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4Culture Announces the 2018-2019 Gallery Season

Gallery 4Culture and Storefront Media Gallery to feature new artists


4Culture showcases the work of regional and national artists in two unique spaces that are free and open to the public. We are excited to announce that artists have been selected for the upcoming Gallery 4Culture season (September 2018 through July 2019) and for the Storefront Media Gallery season (April 2018 through April 2019). Both venues issue an annual call for artists and applicants are selected through a peer panel review process.

Gallery 4Culture

Gallery 4Culture has a 39-year history of exhibiting innovative, underrepresented artists and art forms in solo and small-group shows. Jurors Satpreet Kahlon, Paul Rucker, and Emily Zimmerman reviewed applications submitted through our recent open call process and selected 10 King County-based artists for the season.

Lawrence Pitre
September 6-27, 2018
Opening: Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm

Lawrence Pitre’s series of historical paintings We Are One honors the legacy and diversity of Seattle’s Central District from 1840 to the present day.

Haein Kang
October 4-25, 2018
Opening: Thursday, October 4, 6-8pm

Illusion is an instrument controlled by Alpha brain waves, which originate from the visual cortex during wakeful relaxation with closed eyes. Haein Kang’s interactive installation integrates percussion instruments, video projection, and EEG signals.

Haein Kang. Illusion: You can hear but you can’t see, 2017. Multimedia installation. Dimensions variable.

Kristen Ramirez
November 1-December 7, 2018
Opening: Thursday, November 1, 6-8pm
Closing: Thursday, December 6, 6-8pm

Kristen Ramirez brings together screen prints, neon, and a suite of sandwich boards in Mapping & Mocking the Anthropocene, a darkly humorous installation that explores the profound impact of the human hand on our planet.

Kristen Ramirez. Blood is Thicker than Water, 2012. Screen prints and custom lighting. 15 x 27 feet.

Ruth Kazmerzak
January 3-31, 2019
Opening: Thursday, January 3, 6-8pm

Through the calculated staging of marine debris and related photography and sculptural objects, Ruth Kazmerzak opens a forum to critically examine and understand our relationship to both the natural and the non-natural.

Jite Agbro
February 7-28, 2019
Opening: Thursday, February 7, 6-8pm

Nigerian-American artist Jite Agbro presents Armor, a series of large-scale mixed-media wall hangings that explore the complexities associated with markers of status and class distinction. She draws direct inspiration from the human form and everyday objects, especially wearable accouterments.

Katherine Groesbeck
March 7-28, 2019
Opening: Thursday, March 7, 6-8pm

Before a boxer enters the ring, a cutman applies Vaseline to their face. The relationship between the cutman and the fighter is intimate, one person touching the other. Katherine Groesbeck’s sculptures reflect on this exchange and similar moments—rites, rituals, and careful markings.

Leah Gerrard
April 4-25, 20198
Opening: Thursday, April 4, 6-8pm

Leah Gerrard will populate Gallery 4Culture with a collection of sinuous, abstract wire sculptures inspired by memories of full moon walks through forests and playgrounds.

Kate Roberts
May 2-30, 2019
Opening: Thursday, May 2, 6-8pm

Informed by the architectural fragments that remain from previous incarnations of Gallery 4Culture, ceramic sculptor Kate Roberts will create a body of work that explores change, impermanence, and reinterpretation.

Peter Rand
June 6-27, 2019
Opening: Thursday, June 6, 6-8pm

In A to B, Peter Rand constructs “toolsets” for the purpose of moving forward. The process of shifting and reassembling these crude sculptures becomes a study in getting from here to there.

Peter Rand. A to B: preoccupation study, 2017. Color photograph.

Bill Whipple
July 8-August 8, 2019
Opening: Thursday, July 11, 6-8pm
Closing: 1st Thursday, August 1, 6-8pm

Spontaneous and abstract, Bill Whipple’s new sculptures are a departure from the viewer-activated, message-driven constructions that characterized his studio practice for the last 40 years. He now allows his material choices, primarily discarded wood and found objects, to suggest their own combinations of shape and texture.

Storefront Media Gallery

Since 2008, the Storefront Media Gallery has given artists the opportunity to present dynamic electronic works of art that enliven Seattle’s urban core. Selected through a national call, video works are exhibited on four monitors with exterior directional speakers. Located adjacent to Gallery 4Culture, this street-level gallery is visible by foot, bike, car or bus to more than 20,000 people each day.

