";-) This little happy face is a digital hieroglyphic of the future. Where we study the early cave drawings of the Cro-Magnon, the three-key happy face is the crude beginning of our online, text-based art world. Who invented the winking happy face, anyway?...There is a chapter in art history devoted to text-based art - presenting characters in different compositions, giant, repeating, nonsensical, graphic - it is no new idea. Still, I am struck by the seed of the happy face that concludes so many e-mail correspondences, so young and so prevalent - a wink, a smile, a frown - it is a new way to express our emotions in a sterile and remote landscape. I just have to think this is the first step, the beginning of a new text-based iconography." --Greg Lundgren, The Vital 5 Cookbook

Cave paintings>Cunieform>Hieroglyphics>Kanji characters>The Alphabet>Words>Sentences. Written communication has evolved with mankind over the centuries, and is, with the aid of technology, continuing to do so. Or is it? Some may say the written language is in a state of de-evolution. The advent of online social networking and hand-held devices has forced the modern populace to conform to a new communication rife with abbreviations, acronyms, and 'emoticons'. The written word is reverting back to a collection of symbols and characters. Is this a bad thing or a good thing? Should we be cynical or hopeful?

Arriving hand in hand with this new language is the mind-boggling ability and opportunity to communicate with our fellow man at the press of a button or the touch of a screen. We can make connections we would have never otherwise made. We can construct a history and a friendship before, and many times without, ever meeting face to face. Working as an artist (especially in the drearier than not Pacific Northwest) can feel like working in a vacuum, and this relatively new form of communication is extremely helpful to an artist such as myself struggling to navigate the Seattle art scene; learning about other artists and their work, making friends, giving praise, finding inspiration, becoming a part of the arts community.

With 'Meet Greet Rinse Repeat', I am asking fellow artists to communicate with me in our respective unique visual languages. I begin the conversation with a hand cut, futuristic and highly graphic character of invented symbolism. I hand this off to my collaborator for a reply, who does with it what he/she will, infusing the character with whatever creative spirit they deem fit. The collaborator then passes his/her visual response back to me for the conclusion of the interchange, which will include, in many cases, a resin coating to seal our work together.

I am approaching this project with a sense of anticipation and wonder. What will my collaborators and I say to each other? What will our work say as whole? Will this project bring our community of local artists closer together?

The Collaborati (in alphabetical order, with artist website links):

Sharon Arnold
Ben Beres
Susanna Bluhm
Cynthia Camlin
Daniel Carrillo
Jojo Corväiá
Chris Crites
Jed Dunkerley
Warren Dykeman
Eric Elliott
Cristin Ford
Erin Frost

Marie Gagnon
Cable Griffith
Noah Grussgott
Catherine Gua
Robert Hardgrave
Meg Hartwig
Sol Hashemi/Jason Hirata
Harold Hollingsworth
Etsuko Ichikawa
Amy Johnson
Claire Johnson
Shaun Kardinal

Ken Kelly
Counsel Langley
Margie Livingston
Greg Lundgren
Amanda Manitach
Ryan Molenkamp
Damon Mori
Saya Moriyasu
Molly Norris
Kate Protage
Jason Puccinelli
Ariana Page Russell

Bailey Russel
Erin Shafkind
Arun Sharma
Chris Sheridan
Scott Story
Liz Tran
Kimberly Trowbridge
Sylwia Tur
Joey Veltkamp
Laura Ward
Jennifer Zeyl

Opening April 1, 6-8pm
Runs through April 30th, 2010

MONARCH CONTEMPORARY
Previously located:
312 S. Washington Street
(in the Tashiro-Kaplan Building)
Seattle, WA 98104

Currently located:
444 South Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262

All photography by Shaun Kardinal

Meet Greet Rinse Repeat installed at Monarch Contemporary
photo by Shaun Kardinal

 
 

Meet Greet Rinse Repeat installed at Monarch Contemporary
photo by Ryan Molenkamp

Overgrowth
Sharon Arnold + Troy Gua, acrylic yarn, gatorboard glyph

Broken
Ben Beres + Troy Gua, ink and resin on gatorboard glyph

I Want To See You Settle In To Yourself
Susanna Bluhm + Troy Gua, oil on gatorboard glyph

Glyph Grotto
Cynthia Camlin + Troy Gua, ink, acrylic gel and resin on gatorboard glyph

Contacts
Daniel Carrillo + Troy Gua, photographic prints and resin on gatorboard glyph

(video still from) Glyph N.6
Jojo Corväiá + Troy Gua, digital video projection

I Don't Know What You're Talking About
Chris Crites + Troy Gua, acrylic ink on paper bag, gatorboard glyph

