Arrest Me
2012 Juried Exhibition

November 1 - December 15, 2012

Juried by Scott Lawrimore
Deputy Director, Collections and Exhibitions
Frye Art Museum
Juror's Statment : About Scott

Opening Reception and Awards: 5-8pm
First Thursday, November 1, 2012
Awards at 7pm


Juror's Choice Award $500
Kate Nartker

PUNCH Choice Award $500
Chris Thorson

People's Choice Award $500
Brooks Dierdorff

About the Show

Read Juror's Statement

PUNCH enthusiastically presents our fourth Juried Exhibition, Arrest Me. A total of 477 artists submitted 1,769 entries from all corners of the globe. Trophies and awards will be announced at the opening reception on November 1 at 7 p.m. And remember to cast your vote for the people's choice award when you visit the show.

Chase Boston – Pullman, WA
Mary Coats – Iowa City, IA
Lizzy Cross – Palo Alto, CA
Sue Danielson – Seattle, WA
Brooks Dierdorff – Eugene, OR
Lacy Draper – Seattle, WA
Brett Eberhardt – Macomb, IL
Bryan Florentin – Dallas, TX
Nicole Mauser – Kansas City, MO
Amie McNeel – Seattle, WA
Ellen Mueller –Buckhannon, WV
Kate Nartker – San Francisco, CA
Kelly O'Brien – Smyrna, GA
Sara Osebold – Seattle, WA
Liz Rodda – Austin, TX
Serrah Russell – Seattle, WA
Jack Ryan – Portland, OR
Anthony Sonnenberg – Seattle, WA
Chris Thorson – Oakland, CA
Rodrigo Valenzuela – Seattle, WA

Chase Boston
Chase Boston currently resides on a remote ranch in Grouse Flats Oregon, 60 miles from the nearest gas station, grocery store and the rest of corporate hegemony. At the mercy of nature’s elements, volatile markets and over zealous ambitions he has discovered the pain, sweat and pleasure of trying making it on his own. Since receiving his BFA in painting and printmaking from Western Washington University in 2010 he has transitioned to the medium of his landscape. Using organic materials and the decomposing remnants of past settlements, his work expresses the grand themes of life, death and time that are inherent in nature. Through photography and film he documents ephemeral sculptures, allegorical performances and impressions on the space.

Mary F. Coats : Website
Born in London, England, but raised in Evanston, Illinois, Mary F. Coats currently lives and keeps a studio in Iowa City, Iowa where she is a Master of Fine Arts candidate and Instructor at the University of Iowa. She received a Masters from the University of Iowa in 2012, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. Coats was recently selected to feature in New American Paintings, Midwest Issue No. 101, as well as the 2012 MFA National Competition at First Street Gallery in New York, NY. She has exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions throughout the United States.

Coats' work addresses the forms and shadows that inhabit our interior and exterior spaces, while approaching the odd, lighted flux of consideration realized when one is alone in a space. She is fascinated by the potential strength and vulnerability possessed by the home; a quality that all humans share with the space they inhabit. This current body of work is focused on memory, loss, displacement and survival. Coats is interested in the way in which one builds a home, whether it be alone or with others, and the inherent urge to continue building and rebuilding no matter how many times things fall apart. Her paintings aim to capture the eerie recollections of memories that are more relics than the objects and places one can actually visit.

Lizzy Cross : Website
Lizzy Cross is a returning native of Palo Alto, California. Her decade away on the East Coast consisted of earning a BFA with honors from the Rhode Island School of Design (2004), followed by 6 years of living, working and studying all over the New York City art world. Lizzy’s home now consists of her boyfriend from high school, a cat from Santa Barbara and a cat from Manhattan. Her work has been featured in shows around the US.
Lizzy’s artistic practice stems from a fascination with the simplistic and desperate human desire to connect. She is continually energized by mark-making’s basic but profound ability to prove the former existence of an artist to a future viewer. She considers her primary medium to be the collecting and re-framing of indexical imagery. Marks made without forethought or out of necessity are, she finds, innately sincere and carry the intriguing possibility of sharing understanding with the viewer. For Matadero Carpet, 2010-2012, visitors to the artist’s home were invited to join in a 4x6 foot latch hook rug experiment. Each participant chose one color to work with exclusively. The result is a record of 1.5 years of interactions.

Sue Danielson : Website
Sue Danielson is a maker of acrylic and mixed-media paintings, and a printmaker, who works with a variety of materials to develop and finalize her works. She currently lives and works in Seattle. While a Western Washington native she has also resided in Alaska and California. She is largely self-developed artist but has participated in classes at various art schools in Seattle. Her work has been exhibited at regional and national venues such as Vermillion, SAM Gallery, Core Gallery, the Fine Art Museum at Florida State University, the Farmington Museum, and the West Coast Biennial. Her work will be included in a 5-person exhibition at the Washington State Convention Center, and the Shooting Gallery, in 2013. In addition, her work has been published in Studio Visit Magazine (juried) in 2011 and The Manifest Gallery Painting International II (juried), 2012.

