Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Jim Hobbs | A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES READ MORE >
Robert Millis | Fragments of the Story READ MORE >
Carla Roveto | Sympatico READ MORE >
Nari Baker | Talking to Ghosts: Waiting in the River between Worlds READ MORE >
Ellen Sollod and Johanna Melamed | Outside In/Inside Out: The inner life of Jack READ MORE >
Jim Hobbs READ MORE >
Jim Hobbs is an American artist based in London, England. His work utilizes a variety of media including 16mm film, video, installation, site-specific work, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, sound, and photography. Recent interests include the personal and social implications of loss, oblivion, history, memory and the subsequent acts of remembrance/memorialization. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has been the recipient of various awards, grants, and residencies – most recently the British Council Grant for Individual Artists. He currently lectures at the University of Greenwich and for the Slade School of Fine Art.
New Media Gallery 2010 – 2011 : A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES (with Kinski)
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Kinski is a four-piece rock band from Seattle, WA. The band follows their instincts to explore pathways from visceral guitar rock, to sonic and heady avant-psych rock, and sparse, atmosphere-bending instrumentals. NME has described Kinski as: “Like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge.” Comprised of guitarists Chris Martin and Matthew Reid-Schwartz (Matthew also plays keyboards and flute), bassist Lucy Atkinson, and drummer Barrett Wilke, Kinski has toured with Mission of Burma, Comets on Fire, Oneida, Mono, Black Mountain, Acid Mothers Temple, and opened a month of dates for Tool on their spring ’07 tour.
New Media Gallery 2010 – 2011 : A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES (with Jim Hobbs)
Robert Millis READ MORE >
Robert Millis is a founding member of Climax Golden Twins, Messenger Girls Trio, and AFCGT. Solo or in collaboration he has composed soundtracks, worked with choreographers, created sound installations and released numerous CDs and LPs, including the soundtrack to the horror film Session 9 (directed by Brad Anderson), the recent 120 on Etude Records, and AFCGT on Subpop. He performs solo utilizing field recordings, 78rpm ambiance, collage, guitar, old murder ballads and half remembered drones. Rob works extensively with the Dust-to-Digital and Sublime Frequencies record labels on archival projects that document traditional and folk music, including Victrola Favorites (released on the Dust-to-Digital label) and the documentary film Phi Ta Khon: Ghosts of Isan, about a Thai Buddhist ghost festival (released on DVD by Sublime Frequencies). For these and other projects he has worn several hats – cameraman, film editor, designer, etc. An experienced sound and recording engineer, he has produced several documentary CDs of music and ambiance from Asia, recorded “in the field.” He received an Artist Trust Fellowship for music in 2005.
New Media Gallery 2011 : Fragments of the Story
Nari Baker READ MORE >
New Media Gallery 2011 : Talking to Ghosts: Waiting in the River between Worlds
Carla Roveto READ MORE >
Carla Roveto is a multimedia artist residing in Brooklyn, NY. When she is not working as a Scenic Painter or Sculptor, she enjoys creating Beasties in her studio. After earning a B.F.A. in Ceramics at the University of Washington, Carla worked as a fabricator at Tap Plastics Seattle. It was at Tap that she learned to love working with plastics of all kinds. A move from Seattle to New Orleans in 2012 allowed her the opportunity to work with Blaine Kern’s studio, painting large props for the Mardi Gras parades. She also became a I.A.T.S.E. scenic painter with Louisiana’s Local 478 in 2014 working on films like Fantastic Four and Magnificent Seven. In 2015 Carla’s wanderlust brought her to Brooklyn, NY where she is happily keeping a studio practice while also working on her craft as a custom propmaker and scenic artist.
New Media Gallery 2010-11: Sympatico
Ellen Sollod READ MORE >
Ellen Sollod is an interdisciplinary artist based in the Pacific Northwest. Her practice includes large scale, site-specific public art, multimedia temporary installations, artist books, photography and photo-based works. Born in NY and raised in South Carolina, she moved successively north and west, finally alighting in Seattle, where she has made her home for the last 25 years. Ellen has a BA in art history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a MA from the Institute for Urban Studies, University of Maryland. She served as Assistant Director of the Dance Program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Executive Director of the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities and the Seattle Arts Commission. Since 1993, she has devoted herself to her public and studio practice, maintaining an activist role on behalf of the arts in civic life. She recently served as Vice Chair of the Seattle Design Commission and as a member of the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Advisory Committee. Ellen has traveled extensively to Europe, SE Asia, Africa and Latin America. All of this has influenced her work.
Major public commissions include Seattle’s Mercer Corridor, Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Plant, San Jose Light Rail, Olympia, WA Gateway Corridor, Bellingham, WA Arts District, Pier Park (Portland, OR), Morrill Meadows Park (Kent, WA), Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, WA). Her bookworks are included in such collections as Yale University Center for the Book, NYPL Spencer Collection, University of Washington Special Collections and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
New Media Gallery 2011-12 (with Johanna Melamed): Outside In/Inside Out: The Inner Life of Jack
Esther Luttikhuizen’s early career was spent as a studio artist, exhibiting widely in the Midwest and East Coast. After earning an MFA at the University of Washington in 1993, she co-founded Esther Claypool Gallery in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. The gallery earned a strong reputation for progressive exhibits by artists living in the Pacific Northwest. Luttikhuizen has served as director of Kittredge Gallery at University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), public art project manager for Washington State Arts Commission (Olympia), and gallery coordinator and curator of collections at 4Culture (Seattle).
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.
Chris Weber has channeled his background in music booking, film production, visual arts curating and event production into a two-decade career as a multi-disciplinary arts programmer. Past jobs include Programmer at Good/Bad Art Collective (Denton, TX and Brooklyn, NY), Program Director at Consolidated Works (Seattle, WA), and Creative Director at McLeod Residence (Seattle, WA), and Programming Manager at One Reel.
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.