Friday, June 25, 2010


jade townsend
'Of Alchemy, Dreams and Revolution..'

Opens First Thursday, July 1 and closes August 5, 2010
Including: Man Bartlett, Nick Fortunato, Johannah Herr, Baptiste Ibar, Kristen Jensen, Meghan LeBorious, Steve Pauley, William Powhida, Sarada Rauch,Garric Simonsen, Jacqueline Skaggs, Jade Townsend, Eric Trosko and Letha Wilson

“With this show, we desire to illuminate and challenge the parallels between the disciplines of art and magic(k). Both disciplines share belief systems that rely on a priori knowledge and metaphysics. In order to explore the parallels, we have sought out artifacts of practices rather than traditional art works. The difference between an artifact and an art work is dependent on our perception of an illusion or delusion. The distinction occurs through the acceptance of an idea, a value system that elevates common materials into works of art. In the art market, art achieves phenomenal values akin to precious metals and stones; the artist, the collector, the dealer, critics, and the auction houses transform ordinary materials with little intrinsic value into desirous objects. Creating the commonly agreed upon preciousness of art describes another form of magik, turning earth into gold, and in the art market, it is made possible. In the broader art world, artists can work in futility to achieve the desired transformation of their ideas, intentions into something of value, but that transformation is impossible without the belief of others.

“This show, and it is indeed a show, not an exhibition, presents a range of operators seeking tangible results; materially, socially, or spiritually. The operators include skeptics and believers whose work acknowledges the gap between what is and what could be.

“Through the use of associative thinking, non-scientific causal reasoning, symbolic expression, metaphor, metonym, and synchronicity the goal of artist and magician are the same seeking to affect change in the world. With this show we seek a synchronicity that will dissolve distinctions and help us to shed light on the dark and dark on the light. By looking at the production of art through much older means, we may discover new ways of experiencing and understanding its role.”

—W.P. and E.T.

Platform Gallery
114 Third Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104
Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 11AM to 5:30PM

Thursday, June 17, 2010

'The Reanimation of Dorothy'

New Drawing! 18"x37" Graphite, Ink and oil on paper. Ships out tomorrow for a group show at Platform Gallery in Seattle. More about the show soon......
I hope you enjoy.

detail 'The Reanimation of Dorothy'

detail 'The Reanimation of Dorothy'

Monday, June 7, 2010

ABMB Hooverville Print Edition!!!!

William Powhida and I recently teamed up with the ever amazing Brendan Carney over at Supreme Digital to print an edition of the 'ABMB Hooverville' drawing. Brendan finished the edition of 13 late last week and Bill and I signed and numbered them last night!
Brilliant quality! I am amazed!
48"x 32" edition of 13 digital prints.
Available at: Priska Juschka Fine Art, Charlie James Gallery, Schroeder Romero, and Platform Gallery.

Jade Townsend, William Powhida & Brendan Carney

photos by kitty joe sainte-marie

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New Drawing: Study for Between Here & There

click on drawing to see larger.

I've been working on project proposals recently. This here is one option for a project at the McNay in San Antonio next spring and involves a two-person angry mob machine.
30"x 18" Graphite, marker, and colored pencil on paper.
More to come very soon!!!!!!