Brooks Dierdorff : Website
In Brooks Dierdorff’s work, he explores the complex relationship that hunting culture has established with nature. He seeks points of friction, where culturally constructed distinctions between nature and culture, animal and human, begin to break down. Through a wide range of media including photography, video, performance and sculpture, he interprets the physical and psychological encounters between man and the natural world. Brooks has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally at galleries that include the Ulrike Hamm gallery in Bissendorf, Germany, the Salander O’Rielly gallery in New York, and Disjecta in Portland. Currently, Brooks is a co-director of Ditch Projects, an artist-run exhibition space in Springfield, Oregon. Brooks received his BA from the University of California, San Diego in 2007 and his MFA from the University of Oregon in 2012.

Lacy Draper
Rather quickly Lacy realized that making wasn’t a choice, but rather a call of duty. Her work responds to everyday encounters by inventing functions or reconfiguring objects in an attempt to stab at, understand and challenge our reality in hopes of bringing a new pack of crayons into classroom.

Lacy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University in 2009 and is currently enrolled in the University of Washington’s 3D4M Master of Fine Arts program.

Brett Eberhardt : Website
Brett Eberhardt received his BFA from Northern Michigan University and his MFA in Painting from Syracuse University. His paintings explore the similarities between the history of building a painting, a massive accumulation of both deliberate and chance occurrences, and the complex history embedded in the objects and surfaces that are the subject of his work. Brett is an Associate Professor of Art at Western Illinois University, where he teaches painting. His work is in private collections in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California. He is represented by Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

Bryan Florentin
Bryan Florentin (MFA in Photography, University of North Texas) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Texas at Arlington. He approaches photography/digital imaging and installation/video installation through the filters of ontology and phenomenology.

Nicole Mauser : Website
Nicole Mauser (b. Indianapolis, IN, USA) lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri. Mauser obtained an MFA from The University of Chicago in 2010 and a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2006. Her paintings have been featured in Art Chicago, Scope Art Fair, AR Gallery in Milan, Centre for Art and Culture in France, The Dolphin Gallery, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Kansas City Public Television, The Benefactor Magazine, New City Magazine, and New American Paintings. Mauser has participated in the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s Artist Lecture Series, and was awarded an Arts Council Student Grant for painting research in Berlin, Germany. Recently, Mauser was awarded the Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship at The University of Chicago in 2011. Mauser is a co-founder of the artist-run gallery and studio collective, Plug Projects.

Amie McNeel : Website
McNeel received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, CA, and has taught sculpture in four academic institutions, serving as the Chairperson of Sculpture for fourteen consecutive years. She is currently teaching sculpture within the new 3D Forum Studio Program at the University of Washington, Seattle.

McNeel’s art has been inspired by formal symmetries found in natural systems, primarily the ocean environment. Her sculptural patterns and forms explore the dynamism on the edges of where things meet, reflecting constant and interactive change. The engagements she responds to are alternately subtle and severe, uniform and chaotic. Through design, her sculptures assume an alignment to implied forces, acknowledging their kinetic potential. McNeel negotiates these extremes by shifting scale from macro to micro, interior to exterior, and working in a variety of materials, predominantly steel, wood, rubber and glass.

Ellen Mueller : Website
Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring the shared, everyday challenge of resisting change and maintaining control. She received her MFA in Studio Art from University of South Florida. Recent exhibitions span a variety of venues including, the Cardiff Story Museum, and the Taubman Museum of Art. Recently, she has been selected for residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Ucross Foundation, and Santa Fe Art Institute.

Kate Nartker : Website
Kate Nartker was born in Napoleon, Ohio in 1979, and received her MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2012. Her work involves the use of digital tools and cinematic methods to introduce elements of time and movement to textile works. She received a Phelan, Murphy & Cadogan Fellowship from The San Francisco Foundation, as well as the Arts Award from the Northwest Area Arts Council. Kate has exhibited throughout the Bay Area and internationally in Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany. She currently lives in San Francisco and teaches at San Francisco State University.

Kelly O’Brien : Website
Kelly O’Brien’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the AQUA Art Fair during Miami Basel, Pedvale Sculpture Park in Sabile, Latvia and an iron casting symposium in Pirkkala, Finland.

Recent awards include an Ox-Bow residency scholarship funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation, an artist grant towards a residency at Vermont Studio Center, a merit based scholarship to attend a workshop at Anderson Ranch Fine Art Center, selection as a semifinalist for the VCUarts Fountainhead Fellowship in the Department of Painting + Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University, and juried recognition on Dave Bown Projects. O’Brien’s current body of paintings have evolved into an examination of art history and criticism’s tendencies towards categorization of media, and how those definitions can be blurred.

