This Just In – Dark Room Trio @ Western Bridge

Take a long lunch today and come see Dark Room Trio at Western Bridge.
They’ve released afternoon tickets for 12:15 and 1pm, available as free reservations at Brown Paper Tickets.

Crispin Spaeth returns to Western Bridge to re-imagine her 2006 dance work Dark Room as part of our spring exhibition Light in Darkness. This work for three dancers is presented in a space lit only in the infrared spectrum. The dancers perform sightlessly, seeking each other in the space with violent or searching gestures, then meeting for clinches or embraces. A small audience views the performance through night-vision scopes. Using this military technology, the audience is privileged with a view of the proceedings kept from the dancers, who are guided by hearing, touch, and memory.
The viewer must scan the performance space through the narrow field of vision of the scopes, finding the dancers as they move through the space, choosing which performer to focus on. The scope technology suggests various aggressive or illicit uses, themes that play out through the performance.

Western Bridge’s current exhibition Light in Darkness looks at light as a medium and subject in art. In darkened galleries, the only light is provided by the works themselves. All galleries are open before the performances.

The performance lasts 20 minutes and requires reservations. Please plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your reserved time for orientation to the night vision gear.

Dark Room was originally commissioned by Western Bridge in 2006. The lighting design is by Jon Harmon, and the score is composed by Yann Novak. Dark Room Trio will be performed by Annie Hewlett, Elia Mrak, and Kathryn Padberg.

First Thursday Fabulous

WOW! I looked at my calendar for today this morning, and all I can say is, well, WOW!

It’s First Thursday — which means admission to the Henry is FREE (It’s always suggested donation — but if you would like to “suggest” that you’re not paying anything, FREE First Thursday is an excellent day for YOU)

And not only is the Henry free on First Thursdays — lots of other folks are, too. Here’s a quick list:

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture * 10:00 am – 8:00 pm * http://www.burkemuseum…
Experience Music Project * 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm *
Museum of Flight * 10:00 am – 9:00 pm * http://www.museumoffli…
Museum of History and Industry * 10:00 am – 8:00 pm * http://www.seattlehist…
Northwest African-American Museum * 11:00 am – 7:00 pm *
Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame * 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm * http://www.sfhomeworld…
Seattle Art Museum * 10:00 am – 9:00 pm * http://www.seattleartm…/
Seattle Asian Art Museum * 10:00 am – 9:00 pm * http://www.seattleartm…
Wing Luke * 10:00 am – 8:00 pm *

  • Here at the Henry, ASUW is presenting a lunchtime music showcase from 11AM to 1 in the sculpture court with three bands: Hush’d Puppies, Audio District, and Grim Smiley. Also, Molly’s serves the best coffee (Stumptown) on campus — and sandwiches that exceed any and all sandwich expectations (The Farmer’s Daughter, with tart apples and sharp cheddar; The Classic Berty, with pork loin, caramelized onions, and marmalade…). The music is free, but you’ll have to pay for the coffee and sandwiches.
  • Later in the afternoon, the Henry hosts its Annual Meeting. The general public is invited to come at 4:45; and it’s a great chance to see our excellent Board of Trustees in action, review the past year – and hear more about what’s coming up.
  • Then, the real First Thursday-ness begins. Along with the Pioneer Square gallery walking, you can see THIS in Occidental Park, from 3PM until 8PM.
Sol Hashemi. Proposal for an Earthwork 2010
  • At Western Bridge, the newest chapter in the New Year saga is Jennifer West’s Flash Mountain:

New Year 10
Jennifer West
Opening Reception Thursday, June 3, 6–8pm
Artist Talk at 7pm
June 3 –12, 2010

For the tenth installment in New Year, Western Bridge’s series of two-week projects, Jennifer West presents a new film.

The source image for West’s film was made with the involuntary cooperation of Disney, whose automated camera photographed West and her three collaborators flashing while riding Disneyland’s Splash Mountain. This notoriously popular activity led Disney to assign employees to delete images of flashers before they showed up on the screen at the ride’s exit, but that crew was removed during a wave of layoffs this spring. Reading about these cutbacks in the Los Angeles Times, West conceived this new work. She rephotographed Disney’s image as the basis for Flash Mountain, her first film derived a still photograph. West’s working method involves staining and altering her films during production; Flash Mountain introduces a pun on the word “flash” through the use of solarization during both shooting and film processing.


