Monday, December 18, 2006

Art Jam II - The Aftermath

Oh man. Art Jam II With a Vengeance, definitely came back with a vengeance last Saturday. It was another great night of art, music and friends hanging out at Georgetown's 9lb Hammer for the second Art Jam. Once again, local Seattle artists (and Portland) from all backgrounds of art came out to create art and collab. Also, before I forget. I wasn't able to get as many pictures that night as I wanted. Two people came throught with that. One of our photographers came all the way from Portland to take pics. Ryan Bubnis's girlfriend Cecilia was at the ready with her camera. You can check out Cecilia's pics by clicking HERE.
Also, our buddy Lawrence came out to paint, and when he wasn't doing that, he was taking pics too. Check out his flickr account HERE.

Thanks again guys!
There were a lot of familiar faces from the last art jam, as well as some new ones.

Joby from Art Core Studios came out again and cranked out this cool portrait.

Shane White was back again and attacked the boards with his mad painting skills.
In the pic below, you can see Joe Kresoja's arm going to town on one of his own creatures.

Here's a better shot of Joe's finished piece below.

Local Georgetown artist, and part time MC for the evening, Chris Pfeifle, managed to crank out some art when he wasn't on the mic.

Another Georgetown artist, Chris Gay, from Art Core studios, came out to do another one of his painting/collage pieces.

One of the surprises of the night for me was finding out at the last minute that Portland's own Ryan Bubnis was going to be able to make it out for the art jam. Ryan and his girlfriend Cecilia drove all the way up from Portland to be part of the art jam. Here's the beginning of one of his later pieces.

There were some happy art fans that walked away with some Bubnis originals. Thanks again for making the trek to Seattle holmes!

Wade and his girlfriend were back to do another joint collab. It's always fun watching them jam on a piece. They definitely have an art groove that works good together.

Here's a pic of some new blood that came out for the evening. In between popping off pics, Larry did a few cool art pieces. Next to him is Suzanne cranking out some of her characters. Representing her Stumpytown creations once again was Karin. That's the beginning of her painting on the far right in the above pic.

Maija was also back for the jam and did a bunch of pieces that night. I heard crazy stories over the course of the night about people having to draw straws to see who would walk away with one of her pieces. Luckily, with Joe Mazak managing the sales table, nobody was killed.

Once again, the festivities went up until last call. While all the patrons were leaving, and all the artists were packing up, Shane was the last artist standing. I thought everyone was done drawing and painting, but when I turned around towards the stage, Shane was going to town on this kick ass piece, below. I thought maybe this would be my chance to buy something that night after everyone was leaving, but when I went over to the sales table, it was gone. Someone snatched it up before I could. At an art jam like this, if you snooze, you loose.

Once again, it was a great night, and everyone that attended had a blast. This time things went a lot smoother than the last one. Thanks, everyone, for coming out, and thanks to everyone that helped out with putting this one together once again. Also, check back regularly for any art jam news. From the sounds of it, there will be more parties like this in '07. Until then....stay frosty.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

ART JAM II-With a Vengeance

There was so much good feedback from the last art jam, it looks like we're going to be doing another one sooner than later.

Like the flyer says, December 16th-8:00pm to 2:00am
6009 Airport Way South

And once again, Georgetown's lovely 9lb Hammer has offered up the bar to let us host it one more time. So, if you have nothing to do on the 16th, come out and watch some local Seattle artists create live art. All art is going to be for sale that night. First come first serve. If anything, just come out, have some drinks, listen to the DJ's spin some vinyl, and have a good time. Hope to see you all out there. Check out the last blog post for pics of last month's event.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

GEORGETOWN ART JAM (the rundown)

Alright Seattle. If you came out on Saturday night to the 9lb. Hammer for the Down and Dirty Art Jam, I think you already know how much fun it was. Whether you were participating in the art, or if you happened to come in off the street to watch the artists get down, I know you know, how super crazy that night was.

The evening was all about live art being done on the spot. Some people got down on their own art, and others collaborated on joint pieces. There was a tight list of artists that we rotated, and there were others that literally came out unannounced. I think we managed to fit in everybody. (I hope) I just now tried to count out the artists that created art last night. My list came out to 26 local artists all together. TWENTY SIX! What I was personally looking forward to was the variety or artists coming out that night, and I wasn't let down. The types of artists on the easels ranged from , comic book artists, animators, portrait artists, landscape artists, graffiti artists, cartoonists, tattoo artists and sculptors.There were a lot of neighborhood people that helped out and made that night come together. Truth to tell, we underestimated how many people would show up that night. It was standing room only at the 9lb Hammer all night long. That didn't stop people from dancing on the tables though.

