Acquiesce, Then Silent
2011 Juried Exhibition

December 1 - 30, 2011

Juried by Stefano Catalani
Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director
at the Bellevue Arts Museum
Complete Bio

Opening Reception and Awards: 5-8pm
First Thursday, December 1, 2011
Awards at 7pm


Juror's Choice Award - $500
Jordi Williams, Dream

PUNCH Choice Award – $500
Nate Steigenga, Dog Park

People's Choice Award – $500
Anthony Sonnenberg,
The Dying Slave (self portrait)

About the Show
PUNCH enthusiastically presents our third Juried Exhibition, Acquiesce, then Silent. Butterflies will dance and bees will sting. Yes, this year's exhibition just might be the Bout of the Century. This round, more than 400 artists collectively submitted 1,461 entries from all (well, most) corners of the globe. From this, juror Stefano Catalani, Director of Curatorial Affairs/Artistic Director at the Bellevue Arts Museum, has pared it down to a dozen badass artists. The overwhelming response to this call was sensational and the work received was far-reaching in both its quality and innovation.

This year's selection will feature tattoos, skulls, a dead bird, a dying dandelion, a bunch of tiny lawn chairs, a disemboweled horse in a clear cut, some hematite, and a giant glow worm. Come and witness the spectacle in its entire splendor. Trophies and awards will be announced at the opening reception on December 1 at 7 p.m. And remember to cast your vote for the people's choice award when you visit the show. Stuff the ballot box if feel so inclined. We dare you.

Kat Ely : Website
Kat Ely was born and raised in Sudbury, MA and graduated with her BFA in Glass in 2007 from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She creates sculptures and installations that embody a tension between permanence and impermanence, between growth and decay as it relates to the biological world. Her work utilizes naturally occurring yet refined materials such as glass, metal, and wood in an attempt to preserve the transient effects of decay and bring them into a gallery context. She is a recent recipient of a NICHE Award and has work in the Fidelity Investments Collection. She currently lives and works outside Boston, MA.

Sarazen Haile : Website
Inspired by her childhood and college education within rural Appalachia, Sarazen Haile attempts to understand and interpret the illusive feeling of place. Having earned a B.A. in graphic arts from Emory & Henry College in 2008, Haile recently received her MFA in Printmedia from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2011. She is the recipient of the 2011 Anna Louise Raymond SAIC Fellowship for graduating MFA students. Her work is in the permanent collection of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and private collections in Tennessee, Virginia, Illinois and North Carolina. Sarazen is originally from Athens, TN and currently lives in Chicago, IL.

Sarah Hollingsworth
Sarah Hollingsworth lives and works in Seattle, Washington. She received her BFA in photography from the University of Washington. Her current focus is on mixed media sculpture and installation.

Carolyn Hopkins : Website
Carolyn Hopkins recently graduated with an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.  Her work questions the traditional cultural roles of the feminine and masculine as well as the tamed and untamed and creates outposts from which to re-examine a recognizable terrain. Her studio practice is an ongoing expedition into familiar territories in search of new frontiers from which to draw.  Carolyn has collaborated with Mark Dion and Spurse, and has been an Artist in Residence at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, as well as Mildred’s Lane.  Her work has been exhibited at the Cranbrook Art Museum, PS122 Gallery in New York, the Wignall Museum in Rancho Cucamonga CA, Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ, and has been published in Sculpture Magazine. 

Lisa Jacoby : Website
Lisa Jacoby was born in 1981 and grew up in rural western Nebraska. She studied visual arts at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln for two years before moving to the Seattle area. Lisa graduated summa cum laude from Cornish College of the Arts in 2006, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, specializing in photography and painting. Her photography has been exhibited in several galleries including Seattle Art Museum Gallery, Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, and Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY.

Courtney Johnson : Website
Courtney Johnson earned her BFA from New York University and her MFA from the University of Miami. Her work is in numerous permanent collections including Tuanku Fauziah Museum and Gallery; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale; Lowe Art Museum; and FOTOMUSEO, The National Museum of Photography in Bogotá, Colombia where Johnson's work was featured in the 4th International Biennale of Photography. Johnson was born in Houston in 1982 and currently lives and works in Wilmington, North Carolina where she is Assistant Professor of Photography and Gallery Director at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

In-Cells features a series of color Polaroid emulsion lifts. Filled with rips, wrinkles, and bubbles of the gelatinous emulsion, the Polaroids are scanned, enlarged, and printed digitally. The combination of techniques highlights the simultaneous evolution and discarding of photographic processes, while showing corresponding imagery that illustrates human memory of individually experienced communal evolutionary cycles.