Oh Western Bridge, Light up my Rocktober!

Solange Fabaio
Solange Fabião, “Amazônia – Projecting on Black,” 2008
Still from a 45-minute video with sound. Image courtesy of the artist

Light, Seeking Light
October 2 – December 20, 2008

Claire Cowie
Solange Fabião
Susan Philipsz
Mary Temple

Western Bridge
3412 Fourth Avenue South

Information and directions at

Susan Phillipsz
Susan Philipsz, “Here Comes Everybody,” 2008
4-channel audio installation. Image courtesy of Tanya Bonakdar

Last Chance!

You’ll miss that Skyspace Bouncehouse when it’s gone.
Last week of “You Complete Me” at Western Bridge

You Complete Me closes Saturday, August 2. The exhibiton includes work by Colleen Chartier, Christopher Chiappa, Matthew Cox, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Eli Hansen and Oscar Tuazon, Jeppe Hein, Alfredo Jaar, Christian Marclay, Mark Soo, Mungo Thomson, Jordan Wolfson, and Andreas Zybach.
Martin Creed,This is your last chance to bounce around in Mungo Thomson’s “Skyspace Bouncehouse,” to squirt gouache at the wall in Andreas Zybach’s “0 – 6.5 PS,” or to plow through the balloons of Martin Creed’s “Work No. 360: Half the Air in a Given Space” (at left).
Next up at Western Bridge is a four-artist presentation opening this fall. Work by Claire Cowie, Solange Fabião, Susan Philipsz, and Mary Temple will be on view October 2 through December 20.

Western Bridge is at 3412 Fourth Avenue South in Seattle’s Duwamish Industrial District. Our hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to six. More information, including directions, is available at and at 206-838-7444.

Down the tube

Western Bridge is hosting a lecture by exhibiting artist Andreas Zybach this coming Saturday, April 26 at 1. His work in the new show, 0 – 6.5 PS, is something I really look forward to experiencing. Read all about it over here – on Western Bridge’s website. The new exhibition there, You Complete Me opens this weekend. Check. it. out.

Here’s a note about Zybach from the aforementioned WB website:

Andreas Zybach, born in Switzerland and living in Berlin, creates sculptural constructions which permit or elicit the viewer’s interaction, from a market stall in Venice containing a single sweater (price: one sweater) to a platform suspended on balloons which can, when stood upon, inflate another balloon. At Western Bridge, he presents “0 – 6.5 PS”, a tunnel built of plywood and raw silk which harnesses the movement of viewers, without their knowledge, to create hydraulic pressure and to generate a wall painting. A Zybach work typically fluctuates between states: is it a model or the object itself? Is it a sculpture or a machine?

“My focus lies in the search for images or objects in which balances of power are displayed as forms,” Zybach has said in an interview with Daniel Baumann. His talk at Western Bridge will cover several of his earlier projects, his installation here, and his upcoming contribution to the Expo 2008 in Zaragosa, Spain.

Weekend Update

Lots to see and do this weekend, and since it’s Friday, and we’re making plans…

beyond this.

This is the FINAL weekend of Mouth Open, Teeth Showing.  See it before it’s gone, or, well, it’s gone.  Doug Aitken’s i am in you is calling; the stomping energy of Stephen Dean’s Volta; the creepy nostalgia of Zoe Leonard’s Mouth Open Teeth Showing; the orgasmic sweatiness of Tracey Rose’s T.K.O.; the connections, humor, and humanity of Joseph Grigley’s 101 White Conversations; the sticky goodness of Jeanne Dunning’s Icing… I could go on.  Just come see it before it’s over.

This is the FIRST weekend of Western Bridge’s AWESOME new show, Insubstantial Pageant Faded. Read Regina Hackett’s PI review here. Here are some photos from last night’s opening party:


Also not-to-be-missed:
 ‘Awesome’ has a show at Seattle Children’s Theater this weekend; GATZ is at On The Boards,  and Hug opens at The Frye, PLUS – if you like to dance to incredible 60s soul, go here; and local superhero and 2007 Henry Bash Committee Artist Christian French is having a studio sale on Sunday. That studio sale info doesn’t seem to be link-able, so contact him through his website if you’re interested: Here’s a picture, to give you a hint:

Christian French!