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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Art for the Rest of Us

posted by on May 22 at 12:10 PM

On my way home last night, I stopped at 11th and East Pine Street to take this photo of a wheat-pasted booze poster when a lanky hipster yelled, “Free art show!” Which seemed like a strange thing to get exited about. Galleries don’t generally charge admission, so art shows are usually free. It’s the art that I can’t afford. But, as it turned out, this wasn’t a free art show. It was a free art show. And this guy was trying to wrangle folks over to take some free art. Here are a few.


A few of the pieces on display were simplistic, but other pieces were smart. Jen Graves, resident art critic, calls free art “very exciting.” One of them, Sharpie on Plexiglass, is above my desk now. The artist called it a buffalo. I call it a holy cow.


Pedestrians were sort of hustling past to get out of the rain, adopting pieces one by one. “Last time we put it up, we went over there for ten minutes,” said one of the guys pointing at Cal Anderson Park. “When we came back, every thing was gone.”

Seattle Street Art group on Flickr,” said another guy, Flickr name starheadboy, “that’s how we know each other.” He made me promise to check it out when I got home. So when I walked in the door, two pieces under my arm, I told my housemates that I had to check out this Seattle Street Art group. “I started that Flickr group,” says my housemate Kimberly. Sure enough, she did. And now there are 861 members, meeting each other, standing in the rain, and giving away free art. How awesome.

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I got some awesome clingies from Bumbershoot. I'm still looking to get a plexi though. *jealousy* :D

Posted by Nay | May 22, 2008 12:27 PM

Oh, Dom. Welcome to the party. Fashionably late -- but charming, still.

Posted by J9 | May 22, 2008 12:33 PM

its crap

Posted by afsf | May 22, 2008 12:34 PM

@ 2) I'm always running late... @3) It may not be the best, but it's the best I can afford.

Posted by Dominic Holden | May 22, 2008 12:38 PM

Loves it!

Posted by lunge | May 22, 2008 12:57 PM

some of these artists have stuff for sale on etsy, too -- so if you can't catch the free art shows, which seem to be only at night and on the hill, then you can support them with your money AND get shitloads of freebies -- i just scored one of the cool plexiglass starhead pieces too! (usually they link to their etsys from flickr accounts.)

Posted by sara | May 22, 2008 1:11 PM

I agree with afsf... it's crap!!!

Posted by starheadboy | May 22, 2008 1:23 PM

looks like one of those AT AP Walkers from Star Wars to me.

Also, yay GroovinKim!

Posted by NaFun | May 22, 2008 1:35 PM
9 art and found art rocks, whether or not if it's brilliant or not. It's like taking candy from strangers, but without the fear of poisoning or razor blades.

If you don't like the art, then don't take it and don't be an asshole and bitch about it on here like a third grader.

Grow the fuck up.

Posted by michael strangeways | May 22, 2008 3:24 PM

Yayer for Starhead! I freaking love his work! Seeing his stuff around town makes me very very happy!

Posted by erik98122 | May 22, 2008 3:36 PM

Yay buffalo!

Posted by AJ | May 23, 2008 3:11 PM

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