Thursday, March 30, 2006

"Boys & Flowers" Exhibition at Western Bridge Gallery : Mar 30 - Aug 12


Western Bridge Gallery Site

Kutlug Ataman: The Four Seasons of Veronica Read
Scott McFarland: Photographs
Jeffry Mitchell: New Installation
Paul Morrison: Mesophyte
Kirsten Stoltmann: Boys and Flowers
Universal Nonlinear Design: Make Believe
Stephen Vitiello: Hea - Sound Installation

Works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Morris Graves, Jim Lockwood, Robert Mapplethorpe, Roy McMakin, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Glenn Rudolph, Michael Velliquette, Paul Wonner, Amir Zaki.

Titled after a video by Kirsten Stoltmann, Boys and Flowers features new commissions from Paul Morrison, Jeffry Mitchell, and Universal Nonlinear Design, a four-channel video installation by Kutlug Ataman, a sound installation by Stephen Vitiello, and a variety of botanical masculinity in photography and works on paper from the collection.

Covering all four walls of our large gallery, Morrison's mesophyte mixes naturalistic and cartoonish floral and landscape imagery. Stumps, firs, pulled weeds, garden flowers, set out of perspective with a continuous horizon line, create a thrillingly artificial world of nature.

Jeffry Mitchell's new installation juxtaposes a handmade Japanese byobu screen of molded paper with a vitrine containing ceramics in the vein of Chinese funerary sculpture—though this particular tomb is for a soon-to-be closed Seattle bathhouse, Club Zodiac.

Seattle architecture firm Universal Nonlinear Design presents a proposal to raise a section Seattle's Denny Park to its original height before the Regrade, some 60 feet above its current elevation. An architectural model is shown with work referring to the movie Parallax View and the work of Carl Andre and Michael Heizer.

Kutlug Ataman's Four Seasons of Veronica Read, a four-channel projected video installation, obsesses over an obsessive collector, an English woman who maintains nearly a thousand Amaryllis bulbs in her small London flat despite being seriously allergic to them.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Godard "The Cinema Alone" Series at NWFF Mar 17-22


NWFF Godard "Cinema Alone" Site


Yeah! Finally "Histoire(s) du Cinema" playing in Seattle.
This is the one that had a East Coast run last year and I was bummed it never made it to our little town.

From the NWFF site:

Throughout his career, no filmmaker has more consistently, or more adventurously, redefined our very conception of the cinema than Jean-Luc Godard. From his earth-shattering debut with BREATHLESS and the remarkable string of sketches, experiments and full-fledged masterpieces that followed, Godard has confirmed time and time again that not only is he the world's greatest living filmmaker, he's also the most dangerous. Godard parlayed the success of BREATHLESS into a career of hugely innovative, corrosively brilliant films that introduced a kind of poetry to the cinema unlike anything that came before it. More than any other filmmaker, Godard has continued to blaze forward, always searching for news to approach filmmaking with video being a particularly fertile source of inspiration. Northwest Film Forum is proud to celebrate the man and his work with the Seattle Premiere of his HISTOIRE(S) DU CINEMA, along with rare screenings of some of his most treasured works from throughout his career. All films in French with English subtitles.