Cody Mekelburg
Cody Mekelburg's recent work is largely influenced by two concepts, Death and Exhaustion, which he regards as largely influential in his life and the lives of others. He also addresses our ways of dealing with death in our culture, for example, here in the west, we try to make our dead look alive and Mekelburg makes the living appear dead. This is out of an effort to bring realism to the fact of death in contradiction to contemporary practices of anti-aging leading to the denial of our own deaths as an effort to live forever. Mekelburg strives to accept death as a reality and a part of life through his work in order to bring less fear to the event, and to live a more fulfilling and wholesome life.

In this work he depicts himself deceased as a means to come to terms with the inevitability of the event that one-day we will all experience. This piece ponders the reality that one-day consciousness will not exist. Our mind, our ego will fade from existence, and this has influenced his work in order to make it more real to himself and the viewer.

Cody Mekelburg is from Yuma Colorado, a small town in Eastern Colorado, and now lives and works in Lakewood Colorado where he attends Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Art to be obtained in December of 2011. Mekelburg is primarily a figurative painter but also works in the mediums of photography, video and sculpture.

Jennifer Guen Montgomery : Website
Montgomery's work resembles the contemporary country-western song. It is born from a deep hereditary inclination towards unselfconscious camp, narrative, the heartfelt and the absurd. She seeks to replicate, analyze and embody characters found in the often-overlapping areas of pop culture, kitsch, family and the ultra-feminine.
Her recent works are in conversation with the idea of the simultaneous insider and outsider. Under this dualist umbrella, Montgomery investigates her sexuality, class by way of taste, and her family's cultural identity in relation to herself. To better understand her insider/outsider status as a member of Appalachia, she portrays family members, taking on their personalities and voices to simultaneously present biographic truth and theatrical fiction.

Guen Montgomery is pursuing an MFA in printmaking at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her work uses print, performance, installation and immersive environments to reference family members and residents of rural east Tennessee. She investigates contemporary Appalachians and their relationship to home by examining her own background and ancestral connection to the area. Guen is the recipient of the 2011 Buck Ewing Scholarship and will complete her thesis in April of 2012.

Dmitrius Obergfell : Website
Dmitri Obergfell was born in 1986. His youth was shared between Palisade, CO and various horse racing tracks in the western United States. In the summer of 2010 he obtained his BFA from the Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design. Dmitri's work often examines the figure moving through space and time; he sees the human body as a fixed unit of measure. Using the human form as the base of perception, Dmitri seeks to create experiences that lead to greater cognition of the perceivable world. His work departs from the human and alludes to non-physical experience.

Anthony Sonnenberg : Website
People's Choice Award
Anthony Sonnenberg was born in a rural area of North Texas before moving to Austin where he received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. A fresh transplant to Seattle, Anthony is currently an MFA candidate in the University of Washington's 3D4M program. His work, which stretches across many different media, has recently been exhibited at the 2011 Texas Biennial and the Seattle Art Museum.

Nate Steigenga
PUNCH Choice Award
Nate Steigenga was born in the Seattle Area. Studied drawing, painting & sculpture at Central Washington University graduating with a BFA in 2009. His work is best described as a serene and haunted tale of American culture placed against unassuming landscapes. He currently resides in Seattle.

Jordi Williams : Website
Juror's Choice Award
Jordi Williams posits a new spirituality and understanding of the natural through cheap plastic commodity, interrogating the everyday through a combination of brightly colored assemblages, saturated photographs, and immersive installations. Recent projects include InLight in Richmond, VA, Psychedelic Sublime in New Smyrna Beach, FL, and Starting Fires in Tampa, FL. Williams currently resides and works in Virginia. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and received her MFA in studio art at the University of South Florida.

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

Next Exhibition:

Justin Martin
(more info)


Kat Ely, Weeping Dandelion,
silver, copper, glass vials,
dandelion seeds, mahogany, 2009

Sarazen Haile, Set Up / Take Down,
laser-cut, folded paper and glue, 2010

Sarazen Haile, Paper Towel,
embossed woodcut, 2011

Sarah Hollingsworth, Bubblegum,
sculpture and mixed media, 2011

Carolyn Hopkins, Spills: Leak,
taxidermy form, upholstery, flocking,
fabric, wood, glass, 2011

Lisa Jacoby, A Sign of Life,
chromogenic print, 2011

Courtney Johnson, Lawn Chairs,
carbon pigment print from polaroid emulsion lift, 2008

Cody Mekelburg, Untitled (Dead Self Portrait),
oil on canvas, 2011

Jennifer Guen Montgomery, Hawkbill Knife,
color digital video, 2011

Dmitrius Obergfell, Broca's Brain,
holographic film, black mirror,
human skull replica, 2011

Anthony Sonnenberg, The Dying Slave (self portrait),
brocade, jet, onyx, pearls, hematite,
and crystal beads, 2011

Nate Steigenga, Dog Park,
mixed media, 2011

Jordi Williams, Dream,
bed sheets, Plexiglas under black light, 2009