September 12, 2009

Matthew Offenbacher's gift

Matthew Offenbacher, "Untitled," 2009,
oil and acrylic on stainguard, 52" x 45"

Matthew Offenbacher, "Untitled," 2009,
oil and acrylic on stainguard, 52" x 45"

In her entertaining fall arts preview in The Stranger, Jen Graves reports that she's looking forward to Seattle artist Matthew Offenbacher's new project, "The Gift Shop." "Matthew Offenbacher is a center for ideas. He publishes La Especial Norte, the quarterly artist newsletter, and it's actually great. His latest project, when he is not painting his own cat, is to take over the Henry Art Gallery gift shop. What, you say? The Henry has a gift shop? It's been empty for more than a year, so Offenbacher is doing something about it, turning it into 'an incubator for Northwest artists. Exhibitions will fall like dominoes: a cascading cavalcade of adventurous, collaborative, celebratory artistic energy. How do artists work together? What can an art exhibition do?'" If I lived in Seattle, I'd be looking forward to it, too. Through early 2010.

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