Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Rachel Green and Daniel Salo | Forgetting of Being READ MORE >
E.T. Russian | CASTING SHADOWS READ MORE >
City Meditation Crew with Vaughn Bell | Meditations on Water READ MORE >
Roger Feldman and Jeff Roberts | The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies READ MORE >
Garrett Fisher and Tori Ellison | Mikawa READ MORE >
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
Daniel Salo READ MORE >
Daniel Salo is a composer and sound artist with a focus on orchestrations for performance art, modern dance and film scores. As a multi-instrumentalist he has written and performed music for piano, organ, guitar and string quartets as well as music groups Joy Wants Eternity and A Story of Rats (with collaborator Garek Jon Druss). His narrative compositions, often performed with film visuals and sound installations, has led to intensive collaborations within the theatrical and dance communities, including the widely acclaimed performance group Saint Genet, and dancer/choreographer Rachel Green.
Artist Support Program 2018 (with Rachel Green): 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 Rachel Green): Forgetting of Being
E.T. Russian READ MORE >
E.T. Russian is a cartoonist, author and documentarian from Seattle. Russian is the author of The Ring of Fire Anthology, a member of cartooning collective THE HAND, a featured performer in Sins Invalid and Co-Director of the documentary Third Antenna.
New Media Gallery 2016-17: CASTING SHADOWS
Garrett Fisher READ MORE >
Garrett Fisher has created more than a dozen opera-theatre productions in the US and Europe, work that “has combined elements of opera, dance, Indian raga, Japanese Noh theater and more into fusions that have both a ritualistic intensity and an improvisatory freedom . . . a groundbreaking hybrid . . . a strong, unified and strikingly individual utterance of unambiguous beauty” (The New York Times). His work has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. His Noh-inspired Kocho was premiered by Beth Morrison Projects in New York City; Yoshinaka, in collaboration with Tokyo-based Noh master Munenori Takeda at Seattle’s ACT Theatre. Garrett’s music is on the BIS label (The Passion of Saint Thomas More is part of their 30 year/30 disc commemorative series). The Iris was recorded at Jack Straw Cultural Center as part of their Artist Support Program; his sound installation Mikawa was presented as part of the New Media Gallery Series. Blood Moon, commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and HERE Arts Center, was premiered at New York City’s Prototype Festival in 2020.
In addition to his work as a composer, Garrett is developing Cultivating Feedback: A Pocket Guide to Creative Survival with longtime collaborator Ken Cerniglia.
Artist Support Program 2022: On Foot Across the Solar Systems, a song cycle composed by Garrett Fisher featuring vocalist Maria Männistö, based on poetry by poet Edith Södergran.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Tori Ellison): Mikawa
Artist Support Program 2014: Recording and production of The Iris by The Fisher Ensemble.
Tori Ellison READ MORE >
Tori Ellison has exhibited work in eleven states and abroad, at venues including: Portland Art Museum, Bellevue Art Museum, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, New York’s PaineWebber Art Gallery, China’s Shenzhen Art Institute, Winston Wachter Gallery, and NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. Her art is collected by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, Jordan Schnitzer, the City of Seattle, Janine Wang (C.C. Wang Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art), and the Portland Art Museum.
She holds a B.A. in art/art history from Reed College, an M.F.A. from School of Visual Arts, NY, and studied at Cranbrook Academy of Art and University of Washington’s sculpture program. A Mid-Atlantic NEA finalist, Ellison has received fellowships to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, MacDowell Colony, Blue Mountain, Women’s Studio Workshop, Jentel, and the Brush Creek Foundation. Her work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, The Oregonian, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Salt Lake Tribune, and discussed in Naked to the Bone: Medical Imaging in the 20th Century, by Bettyann Kevles, (twice reviewed in The New York Times).
