening: The Atlas of Gifted Ideas

The Atlas of Gifted Ideas
Opening this Friday, 7pm

The Gift Shop
An atlas is usually a collection of maps, charts and tables, most commonly of the earth’s geography, but there are also atlases of the solar system, moons and planets and things further out. In the end, an atlas is a collection of visual material and text on any subject of interest. Atlas is the brother of Prometheus. Prometheus plays with fire and Atlas has to hold up the skies; he creates space and separates the divine from everyday experience; his duty is not to mix up things and to keep the overview. Our atlas consists of a selection of ideas, sent to us by people we know and others we don’t, from Seattle, Missoula and Berlin — poems, drawings, photographs, xeroxes and essays. We kindly invite you to visit this black and white constellation.

Damali Abrams, Gretchen Bennett, Buddy Bunting, Jennifer Combe, Kate Costello, Claire Cowie, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Carola Deye, Stefaan Dheedene, Dahlia Elsayed, Richard Gleaves, Michelle Hagewood, Elizabeth Haines, Alfred Harris, Jenny Heishman, Benno Hinkes, Naotaka Hiro, Allison Hrabluik, Barbora Klímová, Leora Lutz, Sid M. Duenas,
Rebar Niemi, Melanie Noel, Nicholas Nyland, William Owen, Matthew Offenbacher, Vesna Pavlovic, Barak Reiser, Susan Robb, Rob Schlegel, Mary Simpson, Simpson/Meade, Steven Sewell, Max Sudhues, Maki Tamura, Jo-ey Tang, Regina Weiß, and Julia Zay

Edited by Heide Hinrichs & Shaw Osha
On view until Sunday, January 17th


The Gift Shop Project #3 of 6

This is the third in a series of projects initiated and developed by Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher which have turned the abandoned Henry Art Gallery gift shop into an autonomous, artist-powered, alternative exhibition space. Goals include: involving a diverse and interesting group of artists; developing means and methods which acknowledge the contingent nature of this particular site; generating new understandings of what an exhibition can be; and enjoying the pleasure and energy generated by working together. Artists! You do not have to accept the context which you are given. Create your own context! gift.shop.project@gmail.com

Paint the Town!

Margie Livingston, Daylight with red gel (2008), oil on canvas on panel

Projections: Margie Livingston and Matthew Offenbacher Paint the Town

This projections event examines the current state of painting in contemporary art and culture. Seattle artists Margie Livingston and Matthew Offenbacher will moderate an evening of short slide presentations by local painters, focusing on what people are currently looking at and thinking about, creating an idiosyncratic overview of the field.

Presenters include:

Betty Merken

Cable Griffith

Chris Crites

Colleen Hayward

Elise Richman

Eric Elliot

Erik Peterson

Gillian Theobald

Joey Veltkamp

Ken Kelly

Kiki MacInnis

Kimberly Trowbridge

Lisa Buchanan

Margie Livingston

Mark Miller

Matt Offenbacher

Nicholas Nyland

Pamm Hanson

Philip Miner

Robert Hardgrave

Scott Foldesi

Shaw Osha

Susanna Bluhm

Tim Cross

Whiting Tennis

Event details: Tomorrow, Friday 12/11, 7PM, Education Studio @ Henry Art Gallery. Henry members and students FREE, general admission $5.

Matthew Offenbacher, Untitled (2009), oil and acrylic on stainguard cotton

Shop News

What the $@#* is going on in the Henry’s museum shop?
As many of you may remember, we bid a very fond adieu to Peter Miller at the Henry a year ago last May. We miss them. We’ve brainstormed and schemed and dreamed about possible uses for the space – and making the Henry’s lobby a more exciting, accomodating, and welcoming space. Meanwhile, artist Matthew Offenbacher approached the Henry with the aforementioned question, and a proposal. And he’s started his work already – the windows are changing by the hour and the energy and excitement he’s bringing into the museum are so totally welcome!

Welcome Matt and many, many thanks for having such good ideas and spending time with is here at the Henry!
We can’t wait to see how it goes.

gift shop
Matthew Offenbacher. Study for The Gift Shop, 2009

The Gift Shop
August 27th – early 2010

With the open-minded spirit of experimentation you’ve come to expect from the Henry, we are excited to welcome visitors to the Henry with a new project that exemplifies the Henry’s goal to serve as a laboratory for new ideas.  Seattle-based Artist Matthew Offenbacher approached the Henry with a very basic question and statement “What is going on in the bookstore? I have an idea for that space!” What will happen over the next few months is yet to be seen.

“The Henry museum shop has been in deep hibernation since last year, an inaccessible space of institutional dreaming, a snoring lacuna in the museum’s lobby—but not for much longer. Beginning the last week in August this project will turn up the temperature, transforming the shop into a hot house, a catalyst, an incubator for Northwest artists. Exhibitions will fall like dominoes: a cascading cavalcade of adventurous, collaborative, celebratory artistic energy. How do artists work together? What can an art exhibition do? What is an audience? Who are you? What can we learn from each other? I hope you’ll join us.”
-Matthew Offenbacher