It’s almost time again for the Art Walk Awards! Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 9 for another night of art, drinks, music and cash prizes at Sole Repair following the Capitol Hill Art Walk. The party starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Winners are announced at 9:45 p.m. RSVP here.
Not familiar with the AWA? Each quarter three guest judges explore Seattle’s neighborhood artwalks and select nine exhibited artworks as finalists. The night of the Art Walk Awards, attendees at the event (aka YOU) vote for the winners. The top three artworks receive cash prizes and the first-place artwork gets featured in City Arts magazine.
This quarter’s judges are cornerstones of Seattle’s art scene. We’re lucky to have them and look forward to unveiling their final selections later this month!
What I’m Looking For My tastes are extremely broad, but I turn away from the slightest whiff of cynicism. Anger is fine. Rage is fine. Disappointment and even despair is fine. These are honest and real, whereas cynicism abdicates from any real emotion or engagement and presumes the audience to be incapable of critical thought. I am truly impressed when an artist can come at challenging, complex subject matter and represent it sincerely, and perhaps even offer a vision of healing. I enjoy safe, pretty work, too, but the riskier stuff is truly rewarding, especially if there is strong technique to support it.
What I’m Looking For I don’t try to pretend that I curate or judge art without bias. Art is personal to me so I am connected to work that feels personal for the artist and hits a note of my experience as well. I am compelled by thoughtfulness, experimentation and the ability for a work to remain in my mind long after viewing it. I enjoy work that acts like a question that needs answering or a problem that needs working. I’m particularly interested in work with an element of mystery, evoking the unknown. I admire the restraint it takes for artists to let the work speak and to allow for gaps, and to not try to put all of their thoughts into one piece but to allow for the viewer to let their own background and understanding inform the work. I feel the questions a work evokes are often more beautiful than the answers.
What I’m Looking For I believe in Monsieur de Pury’s short-lived soundbite advice to be bold; be brave; be amazing. When most exhibitions are best seen in passing, the work must first stop me in my tracks. The catalyst for this deviation may assume many forms, but it must assume one. If I linger, interest piqued, you’ve probably got me. When it comes to your statement, may I suggest another raison d’art? Be honest. Don’t rave at me with some pedantically sesquipedalian obtusion; embrace the simple idea that got you started in the first place, and speak plainly, friend. The long and the short of it? I want to see you make real the weird stuff that lives deep inside your mind grapes.