For the Fisher Ensemble, Ellison created costumes, puppets, and sets for the operas Monticello Wakes (perfomed Loyola Marymount University, LA 2015), Psyche (awarded Seattle Magazine’s Best of 2008), Moon in the Bucket at Judson Memorial Church, NYC, and Magda G in LA. In 2015 she was commissioned to create a bronze sculpture to commemorate Hemings City of Inglewood, LA, public art collection.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Garrett Fisher): Mikawa
Jeff Roberts READ MORE >
Dr. Jeff Roberts is a composer-improviser and sound artist working in interdisciplinary acoustic and electroacoustic contexts. His music explores relationships between different music styles and cultures. Described as ‘bewitching’ and ‘delicately affecting’ by the Boston Globe and Boston Music Intelligencer, Roberts’s compositions has been performed and commissioned worldwide by ensembles including Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus, Eighth Blackbird, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Emex, Ensemble Interface, Wet Ink, Music From China, Cellophone and Duo Antwerp. His work has been recognized by a Fulbright Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council grant award and an award from the Franz Goethe Stiftung to fund study and collaborative work in Germany. His compositions have been awarded the Wellesley Composer’s Conference Kaske Prize, 2008 Bent Frequency Competition winner and finalist selections in several international composition competitions. He has held artist residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation and the STEIM Foundation in Amsterdam. From his studies with guqin master Li Xiangting in Beijing, China, Dr. Roberts performs frequently on guqin in solo and collaborative improvised contexts, often using sensor-interactive live-electronic setting to expand the sound of guqin and integrate guqin performance with modern, cross-cultural contexts. Recent guqin performances have taken place in New York, Toronto, Edmonton, Toulouse, Antwerp and Seoul. He co-founded the East Asian improvisation ensemble ‘PAN Project’ with Korean piri master Gamin. This ensemble was awarded a 2016 Avaloch Farm Ensemble Residency and will tour Canada and the US in late 2016 and early 2017. As sound artist he has presented shadow theatre/sound art collaborations with Colombia-based performance artist Adriana Rojas-Pretel at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in the US and World Stage Design Festival in Cardiff, Wales, England. Continued collaborations in 2017-18 will take place in Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Roberts founded the Music Beyond The Moongate International Chamber Music Festival in Beijing, China which has held festivals of modern Western and intercultural music. He holds a PhD in Music Composition and Theory from Brandeis University, was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition at Williams College and currently teaches in the Music and East Asian Studies Departments at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
Artist Support Program 2018: Recording of guqin solo and ensemble improvisations and compositions for a CD.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Roger Feldman): The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies
Roger Feldman READ MORE >
Roger Feldman received his BA in Art from the University of Washington in Seattle and his MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. While still in graduate school, his work was selected for a show in Pasadena, CA, and included in an NBC TV special documentary on earthquakes. Feldman has had more than 40 one person shows and his work has been included in over 80 group exhibitions. In 1986, Feldman received an Individual Artist NEA Grant and his work began showing regionally and nationally. His site-specific installations, maquettes, and 2-D works have been shown in twenty-one states and six countries, including Canada, England, Scotland, Austria, Portugal, and Spain. In 2008 Feldman was invited to be one of seven North American artists to meet with seven Asian artists in Bali Indonesia. From that studio interaction an international travelling exhibition continued for three years. Feldman has participated in Artist Residencies at Yaddo in upper state New York; Jentel, outside of Sheridan Wyoming; and Brush Creek Ranch outside of Saratoga, Wyoming. His work is included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West, Who’s Who in American Art, and Who’s Who in the World since or before 2006. His work has been reviewed or featured in publications such as the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Los Angeles Art Scene, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, Art Week, The Seattle Times, The Spokane Spokesman Review, and The Third Way, Exeter, England. Since 2005, his work has been included in the Washington State Arts Commission “Artist Pool” for public art. Public art permanent large scale commissions have included work in Scotland, Canada, Texas, and Renton, Washington.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Jeff Roberts): The New Landscape: Reconstructed Ecologies
City Meditation Crew READ MORE >
City Meditation Crew is a fictitious city department tasked with inspiring hurried pedestrians to slow down and notice their environs one moment at a time. Members remain nameless to the extent possible to emphasize what they do rather than who they are.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with Vaughn Bell): Meditations on Water
Artist Support Program 2011: Create an “audio map” of Seattle in collaboration with a writer, a sound artist, and a scientist.
Vaughn Bell READ MORE >
Vaughn Bell is an artist who explores the paradoxes and possibilities of how we humans relate to our environment. She has exhibited and installed her sculpture, performance, video and public projects internationally. Venues for her work have included Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Edith Russ Haus for New Media, Espace Fondation EDF Paris, Brightwater Environmental Education Center, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Oayama Sculpture Park in Kamiyama, Japan, and many others. She has completed commissioned public art projects, both permanent and temporary, for diverse locations and also consults and teaches on topics related to public art integration and environmental art.
Vaughn received her MFA from the Studio for Inter-related Media at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.
New Media Gallery 2016-17 (with City Meditation Crew): Meditations on Water
New Media Gallery 2009-10: Thinking Caps
Joel Ong is a media artist. His work explores the ideas of resonance, feedback and site-specificity in the mediums and systems of interdisciplinary digital technologies. He has been interested in how spaces, both physical and digital, can function as repositories of frozen sound. Through elucidating these, he hopes to unravel new meanings and relationships between people, and between people and their environments.
Juniper Shuey is a visual artist based in Seattle. His work has been published in several art books including SOIL Artist, Lava, and Fashion is ART. His video installations, photographs and performances have been shown both nationally and internationally including Italy, Budapest, NYC, Houston, Seattle, Portland and Christchurch, New Zealand. Juniper was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony in 2010 and won the 2013 Stranger Genius Award for Performance with collaborator Zoe Scofield.
Artist/educator Kristin L. Tollefson has received grants and awards from the Fulbright Program, The American-Scandinavian Foundation, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw, and the Island Treasure Award from the Bainbridge Island Arts & Humanities Council. Her art resides in collections including the City of Seattle, 4Culture, the Nordic Heritage Museum and City of Akureyri, Iceland. She received her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA, Cum Laude, in Art History and Anthropology/Sociology from Carleton College. Kristin is Education Director at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.
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.