Ellen Sollod’s pinhole camera installation Outside In/Inside Out: The Inner Life of Jack
The Jack Straw New Media Gallery opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. The Gallery is one feature of the New Media Gallery Program, and is one of three residency programs at Jack Straw. The New Media Gallery exhibits artists’ work through an open call process like the Artist Support Program and Writers Program. As one of a handful of exclusively sound art spaces in the world, it has been attracting applicants nationally and internationally, however Jack Straw has a commitment to local artists.
Gallery residencies include an exhibition of up to three months in the gallery; 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers; access to Jack Straw Cultural Center’s audio recording, production, and presentation equipment; two public events – the opening and an artist talk; and an interview podcast.
Sasha Petrenko | FOREST TIME WATER
In this interactive installation, visitors can trigger sound and video to remix the story of an ecofeminist paleodendrologist expelled from her time, using tree rings, vinyl records, and radio to stop the elites from selling the future.
2022-2023 New Media Gallery Exhibits and Artists
Sasha Petrenko READ MORE >
Sasha K Petrenko (she/her) is an earthling, artist and storyteller. Her interdisciplinary practice blends sculpture, theater, video and sound. Rooted in eco-feminism, rock n’ roll, and post-apocalypse studies, Sasha’s work functions as an invitation for audience members to collectively create sonic, somatic experiences. Recent performances include Northwest New Works Festival, On the Boards, Seattle, 2019; Power of Language Conference, Wesleyan College, CT, 2021; We Will Not Be Silent, Western Gallery, Bellingham, 2021; and Your Anomaly is my Normal at the Bellingham Alternative Library, 2022, a collaborative performance with students in Dance, Art and Music. Petrenko has received residencies and fellowships from the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, University of California’s Sagehen Field Station, The Djerassi Foundation, and the LAB, in San Francisco, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, NY. She is the Assistant Professor of Sculpture + Expanded Media at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Whitney Lynn READ MORE >
Whitney Lynn is an artist who works with a wide array of forms, including sculpture, performance, video, photography, sound, and public projects. Mining history and visual culture, her work reframes familiar narratives, questioning issues of perception and the mutability of meaning. She has exhibited widely, including at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and was previously an artist-in-residence at the de Young Museum, The Neon Museum, Las Vegas, and the Internet Archive. Born on a military base in Arizona, Lynn attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, received a BFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. She is currently the Chair of Interdisciplinary Visual Art at the University of Washington.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza and Till The Teeth): Time Kills
Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza READ MORE >
Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza is an interdisciplinary artist whose work builds with and combines archival footage, AI generated imagery, and electronic music composition. Using musical thinking, Despenza’s work illuminates the dynamic and unconscious rhythms of power structures that underlie the perception of time and space. Recent international exhibitions include the Audain Gallery in Vancouver, the CICA Museum in South Korea, and at the Fringe Arts Bath Festival in England. Despenza’s work with AI imagery has been featured in publications such as Adweek and Hyperallergic. Originally from Chicago, Despenza received his BFA in film from San Francisco Art Institute, and is in the process of obtaining a Master’s in Sound Studies & Sonic Arts from Universitat der Kunst Berlin.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with Whitney Lynn): Time Kills
Till the Teeth READ MORE >
Till the Teeth is Sandesh Nagaraj and Jonathan Rodriguez. Till the Teeth is a Seattle based duo. Till the Teeth is an amalgamation of musical and non-musical experiences.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with Whitney Lynn and Barry Olusegun-Noble Despenza): Time Kills
Zack Bent READ MORE >
Zack Bent is a Seattle artist working in photography, video, sculpture, and installation. For over 15 years, he has created work with his wife, artist Gala Bent and their 3 sons. Fatherhood, rituals of home, makeshift shelters and the potential for transformation are prevalent themes in his work.
He has received grants from 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Artist Trust, participated in residencies at Oxbow, Cow House Studios, Signal Fire, and exhibited work in numerous commercial and institutional settings. Bent studied Architecture at Ball State University and received an MFA in Photography at the University of Washington.
New Media Gallery 2014-15: Lean-out, Lean-to
Erin Slomski-Pritz READ MORE >
Erin Slomski-Pritz is an audio artist, producer, and journalist based in Seattle. Her work blends journalism, sound design, and narrative. She draws inspiration from fiction that moves us towards complexity, poetry that ventures into the unsayable, and the bridge over Ravenna Park, which is a profound place of wonder.
