Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Andy Behrle | luminous soundscape READ MORE >
James Borchers | Obiectum Resonare READ MORE >
Paul Kikuchi | AUTONOMIC READ MORE >
Erin Anderson | Our Time Is Up READ MORE >
Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts READ MORE >
Andy Behrle READ MORE >
Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 2012, artist Andy Behrle has been developing ways to visualize sound and make light audible while exploring ideas of place and location.
New Media Gallery 2015-16: luminous soundscape
James Borchers READ MORE >
James Borchers is an American composer, musician, and sound artist. His recent works focus on the threshold between sound as a naturally occurring phenomenon and sound as a vessel for the transmission of cultural meaning. He has been awarded numerous residencies and fellowships including at Tanglewood Music Center, Wellesley Composers Conference, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed by prominent ensembles including the ICE ensemble, Talujon Percussion Quartet, Lydian String Quartet, Dinosaur Annex, and American Opera Projects.
New Media Gallery 2015-16: Obiectum Resonare
Paul Kikuchi READ MORE >
Paul Kikuchi attended an Ella Fitzgerald concert while in the womb and was born the next day. He shares a birthday with Prince. His music is wide ranging — from drone/ambient soundscapes to compositions for traditional Japanese instruments, and has been described as “. . . somewhere between natural and deliberate, between wind chimes and the strict order of a composition” (The Stranger) and “A Morricone showdown in a John Cage rock garden.” (Paris Transatlantic). His work has been supported by Chamber Music America, National Endowment of the Arts, and New Music USA, among others. Paul is tenured music faculty at South Seattle College.
Artist Support Program 2022: An album of original works that features traditional Japanese instruments along with electronics and “Western” classical and popular instrumentation.
New Media Gallery 2015-16: AUTONOMIC
Artist Support Program 2013: Recording and production of Bat of No Bird Island, a song cycle for chamber-jazz ensemble based on the memoir of his grandfather Zenkichi Kikuchi.
Artist Support Program 2008 (with Tiffany Lin)
Erin Anderson READ MORE >
Erin Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh. Erin is the author of the multimedia memoir, What Hadn’t Happened, winner of a 2013 Digital Storymakers Award Grand Prize in multimedia nonfiction, sponsored by The Atavist and the Pearson Foundation. Her interactive documentary, The Olive Project: An Oral History Composition in Multiple Modes, was selected for the Kairos Best Webtext Award, sponsored by Kairos journal, in 2012. She has also published several articles in peer-reviewed academic journals and presents regularly at national conferences in writing, media studies, and oral history.
Erin earned her Ph.D. in Critical and Cultural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation, The Material Poetics of Digital Voice: A Creative-Critical Inquiry, uses practice-based media to explore the creative and ethical potential of writing with the voices of others.
Born and raised in Kent, Washington, Erin holds Bachelors degrees in Comparative History of Ideas and Communication from the University of Washington and a Masters degree in Community Development and Planning from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Previously, she worked in independent media and homeless advocacy, locally with Seattle’s Real Change News and at the headquarters of the International Network of Street Papers in Glasgow, Scotland.
New Media Gallery 2015-16 (Atrium Gallery): Our Time Is Up
Zack Bent is an artist based in Seattle, Washington. His sculptures, photographs and videos are often mythic translations of his home, his family and the stuff he collects. Bent received degrees in architecture and environmental design from Ball State University and an MFA in photography from the University of Washington. Recent exhibitions of his work have included exhibits at Jack Straw New Media Gallery, PDX Contemporary, Whitworth University, G.Gibson Gallery, University of Calgary along with video screenings at the Weisman Museum of Art, The Banff Center, and University of Cincinnati.
James Coupe is an artist and Associate Professor at the University of Washington’s Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS). His installation, video, internet, and public art works have been exhibited worldwide, including venues such as Camden Arts Centre, Parsons The New School for Design and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. He has received grants and awards from Creative Captial, the Prix Ars Electronica and New Contemporaries; recent commissions include the Toronto International Film Festival, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Abandon Normal Devices Festival. Further information and documentation of his work can be found at http://www.jamescoupe.com
Allyce Wood is a visual artist based in Seattle. Her practice engages a variety of mediums and concepts considering ideas of human influence on ecology. Wood graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2010 and studied Environmental Sculpture at Glasgow School of Art. She has been an active member of SOIL Artist Run Gallery since 2012, and has shown work in cities such as Glasgow, Oslo, Oakland, New York, and Seattle.
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.