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Artscapes Span Delicate Deer to Monotonous Mechanics

21 Sep

“Looking forward, Looking backward”, an installation by Eva Funderburgh. Courtesy photo

In a departure from the clever, fantastical creatures she coaxes out of smooth mounds of clay, Eva Funderburgh used tree branches and chicken wire to shape the forest animals in her new installation, Looking forward, Looking backward, at the Woolworth Windows, S. 11th and Broadway, through Nov. 17, 2016.

In this installation, two “deer-like creatures” face each other from opposing windows. “They can be interpreted either chronologically, as childhood and adulthood, or as parent and child,” said the Seattle-based artist. The figures are separated by an insurmountable outdoor space, which adds poignancy to either reading.  The forms are molded from chicken wire “with branches woven through the wire to give them more substance and a ‘sketched’ look.” The openness of the wire allows overhead light to pass through the bodies creating interesting skeins of shadows on a white backdrop. Inside the bodies, dark blue spheres made from plant material add color and depth.


Art by Eva Funderburgh. Courtesy photo

“My work deals with the overlap of humanity and the natural world,” said Funderburgh. “I use my simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions. Humans are animals, and as animals they are part of nature. Guided by this idea, I seek insight into the human condition from sources as diverse as animal fables and biology textbooks.” An accomplished sculptor in clay and bronze, she animates the curious figures she makes with a unique sense of movement and an often humorous emotionality.

Funderburgh attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Art, with focuses in chemistry and sculpture. In Seattle, she is part of the crew on two local anagama kilns, Santatsugama and Ochawangama. In 2006, she teamed up with five other artists to create Florentia Clayworks, a cooperative clay studio. She is an instructor in the Foundry program at Pratt Fine Arts Center, where she explores a fascination with patinas that began with her studies in chemistry.


“Toothybeast Movement Study” by Eva Funderburgh. Courtesy photo

In 2010, Funderburgh spent five weeks as an artist in residence at the Guldagergaard Center for Ceramics in Skaelskor, Denmark. The experience inspired her to expand both the scale and complexity of her work. It also renewed an interest in installation art; today, she counts a permanent installation in a Seattle school, and temporary works in galleries and a museum, to her credit. Spaceworks is proud to introduce her large-scale art to Tacoma.

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Near Funderburgh’s installation on Broadway, a new film short by Isaac Olsen is playing at the Tollbooth Gallery. Machine Loop depicts machinery and motion in a bold, visceral, repetitive display. Weirdly – hypnotically – the power of the film lies in its monotony; one just can’t stop watching to see whether the loop of the title is a closed one.


Image from “Machine Loop” by Isaac Olsen.

Machine Loop is on display at the world’s smallest gallery through Nov. 17th, 2016.
 Olsen uses an original score and animation, and has applied graffiti-esque painting around the outside of the Tollbooth kiosk. He is a Tacoma-based filmmaker, documentarian, animator and pragmatist whose films include Ich hunger (2013), and Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble (2014).  -Lisa Kinoshita

Check out “Looking forward, Looking backward” by Eva Funderburgh, and “Machine Loop” by Isaac Olsen, at S. 11th & Broadway through Nov. 17, 2016.



“Machine Loop” grumbles on inside the Tollbooth, the world’s smallest gallery. Spaceworks photo


Broadway Center Presents Two Local Music Documentaries

17 Nov

Broadway Center presents


Double Feature

Her Aim is True and
Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Rialto Theater
Tickets: $15 General Admission
click here to buy tickets

Both filmmakers will participate in a Q&A session immediately following the film screenings.

An evening of Northwest documentaries. Her Aim is True, directed by Karen Whitehead, tells the story of unlikely rock n’ roll photographer and former Gig Harbor resident Jini Dellaccio, who visualized punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool. Musicians and rock photographers join Dellaccio on an inspiring tour of her ingenuity and style, with a soundtrack and interviews that capture the Pacific Northwest’s vibrant music subculture.

