Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Joel S. Kollin | Vriti READ MORE >
Gust Burns & Melanie Noel | Felt READ MORE >
Brent Watanabe | So Long READ MORE >
Joel S. Kollin READ MORE >
Joel Kollin is a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington’s Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS) program, where he is developing an artistic agenda which utilizes immersion and perception at the extremes of sensory awareness to examine the interplay between identity, memory, surveillance, and empathy in an increasingly dissociative, media-centric world. His recent interests include fully immersive installations, environmental sound, synthaesthesia, and systems art where humans form a critical part in a network of complex emergent behavior. Prior to arriving at DXARTS Mr Kollin worked primarily in the field of display technology for 17 years. He holds several key patents on personal, holographic, and autostereoscopic displays as well as many derivative patents.
New Media Gallery 2008-09: Vriti
Gust Burns READ MORE >
Gust Burns composes performances of music. Drawing on his experience as a pianist, contemporary art practices, and 20th century composition, Burns’ works blur differentiations between performance, score, recording, and text.
Burns earned an MFA in music/sound from Bard College, and is a graduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle.
New Media Gallery 2008-09 (with Melanie Noel): Felt
Artist Support Program 2007 : Recorded an album of structured improvisations for 10 musicians.
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Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs, published by Stockport Flats in 2013. Her poems have appeared in Weekday, LVNG, La Norda Especialo, and THE ARCADIA PROJECT. She’s also written poems for short films and installations, and co-curated APOSTROPHE, a dance, music, and poetry series, with musician Gust Burns and dancers Michèle Steinwald and Beth Graczyk, and curated IMPALA, a reading series that took place in her grandmother’s car. She sometimes teaches experiential workshops meant to invoke synesthesia and an altered sense of scale. Melanie Noel grew up in Oregon and lives in Seattle, Washington.
New Media Gallery 2008-09 (with Gust Burns): Felt
Brent Watanabe READ MORE >
Brent Watanabe programs computer applications to connect the gap between his interests in drawing, audio and video, mixing high tech tools with low-tech techniques. He works primarily in video, animation, and computer controlled installations. His short films have been screened at film festivals internationally, and his drawings, videos, and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums across the US.
New Media Gallery 2008-09: So Long
John Feodorov is a Seattle-based artist, musician, and an Assistant Professor of Art at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. He was born in Los Angeles and comes from a mixed Native American and Euro-American descent. He grew up in the Los Angeles suburbs, regularly traveling to his family’s land on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico. Feodorov was featured in the first season of the PBS television series, “Art21: Art for the 21st Century” as well as in the companion book published by Harry N. Abrams. In addition, he has served as an Arts Commissioner for the City of Seattle.
Lele McLeod graduated from the University of Washington with an honors degree in Interdisciplinary Art and Art History. After college, she began working with local art, serving as the Assistant Director of Vetri/William Traver Gallery and later as the Director of Foster/White. Lele spent a year in New York City, managing development and events for the not-for-profit arts organization, UrbanGlass. She then left New York for sunny California, where she sold historic paintings for Ray Redfern in Laguna Beach. Lele returned to Seattle in October 2006 to begin her own art gallery in Belltown with her lifelong friend, Buster McLeod.
Dale Lloyd is a sound artist, label owner, graphic designer, producer, musician, and visual artist (among other interests and activities). In 2001, he founded and/OAR, a recording label committed to presenting environmental recordings and sound art that utilizes them to varying degrees. In 2003, and/OAR Diffusion was founded to help distribute releases from other recording labels. From 2001 to 2005, he produced the highly regarded series of field recording compilations for Phonography.org. Dale Lloyd’s sound art has been released by labels such as Alluvial Recordings, Bremsstrahlung Recordings, Conv, Sirr.ecords, Non Visual Objects, Sonic Arts Network, Mu label, Mystery Sea, Petite Sono, S’Agita Recordings, Staalplaat / Open Circuit, Accretions, Psyclone, æ, World Domination / CZ Records, Praxis, Space Age Recordings, Shadow Puppet Recording Company. http://www.and-oar.org
The Jack Straw Writers Program, Artist Support Program, and New Media Gallery Program 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.
The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997 to introduce local writers to the medium of recorded audio; to develop their presentation skills for both live and recorded readings; to encourage the creation of new literary work; to present the writers and their work in live readings, an anthology, on the web, and on the radio; and to build community among writers.
The Artist Support Program has been assisting artists working creatively with sound since 1994, including writers, choreographers, multidisciplinary artists, theatre sound designers, radio producers, film makers, visual artists, and musicians and composers of all types. Every year, up to eight artists are awarded twenty hours of studio recording and production time with a Jack Straw engineer; an additional twelve artists receive matching awards for studio time.