Category Archives: Pioneer Square

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Artifakt’s Two Year Anniversary!

It seems like just yesterday that the Seattle urban art non-profit Artifakt was started. Run by dozens of volunteers, Artifakt brings in fresh artists and live music to nearly all of their events and have really made quite a name for themselves in the last two years.

Tomorrow is their celebration at Lo Fi for their two year anniversary. Be there or be square!

Amongst the headlining artists on display is Chris Sheridan, who has some new skateboards on display in the photos below. Which is your favorite?

RedD & Carl Faulkner’s Tibetan Hentai (Non-PG)

Every art blog needs a little bit of nudity, right?

I first saw this piece (and its counterparts) months and months ago, and I fell in love with the whole series instantly. Unfortunately, at $700 a pop, it’s well past my price range. At least I have these photos to remind me that these pieces are things I’ll probably never buy and put on my wall, but they’re a spectacular blend of traditional Asian art and anime nonetheless.

Much props to RedD and Carl Faulkner for collaborating on these pieces and meshing their styles together so flawlessly.

Artoleptic Urban Arts & Music Festival 2008

Artoleptic threw its first event last year, in the parking lot adjacent to the 619 Building and the Snowboard Connection. Some decent art pieces were created, but the sense of community was lacking, partially due to the fact that the event was barely publicized.

Earlier this month was year two of the Artoleptic urban arts and music festival. The non-profit rented out the same space but gave out free booth space to artists, got sponsored by Glaceau, enlisted the participation of many more mural artists, chose a much more diverse selection of music, and brought on Skate Like A Girl for girl skate workshops.

Here were some of the highlights from the event:

Ego and 179 join hands for a mural.

Ten Hundred, who was covered in the Spring 2008 Issue of REDEFINE, gives away free drawings at his well-stocked, colorful booth.

Weston Jandacka and Johnny O’Brady at the Canvas Gallery

Johnny O’Brady shows off his beautiful Starlet Wallpapers at the Canvas Gallery.

Weston Jandacka is a photographer and a painter, but his current work on display at the Canvas Gallery is from his “Objects” series. Perhaps these objects have no connection with one another… perhaps they do. I’ll leave that to you to figure out! Oils and acrylics on wood.

First Thursday, Pioneer Square, July 2008

Alright, this is a bit late, but a late post is better than a non-post, correct? 🙂
Here are some of our favorites from the July 2008 First Thursday Art Walk! Enjoy! 🙂

Bryan Mandronico‘s kooky, sci-fi inspired paintings aren’t just expertly colored; his use of clean lines, abstract shapes, and negative space make well-balanced, powerful pieces.

Bryan Mandronico shows with a little gold leaf and acrylic paint that sea creatures, popes, and aliens can hang out together without a hitch.

Erin Kendig, also known as Little Red Girl, didn’t have many pieces for sale on this day. Nonetheless, her space, which was shared with previously covered Ryan Molenkamp, was one of the hits of the 619 Building.

Two tree lovers embrace in Erin Kendig‘s beautifully inked and intricately plotted drawings. (Note the little red girl in the lower left, watching the lovers.)

Stacey Rozich‘s Birdhaus Complete is a colorful display of different birds. Watercolors on paper.

Stacey Rozich‘s Problems at Sea offers a new take on seafaring. Watercolors on paper.

Jason Sho Green’s Work Faces Transformations

Jason Sho Green has long been a buddy of REDEFINE; we interviewed him in 2005 for what what might’ve been his first interview, and he was extremely bashful about talking about himself then.

When I saw that his work was on display on the top floor of the 619 Building, I had to check it out. It’d effectively been a year since I’d really seen any of his work (since his 2007 Seattle International Film Festival campaign). Fresh off a one year stint taking art classes (as he was previously untrained), Green says that his current works are a more accurate reflection of his desires. Whereas he previously felt like he had to compromise his artistic vision in his final products, he now seems more confident in his technical abilities, and the results show a noticeable departure from his previous work. It is quite clear that Green has newfound technical abilities and more of a fine art side to him, but I’m interested in seeing what the future will bring for his pieces, how these changes will change his fanbase, and whether it will take him from the Seattle scene to elsewhere. Don’t worry, though… as evidenced by his awesome Threadless Tee (which I’ll have to buy since I’m a Sagittarius), Green still has a sense of humor.

Click here to read his post about this piece or here to see how the piece has evolved.