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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Zoe Strauss

posted by on November 15 at 12:05 PM

This morning, United Artists Artists announced its picks for 2007—artists who’ll receive $50,000 each—and Philadelphian Zoe Strauss is on the list.

By coincidence I was glued to Strauss’s web site yesterday, looking through dozens of her photographs, which form a portrait of her neighborhood in Philly. The influence of Robert Frank is unmistakable, especially this side of Frank (SAM recently had this up but the museum changed photography exhibitions two days ago):


Here are a few of Strauss’s images:





Strauss will be the next artist-in-residence at Open Satellite, the new contemporary art space in Bellevue fascinatingly funded by a developer. The space is designed to bring artists from around the country to the Seattle area to work—and to work on the Seattle area.

LA-based Olga Koumoundouros inaugurated the program in September, with an installation inspired by a couple of little brown abandoned houses nestled, still strewn with household goods, in the middle of downtown, beneath the construction cranes and rising skyscrapers of developing Bellevue.

Strauss will focus not on downtown Bellevue, but on Factoria:

In the Seattle metropolitan area, Strauss continues her visual study of broken promises engendered by failed social and economic programs. Specifically, she looks to the Factoria neighborhood of Bellevue, citing the district’s ambitious intentions–suggested by its name–to become an industrial manufacturing hub. These plans never materialized, and the area’s name endures as a reminder of unfulfilled aspirations. Open Satellite presents Strauss’s new Seattle-area photographs, as projections and large-format prints, alongside a selection of her earlier work.

The exhibition opens December 1, with a party and a slide show from 6 to 9 pm.

Also on the list of USA visual arts winners are Uta Barth, Allan Sekula, Ann Hamilton, Edgar Arcenaux, Charles Gaines, and Paul Chan.

The only Seattleite to win a grant is Maggie Orth, in the craft and traditional arts category. Her electronic textiles have been on display at McLeod Residence.

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why the hell would i go to a gallery to look at polaroids of mattresses and old ladies in bath robes?

i think we're entering a phase of art similar to when people put toilet bowls on walls.

Posted by yawn | November 15, 2007 12:29 PM

her whose?

talk about broken links - not just bad grammer but malformed code ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 15, 2007 12:35 PM

Will, every time you make a comment on the slog, I wish you were dead a little more. But you never die.

Posted by sniggles | November 15, 2007 1:18 PM

Will is just trying to stay in accordance with the rule that says every internet post about bad spelling or grammar must contain bad spelling or grammar itself.

I do see better photos on Flickr every day, except that last one -- that's a corker.

Posted by Fnarf | November 15, 2007 1:24 PM

I'm sorry, but this is official. Everything Jen Graves finds "art" in is laughably poor and pathetic.

Posted by hiding because i like jen and dont want to be a big meanie | November 15, 2007 1:34 PM

I'm sure all of you critics @1,4 & 5 have received $50,000 prizes lately.

Posted by come again? | November 15, 2007 2:39 PM

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