Following Her Aim is True is Tacoma filmmaker and artist Isaac Olsen’s documentary titled Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble, which chronicles the three-decade history of the legendary Tacoma-based garage rock band defined by their uncompromising aesthetic. Utilizing decades of home movies, show footage, and interviews with former collaborators, including Neko Case and Calvin Johnson, Strictly Sacred gives an intimate glimpse into Girl Trouble’s world.

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Isaac Olsen is a participant of Spaceworks Tacoma’s Creative Enterprise Program, and current resident of the 1120 Creative House.

Art + Films at High Five! on Sept. 12

9 Sep

We’re less than a week away from High Five, our Sept. 12 community celebration on Hilltop! Just in case you need more reasons to attend, here are details about the GREAT art and film highlights!

If you haven’t already had a chance to RSVP for the event or sign up to volunteer, now’s the time!

During High Five!, you'll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People's Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party space during last year's Quadruple Grand Opening.)

During High Five!, you’ll find special art displays and performances in the businesses across from People’s Park and an outdoor movie theater in the backyard behind SPUN. (Shown here is the backyard party during last year’s Quadruple Grand Opening.)

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TONIGHT! GeeGee Presents: The Art of Gillian Nordlund

28 Aug


Gillian Nordlund is exhibiting several years worth of her clever, and skillful work in one glorious show… you will not want to miss this opportunity!

GeeGee Presents the Art of Gillian Nordlund
Friday, August 28 to Monday, August 31
Opening Reception: Friday, 7pm to 10pm
717 Tacoma Ave. S. Suite C
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From film to graphics: Isaac Olsen returns to his roots

16 Jul

Today, from 5 to 9 pm, Isaac Olsen will be showing new work at 1120 Creative House (1120 Pacific Ave, 2nd Floor) as part of the Third Thursday Art Walk. Olsen, of Schnelluloid Films and the popular “Strictly Sacred: The Story of Girl Trouble,” says the show marks an attempt to return to his roots of visual art and animation, which have always informed his best film work.

An animation still from Isaac Olsen that will be shown at 1120 Creative House on July 16, 2015, from 5-8 pm.

Animation still by Isaac Olsen. Olsen will be showing graphics and animation July 16 from 5-9 pm at 1120 Creative House (1120 Pacific Ave, 2nd Floor).

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Highlights for July’s Third Thursday

9 Jul

The 16th is July’s Third Thursday, and, as always, there’s plenty going on. Here are just 3 highlights we think you’ll like:

1. 1120 Creative House

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1120 Creative House
July Art Walk, 5-9pm
1120 Pacific Ave. 2nd Floor

-Isaac Olsen: current graphics and animation.
-FameTakers: Timothy Robbins: “Girth Over Depth” by Samuel Cerevantes.
-Wayzgoose 2015: Exhibition of large steam roller prints from this year’s festival, marking the 11th Annual Tacoma Wayzgoose. Artists included: Audra Laymon, Sean Alexander, CLAW, Maggie Roberts, Pacific Lutheran University, Ric Matthies, Candy Teeth Creative, Charles Wright Academy, Beautiful Angle, Katie Dean, Tina McGregor and Tacoma Community College.

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Sam Olsen’s Gut Feelings Exhibition

27 Mar


Saturday, March 28, 2015
717 Tacoma Avenue South

Spaceworks is happy to announce an event tomorrow at the studio of the brilliant artist and Spaceworks’ participant Isaac Olsen, located at 717 Tacoma Avenue South.

Gut Feelings: an exhibition of 25 large paintings by Sam Olsen (Red Hex) using discarded wooden fragments as makeshift canvases, giving the work an added tactile aesthetic. Each piece is not only a painting but a unique object. All art is for sale.

This is the first of a series of art shows at Suite C, Isaac Olsen’s gallery and working studio, made possible by the Spaceworks Tacoma program.

The show is $2 dollars, runs from 2pm to 9pm and will include refreshments.

Click here for the Facebook event page.


Ich Hunger! Friday Night Must See

4 Dec


Isaac Olsen and The BareFoot Collective present Isaac Olsen’s film Ich Hunger with live dance by the BareFoot Collective.

