October’s show is a remounting of Darius X’s “A Boy Named Soo,” which was presented for the first time at Gallery 4Culture last February. This group of linoleum block prints created over a 12-year period represents an extensive exploration of the various intersecting elements of the artist’s personal identity: trans-racial Korean adoptee, trans* man, Queer Person of Color, Asian-American, resident of the Pacific Northwest.
Artist Bio: Darius X fell in love with the craft of linoleum block printing when he took an art class at his Tacoma, WA high school. He finds inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock artists, modern pop artists as well as his natural surroundings and communities in the Pacific Northwest. His artwork has been featured on the cover on the Adoptee activist anthology “Adoptionland: From Orphans to Activists” by the Vance Twins. He has shown work throughout the Pacific northwest and in S. Korea. He has been a teaching artist at the Wing Luke Asian American Museum. He was a member of IDEA Odyssey Art Gallery, a visual arts collective promoting cultural diversity, community and economic development in the International District. In 2003, he co-founded the Queer People of Color Liberation Project (QPOC LP) and created a mixed media performance series that focused on racial and gender oppression. He has studied at School of Visual Concepts, Seattle Central Community College and University of Washington.
The show will be up for the entire month of October. Join us for the artist reception on October 6th, during the B-Town Beat Art & Music Walk.
The grand opening for the gallery will be Thursday, August 4th, during the monthly B-Town Beat artwalk. The opening celebration will go from 6:00pm until 9:00pm (or later). Come by to see the new space and see the art!
Entries are now being accepted for the juried show, “Form + Function: The Tea Cup as Useful Art Object,” which will be on display in the gallery during the month of November, 2016.
The tea cup is a nearly universal functional object, manifesting in a wide variety of forms and styles among the tea drinking cultures throughout the world. Some cups are very specifically designed to work with the teas of a certain type or region, and some are designed to work more broadly with multiple kinds and traditions. Within the one basic form of the tea cup there are a number of variables that impact how well the cup does its job of delivering good tea to the drinker, and how pleasurable that cup is for the tea drinker to use. The pieces in this show will all be used during the preparation and serving of tea by a group of tea professionals and/or passionate, knowledgeable, non-professional tea people. Each cup or cup set will be evaluated, and three entries will be chosen as best in show (1st, 2nd, 3rd place).
Tea cups must be functional and safe for use.
Cups may be submitted either singly, or in sets of 3 or 5.
Multiple separate pieces (or sets) may be submitted to the show, but in the case of multiple submissions some pieces may not be on display during the full duration of the show.
All work must be available for purchase by the public.
The ideal cups for use with high quality, specialty teas are small and handle-less, used for focused serial tastings over multiple infusions of the same tea leaf. Large mugs and cups are not as suitable for a concentrated tea experience, which will be reflected in the judging.
There is no entry fee to participate. During the show the pieces will be available for sale under our standard commission structure.
Submissions can be made by filling out the form below and uploading 2-5 photos of relevant work to the link below, or by providing links to photos of work online.
Upload files here. Before uploading, create a folder with your name to post the files into, or upload a single compressed file with your name.