Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Brandon Aleson and Adam Primack | Thermal Dynamics READ MORE >
S. Eric Scribner | (The) Nature (of) Sound READ MORE >
Rachel Green and Seth Sexton | Hypnagogic Jerk READ MORE >
Etsuko Ichikawa | Echo at Satsop READ MORE >
Brandon Aleson READ MORE >
Originally from the greater Los Angeles area, Brandon Aleson relocated to Seattle shortly after finishing undergrad at UC Santa Barbara. Using sound, image, and food (gustation) as means of intervention, he has recently been examining the unintentional and deliberate transference of personality onto inanimate objects, and attempting to elongate and bring into focus the liminal space of change as represented by the alchemical properties of ingestion.
Brandon Aleson and Adam Primack created the multi-media installation “Thermal Dynamics” for their Jack Straw New Media Gallery residency.
Seth Sexton READ MORE >
Seth Sexton has performed with Rachel Green at Velocity, On The Boards, and site-specific venues. Their work is an exploration of repetition and realms of consciousness.
New Media Gallery 2013-14 (with Rachel Green): Hypnagogic Jerk
Rachel Green READ MORE >
Rachel Green creates site-specific multimedia performances that tell stories about our human condition. She regards the body as a container for emotions, infusing her work with delicate and volatile expressions of human feeling. As a performer, director, choreographer, and producer she has presented collaborative work at Velocity Dance Center, Jack Straw New Media Gallery, On the Boards, Ghost Gallery, Inscape Arts, Hedreen Gallery, and the Chapel Performance Space. Her work invokes a sense of the primal and cerebral while exploring ancient and mythic themes. Green takes inspiration from nature as a way to harness one’s own power, wildness, wonder, and freedom.
Artist Support Program 2018 (with Daniel Salo): Record an EP by Earth and Ceremony, a music and performance art group that creates installations, modern operas, and contemporary performances that evoke the paradoxical uncertainty of life.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Daniel Salo): Forgetting of Being
New Media Gallery 2013-14 (with Seth Sexton): Hypnagogic Jerk
S. Eric Scribner READ MORE >
S(teve) Eric Scribner studied composition with Lockrem Johnson. He has lived in Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Japan, with premiers of many of his pieces in each of those places. Many of his recent compositions have been part of an extended series for guided improvisation over prerecorded sound (often processed from environmental recordings by his friend Jonathon Storm). (The) Nature (of) Sound is part of this series, though it is the first of Mr. Scribner’s pieces to include a video element.
Etsuko Ichikawa READ MORE >
Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based, multi-media artist. She describes her work as “a continuing investigation of what lies between the ephemeral and the eternal.” Her Pyrographs and Aquagraphs are drawings made by fire and water, capturing and eternalizing the immediacy of a moment, while her installations and performance-based work are about ever-evolving states of consciousness.
Ichikawa’s work has been exhibited internationally, including The Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo, Waterhouse & Dodd in New York City, and Seattle Art Museum. She has received grants from numerous institutions including the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in national publications such as Sculpture Magazine, NY Arts Magazine, and GLASS Quarterly.
She is a co-founder of Artists for Japan, a Seattle-based grassroots organization to support the relief efforts of Great East Japan earthquake and aftermath, and a member of NOddIN, a Tokyo-based collective of filmmakers who are paying attention to various social, political, and environmental issues.
Artist Support Program 2021: Production for a new podcast, Traveling Clouds.
Artist Support Program 2015: Record and edit sound for the Radiating Echoes film project.
Artist Support Program 2013: Record and produce audio from the decommissioned nuclear plant Satsop for her artwork Echo at Satsop.
Jesse Paul Miller is an inter-disciplinary artist who has resided in Seattle since 1992. His work combines and exploration of contextual boundaries with invention and intuition. Ranging from drawing, collage, audio art, to installation pieces, Miller’s work moves in and in-between several artistic realms; sound, sculpture, collage, drawing, and painting. His output in recent years has consisted of painting, drawing, collage, and audio releases; influenced by his travels to Southeast Asia in 2005 and 2008 (Bali Burma, Japan, Java, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand). He has had numerous exhibitions regionally and internationally including the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery (Seattle), Deadtech (Chicago), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (British Columbia), Omega Point (Tokyo, Japan) and others.
Heather Dew Oaksen is a media artist and educator whose experimental work explores the realms of both fiction and non-fiction, and functions in communities in unexpected ways. Much of her recent media installation work has been sited in places where the public “finds” the work informally –as they are traveling (the Colman dock ferry terminal), shopping and commuting (the windows at 911 Media Arts Center), or leafing through a periodical (at the North East branch of the Seattle Public Library). Oaksen has received many awards for her work which has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada. She is a professor at Cornish College of the Arts and one of the founders of 911Media Arts Center.
Susan Robb is an artist whose work is an ongoing investigation of people, place, and our search for utopia. It often takes its form as temporary, site-responsive, and socially-engaged projects. These projects include ONN/OF “a light festival”, Sleeper Cell Training Camp, and Warmth Giant Black Toobs as well as public commissions such as The Long Walk, Parking Squid, and Water Lab. Her work has been funded by a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant, two Artist Trust Fellowships, a Stranger Genius Award, a 4Culture Special Projects Grant, a US Artist Projects campaign, and the City of Seattle. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including shows at Family Business, NYC, Discovery Greens, Houston TX, Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center, Maui HI, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma WA, Lawrimore Project, Seattle WA, The Henry Gallery, Seattle, WA, Swing Space, NYC, and Blindside Gallery, Melbourne Australia. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, the Gage Academy of Art, and the Frye Art Museum. This year she was the recipient of a Creative Capital grant for her upcoming project Wild Times.
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.