Jack Straw Productions
Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery

Jack Straw Productions' New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies of up to 3 months are a combination of applicants from our annual call for applicants, and exhibits by invited artists. As part of their residency, gallery artists receive up to 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers.

Installation detail: wreath Current/Upcoming exhibit:

Organic Plan
a mixed media installation

Opening reception: Friday, April 8 7pm

Artist Talk: Saturday, April 30 11:30am

Extended through June 24, 2005!

Organic Plan is a study in cycles, illustrated through sculpture, sound and images. Stylized native plant forms from Iceland constructed in three dimensions create a ring of growth and life, underscored by words and sounds of Icelandic standards woven into an auditory circle. This installation blurs the distinction between native plants, music, words and traditional Icelandic metal thread embroidery to explore life cycles, movement, creative labor, and moving through a place. Blending use of recognizable materials and visible fabrication techniques with manipulated sound and images, I attempt to convey these ideas in a manner that is simultaneously scientific and poetic.
Kristin Tollefson has an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and a BA in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from Carleton College in Minnesota. She draws particular influence for her work from plant forms and working with her hands, and makes art ranging in scope from jewelry to large-scale public artworks.

Kristin has received grants and awards from Fulbright, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Bainbridge Arts & Humanities Council, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw, among others. She has lived and traveled extensively in Iceland, experiences that continue to strongly influence her work. Her sculptural work out of wire has been featured in Fiberarts Design Book 7 and the Spring 2004 issue of Metalsmith Magazine, and she is currently developing a large-scale public art commission for the Montlake Community Center. Kristin grew up on Bainbridge Island, where she now raises her two children and runs flora/form, a business specializing in design, illustration, fabrication, and consulting on a variety of art and garden related projects.
Listen to an Artscape feature on this project
Installation detail: wire sculpture
Listen to Bellsong and Plants
Listen to "Dreamland"
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