Shift in the Convention Center: group show opens Oct 8

Palimpsests II / 
Shift Gallery Group Show
Liz Patterson Curator
October 10, 2013 – January 8, 2014

Shift has become very accomplished at being in two or more places at once lately, and so it is again in October, with a new group show curated by Liz Patterson, installed in the Convention Center Gallery from Oct. 10 through Jan 8, 2014.

This show will run alongside Patrice Donohue’s solo show Emanations at Shift Gallery, 312 S. Washington through the month of October, open Fri/Sat 12-5pm and by appt.

Palimpsests II builds on themes evident in the group show at the new Shift gallery during the month of September, also curated by Liz Patterson. In this second show featuring new work by Shift’s artists, the themes of mark making itself, figure and ground, surface and layers are explored in a variety of media. As Patterson says,

Palimpsest has layers of meaning and interpretation throughout history. Today, it is often used as an abstract process by architects or archaeologists who are tracing the history of a location or layering of the past. But it can also mean marking into a surface in a lasting way. Or bridging links over time of ideas and processes.

This sort of layered meaning is of particular interest in the works collected for this group show. Patterson goes on to ask a very intriguing question about what she sees in the body of work:

“What we at Shift find fascinating is the space that is between: do the marks-text create space/depth (a-posteriori) or do they inhabit space (a-priori). Through innovative means, this body of work dances between these modes of space.”

The show will be up through October to the first part of the new year, we hope you’ll enjoy it!

Palimpsests II / 
Shift Gallery Group Show
Liz Patterson Curator
October 10, 2013 – January 8, 2014
Washington State Convention Center

800 Convention Pl Seattle, WA 98101
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First Thursday @ Shift: Emanations

Patrice Donohue works with wax, paper and clay…simple materials to create a layered, complex surface that expresses depth and emergent luminosity. Like dreams made up of both known and unknown elements, Donohue’s work are both quiet and evocative. They urge the viewer to stay a while, to consider the metamorphosis of these simple elements into a singular emanation.

Shift is very pleased to present Emanations, new works by Patrice Donohue, opening First Thursday October 3rd, 2013, 5-8pm.
A special Artist Reception will be held Saturday, October 12 from 4-6:30 pm.

Shift Gallery
312 S. Washington
First Thursday Art Walk, October 3rd, 2013

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First Thursday @ the other Shift: Ted Hiebert / Electrocuting Babel

Ted Hiebert
Electrocuting Babel
Artist Reception, First Thursday @ Shift /306 S. Washington

**Addendum: Ted Hiebert’s show is open Fri/Sat thru the 28th–get yourself to this show. The Kirlian photography captures the physical history of the pages of the Library of Babel as energy fields, an unseen history of touch and use. These images make experiential maps of the physical books themselves, add a dimension that anyone who has borrowed a book from the library has probably considered but has been unable to trace. Don’t miss this installation, it’s well worth checking out.

Seems like Shift is all over the place these days: the bright new space at 312 S. Washington, and the previous space you know from years past, upstairs at 306 S. Washington. Both, of course, in the Tashiro Kaplan Arts Complex…and then in October we will be showing at the gallery in the Convention Center, new work from the whole Shift gang–stay tuned for more on that later.

This coming First Thursday, you will want to see Ted Hiebert’s newest set of images using Kirlian photography to explore a concept suggested by Jorge Luis Borges in his short story The Library of Babel--a library so comprehensive it would contain every book ever written: every idea, every story, every word.

Hiebert takes the idea of such a library one step further–beyond the mere collection of books–and wonders about the material history of a book–the handling, the turning of dog-eared pages, notes in the margins–how that history might be captured. Electrocuting Babel imagines the physical history of a book, specifically The Library of Babel itself, in a way that surely would have intrigued Borges.


Artist Reception, First Thursday @ Shift Studio
Upstairs at 306 S. Washington
5-8 pm Sept. 5th

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First Thursday @ Shift: We just wanna celebrate!

Last month the new Shift space got enormous traffic, in large part because of Ruthie V’s stellar show Domestic, and also because the new space is so excellent. If you missed that, don’t despair: we’re having a studio-warming party, group show and all around fabulous opening First Thursday, September 5th, 5-8pm @ 312 S. Washington in P Square.

What it is: a group show entitled Palimpsests, and curated by Liz Patterson–something for everyone, 2D, sculpture, and artists will be in attendance so there’s the schmooze opportunity. And plus, plus! Summer in Seattle is drawing to a close, and September’s First Thursday is always a very fine evening of downtown culture.

Artists: Ken Barnes, Daya B. Astor, Patrice Donohue, Dawn P. Endean, Adele Eustis, Pam Galvani, Jen Grabarczyk, Cynthia Hibbard, Ted Hiebert, Kamla Kakaria, Ed McCarthy, Cass Nevada, Ruthie V., Carmi Weingrod, Kirsten Wilhelm, Lee Withington, and Liz Patterson (Curator)

Don’t miss it, see you next week!

Palimpsests: mark-making, process and materiality
Curated by Liz Patterson
312 S. Washington
Artist Reception, 5-8 pm
First Thursday, September 5, 2013

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Ruthie V @ Shift: one more excellent reason to see this show

Jen Graves writes a compelling review of Ruthie V’s new show, Domestic: soul of an Interior, you can read it here in this week’s Stranger.

The review is full of dandy insights about the show, she’s really captured so much, but bottom line: “Ruthie V. has made some very good paintings, and you should know about her.”

Don’t miss this show, open through then of August at the new Shift Studio in the Tashiro-Kaplan Buildng in Pioneer Square.

Open by appt., and every Friday and Saturday, 12-5pm.
312 S. Washington

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Ruthie V at Shift (the new space!) with something special you gotta see….

As mentioned a couple weeks back, Ruthie V., fabulous painter, keen eye, is showing this month in the new Shift Space. Well, here’s something you didn’t know: she painted portraits of peeps who came to the show last weekend, about 50 in all, which will be hanging in the gallery as she completes them.

Here current fave is this one below. The show will be up till the end of the month, it’s worth heading on over for if you haven’t already. Open Friday and Saturday, 12-5 or by

Shift Studio
312 S. Washington
P-p-p-pioneer Square, see you there.

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Shift en deux! An extended show and a new location!

This is a Blue Moon event: two Shift shows, two locations, both in the Tashiro Kaplan Bldg.

First, the big news: Shift is moving to a new gallery, and it’s gorgeous. More space, easier access, all kinds of good, so stop by and see the new street level digs at 312 S. Washington (previously Pratt Gallery).

Second: you’ll be glad you did, not only because the new space is intriguing, but also because the show is most excellent. Ruthie V. will be presenting Domestic, new paintings with a decidedly intimate perspective. Ruthie’s gestural works are always so compelling, and these 30 new paintings bump it up a notch. Here are a few of appetizers:



But WAIT! There’s more!

The current show at the well known and familiar Shift, upstairs at 306 S. Washington will also be open! The current show with Ken Barnes and Jen Grabarczyk will run through August and if you didn’t see it last month, buzz on by cuz it’s worth seeing.

So that’s the news. Just head over to the Tashiro Kaplan Bldg tomorrow night, First Thursday, between 5 and 8 or so. Beautiful summer evening, great art, excellent new gallery–what’s not to love?

Shift Studio
306 and 312 S. Washington
Artist Reception, 5-8 pm
First Thursday, August 1
Where else but Pioneer Square?

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