Sara Osebold : Website
Sara Osebold, born in and among Iowa fields, raised on the east side of the mountains as a Spokanite, resides in Seattle where her penchant for steep hills and jellyfished bodies of water keep her energetic. She received her MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn) and BFA in printmaking from University of Washington. Besides her strange ability to see inanimate things as live animals (empty bag=rodent), the act of drawing fuels her with wonder, curiosity, and mystery. To draw means to access a life line that ignites from out of an impulsive movement resulting in possessed marks onto paper. Sometimes it escapes her why particular forms and gestures emerge, but that's quite alright as it continues to make the process a fascinating and challenging activity.

Liz Rodda : Website
Liz Rodda received an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art in the Studio for Interrelated Media Program. She has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibition venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, Dumbo Art Center, NY, CS 13 Art Space, OH and Takt Kunstprojektraum, Berlin, Germany. She currently lives in Austin, TX and is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University, School of Art & Design.

Serrah Russell : Website
Serrah Russell is an artist and curator living and working in Seattle. A graduate from the University of Washington with a BFA in Photography, Russell is also co-founder and curator of online exhibition space, Violet Strays. Russell has exhibited widely in Seattle, including at Lawrimore Project, The Hedreen Gallery, Vignettes, SOIL Gallery, and NEPO House. Russell’s work was recently featured in the inaugural issue of Northwest publications Day Night and Sun Worshiper and is an artist participant in the November issue of local art publication LxWxH. Her work utilizes instant film, found photographs, and vintage and high-end lifestyle magazines to address the permanence of actions by creating poetic narratives that elicit former instances while drawing attention to the potential of the future.

Jack Ryan : Website
Jack Ryan lives in the Pacific Northwest. He is a member of Ditch Projects in Springfield OR. Select Solo show history includes: Space 4 (San Diego, 2012), Maison Laurentine (Paris France 2011), Archer Gallery (Vancouver WA, 2011) and Cascade Gallery (Portland OR, 2010). Group shows include The American University Museum (Washington DC), Powerhouse (Memphis), Brooks Museum (Memphis), Crawlspace (Seattle), Hunter Museum (Chattanooga) and Consolidated Works (Seattle). Recent screenings include The Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C), MICA (Baltimore), The IMAFY (Cairo Egypt), Dublin Electronics Arts Festival (Ireland), Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland), 21 Grand (San Francisco), and The Phillips Collection (Washington, D.C.). Research awards recently brought him to residencies in Iceland and to the New Media Institute’s Interactive Screen in Banff, Canada.

The New Listeners: Conch/Sound/Inverted Lamp features two sculptural components, a lamp and two conchs. They loosely mimic brain hemisphere functions. The speakers broadcast binaural tones. Each speaker broadcasts one tone separated by 10 Hz. The ears receive each tone but the brain synthesizes the notes so listeners believe they are hearing an oscillating tone when they are actually hearing two single and separate tones. This particular beta frequency also stimulates active thinking and problem solving.

Anthony Sonnenberg : Website
Anthony Sonnenberg was born and raised in the rural areas of North Texas. From there he made his way to Austin where he received his BA from the University of Texas after which he came to Seattle to pursue his MFA in the 3D4M program which he recently completed. His work, which ranges from sculpture and installation to performance, has been exhibited nationally in venues such as the 2011 Texas Biennial and the Seattle Art Museum. His is currently an Emerging Artist in Residence at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Chris Thorson : Website
Chris Thorson remakes common objects to test the boundaries between what we overlook and what we esteem. Recently her work has been selected for juried exhibitions by Hamza Walker (Renaissance Society, Chicago), Denise Markonish (MASS MoCA), and Renny Pritikin (Nelson Galleries, UC Davis). She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.

Rodrigo Valenzuela
Rodrigo Valenzuela is a Chilean-born, Seattle-based artist. He holds a BFA in Photography from University of Chile, a BA in Aesthetics from the Evergreen State College and an MFA from University of Washington. Rodrigo is a freelance filmmaker and a teacher in the Photography and Comparative History of Ideas (CHID) departments at UW.

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Justin Colt Beckman
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Chase Boston

Mary F. Coats

Lizzy Cross

Sue Danielson

Brooks Dierdorff

Lacy Draper

Brett Eberhardt

Bryan Florentin

Nicole Mauser

Amy McNeel

Ellen Mueller (video still)

Kate Nartker (video still)

Kelly O'Brien

Sara Osebold

Liz Rodda (video still)

Serrah Russell

Jack Ryan

Anthony Sonnenberg

Chris Thorson

Rodrigo Valenzuela (video still)