Mar. 13, 2008 at 9:01pm
Tacoma's Own Art Critic from Seattle's The Stranger
Tacoma's most famous art crititc makes a special trip down I5 to review the children's entries in the Tacomic Party's Illustrator of the Future Guest Tacomic Jury Show winners for the latest edition of her visual art Stranger Podcast!
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by tacomachickadee on 3/13/2008 @ 9:54pm
|"This is great."|
by NineInchNachos on 3/13/2008 @ 10:08pm
Jen Graves really came through for Tacoma on this one.
by Erik on 3/13/2008 @ 10:16pm
|These kids pictures really get the attention they deserve and more. Nice work.|
by ensie on 3/13/2008 @ 10:31pm
|"I see thumbs...!"
Really excellent analysis. I like how she compared the Tacoma art standard to Seattle's. It really gives Tacoma artists something to work toward. ;)
by NineInchNachos on 3/13/2008 @ 11:09pm
|I though she was kind to do it after the scathing she received from the folks over at exit133 perhaps kid art is a topic seattle and tacoma can both focus on to heal the rift so to speak.|
by Erik on 3/14/2008 @ 12:02am
|Here is Jean Graves (graves?) last TNT column before leaving to the Stranger.|
From hearing her podcast review, it looks as if, she has not changed her ways at all.
From the December 18, 2005 article:
I canâ€™t count the number of times that artists bemoaned in private the prevalent attitude that any shred of serious, new or remotely challenging work belonged in Seattle, not here....
When hundreds of plastic heads released at the top of the Ninth Street hill refused to roll down it because of a miscalculation, â€œFigure Head Rollâ€ became pandemonium, a frightful but exhilarating alternative to the intended cheeky symbolism.
When winds tore through the reflective light panels designed to evoke the ghosts of demolished buildings on Pacific Avenue, the original pain of the historic destruction was affectingly repeated.
And when those artworks went awry, there was something Tacoman in it. This isnâ€™t a place where culture has an easy and safe existence. Every so often, the work is better for it.
by izenmania on 3/14/2008 @ 7:36am
|My personal favorite moment:
"The beards are very good. The bowtie going into the chin is... interesting..."
by Erik on 3/14/2008 @ 11:12am
|How about the conclusion that your drawing was good for Tacoma but Seattle not so much?|
by NineInchNachos on 3/14/2008 @ 11:16am
|Mr. Urbanist, are you trying to stir things up?|
by izenmania on 3/14/2008 @ 11:34am
|It's what Erik does... he's like Tacoma's very own giant whisk. Or something.
I must confess, I only listened to about half of mine before leaving for work this morning.
by Jake on 3/14/2008 @ 12:24pm
|The love fest continues here: www.thestranger.com/seattle/Content?oid=...|
by NineInchNachos on 3/14/2008 @ 5:45pm
|interesting email exchange for your amusement...|
Is this real or just another R.R. Anderson hoax?
Seems pretty dead on from what I've listened to...
however if this is another childish hoax, I am just as much a victim.
I believe in making art, not trouble.
your humble servant,
Oh, it's real. I see thumbs, I see rabbits, I see ... Iranian women in burkas!
Holy crap that is funny.
by NineInchNachos on 3/14/2008 @ 5:51pm
|Nice article Jake. Sounds like the MOG needed to catch a ride on the clue train.|
by Erik on 3/14/2008 @ 9:09pm
|The love fest continues here:|
Yes. She was mean to Tacoma in this one. However, I have to admit she was right about the MOG:
What a difference a yearâ€”and, more deeply, a new directionâ€”makes. Along with dropping its pretentious surname, the museum has dropped its patronizing attitude and embraced glass and Tacoma. It has begun a permanent collection, hired its first staff curator (the job was left gaping for years), and kept its link to contemporary artâ€”last spring I'd been trying to see a show by electronic artist Jim Campbellâ€”while genuinely focusing on glass. Art is scheduled to return to the pools by fall.
Locals and visitors to Tacoma alike go to the Museum of Glass to see......glass. A few years ago, all of the decent glass was on the bridge and going in was a big disappointment to people. They kept coming up to the counter in the front asking "where is the glass?" How sad.
Finally, they are focusing on glass which they should have years ago.
by Erik on 3/16/2008 @ 5:35pm
|Just to finish off the story here, here is Derek Young's (via Exit 133) analysis of Jean Graves' swan song in the TNT back when he expressed a bit more of his opinion online:|
Jen Gravesâ€™ last column for the TNT was published yesterday as a rambling analysis of the Tacoma arts scene. Personally I thought it shouldâ€™ve ended after the third paragraph.
Tacomaâ€™s arts scene has grown tremendously since Ms. Graves started at the TNT. Its art and its artists have become much more interesting
...I want to hear more celebrating. Toward the end of the column Ms. Graves points out that she has been â€œdiscouraged when artistic decisions were based in organizational fear of extinction, unexamined convention or artistic or social self-importance.â€ This has been my exact criticism of Ms. Gravesâ€™ articles over the last few years. She was no longer reporting about the arts scene in Tacoma. She had become part of it â€“ part of its politics, its subculture, and its management. Even in her last column she took shots at her most popular institutional targets. Itâ€™s time to move on.
Maybe with Josi Callan leaving the Museum of Glass she has decided there isnâ€™t enough interesting criticism in this town.
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