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ROTATOR Creative invites you to Grand Opening of their new design studio.

2 Dec

Designers of ROTATOR Creative Lance Kagey, Scott Varga, and Mark Alvis
ROTATOR Creative – Grand Opening

7 PM – 10 PM, December 3, 2016
1730 Pacific Ave, Tacoma

(Includes Beautiful Angle Annual Christmas Party and Poster Sale)

In the Summer of 2016 three leading artist/designers joined together to create the ROTATOR studio and applied for the Creative Enterprise Tier II program to help them find studio space. Lance Kagey, Scott Varga, and Mark Alvis sought to partner with Spaceworks in finding a location that would serve as an epicenter for these artists and designers specializing in placemaking and community building through art. Continue reading

Watch “artTown” Documenting Tacoma Artists

11 Oct
Impressive new TV series of documentary-style spotlights on Tacoma artists and entrepreneurs.

Impressive new TV series of documentary-style spotlights on Tacoma artists and entrepreneurs. Watch it on cable, or online!

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with its Community and Economic Development Department’s Arts Program – announces the launch of “artTown,” a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest. The quarterly series offers segments featuring diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. The show launches today – you can view anytime online or watch tonight at 8 p.m. on TV Tacoma.

“In developing the concept for ‘artTown,’ we wanted to offer a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride. “In addition to what people traditionally think of as ‘creative,’ such as fine art, music or dance, we also plan to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have really flourished in our city like food, fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more. You’ll see some of that in this first episode.”

The inaugural episode features:

music composed by local artist Isaac Solverson

J.D. Elquist and Travis Pranger from Feather and Oar

Pacific Avenue Streetscape artists Elizabeth Conner and Daniel Martin

graphic designer Art Chantry and letterpress artist Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle

Metro Parks historian Melissa McGinnis

Tacoma School of the Arts instructors Robin Jaecklein and Kareem Kandi

Arts EnviroChallenger teaching artist Meredith Essex

illustrator and designer Sean Alexander

glass artist Sarah Gilbert

dance choreographer Carla Barragan

jazz musician Kareem Kandi

Old Town Dock public artist Chandler O’Leary

and much more…. Continue reading

Hot Off the Press: Lance Kagey

28 Mar

"Variation on the figure 5" by Lance Kagey. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Lance Kagey makes righteous art. To be specific, letterpress art that makes people stop, do a double-take, and frequently ask for more. For nearly 10 years, as half of the design team (with Tom Llewellyn) of Beautiful Angle, he has been creating a series of thought-provoking, Tacoma-centric guerilla art at the rate of one new wheatpaste poster design a month. Their ongoing project is a paean to Tacoma, its icons, and the dark, inchoate poetry that makes our city what it is. But Kagey also flies solo with his art, and we checked in to talk about his new installation at the Woolworth Building.

SPACEWORKS TACOMA: Hi Lance. Your concept for your Spaceworks project was to recreate the aesthetics of your letterpress studio inside the Woolworth windows. I hope that means there is intention behind this almost symphonic arrangement of art and vintage printing press equipment…Surely your “clutter” doesn’t look this gorgeous all the time (if it does, I think I’ll just go shoot myself right now)?
LANCE KAGEY: Surprisingly, this is a pretty faithful recreation of the aesthetic of my studio space. My kids say I’m one tragedy away from being featured on the Hoarders show. My space is very full of visual stimulus. It’s organized chaos. It inspires me as I create. I appreciate the total experience that people have as they visit my studio space.

On the road to "Hoarders"? Detail of Lance Kagey's installation at the Woolworth Building.

ST: Please identify your 3 favorite objects in the window and explain what they are and what they mean to you.
LK: 1. Right near the corner is a big cast iron apparatus that is both beautiful and functional, graceful and industrial. It is a perfect example, in my opinion, of the Tacoma aesthetic. The machine is used to round the corners off a stack of paper.
2. I love folk art. In the far end of the window, perched on top of an old street lamp base is a piece I call the “Virgin of Guadalupe”. I created this piece back in 2002 while visiting Guadalupe Ranch in West Texas. Made from drapery hooks, a cheese grater, a little electric motor, bottle caps and a lid from an Uncle Ben‘s rice container, among other things – this piece illustrates the metaphor of the mundane becoming the sacred.
3. There is a collection of hand-bound books and other handcrafted ephemera. I relish the evidence of the artisan’s touch in our lives. The smallest thing done well becomes artistic. Continue reading

Spaceworks Tacoma Announces Round 6 Rollout!

