There is plenty of interesting activity coming out of the studio this summer. If you are in the Spokane/Seattle area I would love to see you at one (or both) of the exhibits I will be a part of… #1 – The Stinktown2 Collective (a collaborative project by Scott Kolbo and Lance Sinnema) will be exhibiting a new body of work in Spokane in August 2016. #2 – We will be staging a special election year performance in Seattle at the Soil Gallery on August 7th.The info is below, it would be wonderful to see you there!
#1 The Escalation: The Surveillance Project
Saranac Art Projects
25 W Main Ave. Spokane, WA
August 5 – August 27, 2016
FREE OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 5, 2016. 5 – 8 pm.
Admission is free and the gallery is open to the public Thursdays from 2-6pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 12-8pm.
The exhibit will include a new video project and a series of collaborative drawings centered on the theme of surveillance and the widespread distrust we all appear to have for the other side of the political divide… The work will include plenty of our usual slapstick comedy/moments of catharsis, but the meaning of the project has taken an unexpected turn in light of recent social and political events. We hope it will prompt plenty of laughter, but also some reflection on the state of the world we have created for each other.
This project was generously supported by the Washington Artist Trust and we are grateful for the equipment it allowed us to purchase – and for time this grant gave us to work together again.
Alongside the Spokane show we will also be preforming at the Soil Gallery (in conjunction with all the activity surrounding the Seattle Art Fair).
#2 “Does Live Art Have to be Experienced Live?”
Escalation: Election Year Battle
SOIL Artist-Run Gallery, 112 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104, USA ()
Sun, August 7, 9pm – 10pm
(We are currently scheduled to perform at the time listed above, but make sure you double check the schedule on-line – and think about taking in some of the other performances that will be happening that weekend).
Escalation, performed by Scott Kolbo and Lance Sinnema is a collaborative performance/project inspired by the increasingly volatile language that surrounds our current political discourse. The artists will explore of the tensions produced by our current situation – living in a state of constant surveillance mixed with a sense of on-line anonymity. For this performance the artists will monitor social media forums where political argument takes place and catalog the phrases and words that appear regularly. This anonymous language will then be transferred onto foam letterpress clubs and boxing gloves and used as a means to impress this aggressive political speech onto human bodies. When a word that is on one of the weapons appears on the one of the current presidential candidate’s social media streams the appropriate combatant will be allowed to use it on the body of the other. This will encourage the audience to participate by discovering words (or perhaps tweeting words themselves to activate the performance).
Lastly… The Elements Project – Some Videos To Look At
I have posted some of the videos from the Elements Project on my portfolio page (a collaboration with Brian Chin, Ben Thomas, and the Band “Torch”) . The videos are missing the amazing musical soundtrack they will have in the end, but this should provide you with something to look at until the final documentation of the project is completed. The videos are currently being edited and the sound mixed – we will have more information soon about a potential multi-media album, future performances, etc.