Visette Boutique is the realization of Visal Sam's creative dream. Growing up through civil unrest in Cambodia, Visal was drawn to the rich color and shape of the fashion world.
Artifact served as Designer and General Contractor, working with local artisans and fabricators. Many thanks to Sienna Dawn and Designs by Ferdod for their invaluable assistance with interior design and a great many other things, and to Artist Tina Randolph, for the special way her collaboration on this project and with Artifact Gallery made for a unique experience between art gallery and the developed environment, imagined and brought to life.
A multi-faceted project that began with an archaeological excavation, further revealing stone work originally designed by the Olmsted Brothers in the early 20th Century.
Artifact served as Construction Manager and provided Pre-Construction services, including participation in a collaborative Design process with the owner.
The story of an object is important. Sometimes a merchant, Artifact has had the pleasure of working with companies that create artistic utilitarian goods.
Everything is an Artifact. Everything is left behind.
Supporting small business, and ever mindful of our lasting impact on the environment, we are proud to pro-actively participate in the important discussion of how our everyday manufacturing and consumerism impact our civilization.
Deep in the heart of the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest, the Mountain Loop retreat is a rugged endeavor in the North Cascades. This work in progress involves forestry, bridge building, infrastructure, and the re-birth of a cabin one step away from becoming part of the forest itself.
Artifact is serving as Designer and Construction Manager for this project.
“American Majestic” continues the tradition of Link’s anthropomorphic animals, embellished with flowers, bells, tools, and other adornments... this time, channeling the spirit of American Pioneers.
...is documentation through spray paint, acrylic, oil, house paint and varnish of summer 2015 as absorbed and filtered by Northwest artist John Sarkis.
Capturing 3 short months spent soaking sun, lighting firecrackers, smelling flowers and dancing all night, Sarkis’ new work highlights the artist’s dissipation through bent truths and layers of paint. Melting figures and tropical still lifes reveal Sarkis as observer and participant.
Tina Randolph is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, Washington. She creates compelling environments and artwork for clients and collectors in public and private spaces and collections. Randolph's work has contributed immeasurably to the vibrant art and design movement in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. Her architectural plaster and cement finishes and large scale murals enliven the area’s most intriguing restaurants and bars. Numerous solo shows as well as private commissions have given collectors access to mixed media painting throughout her 25 year career.
Old world materials manifest the heart of Seattle based artist Tina Randolph’s work.
“I am guided by what ancient artistic mediums can be when translated by my mad methods.
I have been playing with the white mud of plaster for over 20 years, creating intricate designs through pigments and layers, through patterns and relief. While, wax and gold leaf have captivated me for over a decade… really my whole life.
These are old world materials. They are ancient and precious. They are malleable. With a torch, flame and applied heat, I melt and seduce them into surfaces that define my work.
With color and pattern new depths are discovered, imaginary landscapes that exist only through the layering of wax melted into plaster tinted and gilded with silver and gold leaf.
Through stencils I find containment, which allows for even broader creativity.
I don’t plot and plan, I follow instinctively. I enter into the process and let the process guide the work. I don’t push, I surrender to the pull.
This is my first solo show in a decade. Opening on my 50th birthday, one could say a lot has built up to this. Ample self-expectations and an earnest desire to create and succeed. More than anything, I feel gratitude. I feel such powerful gratefulness that I am still producing work. That I am here expressing beauty and experiencing it every day. My “day job” keeps me smelling of sweet bee’s wax and resin. My “office” is cradled in plaster and sprinkled with its dust. Gold leaf flakes drift across the floor, catch me at the ankles and nestle in the pockets of my sweater. Blue tape clings to the bottom of my shoes.
This is what I do for beauty…..For the love of heat.”
The sensational history of “Black Magic” dates back to 1976 when the original owner, Alan Hilzer (then 19), purchased the car new for $5,456.
While posted at Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse, Louisiana, people say Hilzer went to the voodoo doctor, where he made a deal in exchange for the fastest car in the Northwest.
Like many teens in the late 1970’s Hilzer was a fan of Smokey and the Bandit. Upon returning from his time in the South, Hilzer set out to find his dream car. He decided on a 1977 stock-appearing, four speed-equipped Pontiac and from the smoke of the voodoo doctor’s offering rose Helen, his Trans Am.
Soon Hilzer started racing the car locally at the Spokane County Race Track, where Helen became known as “Black Magic.” Helen seemed unbeatable and Hilzer soon gathered several sponsors. He still holds the NHRA stock record at SCRT for running a 10.92 at 118 mph ¼ mile as well as 16 other local track records.
But on May 18th, 1980, Hilzer broke his deal by refusing to race against an undefeated opponent. Those present that day say that as soon as he refused to race, Mt. St. Helens erupted in ash and fire.
Felling this disaster was his fault, Alan immediately jumped in the car and started rescuing people from the destruction. Ultimately, Helen sucked up so much ash that the motor blew…his good deeds unable to save the car, her time as the fastest car in the Northwest came to an end.
