February 11- March 11th, 2017
Open Saturdays 12-7pm
Opening Reception February 11, 6-8pm
Sculptures and works on paper from local artists Alex Boeschenstein, Meg Hartwig, Christopher Paul Jordan and Storme Webber. This is the first exhibition organized by The Alice 2017 curatorial team.
Project Diana: Ryan Feddersen
Writers in Residence: Savannah Oliker, Soham Patel & Rashaad Thomas
Alex Boeschenstein is a Seattle-based, interdisciplinary artist rooted in the traditions of drawing and printmaking. Since 2013, his art practice has evolved to include video, digital collage, sculpture, 3D modeling, and installation. Alex’s process is characterized by an increasingly interwoven relationship between the tactile and forms of digital media. In both environments, Alex gravitates towards information visualizations and technical visual languages, including exploded-view schematics, maps, floor plans, and 3D models. He utilizes these terminologies to navigate fields of intuitive abstraction as well as to subjoin personal narratives with philosophical and political frameworks. In addition to his personal projects, he is regularly engaged in collaborations with other artists as well as musicians and writers.
Meghan E. Hartwig was born and raised in the considerable Midwestern city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Meg is a full time Carpenter, Part-time Instructor and Artist living, working and creating in the Emerald City. Hartwig’s work questions constructs of power and control that enforce imbalance. She uses art making as an active and urgent attempt to create a movable fulcrum that draws attention, questioning, and awareness to our shared state of being. Her work merges formal training of finely crafted objects and Illustration with experimental approaches to new material. Specific place, space and material context are often integral to Hartwig’s work.
Christopher Paul Jordan learned to draw years after learning to compose through digital design. As a result his process is centered around collage: layering, reframing and recontextualizing imagery to construct narratives from new vantages. Broadly spoken, his aim is to bridge audiences and to interrogate the histories at work where disparate standpoints and their accompanying values endure unredeemed. Through sculpture, Jordan engages the limits of Black subjectivity as they extend into abstraction. His projects are narrated by the histories and chemical reflexes of their materials. Frozen liquids and self healing substances such as wax, glass, latex and resin lead viewers to explore the object itself as a set of interactions. The sculpture exhibited at the Alice explores how "risk" functions as a proxy for race and class in community development industries both local and abroad. It was given as a gift, a challenge and a question for the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation after receipt of the 2015 Foundation of Art Award.
Storme Webber is a Two-Spirit, Aleut/Black/Choctaw writer, interdisciplinary artist, curator, educator, and cultural producer. Her poetry has been featured in numerous anthologies, including: Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing; Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS; Black Women and Writing: The Migration of the Subject; Jack Straw Writers Anthology (Volume 13); Yellow Medicine Review: International Queer Indigenous Voices; and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry Anthology. Her poetry collections include Diaspora, Blues Divine, and the forthcoming Noirish Lesbiana. Storme has been featured in the documentaries Venus Boyz, May Ayim: Hope in Heart, What’s Right with Gays These Days?, and Living Two Spirit. Her performance credits include international spoken word tours and theater, including her own solo interdisciplinary works Buddy Rabbit and Noirish Lesbiana: A Night at the Sub Room. Storme teaches Creative Writing to young people at the University of Washington, and has served as featured faculty at Hedgebrook, Whidbey Island Writer’s Conference, Chuckanut Writer’s Conference, The University of Puget Sound, Seattle University, and Richard Hugo House.