International Juried Exhibition

A bell is a cup until it is struck

December 6 – 30, 2007

Two Venues. One Exhibition.
Opening Receptions and Awards: 6-9pm
First Thursday, December 6, 2007

PUNCH and SOIL team-up to present the work of 16 artists from across the US and beyond. Nearly 1000 entries were submitted from more than 300 artists. Juried by Eric Fredericksen, director of Western Bridge, this exhibition includes a focused assemblage of photography, video, sculpture, ink on paper, cough drop labels and other mixed media. Themes include spills, spots, piles, trash, smoke, mirrors, bread, sunsets, Jesus, trees, motor homes, and a poodle.

Juror’s statement:
“Given the rich assortment of work submitted for this exhibition, a juror could make any number of exhibitions. Given the two spaces and their divergent histories, I chose to make two linked, loosely thematic exhibitions. At SOIL, a series of confrontations with geometry, at PUNCH, confrontations with nature. Documentary imagery dominates, though what is being documented is often a constructed situation. Responding to tensions in the work between structure and entropy, as between representation and abstraction, the exhibition remains unresolved. Each space will also display work which does not fit into this scheme, in order that the scheme not completely destroy the illusion that an exhibition juried by a single juror could result in an objective accounting of the best work submitted.”
–Eric Fredericksen

Artists Include:
Gretchen Bennett – Seattle, WA
Sarah Bergmann – Brooklyn, NY
Jamey Braden – Seattle, WA
Collin Bradford – Urbana, IL
Mike Bray – Eugene, OR
Chris Fennell – Brooklyn, NY
Douglas Gast – Richland, WA
Margo Geddes – Durango, CO
Richard Gilles – Folsom, CA
Sol Hashemi – Vancouver, WA
Florian Japp – Berlin, Germany
Danielle Kelly – Las Vegas, NV
Lisa Liedgren – Seattle, WA
Jenene Nagy – Portland, OR
Brett Walker – Seattle, WA
M. Laine Wyatt – DeLand, FL

Award Winners

Juror's Choice – $500
Sol Hashemi – Vancouver, WA

PUNCH Choice – $400
Florian Japp – Berlin, Germany

SOIL Choice – $400
Mike Bray – Eugene, OR

About the Juror
Eric Fredericksen is the director of Western Bridge, a collection exhibition space in Seattle's SoDo industrial district. He has curated exhibitions at the Bodgers' and Kludgers' Cooperative Art Parlour, Vancouver, and the Noorderzon Festival, Groningen, the Netherlands. He has served as juror for the Artist Trust Fellowships and several video and time-based exhibitions at the University of Washington. He was a mid-career fellow of the National Arts Journalism Program, Columbia University, in 2000-2001. A former editor at Architecture magazine and The Stranger, his writing on art and architecture has appeared in Nest, Metropolis, and Art on Paper.

PUNCH Gallery, 119 Prefontaine Pl South
SOIL Gallery, 112 3rd Ave South
Seattle, WA 98104

December Hours:
Noon-5pm Thursday-Sunday,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Ries Niemi
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Florian Japp, Skadi,
color photograph, 2007

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in Word format

Jenene Nagy, Meadow,
installation proposal, 2007

Brett Walker, 40 Feet of Bread,
still from color video, 2006

Danielle Kelly, Inter,
mdf, bondo, acrylic, mirrored plexi, 2007