Jack Straw New Media Gallery
The Northwest’s premier space for immersive installation art combining sound, digital media, and other genres.
Yunmi Her | Natural Individuals READ MORE >
Julia Freeman | IRISIRIS READ MORE >
Cameron Perry Fraser | Large String Array READ MORE >
Yunmi Her READ MORE >
Yunmi Her has been working with video installation and interactive art to explore the daily internal conflict of individual lives. An individual’s sense of belonging is the dominant subject of most of her works. These works explore this subject by examining the environmental limitations, social systems, and relationships that contribute to the construction of individual identity. Her video work consists of recordings which depict incidental accidental daily encounters as well as interviews with people concerning their everyday lives. On the contrary, her video installations create dreamlike, ethereal moods which convey not only emptiness and loneliness, but also the senses of hope and satisfaction which arise in the cycle of one’s daily life. She is a graduate student in the DXARTS program at the University of Washington.
New Media Gallery 2019-20: Natural Individuals
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Julia Freeman grew up in a suburb outside of Kansas City, Missouri. Freeman graduated from the University of Washington in 2007 with her MFA in Fibers and has lived in Seattle the past 15 years as an artist, curator and teacher. Four years ago she co-founded The Alice, a curatorial collective which prioritizes supporting underrepresented artists. Her artistic practice has critically examined civility and etiquette, the military industrial complex, drug culture and social media. These projects use a variety of materials and processes which take the form of installations, performance sculptures, book arts and new media works. She is always considering ways to engage the audience in the artistic experience while archiving and examining these systems of power.
New Media Gallery 2019-20: IRISIRIS
Cameron Perry Fraser READ MORE >
Cameron Perry Fraser is a composer and sound artist from Chesapeake, VA. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Washington in the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media and received his master’s degree from Columbia University’s Sound Arts program where he worked at Columbia’s famed Computer Music Center. Cameron composes music for his unique acoustic/electric hybrid instruments, sculptures and instillations. His work often employs ecoacoustic strategies, indeterminate methods and feedback systems.
New Media Gallery 2019-20: Large String Array
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Luann Bice is a Seattle artist who believes in the power of story and art to incite conversations about challenging topics. Using her personal history as a reference point, she reflects upon realities of growing older, explores the ephemeral but cyclical nature of human existence and works to disrupt cultural myths. Her work employs a variety of media – printmaking, sculptural forms, artists books, video and audio – to explore what lies “in-between” external appearance and internal richness. By investigating multiple perspectives of identity, loss and aging, Luann welcomes complexity and encourages viewers to celebrate realistic self descriptions and acceptance.
Nina Bozicnik is associate curator at the Henry Art Gallery, at the University of Washington. At the Henry she has organized the exhibitions Between Bodies (2018), Martha Friedman: Castoffs (2018), The Time. The Place. Contemporary Art from the Collection (2017), MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas present: Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects (2016), and Michelle Handelman: Irma Vep, The Last Breath (2015), among others. Before joining the team at the Henry, she held curatorial positions at the Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire and at the deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts. She holds an MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University.
Michelle de la Vega is a multidisciplinary, installation and social practice artist in Seattle. Her large-scale ventures endeavor to push social and aesthetic boundaries through community dialogue, concept driven materiality and community investment on a wide scale. Michelle was recently commissioned to create a permanent outdoor sculpture for Sound Transit’s Light Rail Station at the new Kent / Des Moines location, and she is excited to be a guest curator for the 2019 Bellwether Grand Connection exhibition.
Michelle was named as an Artist of the Year in 2017 by City Arts Magazine, facilitates a women’s art program in the King County Jail in partnership with The Organization for Prostitution Survivors, and is a beekeeper.
Juan Pampin is Professor of Music Composition at University of Washington and founding faculty member of the Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), for which he currently serves as Director. He received an MA in Composition from Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, France, and a DMA in Composition from Stanford University, where he studied with composer Jonathan Harvey. Juan Pampin’s work explores the concepts of site, memory, and materiality using algorithmic strategies to produce aural phenomena. His sound installations –consisting of site-specific and immersive sonic environments– have been exhibited at many international venues and festivals. Juan Pampin’s music compositions –including pieces for instrumental, digital, and mixed media– have been performed around the world by world-class soloists and ensembles. His “Percussion Cycle” –recorded by Les Percussions de Strasbourg– has been recently released on CD by Sargasso Records, London.
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.