Jack Straw New Media Gallery

A new project from Jim Hobbs and Kinski

December 3, 2010 - January 14, 2011

Gallery Opening:
Friday, December 3, 7pm

In conversation with Jim Hobbs and Kinski, moderated by Robin Held, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Collections, Frye Art Museum
Tuesday, December 7, 7:00pm

Jack Straw New Media Gallery
4261 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle 98105

Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 - 5

Click the play button above to listen to our interview with Jim Hobbs. Click here to download the interview.

"Taken as a whole, 'Clear Day' leaves you feeling battered, invigorated, immersed in the glorious howl of the cloud-swept Northwest."
-Seattle Times

A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES is a new multimedia installation, created through the Jack Straw New Media Gallery Residency Program, comprised of multiple 16mm film projections and recordings on vinyl, focusing on the atmospheric and atrophied architecture around Fort Worden and Puget Sound.  Taking inspiration from a Wallace Stevens poem of the same name, A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES presents the viewer with an ever-shifting sense of place - one that is never the same twice.  Within the gallery, 16mm films constantly run on looping machines, implicitly guiding the viewer through various environs and monuments. The audio recordings act not as a synchronized soundtrack, but instead become a physical presence within the space redirecting the mood and gaze of the entire installation. By manipulating the complex relationship between film and sound in a way that disregards a traditional or linear narrative, the work contemplates the fluid and evocative nature of memory and place.

Hear an excerpt from Kinski's soundtrack to A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES via our Artist of the Week Podcast!

Jim Hobbs is an American artist based in London, England. His work utilizes a variety of media including 16mm film, video, installation, site-specific work, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, sound, and photography. Recent interests include the personal and social implications of loss, oblivion, history, memory and the subsequent acts of remembrance/memorialization. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has been the recipient of various awards, grants, and residencies - most recently the British Council Grant for Individual Artists. He currently lectures at the University of Greenwich and for the Slade School of Fine Art.

Kinski are Lucy Atkinson, Chris Martin, Matthew Reid-Schwartz and Barrett Wilke. Their unique evocation of avant-rock is deconstructionist and heady, but also emotive and visceral.  NME described Kinski as "like Sabbath in a washing machine during a power surge."  They have toured throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan, and have a lengthy discography, including 3 full length albums released on the seminal record label SubPop.

Hobbs and Kinski, along with Robin Held, Chief Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Collections, Frye Art Museum, will discuss this collaborative project and other aspects of their work via an evening of conversation.  The event will take place at Jack Straw Productions and the public is cordially invited to attend.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Hobbs and Kinski have created a limited edition artwork in the form of a 12" gatefold album.  The work is adorned with film stills from the installation, and contains two new sound pieces by Kinski and a limited edition silkscreen print by Hobbs.

A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES, Variation No. 3 (Internet Version) from Jim Hobbs & Kinski on Vimeo.

A short documentation/excerpt from the exhibition A CLEAR DAY AND NO MEMORIES. While the original installation of this work, which has no set beginning or end, allows the viewer to experience multiple and unknown combinations of Hobbs's films and Kinski's sound in a physical environment, this video variation presents a more singular experience.

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, City of Seattle’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, Washington State Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, PONCHO, ArtsFund, and individual contributors for their support of Jack Straw Artist Programs.

Jack Straw New Media Gallery Events

Friday, December 3, 7:00pm

Tuesday, December 7, 7:00pm
In conversation with Jim Hobbs and Kinski 
Moderated by Robin Held, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Collections, Frye Art Museum

Recent exhibitions

Chamber Music 8: Particles/Waves (September 10 - November 19, 2010) by Steve Peters
Thinking Caps (June 18 - August 27, 2010) by Vaughn Bell
This Old Piano (April 19 - June 4, 2010)

Metaphors for Dead Pianos (January 29 - April 2, 2010) by Hugo Solis
So Long (October 16, 2009 - January 8, 2010) by Brent Watanabe
Felt (June 21 - August 21, 2009) by Gust Burns & Melanie Noel
Vriti (April 17 - May 29, 2009) by Joel S. Kollin

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery, located in Seattle's University District at Jack Straw Productions, opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Click here to learn more about the gallery, the residency program, and previous artists.


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