The Art of Troy Gua
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MEET GREET RINSE REPEAT

2010

";-) 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>Cuneiform>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