Jack Straw New Media Gallery

Brain Goreng
An installation of paintings and audio by Matthew Thomas Shoemaker, who took his own life in August 2017

April 13 - May 18, 2018

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Opening reception: Friday, April 13, 7pm
Jack Straw Cultural Center

Memorial concert: Saturday, May 5, 7pm
Chapel Performance Space
Featuring Climax Golden Twins, Jim Haynes, Dave Knott and Colin Andrew Sheffield

Youth and family workshop May 12, 1 -4 pm
Jack Straw Cultural Center
Presented by Steve Barsotti & Dave Knott, featuring some of Shoemaker's techniques
Email education@jackstraw.org to sign up.

Gallery hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Open during evening and weekend events at Jack Straw

In collaboration with Jack Straw, Dave Knott, and Robert Millis, the Shoemaker family presents an immersive installation of the paintings and audio Matthew Shoemaker created over the course of his too-short life. In addition, a replica of Shoemaker's slinky/feedback experiments (he often used springs to both process his sounds and bring the audio environment around him into the emerging musical signal) will be displayed and activated to allow listeners a window into how he manipulated space and time.

For nearly two decades artist Matthew Shoemaker (Born 1974, Seattle, Washington, USA) explored the strange universe of sound and listening. Using microphones, digital and analog recorders, computers, modular synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and assorted signal processors, Shoemaker transformed music and noise into slowly unfolding compositions of beauty and intensity, reflective of his unique but troubled vision of the world.  A painter since he was a small boy, the last two years had seen Matt devote himself again to painting with the same detail and intensity he brought to his audio work.  “I just paint what I see” he once said, in his deceptively simple way.  His audio work has been published on such esteemed labels as Trente Oiseaux (Germany), Helen Scarsdale Agency (USA), Ferns Recordings (France), Elevator Bath (USA), and Masters Chemical Society (USA).  Beginning in 2010, he spent several years in Central Java studying the music, art, and culture of Indonesia and performing Gamelan. Brain Goreng, a play on the fried Indonesian food he loved, was the name of Matt’s website devoted to a complex mix of music from around the planet.

Jack Straw Cultural Center gratefully acknowledges City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, The National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsFund, media sponsor KUOW, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs. This exhibition funded in part by a Tech Specific grant from 4Culture.


Recent exhibitions

blind film (February 9-March 30, 2018) by Sangjun Yoo

Mikawa (September 29-December 8, 2017) by Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison

The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies(June 16- August 4, 2017) by Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts

Meditations on Water (April 14 - June 2, 2017) by City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell

Forgetting of Being (January 13 - March 24, 2017) by Rachel Green and Daniel Salo

CASTING SHADOWS (September 9 - October 28, 2016) by E.T. Russian

AUTONOMIC (July 8 - August 26, 2016) by Paul Kikuchi

Obiectum Resonare (April 8 - June 17, 2016) by James Borchers

luminous soundscape (January 14 - March 11, 2016) by Andy Behrle

Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts (September 11 - November 30, 2015)

UGLY ME (July 10 - August 31, 2015) by Gabriela Denise Frank

Those Who Observe the Wind . . .. (May 21 - July 1, 2015) by Joel Ong


Previous exhibitions

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to listen to our New Media Gallery artist podcasts and learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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