Panelists Tess Martin and Sri Prabha selected 12 artists from across the U.S. to display their work.

Julius Brown, Seattle WA
April 2018

In 2017, Julius Brown traveled to Illinois to witness the totality of the August solar eclipse. The remote location provided a magical, solitary experience, inspiring Brown to create Solarjul, an archival interpretation of the cosmic event. Each screen in this 4-channel video represents a time zone of the continental U.S. and its total length—2 minutes and 40 seconds—parallels the duration of the  eclipse.

Julius Brown. Solarjul, 2017. Digital still.

Barbara Robertson, Seattle WA
Architectonic 2
April 2018

Architectonic is a series of animations created from scans of drawings, exploring the theme of shifting perspectives in our built environment of constant change. The videos incorporate digitally-generated imagery with traditional methods of drawing, painting, and printmaking.

Barbara Robertson. Architectonic 2, 2017. Digital still.

Seth Sexton, Seattle WA
May 2018

Seth Sexton presents a reimagined version of DYBBUK, a dance art film loosely based on a play written by S. Anskey and adapted to film in 1937 by Mical Waszynski. The films draw inspiration from artists William Kentridge, Jackson Pollack and John Cage.

Michelle Lassaline, Seattle WA
June 2018

Michelle Lassaline’s new work is based on a series of masked performances in specific settings. Pelican, filmed in historic Seattle parks that represent the city’s unique maritime geography, addresses history through humor, calling attention to the past through a contemporary lens.

Carson Rennekamp, Seattle WA
Aequalis, Northern Home II and Saralia
June 2018

Inspired by kaleidoscopic imagery, Carson Rennekamp’s videos present excerpts from an infinite journey into an unknown atmosphere. They slowly evolve and organically create new patterns that envelop the viewer into an ethereal state. Each video is created from a single image.

Alyse Delaney, Lafayette NJ
Santa Clara, Cuba
July 2018

Alyse Delaney recorded slow-motion footage out a tour bus window as it drove through Cuba’s urban streets. The result is a multi-channel video portrait of a city and its inhabitants, but also an examination of the outsider’s perspective on Cuban culture. It calls attention to and questions boundaries between resident and visitor, insider and outsider, the observed and the observer.

Emmeri Bock Seattle WA
July 2018

Emmeri Bock’s video brings light to the displacement of Seattle artists due to the rise in the cost of rent and studio space brought about by unprecedented growth. The piece is a meditation on moving out–the acts of sorting through, disposing of, and packing up possessions and memories.

Clyde Petersen, Seattle WA
Torrey Pines
August 2018

Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film based on a true queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Clyde Petersen shows segments of the film on all four screens simultaneously.

Ellen Garvens, Kenmore WA
Newton Yellow String, Milk, and Olives
September 2018

Ellen Garvens’ three videos explore the movement of objects associated with touch—pins, threads, fabric and clay—set up in ways that defy logic and gravity. They move by their own volition, suggesting the nature of the artist’s fleeting memories.

Matthew Keff, Brooklyn NY
Air Castle
September 2018

Matthew Keff’s Air Castle is an original art game that plays itself. Using game engine software, characters and objects bounce from screen to screen creating a seamless panoramic dreamscape.

Aubrey Nehring, Seattle WA
Botanical Geometry
October 2018

Aubrey Nehring’s new animated short film focuses on the theme of botanical geometry. A visual poem dedicated to the lush green life force that surrounds and sustains us, 2 and 3-D animation techniques create moving patterns inspired by the natural world.

Neely Goniodsky, Bellevue WA
Fall 2018
is a video installation about suburban boredom and isolation, designed to allow those who pass by to interact with it. Neely Goniodsky’s animated vignettes move viewers through scenes—for example, one can get lost in a field of tall carpet or scrutinized by a bored kid in an aquarium.

Thank You!

4Culture would like to thank all of the artist applicants for their interest in exhibiting with us as well as the panelists for their diligence in making these selections. Applicants who were not awarded exhibitions are encouraged to reapply next year. The Storefront Media Gallery application cycle will open August 22, 2018 with a deadline of September 26, 2018. The 2019-2020 Gallery 4Culture season application cycle will open on December 3, 2018 with a deadline of January 14, 2019.

Congratulations to the 2018-2019 exhibiting artists!