Panel with Matthew Offenbacher, Neal Fryett, Jason Hirata, and Mystical Orchid

Thursday, April 30, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 pm

Frye Auditorium

The internet has become the primary place to seek out art information. If the fin de siècle editors of Pan were beamed to the future, would they find the web a triumph of their effort to create a technologically sophisticated network of international arts communication? Or would they be horrified by the vast, churning database of fan fiction, exhibition aggregators, museum collections, and funny cat videos? Join Seattle artist and publisher, Matthew Offenbacher, Neal Fryett, Jason Hirata, and Mystical Orchid, as they perform an experimental art dive into the web.

About the Presenters

Matthew Offenbacher is winner of the 2013 Neddy at Cornish Award and was a finalist for the 2013 Stranger Genius Award. He runs a press, La Norda Specialo, which publishes 'zines and books by Northwest artists. His notable essays and exhibitions include Green Gothic, published in 2009, The Gift Shop (2009–10) at the Henry Art Gallery and Chamber Music (2013), a group show at the Frye Art Museum. Since 2011, Offenbacher has co-directed Seattle Catalog LLC, an experimental art catalog sales business.

Neal Fryett received an MFA in Photography from the University of Washington. He was a fellow in The Art and Law Program at Fordham Law School in 2014. Previously, he worked as a researcher in the private equity industry.

Jason Hirata received his BFA from the University of Washington in 2009. Hirata’s practice is situation-specific and constantly shifting in form.

Mystical Orchid is a Seattle-based, fast-growing glimmer business with therapeutic products. We believe that a mystical experience is an intuitive understanding and realization of the meaning of existence.

Joseph Sattler. Reproduction of poster advertisement for Pan, 1895. Reproduction furnished by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions and Denenberg Fine Arts, Inc.