21 Mar

Bird sculpture by Elise Richman at the Woolworth Building.

We’re proud to announce the next round of artists to rock the Woolworth Building and satellite spaces in downtown Tacoma! Artists Kyle Dillehay, Lance Kagey, Phoebe Moore, Chandler O’Leary and Elise Richman; and environmental and geotechnical consultants, Landau Associates, have begun installing works that will be on exhibit through June 30, 2012. Michiko Tanaka will present a new video installation at the Tollbooth Gallery on Broadway, April 10 through August 31, 2012. Spring is in the wings – see new art at the Woolworth Building and at the corner of 950 Pacific!

Wayzgoose and Tacoma’s Printmaking Delirium

15 Jun

Freshly pressed: a Ric Matthies print. Photo: Aaron Locke

The Puget Sound region is frequently cited as one of the most reading-obsessed corners of the country (with moss-friendly weather and a high incidence of depression reputed to be factors). Luckily for local literati, there is King’s Books in the Stadium District, an indie gem of a bookstore and a clearinghouse for approximately 100,000 rare, out-of-print, secondhand and newly released books, according to proprietor sweet pea Flaherty.

King’s has everything we love in a neighborhood bookshop – a pithy and knowledgeable staff, the “old book smell” (take that, Kindle!), resident cats roaming the stacks – and enough volumes to keep one busy through a lifetime of soggy weather. On top of that, the 11-year old store supports artists through events such as the renegade craft fair, Tacoma is for Lovers, and highbrow hijinx such as the Banned Book Club. One of the city’s most popular art festivals, a printmaking and book arts showcase called Wayzgoose (after a medieval guild celebration) is an annual event (co-founded by award-winning local artist, Jessica Spring) held at King’s.

Flaherty takes the wheel at Wayzgoose. Photo: Aaron Locke

Spaceworks is celebrating seven years of Wayzgoose with an exhibition opening at the Woolworth Building, July 15. On view will be a gonzo selection of eye-popping, black-and-white prints produced by steamroller printing (you read that right) – a feat that is the coup de grâce of each year’s festival. The artworks, originally cut on 4′-long slabs of linoleum, are by some of Tacoma’s finest. And an artist riding a steamroller like a bucking bronco – we can’t think of an image that better encapsulates the gritty T-town spirit. We caught up with sweet pea Flaherty to talk about Wayzgooses (Wayzgeese?) past, present and future.

Spaceworks: Hi sweet pea, Wayzgoose turned seven this year! What has been your most memorable experience of the event thus far?
sweet pea Flaherty: The most amazing thing has been the [raised] public awareness of what letterpress printers and book artists do. When we started the Wayzgoose, only a select few knew what their craft entailed. We’ve played a role in giving these arts a wider exposure in Tacoma. The support of the public, the City, universities and art organizations….has been astounding.

Native son: a portrait of the late, local crooner, Bing Crosby, by Beautiful Angle.

SW:What is the most marked difference between Tacoma’s Wayzgoose and that of the medieval hamlets from whence it originated?

spF: Less mead, certainly. Which is a good thing, as we play with steamrollers! Also, the older festival was more insular, [intended] for printers and their families. While information and equipment swapping is definitely a part of our event, it’s more for the general public. We try to provide hands-on activities so people can get their hands dirty and make pretty.

SW: Approximately how many people showed up for this year’s event?
spF: According to our highly scientific methods, about 900 people came through this year….We had beautiful weather thanks to a pre-event sacrifice. The festival couldn’t have gone better.

Lance Kagey of Beautiful Angle inks up his plate. Photo: Aaron Locke

SW: Why is Wayzgoose important to T-town and the art community?
spF: It’s the annual visual showcase for what printers and book artists do. While a lot of the individual artists participate in other public events, you get to see [a comprehensive representation] of work being done in Tacoma and the region. With Tacoma being a working class town, there is something about the tactility of printing, binding, etc., that seems to appeal to people. So many of the artists at Wayzgoose are doing innovative work and expanding the definition of what a book is, that it’s hard to not be inspired to new creative heights, whatever your chosen medium. Continue reading

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