Jack Straw Productions

An interactive audio and video installation by

Paul Rucker

Opening Reception: Friday, May 11, 7pm
Artist Lecture: Wednesday, June 13, 7:30pm
Exhibition Dates: May 11-July 20, 2007
Extended through August 3!

Catalyst explores the process of creating art. What motivates, incites, and feeds creative impulses. Where does the artist find the drive to explore and develop their individual voices? Catalyst will speak of art in relation to ego, imitation of nature, and desire for a better world. This new interactive audio/video installation will invite viewers to question the value of art, as well as its overall purpose.

Paul Rucker is an interdisciplinary artist whose work as a composer, media artist, and musician have earned numerous awards and grants. He has been awarded grants by 4Culture King County for Visual Art and music, Seattle Mayors Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and South Carolina Arts Commission. He has been awarded residencies to Blue Mountain Center, Ucross Foundation, Art OMI, and Banff Center. Rucker recently received a Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to travel to Bellagio, Italy last fall. He has recently presented art installations at Consolidated Works, On the Boards, and McCleod Residence. Paul Rucker hails from South Carolina, and currently resides in Seattle.

You can read the Seattle Weekly's recent review of his last show, "Paul Rucker's Work Requires No M.F.A. to Appreciate."

For images and interview requests, please contact arts manager Van Diep.

About the Jack Straw New Media Gallery

The Jack Straw New Media Gallery was opened in 1999 to support artists working with visual and installation art, with an emphasis on sound. Gallery residencies include an exhibition of up to three months in the Jack Straw New Media Gallery; 20 hours of studio assistance with one of our engineers; access to Jack Straw Productions audio recording, production, and presentation equipment; and two public events - the opening and an artist talk. This residency is for exhibiting and performing artists in any medium who would like to incorporate sound into their work.

About Jack Straw Artist Residencies

Jack Straw Productions focuses on annual artist residencies through our Artist Support Program, our Writers Program, and New Media Gallery Residency Program. These programs offer established and emerging artists an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in our recording studios and participation in our various presentation programs. Proposals are reviewed by an interdisciplinary peer panel (Artist Support and New Media Gallery programs) or Curator (Writers Program).

Website: http://www.jackstraw.org/programs/asp/ASP_main.shtml

Past Jack Straw New Media Gallery Exhibitions

View archived pages of the Jack Straw New Media Gallery, as well as artists' documentation:

Terminus by David Kwan, Winter-Spring 2007 ~ JSP Archive
Lonely Microphone by Joe Colley, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Huldre by S. Lyn Goeringer, Fall 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Rapport by Kichul Kim, Summer 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Fences-Borders by
Richard Lerman, Spring 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Archival Investigations
by Trimpin, Winter 2006 ~ JSP Archive
Maps & Legends by Tania Kupczak, Fall 2005 ~ JSP Archive
The Four Dignities by Rene Yung & Janice Giteck, Summer 2005 ~ JSP Archive
Organic Plan
by Kristin Tollefson, Spring 2005 ~ JSP Archive
String Quartet #2
by Joe Diebes, Winter 2005 ~ JSP Archive
YIJU: songs of dislocation by Byron Au Yong, Fall/Winter 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ yijusongs

Untitled by Iole Alessandrini, Summer/Fall 2004 ~ JSP Archive ~ iole.org
dislocator by Randy Moss, Spring 2004 ~ rmoss.com
Searching for a Quiet Place: Turnbull Bay by Jesse Paul Miller, Winter 2003/04 ~ jesse paul miller
Precisely Known, Completely Lost by Perri Lynch, Fall 2003 ~ Velocity Made Good
Chamber Music by Steve Roden, Summer 2003 ~ inbetweennoise.com
Klavier Nonette by Trimpin, Spring 2003
Revisiting Septermber 11, 19[72] by Mark Polishook & Lisa Hutton ~ revisiting
Perfect Pitch by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2002 ~ Press Release
and there was concrete skin for your face by Maureen Whiting, Spring 2002
~ Maureen Whiting Company
7Ply - Plywood and Memory by Don Fels, Winter 2001/02
Soundescapes by Matthew Bauer
Salmon Song by Jim Pridgeon, Summer 2001 ~ Salmon Song
Heard Said by Stuart Keeler, Spring 2001
Uroborous - Light and Sound by Bret Battey, Fall 2000 ~ Bret Battey
Dream Time Pieces by Stuart Dempster and Renko Ishida Dempster, Spring 2000
Nearly Seen, Closely Heard by Susie Kozawa and Jesse Minkert, Winter 1999/2000

Jack Straw Productions gratefully acknowledges the support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, ArtsFund, the Mayor's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture King County Lodging Tax Fund, the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and our individual contributors for their vital support of our programs and services.

Jack Straw Productions