The pic above is Jordan's take on Two-Face.

Here's a killer piece above from Memo Diaz.

I wish this picture came out better. These two pieces were some of the first of the evening to come out. The one on the left is from Gene. The one on the right is my partner in crime for the evening who helped in putting this together, Corrie Greening.

Here's one example of two artists tag teaming on a piece. The first one that sold before it could dry was the collab above from Shane White and Joe Kresoja. They also jammed on the below painting.

Here's the "gallery" a.k.a. the shuffle board. This will give you an idea of how big some of these paintings were. Like I said, I didn't get pics of all the art. (It was slammed folks) What you're seeing in this blog is less than half of what was created that night.

Below is a piece done by local tattoo artist Chris Gay from Artcore Studios.
Chris came in with some old poster of a policeman helping out kids, or something. Wasn't sure what he was going to do with it, but before I knew it he ripped it up, plastered on some board and went to town adding his own twisted take on it.

That was the same process for the below piece that he jammed on with local artist Chris Pfeifle.

I wish I had more pics like this one. If anyone has any cool shots they'd like to share, please email them to me. It was so crazy that night that I only got a handful of pics. The joint piece below had at least three guys on it. Memo, Shane and Bart contributed to this one.

This one above was from a local Georgetown artist by the name of John Ohannesian.

Here's a cool one from another Art Core tattoo artist, Atom.

The above piece is from Bart.

This guy came out of nowhere with his buddy and cranked out some cool stuff too. Biker did the above graffiti piece, as well as the one this guy below is holding in his left hand.

Sorry for forgetting his name, but the same guy bought another painting as well from Stumpytown's own Karin Yamagiwa Madan. Karin threw down her best chicken leg with Jawas. Now you know why this guy has that look on his face. Look at the two killer paintings he bought. The only rule for the night was that nothing was sold for over $50. You can't beat that folks.

The painting in the background above was done by these two criminals. My roomate Dave Mazak and my partner Corrie. They cranked this one out pretty quick. This was one of the pieces that was being fought over that night. Luckily nobody was hurt.

You can see a collab by Emily Leanord and Maija Fiebig in the bottom left of the above pic. It was great to see those two jam on a piece. Standing up in the middle is my DJ Tiki.

Above is a cool piece on carboard by Wade Schin. I think I saw his lady friend working on it too. It was hard keeping track of everything going on, so if I missed an artists name, sorry.

You can see some more of the madness in these pics. The art table was pretty much DESTROYED by the end of the night. People went through about 30ish (not counting what some artists brought themselves to paint on) pieces of board, and even that was cut up into smaller pieces at times. When artists weren't painting, they just drew on the art table. Once we cleaned up the table, we found some nice gems underneath the rubble and fallout.

Here's a better picture of Maija Fiebeg and Emily's piece. You can kind of see an attempt at a Hendrix painting I did in the middle there.

One of the later joint pieces at the end of the evening was the city and clouds one one in the background. Corrie and Dave again, and maybe some other artists. On the right there is Maija Fiebeg ,who kicked some ass that night I might add.

Maija was a trooper staying till the very end while she put the finishing touches on the below painting. This one really came out looking gorgeous.

The camera really doesn't do justice to the subtle washes she layed down. Maija also cranked out the painting below as well.

After everyone cleared out, people still wanted to paint. Even the easel was a victim of an art crime. I wish I knew this guy's name, but he just kind of came in at the end of the night and threw this down, and then split.

Here's a picture of Corrie at the end of the night, putting down a tee-kill-ya. That smile on her face is her bewilderment at how crazy the evening was without anyone getting killed ,maimed, or suffocated. Great work lady! You kick ass!

All in all it was a great night and the turnout was FAR BEYOND what we expected. Everyone I talked to had a blast. Everyone kicked much ass that night-the artists, the DJ's, the bartenders of the 9lb, the crowd was great, everyone was diggin on the vibe and it's more than obvious that people were into what was going on. I had an old blog post from June on here, and it was just a tiny rant at the end of the post about where my head was at the time. I didn't realize it while we were putting this together, but what was supposed to be a small night of art, turned into a huge step towards the kind of scene I think more people want to see.

Like I said, maybe I don't get out enough. Maybe I'm old and just don't hear about events like this in my town. That's fine. If the same people that came out to help and make art want to do this again, let's do it. I'm down. In a big way. Get on board. Let's see where this goes. Everyone I talked to kept asking me when the next event like this is going to be. I'm not sure yet, but believe me. It will happen again. (Right Corrie?) Not sure when yet, but it will happen. Stay tuned kids. Stay tuned...............