My dear friend and Portland-based musician, Alan Grosvenor recently launched a shiny new site for his project, FANTASYTANK. It features music and video projects from his time in Seattle, Portland, and Scandinavia.  At the risk of sounding like a terrible music writer, his new record sounds like nightswimming with Thor while Kate Bush lifeguards. Awesome.

Alan, circa 2010

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intimacy// Feb. 3rd

To celebrate the closing of my and Anne Petty's show Inside and Out, Blindfold Gallery will be hosting  intimacy// an afternoon of live music and poetry featuring poets Corinna Ann Rosendahl & Bill Carty with musicians Jackie An of Circadies & Adam Boehmer of Tenderfoot. If you haven't been by, the show looks beautiful in the space and this is your LAST CHANCE to see it before its all packed into boxes!
Adam Boehmer

Tenderfoot's Adam Boehmer, photo by Chris Mueller

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Blindfold Show- OPENS JAN. 10th

Ryan Finnerty & Anne Petty

INSIDE AND OUT Opening January 10th, 2013: 6pm to 9pm Closing Reception with Music and Poetry February 3rd, 2013: 3pm On display: January 2 - February 3, 2013

New Work by Anne Petty

Selected Portraits by Ryan Finnerty

                                                    This show is a knockout and I'm proud to have 18 selected portraits sharing space with Anne Petty's drawings. Bonus: Find the 19th portrait (of the artist) on site. You might be amused.
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For Christmas

Hand-set letterpress print, 2010

The above print is based on a medieval framework for contemplation.  This four-tiered structure is mirrored in the four-part sections of Gothic cathedrals wherein Victoria and his contemporaries wrote music structured in four overlapping parts. The "thinking-architecture" connection is still only speculative, however, and the four-part polyphony probably has more to do with the acoustics of the buildings than any philosophical venture. But it seems worthy of contemplation...  Merry Christmas.  
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Encountering the Sublime in Cleveland

The Artist Encounters the Sublime... by proxy.

This one goes out to anyone who has endured my 19th Century Art lectures, or is otherwise interested in my recent trip to Cleveland.  Made with assistance from Frederic Edwin Church and Carolyn Reddy's phone.  I also feel indebted to this gentleman.

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Some thoughts from Plato

Last week I gave an artist talk over at Digipen Institute of Technology.  The school is a training ground for game industry artists, so I was invited as a "fine artist" and told I should discuss my work in whatever way I pleased.  Being in a lecture hall with this kind of latitude was deeply liberating.  So I showed some pictures and we asked eachother some questions.  In trying to explain the core questions of my practice, I showed some cave paintings, and used this section of Plato's Phaedrus:
For this invention [writing] will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom, for they will read many things without instruction and will therefore seem to know many things, when they are for the most part ignorant and hard to get along with, since they are not wise, but only appear wise.
This has real implications for our culture in the digital age, but I think speaks to some interesting questions about observation and knowing.
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Group Show at LxWxH,

LxWxH: Outside the Box - a presentation of past and present LxWxH artists
6007 12th Ave S, Seattle WA 98108*
   *gallery is above Via Tribunali

Opening reception: Saturday, 8 December 6pm-9pm, Georgetown's Art Attack

I'll have BRAND NEW WORK up in this show.

Runs from Saturday 8 December through Saturday 29 December, by appointment only
Historically, Length Width Height has been a box of art with two original pieces of work by two artists, and an essay or literary project by a featured writer. This project was founded by Seattle artist and curator Sharon Arnold,  out of the idea that art should be sustainable and accessible. By collaborating with Seattle artists and writers, LxWxH provides a venue to bring people together and collect art in an affordable and approachable way.
The gallery space will continue this tradition, featuring a varied collection of small and large works and sculptures during its month-long shows, opening every second Saturday during Georgetown’s Art Attack, and will eventually open its doors for community events such as workshops, lectures, and readings.
LxWxH's inaugural show will feature all past and present visual artists who have participated in the subscription project from its inception in March 2011, through the end of 2012. A full list can be found on our website; including Joey Veltkamp, Serrah Russell, Ryan Finnerty, Brian Cypher, Kimberly Trowbridge, Ollie Glatzer, Amanda Manitach, Rumi Koshino, Ryan Molenkamp, Gretchen Bennett, and more.
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Talking with Walls

A quote from architect Louis Kahn: And if you think of Brick, for instance, and you say to Brick, "What do you want Brick?" And Brick says to you "I like an Arch." And if you say to Brick "Look, arches are expensive, and I can use a concrete lentil over you. What do you think of that?" "Brick?" Brick says: "... I like an Arch"” Mr. Kahn is alluding to two important design concepts: Medium Specificity and Object Language. Object Language is dramatized above by a talking brick, but we can apply the concept to any designed system when we ask the question, "What is this thing designed to say to me?" Examples:

"I was built carefully. I'll be here a long time."

"I've been adapted over my long, useful lifetime."

"I'm required to occupy a rectangular space. Also, I hate you."

Architect 1: So we should minimize the windows on the western face to cut glare and solar gain. How about a blank steel wall? Architect 2: Sure, sure. Everybody loves those. But should we maybe design something useful for that side of the building? #1: Like a series of arbitrarily placed rectangles painted onto the steel? #2: YES. That was JUST what this building needed.  High five, licensed architect!
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