Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Chun Shao | Silicone Love - Her Garden READ MORE >
Piano Drop READ MORE >
Erin Elyse Burns | To Take the Shape of the Container READ MORE >
Amber Flame | ::intrigue::8 READ MORE >
Martin Jarmick | The Final Image READ MORE >
Trimpin's Hear & Now READ MORE >
Naima Lowe | Aren't They All Just Love Songs Anyway? READ MORE >
Chun Shao READ MORE >
Chun Shao is an artist whose research interests encompass the field of live performance, multimedia installation, e-textiles, physical computing, data-driven art, and speculative design. Her work aims to depict the evolving aesthetic between human body and its technological implementations. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, China, and Japan. She is currently a PhD candidate at DXARTS, University of Washington. She received an MFA degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from China Academy of Art.
New Media Gallery 2018-19: Silicon Love – Her Finger
Erin Elyse Burns READ MORE >
Erin Elyse Burns’s interdisciplinary art practice navigates territory within the disciplines of photography, video, installation, the performative gesture, and artifact. Her work is often influenced by an attraction to overwhelming landscapes. She casts herself as a figure within these environments in order to create experiences that evoke a sense of the picturesque, the vulnerable, and the absurd. Preoccupied with being both the seer and being seen, Burns explores this dual position of power that allows for a dichotomy of distanced scrutiny and inherent intimacy. Concepts of private ritual, identity, physicality, and the ephemeral persistently fascinate her. Her work has been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA, and the Nevada Museum of Art, Reno as well as in numerous group and solo exhibitions. Recent showings include a collaborative solo exhibition presented by Lilla Galleriet in Gerlesborg, Sweden, an installation created for Seattle’s Photographic Center Northwest Notions of Home exhibition, publication in the latest issue of the photographic journal Latitude 47, Border Patrol Gallery’s exhibition of her work in Portland, Maine and its presentation at the New England Art Book Fair and the Boston Art Book Fair. Recent artist residencies include the Vermont Studio Center and the Westfjords Residency in northern Iceland. Burns has received grants from the Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle, The New Foundation Seattle, and was a 2016 Fulbright Arts Finalist. She completed her BFA at the University of Nevada, Reno, and her MFA at the University of Washington’s Photomedia program. She is based in Seattle, WA where she is Visual Arts Foundations Studio Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts.
New Media Gallery 2018-19: To Take the Shape of the Container
Martin Jarmick READ MORE >
Martin Jarmick grew up in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle experimenting with art, music and film from a young age. After a patchwork of project work, production roles, and countless jobs, he returned to college as an older student and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. His professional experience in art and digital media production spans twenty years with moving-image and sound works for screen, stage performance, gallery installation, and virtual reality. He has taught youth and college level courses in time-based and immersive media, helping a diversity of young artists find their voice through a multitude of tools.
New Media Gallery 2018-2019: The Pieces
Trimpin READ MORE >
Trimpin is a German-born composer and sound artist who has lived and worked in Seattle since 1979. His sound sculptures, installations and set designs have been developed in collaboration with artists such as Merce Cunningham, Samuel Beckett, Conlon Nancarrow and the Kronos Quartet. His work has appeared at museums, galleries, and festivals across the Pacific Northwest. The documentary film TRIMPIN: The Sound of Invention premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the MacArthur “Genuis” grant.
Combining digital technology with everyday salvaged materials, Trimpin has invented ways of playing everything from giant marimbas to a 60-foot stack of guitars using MIDI commands. Taking inspiration equally from the junkyard as the museum and the concert hall, Trimpin often creates these eccentric and interactive instruments from found materials, including saw blades, toy monkeys, duck calls, beer bottles, bunsen burners, slide projectors, turkey basters, and pottery wheels. Trimpin’s computer-driven musical contraptions defy the constraints of traditional instruments.
Naima Lowe READ MORE >
Naima Lowe comes from a long line of Black people who make things. She has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-great grandparents who are musicians, fashion designers, Sunday school teachers, waitresses, and field hands. Through them she inherited a lineage and aesthetic of Black cultural production that is as enigmatic as it is discernible. These people have also gifted Naima with her commitment to social justice, focused work ethic, and big mouth.
Naima’s work has been exhibited at Anthology Film Archive, The Wing Luke Museum, MiX Experimental Film Festival, National Queer Arts Festival, Judson Memorial Church, and Seattle Center for Contemporary Arts. She holds a BA in Africana Studies from Brown University and an MFA from Temple University. Naima has been an artist in residence at The Millay Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and she’s currently a Visual Art Fellow at The Tulsa Artist Fellowship.
New Media Gallery 2018-19: Aren’t They All Just Love Songs Anyway?
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Amber Flame is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, activist and educator, whose work has garnered residencies with Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and more. In her writing, Flame explores spirituality and sexuality, cross-woven with themes of grief and loss, motherhood and magic, and the interstitial joy in it all. As the singer-songwriter front of her band, Last of the RedHot Mamas, her original music is heavily influenced by both blues and choral music, often morphing from the comfortable into something new through the use of loops and electronically produced instrumentation and effects. A former church kid from the Southwest, Flame’s work is published in diverse arenas, including Def Jam Poetry, Nailed Magazine, Winter Tangerine, and Split This Rock, with her first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, published in 2017 through Write Bloody Press. Flame’s second book of poetry, apocrifa, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.
Artist Support Program 2022 (with Last of the RedHot Mamas): Magick Black Woman Blues, an album of eight original blues songs documenting different aspects of the everyday life of contemporary Black queer women.
Atrium Gallery 2018-19: ::intrigue8::
Artist Support Program 2015: Produce an album of original songs made from the poems of various writers
Artist Support Program 2008: Record Last of the RedHot Mamas, which explores African American mixed race and bi-cultural experiences with spoken word and new arrangements of blues and jazz standards.
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. 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.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 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.
Elisheba Johnson is a multi-media artist and poet and has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work. She has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. Since 2013 Johnson has been at the Seattle Office of Arts of Culture, where she is a project manager in the Public Art Program and works on capacity building initiatives including Public Art Boot Camp for emerging artists, and managing temporary art installation programs.
Beth Sellars served as curator of Suyama Space from co-founding the gallery with George Suyama in 1998 until its closing in 2017. Working as a museum curator in the Pacific Northwest since 1975, and more recently as curator of the City of Seattle’s Portable Art Collection through 2004, Sellars also works as an independent curator. She has served on numerous regional and national jury panels, museum and arts organization boards and committees, and has lectured internationally. Under Sellars’s stewardship, Suyama Space featured artists of national and international reputation in site-specific format, occasionally in collaboration with local and regional organizations. Past media coverage of programming has lauded Suyama Space as one of the Northwest’s pre-eminent contemporary art spaces.
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.