Chamber Music

February 9 – May 5, 2013

The Frye Art Museum is pleased to celebrate thirty-six exceptional Seattle artists in Chamber Music curated by Scott Lawrimore, the Frye’s new Deputy Director, Collections and Exhibitions, in his inaugural exhibition at the Museum.

Artists participating in Chamber Music are:

Julie Alexander, Sharon Arnold, Byron Au Yong, Bonnie Biggs, D.W. Burnam, Robert Campbell, Jaq Chartier, Carl Chew, Claire Cowie, Anne Focke, Klara Glosova, Cable Griffith, Francisco Guerrero, Todd Jannausch, Shaun Kardinal, Carolyn Law, Margie Livingston, Greg Lundgren, Norman Lundin, Amanda Manitach, Alan Maskin, Ries Niemi, NKO, Matthew Offenbacher, D.K. Pan, Mary Ann Peters, PUNCH Gallery (Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Justin Beckman, Justin Gibbens, Joanna Thomas), Bill Ritchie, Serrah Russell, Norie Sato, Rafael Soldi, Sierra Stinson, Michael Van Horn, Joey Veltkamp, Jamie Walker, and Robert Yoder.

Each artist created a newly commissioned art work in response to musical compositions based on James Joyce’s volume of poetry entitled Chamber Music. The artists included in the exhibition span generations and reflect a broad aesthetic spectrum. Uniting them is a shared dedication to artist-generated activities that strengthen Seattle’s arts community beyond their own art practices. Chamber Music is both a celebration of individual mark-making and a cooperative composition about love for the City of Seattle and how artists choose to leave their mark on it.

As a supplement to the thirty-six new artworks on view, the exhibition includes a living library archiving the artists' contributions as curators, critics, academics, theoreticians, writers, civic organizers, and founders or members of important artist cooperatives and independent exhibition spaces. This library presents documents and ephemera from such watershed projects as and/or, 911 Media Arts Center, and CoCA, as well as more recent initiatives toward community-building like NEPO House, Free Sheep Foundation, and The New Mystics.

Chamber Music is organized by the Frye Art Museum and curated by Scott Lawrimore. The exhibition is funded by the Frye Foundation with the generous support of Frye Art Museum members and donors. Seasonal support is provided by 4Culture, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Canonicus Fund, and ArtsFund.

Image credits:
Margie Livingston. Untitled (Chamber Music), 2013. Acrylic on Alupanel. 10 1/2 x 14 x 2 in. Courtesy of Greg Kucera Gallery. Photo: Richard Nicol.
Serrah Russell. enaisled, 2012. Collage. 14 1/2 x 10 1/2 in. Courtesy the artist and SOIL Artist Collective.
Joey Veltkamp. The year is gathering, 2012. Colored pencil on archival paper. 16 x 20 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Bill Ritchie. No. 21, 2012. Etching and collage. 14 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Norman Lundin. James Joyce, Song XXXII, 2012. Oil on paper. 16 x 20 in. Courtesy the artist and Francine Seders Gallery.