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The Reading Room by Barbara Earl Thomas December 16, 2013 – Posted in: Art

I am a storyteller, a recycler of memory and everyday acts – Barbara Earl Thomas After a six year break from the gallery world Barbara Earl Thomas is letting us see her work again. Why such a long hiatus? Thomas was all in at the Northwest African American Museum, spending most of the six years as Executive Director. The commitment  to the museum, which she also help found, limited her energies but now, with the museum…

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Julian Montague’s invented intellectual history of pest control December 11, 2013 – Posted in: Art, book design, graphic design, Illustration, Installation

As part of his 2010 site-specific installation, Secondary Occupants Collected & Observed at Black & White Gallery, Julian Montague invented a  intellectual history of pest control through covers of fictitious paperbacks. In addition to the covers the installation , which examined multiple aspects of animal/architecture engagement, included a rotten garden shed, 48 portrait banners and an assemblage of different specimens found and multiple photographs taken in the process of researching wildlife and architecture.       Montague’s appreciation…

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“The Street is in Play” – The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti November 18, 2013 – Posted in: Art

The street is in play – Banksy – Manhattan, Oct. 2013 Talk about good timing. Right on the heels of  Banksy’s month-long residency in New York City comes the release of the definitive survey of international street art,  The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti. Published by Yale University Press and compiled by Rafael Schacter the book is organized geographically by country and city and showcases more than 100 of today’s most important street…

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The Art of Steven “Jesse ” Bernstein November 7, 2013 – Posted in: Art, Painting

Steven “Jesse ” Bernstein just might be the most the important Seattle poet and performance artist that you never heard of. He opened shows for Nirvana and Soundgarden and was pals with Willliam Burroughs. He even rode on Ken Kesey’s Magic Bus! Bernstein also spent years in a mental institution during his adolescence and became a heroin addict soon after. In 1991 he pulled a Johnny Cash and went to the Monroe, Washington State Penitentiary Special Offenders unit…

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