Her work has appeared on numerous shows and outlets, including The Kitchen Sisters, The Distance, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. Her most recent projects include: 50 and Forward, a radio documentary about NPR’s history, growth, and future; The Freedom Takes, a literature podcast, whose primary audience is people serving time in prisons and juvenile detention facilities; and Seeing Things, a podcast that examines uncanny, everyday experiences through a spiritual lens. She studied English at Whitman College and audio storytelling at The Salt Institute of Documentary Studies.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with Jenny Lesser): The Three Stages of Dreaming
Jenny Lesser Holman READ MORE >
Jenny Lesser Holman is a multidisciplinary artist from Seattle, Washington. Her paintings use organic shapes and electric colors to represent multi-perspective narratives and dreamscapes. Jenny’s painted comics can be found in Narrative Magazine, Shenandoah, The Offing, The Daily Pennsylvanian, and other places. She makes functional art furniture in collaboration with interior designers, turning paintings into chairs and tables into paintings, in addition to other transformations. Jenny was international furniture company DEDON’s featured artist for Houston Design Week 2021. She graduated with honors in creative writing from the University of Pennsylvania.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with Erin Slomski-Pritz): The Three Stages of Dreaming
Wei Yang READ MORE >
Wei Yang is a composer/sound artist from China. He works with different mediums, through which he often contemplates the body’s role in sound production, sound in space, as well as the integration of various data from the performance environment (reverberation, light, etc.). Wei composes both instrumental and electronic music, and builds performative systems that allow dynamic interaction between different components. His works have been presented in the U.S., China, Poland, Japan, Finland, Canada, Austria, Germany, France, Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland. Wei received his Doctor of Musical Arts from University of Washington under the supervision of Joël François-Durand. He is currently undertaking his second doctoral studies at the university’s Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media, working closely with Richard Karpen and Joseph Anderson.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with Murphy Janssen): s(c)ymb(al)iont
Murphy Janssen READ MORE >
Murphy Janssen is a recent graduate from UW with an M.M. in Jazz and Improvised music (‘21). With an emphasis on composition, improvisation, and electro-acoustic music in his own work, he looks to pull from and build on the rich traditions of American Jazz, European experimental/electronic and Orchestral/Concert Percussion musics. Murphy has studied under the tutelage of Cuong Vu, Ted Poor, Steve Rodby, Chris Kachian, Matthew George, and has shared the stage with a wonderful array of performers (Tony Allen, Max Weinberg, King Sunny Adé, Chris Volpe, Jesus Santandreu). He continues to work with groups across the country in a diverse range of electronic, acoustic and improvised fashions and is always looking for ways to push any and all conceptions of what music can be and mean for both performer and audience.
2022-23 New Media Gallery (with We Yang): s(c)ymb(al)iont
Athr READ MORE >
Athr (pronounced at-ther) is an audio visual artist based in Seattle, WA. Working at the intersection of music, art, and technology Athr is a social activism empowered music project who makes music to empower marginalized communities.
Their 2020 debut album Childhood’s End received critical acclaim from Seattle Met Magazine who described it as “industrial-futurist R&B/hip-hop . . . that is music for the dance floor brooding of 2050.” KBFG radio station host Louise Bendall cited the album as “One of the best Seattle albums of 2020.”
They received their Bachelors in Studio & Digital Art from Dartmouth College & their Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. They create both sounds and visuals to help storytell the modern ethos of underrepresented minority. Their second full length album MMXX is set to be released in 2022.
They hold a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and Digital Art from Dartmouth College and Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. Most notably, they received the Seattle Arts & Culture Public Art Commission and the Andy Warhol Foundation Collective Power Fund and are a seasonal instructor for the Seattle Architecture Foundation.
Artist Support Program 2022: Completion of their debut album, MMXX.
Peter Christenson (b.1979) is a conceptual artist working across emergent and antiquated media, psycho-social sculpture, and immersive installation. Christenson’s intermedia practice is informed by his past experiences working as a licensed psychotherapist, and for the past decade, he has made art under the moniker PSYCHOLOGARTIST, classifying his research with specific diagnostic codes from the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” a widely accepted instrument for psychiatric diagnosis. His installation F40.298: Generalized Opus Foramina was presented in the Jack Straw New Media Gallery in 2021-22.
Christenson has received numerous grants and fellowships, including recent funding from Humanities WA, the Common Field Network Los Angeles, the Washington State Arts Commission, and the Do Good Fund PEI. He is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Washington State University, and most likely, dancing or crying in his office.
Carina A. del Rosario is a cultural worker who uses visual art, writing and teaching to build community. Her art has been exhibited in various venues and supported with grants from Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, 4Culture and Puffin Foundation. She teaches youth to express their experiences and advocate for what matters to them through art. She serves on Seattle Public School’s Antiracist Arts Education Task Force and on the Washington Teaching Artist Training Lab faculty, and specializes in arts integration at Arts Corps. KCTS’ presented her with its 2020 Golden Apple Award.
Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, U.S./Japan-based, multimedia artist, filmmaker, and activist. After receiving her BFA from Tokyo Zokei University in 1987, she came to the U.S. to attend Pilchuck Glass School in 1993 and worked for Dale Chihuly as a studio assistant for eight years. She became independent in 2003 and has been making art full time since then. After living in Seattle for 29 years, she has become nomadic and is currently traveling around the world to participate in art residencies.
Etsuko’s working media varies broadly: socially engaged art, performance, film, installation, sculpture, drawing, and poetry, which together brings a unique interdisciplinary approach that she uses to tell profound stories about our human dignity and the irreplaceable earth that we live on. What ties all her work together are the aesthetics that were once described as “visuals that evoke a haunting mix of fear and poetry.”
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THE JACK STRAW ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS offer established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Artists may apply to only one program per year. Writers Program Deadline: Monday, October 31 […]
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