Evan Blackwell, Todd Smith, Maron Resur, Craig van den Bosch @ Fremont’s First Friday Art Walk.

Tonight’s Fremont Art Walk is definitely something to look forward to. If you find yourselves out and about around then, you’ll see there are some pretty astounding works.

Evan Blackwell

@ (710 N 34th St., Seattle)
This multi-disciplinary artist creates wonderful sculptures by melting down and reforming everyday plastic objects. “At the very core of my research is a desire to create a harmony between the reality of my urban existence and my own personal ideology,” says Blackwell.

Todd Smith

@ Ballroom (456 N 36th St., Seattle)
After taking photographs of mundane images, Smith slices them apart and ressembles them on large-scale vellum works. Small details overlooked by most people are what makes Smith’s works work. His new pieces seem to stitch together photographs like a fine weave.

Maron Resur

@ Caffe Vita (4301 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle)
Combining instincts with academic training, Resur paints large, striking portraits that draw one to the appealing imperfections of human features.

Craig van den Bosch

@ Fremont Abbey Arts Center (4272 Fremont Ave. N) accompanied by live musicians Diagram of Suburban Chaos, Logic Probe, and Mt. VJ Lindell Alderman. Afterparty ($5-$7 donation) starts at 8pm and features the music of Candysound and The Low Hums.
I’m a little less interested in saying what I have to say about Craig van den Bosch’s floating worlds of collage, because he says it all in a must more interesting way. Check it:

My current work speaks to the manipulation of the human mind through persuasive, capitalistic imagery and text: Commercial Technological Persuasive Capitalism Coexistence. Pushed against the fine molecules that contain our cortex, is an incessant barrage of media catchwords and phrases. These tools of capitalistic propaganda beat like ocean waves against our psyche, finding crevices within which to invade. These forces shape almost everyone in a similar manner, like landscape being shaped by nature. We are formed through many methods: products, rules, religion, technology, and advertising. These distractions can divert us from thinking about meaningful issues within the world and our immediate lives. This is not a unique proclamation and very few people transcend this diversion, myself included. Media is the kingpin distracter.

Commercials have proven their effectiveness in altering our perception of the self and the world. The power of suggestion they provide is strong. What do we really want? There are people who use suggestion to cure themselves of cancer, to create mob psychology, empower a people for revolution, war or peace. The power of the conscious mind is great. I question the future of our conscious development. Where is this push for advancement, propelled by mass suggestion, taking us?

This media induced need / quest for more has us subjecting our bodies and minds to possibly adverse methods of augmentation. From collagen injections to plastic surgery, we are ready to embrace these alterations to both our physical and cerebral faculties. Teetering on the cusp of exponential technological expansion, integrated with the cortex, we have an obligation to ask ourselves, “Are we ready?” I believe the body will become less vital once the human consciousness is fully utilized through technological enhancements. The failings of the body and slow intake of knowledge will be enhanced. I do not believe these “advancements” will quell our distractions. Nor do I believe that our society will become exempt from distracting ourselves from answering the most sincere questions of existence regardless of what form we embody in the future. In leaving the body behind, we may however answer some of our questions concerning faith and the human soul. Many religions have made this their central goal, a communion with a spirit or oneness. Some believe they can obtain this state through natural means. I believe that technology may prematurely propel us to this state without the efforts and discipline involved in traditional methods. Technology will become a sanctioned drug, if it has not already.

Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/she) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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