Jazira Glyph, Dubai, U.A.E.
Jed Dunkerley + Troy Gua, pen, ink, colored pencil and resin on gatorboard glyph

Untitled
Warren Dykeman + Troy Gua, acrylic and vinyl paint, and resin on gatorboard glyph

Touch
Eric Elliott + Troy Gua, oil on gatorboard glyph

Excavation
Cristin Ford + Troy Gua, ink and enamel on layered and spackled board, gatorboard glyph

Cut and Run
Erin Frost + Troy Gua, photographic collage and resin on gatorboard glyph

A Village
Marie Gagnon + Troy Gua, oil on gatorboard glyph

Glyphland
Cable Griffith + Troy Gua, papier-mache, foliage, toothpicks, fimo, paint and glue on gatorboard glyph

Sparkle
Noah Grussgott + Troy Gua, glitter and resin on gatorboard glyph

Sharp Relief
Catherine Gua + Troy Gua, 6000+ quilting pins on gatorboard glyph

It's Not You, It's Me
Yort Aug + Troy Gua, automotive paint and resin on gatorboard glyph

Venison
Robert Hardgrave + Troy Gua, acrylic on canvas and thread

Would I Like Me More If You Were As Toxic As He?
Meg Elissa Hartwig + Troy Gua, cardboard, rice paper, wood, and misc. surface treatments on gatorboard glyph

Untitled
Sol Hashemi + Jason Hirata + Troy Gua, photographic print

Scratch/Cleanse
Harold Hollingsworth + Troy Gua, oil and resin on gatorboard glyph

Burn + Melt + Infused = Friends
Etsuko Ichikawa + Troy Gua, glass pyrograph and resin on gatorboard glyph

Protect
Amy Johnson + Troy Gua, gold leaf and mixed media on gatorboard glyph

Winding Road
Claire Johnson + Troy Gua, oil and resin on gatorboard glyph

Misspent Youth
Shaun Kardinal + Troy Gua, underexposed photographs from youth, thread and resin on gatorboard glyph -1998-2002, 2010

Untitled
Ken Kelly + Troy Gua, acrylic and resin on gatorboard glyph

AM Radio
Counsel Langley + Troy Gua, acrylic, graphite and glitter on gatorboard glyph

Wrapped and Sliced Glyph
Margie Livingston + Troy Gua, acrylic on gatorboard glyph

Translation of a Glyph Handed To Me By Troy Gua
Greg Lundgren + Troy Gua, conceptual interpretation and gatorboard glyph

Informe Paste
Amanda Manitach + Troy Gua, watercolor on Lanaquarelle and resin on gatorboard

All That Was Left Behind Was What They Made Together
Ryan Molenkamp + Troy Gua, oil and resin on gatorboard glyph

Tympanic!
Damon Mori + Troy Gua, electro-acoustics and gatorboard glyph

Drama on the Wall of the Basement Bar
Saya Moriyasu + Troy Gua, ceramic, glaze, wallpaper and ribbon on gatorboard glyph

U.S.A
Molly Norris + Troy Gua, mixed media on gatorboard glyph

Pulse
Kate Protage + Troy Gua, oil and resin on gatorboard glyph

Untitled
Jason Puccinelli + Troy Gua, gold leaf, acrylic and resin on gatorboard glyph

Untitled
Ariana Page Russell + Troy Gua, Belle Etoile custom wallpaper and Gallery 4Culture drywall on gatorboard glyph

Parasite
Bailey Russel + Troy Gua, photographic print and resin on gatorboard glyph

YES!
Erin Shafkind + Troy Gua, photo/text collage, plastic forms, acrylic and resin on gator board

Celestial Map
Arun Sharma + Troy Gua, paint, ink, and resin on gatorboard glyph

Babel
Chris Sheridan + Troy Gua, oil and resin on gatorboard glyph

I Don't Understand the Question. Please Rephrase It In the Form of a Symbol
Scott Story + Troy Gua, spray paint, metal studs, metal mesh and mylar on gatorboard glyph

You've Changed
Liz Tran + Troy Gua, mixed media and resin on gatorboard glyph

Each Other
Kimberly Cole Trowbridge + Troy Gua, oil on gatorboard glyph

Channels
Sylwia Tur + Troy Gua, paint, porcelain and resin on gatorboard glyph

El Condor Pasa
Joey Veltkamp + Troy Gua, acrylic and resin on gatorboard glyph

Graffiti
Laura Ward + Troy Gua, yarn, thread and resin on gatorboard glyph

Rare Cut
Jennifer Zeyl + Troy Gua, faux fur and enamel on gatorboard glyph