When: 5 December 2014 7:30pm
Where: Studio 3 at The Broadway Center, Tacoma WA 903 Broadway Ave. Tacoma Wa

FREE!!!!! Thanks to the generous support of the Tacoma Arts Commission, Broadway Center, Isaac Olsen, and the BareFoot Collective


Arrive early seating is limited.
You do not want to miss this unique experience of Live dance performed to Isaac’s Movie.

The Evening Includes a few short films and a talk back with the Filmmaker and performers after the performance.



2014 Tacoma Arts Month Opening Party & AMOCAT Arts Awards

26 Sep

Presented by the Tacoma Arts Commission and Spaceworks Tacoma


Thursday, October 2, 6-9pm
Tacoma Post Office Building
Awards start 7:45, Post Hall (4th floor)

Get out and have some fun while helping us kick off Tacoma Arts Month in style. Enjoy a stellar line-up of entertainment, art exhibitions, appetizers, dessert, and no-host bar. Help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients. It’s all free and open to the public – pack up the family, invite your friends and come help us celebrate!  RSVP here, find it on Facebook, or just show on up.


Experience this giant line-up of happening in the newly-renovated Tacoma Post Office Building and help us honor the 2014 AMOCAT Arts Award winners and funding recipients.

The night’s arts and entertainment includes:
• Music by Speed Queen
• Exhibits of work by Jessica Spring and The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Foundation of Art Award honorees
• Pop-up exhibits of work by Beautiful Angle, Isaac Olsen, Alice Di Certo, Kristin Giordano, The C.L.A.W., and Poly Rev
• Okinawa Taiko Drums
• Tintype photo booth by Kyle Dillehay
• Mini-theater performances by Working Class Theater
• Open studios of Abby Kok, Alana Tamminga, and Katlyn Hubner
• Trash Fashion Runway by Tinkertopia and Friends
• Poetry by Tacoma Poet Laureate Lucas Smiraldo
• Screenings of short films by Kat Ogden, Nick Butler, Kris Crews, Kate Walker, and The Grand Cinema

2014 AMOCAT Arts Awards, starts at 7:45 in Post Hall (4th floor):

Arts Patron – ArtsFund
Community Outreach by an Organization – Asia Pacific Cultural Center
Community Outreach by an Individual – Jessica Spring

2014 Tacoma Arts Commission funding recipients:
Arts Anchor Fund
The Grand Cinema, Hilltop Artists, Museum of Glass, Northwest Sinfonietta, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Opera, Tacoma Symphony, Tacoma Youth Symphony Association

Arts Projects
Asia Pacific Cultural Center, Children’s Museum of Tacoma, DASH Center for the Arts, Fab-5, Fort Nisqually Foundation, King’s Bookstore, Local Life, Monkeyshines, MLKBallet, Northwest Repertory Singers, Classical Tuesdays in Old Town, Puget Sound Poetry Connection, Second City Chamber Series, Sister City Council of Tacoma, Tacoma Concert Band, Tacoma Maritime Fest, the BareFoot Collective, University of Puget Sound, Washington State Historical Society

Tacoma Artist Initiative Program
Sean Alexander, Carla Barragan, Bill Colby, Alice Di Certo, Kyle Dillehay, David Domkoski, Oliver Doriss, Josie Emmons Turner, Sarah Gilbert, Erin Guinup, Meghan Mitchell, Mark Monlux, Kat Ogden, Scott Scoggin, Erik Steighner, Noah Struthers

Event Sponsors
Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Tacoma Weekly, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Premier Media Group, Exit133

Questions? Inquiries? 
Call Naomi Strom-Avila 253.591.5191

Another Tacoma Post Office Building ART WALK!

15 Aug


Join us August 21st from 5-9pm for another night of surprise happenings scattered throughout the vast hallways, and beautiful rooms of a historic Tacoma landmark. The Tacoma Post Office Building partners with Spaceworks to host an evening of art exhibits, open studios, short film screenings, plus a Spaceworks happy hour in the new event space Post Hall with DJ Schematik. Buzz has been steadily growing about the creative activation of this building and this event is your chance to explore it first-hand. Continue reading

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