Okay, so the opening has come and gone, but you should still check out a new exhibition at Field Work that is going on from now through March 7th! Go anytime from 12:00pm to 6:00pm or from 5:00pm to 9:00pm on March 5th to see...

Justin Kane Elder has only recently emerged onto the Seattle art scene, but he's already commanding our attention. Trained as a finish carpenter1 and hailing from a family peppered with luthiers2 and tradesman, Elder is comfortable moving fluidly across the often contentious boundary of art and craft. Elder's work demands a carpenter's keen attention to angle and detail, coupled with a painter's sense of fluid composition. Elder creates large-scale spray paint portraits by applying numerous layers of precisely stenciled abstract shapes, and his dynamic overlays create a constantly radiating sense of movement. His current portrait subjects are his friends or pop culture icons, and he manages to create crisp, defined compositions without employing any actual linework.
justin kane elder I headed over to Justin's house for an interview and spent the duration of our conversation kept constant company by Raleigh, his adorably hyperactive Boston Terrier. Elder's house immediately gives the comfortable impression of being inhabited by creative people who are very good at what they do but don't feel a need to overtly broadcast it. Elder's girlfriend is a designer, and between the two of them, the house is full of strange, enticingly colorful objects. Elder's studio is set up in his basement, and his workspace is indicative of his artistic priorities: his table saw is front and center, and his spray cans are arranged on a hand-built table that captures the precision of someone who is used to working in measurements of a 32nd of an inch. A large basement wall serves as scratch paper. "It's my sketchbook!" Elder says, laughing.

This last month was the two year anniversary of the end of the Silver Jews, one of my favorite bands of all time. I decided that the weekly comic is going to be exclusively illustrated lyrics for the foreseeable future, starting with songs from the...

Since she has a show at Bherd Studios tonight (8537 Greenwood Ave N Suite 1, Seattle, WA), it's about time we draw some attention to the work of REDEFINE staff writer, Tessa Hulls! The pieces here will not be the same as the ones in the...

For The Acorn's latest album, No Ghost, band member Howard Tsui was enlisted to create the album artwork. The chosen cover piece, entitled Spectral Residue, is thematically appropriate, and showcases Tsui's knack to draw influence from the supernatural. To quote Tsui's artist statement about the series: "Abstract...

This is an oldie but goodie from our back catalog. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THESE IMAGES IN PRINT. Collages are a dime a dozen these days, with both digital collages and paper collages being artforms with teeny tiny learning curves. It seems that almost anyone can create...

Have you ever tried to map your thoughts in a cohesive manner? What would you find? How long would it take? Portland-based artist Jamie Marie Waelchli decided to delve into her own mind between 2007 and 2011 (a duration of which no doubt resulted in a...

Dictionary pages certainly have their musty old charms! From their familiar smells to their singular text arrangements, their surfaces are perfect for artists like Becky Holladay to build off of with colorful illustrations. These are from her series of Pen&Inc pieces. ...