Hilzer kept Black Magic in his barn for over 30 years until Seattle artist Duffyleg brought her back to life as the centerpiece of his Pop Art concept to create a 1:1 scale “model car kit” from a historic American automobile.
Joe Shlichta w/ Hickory Mertsching, Bob Parks, Mr. Brainwash
Tracy Boyd uses defined brush movement, intense texture and scale in her new oil on canvas paintings. Tracy’s background in design shows itself through strong graphical influence and an ability to create visual impact through calculated chance. She purposely composes and orchestrates paintings directly on the canvas with no advance preparation or sketching in an effort to authentically and organically interpret her subjects.
“Power Clash” features the work of eight artists who create mood through geometric explorations matched with organic motifs.
Maria Rose Adams, Ayumi Takahashi, Katie Batten, Elizabeth Gahan, Ryan Weatherly, Adam Friedman, Reed Brudge, & Casey Scalf (Sensebellum)
Guided by shape and driven by pattern, the colorful and sometimes loud compositions pack in stimulating visual content that reflects each artist’s experience with place and identity. In many cases bending the rules of perspective, distance and light to influence the relationship between the viewer and the emotion created by the moment.
Color-filled Interior and exterior environments composed of precise geometric forms are contrasted with gestural organic elements, together forming a playful and moody Power Clash.
Artifact gallery is pleased to present "Ecology of Three Wise Men", a group show featuring Pacific Northwest artists Baso Fibonacci, Ethan Jack Harrington and Hickory Mertsching. These three gents paint environments relating the experience of man and beast to their physical surroundings.
Each artistic voice reads as a personal narrative, revealing something of the artists’ perspective on what it means to exist.
Mountains aren’t real when you’re on them. That’s because mountains aren’t meant to be on, they’re only real from a distance looking out at them. Only through looking may you experience the reality of a mountain. Even when I’m looking at a mountain I feel something strange that’s not awe or wonder, but something like terror and confusion, or maybe disbelief. Something’s not right. I’m still not convinced it’s there. Maybe it’s an illusion.
These absurd thoughts are what brought these paintings to life. How would it feel if the largest things on earth were fake? Are mountains merely a barrier? What secrets could be hiding behind them if you could see? Possible doorways to other worlds? Towers that lead to unseen waters? My paintings try to communicate some of the bizarre thoughts mentioned above by transporting viewers to an alternate reality of strange color, pattern, and texture.
Ive abandoned my city.
But i dream about it.
Ive been working on vacation.
Serving to the masses.
Ive come up with a few good ideas
In a redundant state of constant change.
Ive been Thinking of you.
Ive been trying to stay persistent
With my exaggerated slang.
Living in an existential meltdown.
Its the alcohol talking, no its the boredom, its the late shifts, imagination takes flight, inflated infatuation with repeated illustrations, embedded in my brain.
Its my ego.
Come over for dinner, i will paint you a picture.
Im lost in translation.
Im a slurred word for vocab.
Its an anomaly.
Its just an excuse to talk dirty.
How many times can i dance to this song.
Ive been waiting for someone to tell me to turn it down.
How long will you allow me to scribble like an adolescent?
GrAffiti is the new facebook.
Turn the TV off.
There is no history lesson
Bring back the tramp stamp
So i have something to look at
So many Thoughts scattered
In hells kitchen.
Staggering from one celebration of oblivion to another
If my body is my temple
I'll have spraypaint for breakfast
And punchlines for dinner
Living in the luxury of poverty
Give me all the boos and all the food
Just come over for dinner
I'll be wAiting for you.
Artifact Gallery is pleased to present Seattle artist Joe Shlichta’s solo exhibition, ‘Tools of the Trade’, opening June 2. This is a series of ten oil paintings, ranging from small to mid-sized works. Created in the last ten months, we are thrilled to be able to show this latest work.
This series was inspired by industrial work spaces in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Shlichta found fascination in the multitude of disordered tools and leftover parts of projects all crammed into a friend’s shop. The shapes and arrangements of objects are purely utilitarian and have no claims to aesthetic appeal, but they became the genesis for this body of work.
Artifact Gallery in association with Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival are pleased to showcase seven influential artists from the west coast music festival scene. This will be the gallery’s first show of 2016, and the first showing for each of these established PNW artists at Artifact.
With oil, acrylic and airbrush on canvas and panel, each artist in this group show taps into the connection between human essence, physicality and our intrinsic connection with the life-force of nature.
Please join us April 7th for our opening reception, which includes performances by Down Temple and Tea Service by Omar.
CASCADIA NW Arts & Music Festival /// Join Starborne Shows on July 21-24th for three days of music, art, performances, vending, workshops and camping in Granite Falls, WA. More info at www.CascadiaNW.com
Beginning July 2nd, Artifact has the pleasure of hosting new oil, acrylic and ink paintings on canvas and paper by Seattle artists, Polina Tereshina and Rob Katkowski.
Having previously exhibited work in the Northeast and Southern United States, this will be the first gallery showing for Tereshina and Katkowski in the Pacific Northwest.