to Oct 29

Synaptic Lexicon at 9e2

Inside the groundbreaking 9e2:art, science and technology event at King Street Station in Seattle is a show-within-a-show. Synaptic Lexicon offers nine visual artists’ collaborations with newly emerging scientific principles – including dark matter astrophysics, neuroscience, mathematics, and cultural biology, curated by Ellen Ziegler.

Synaptic Lexicon starts Friday, October 21. Buy your tickets now.
Three performances and a party on Opening Night of 9e2!

Timea Tihanyi, Perfect Imperfect.
Bone china porcelain, various porcelain clay bodies, glaze, wooden table, chalkboard paint, projection, and chalk. 2016. Courtesy of Linda Hodges Gallery

Nine Seattle artists – Nola Avienne, Gala Bent, Jazz Brown, Romson Bustillo, Sue Danielson, Bradly Gunn, Timea Tihanyi, Ellen Ziegler and Susan Zoccola – collaborated with dark matter researcher James V. Sloan, neuroscientists Thomas Deuel and Siddharth Ramakrishnan, developmental biologist Jason Berndt, and mathematicians Ken Brakke, Jadayev Athrea, and Henry Segerman, as well as investigating cutting-edge ideas such as the Allen Brain Atlas and the function of mirror neurons.

“Synaptic lexicon” refers to a compendium of ideas and insights, resulting in this artistic investigation that anchors 9e2: art, science and technology. Both scientists and artists are trained to look for the unexpected; the connections made between the disciplines yield just that. Read about 9e2’s history here.

The nine participants are visual artists with established practices, responding to 21st century scientific concepts with compelling, materials-based experiments. The group has met every three weeks since the spring of 2016 and has been advised by Emily Zimmerman, Associate Curator of Programs at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington.

Walkthrough with curator and artists: Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm.

Tickets HERE for the Wednesday events: two dance performances and a curator/artists talk. Synaptic Lexicon artist Romson Bustillo will be presenting a performance activating his work.

Romson Regarde Bustillo, The Biology of Culture: Cue Signaling, serigraph on muslin. Six 3'2.5" x 10', 2016. Pratt Fine Arts: print studio. Artist Trust: documentation

Romson Regarde Bustillo, The Biology of Culture: Cue Signaling, serigraph on muslin. Six 3'2.5" x 10', 2016. Pratt Fine Arts: print studio. Artist Trust: documentation

Gala Bent, Drummed Drawings (Particle Physics). Work on paper: graphite, gouache, drawing pencils. Dimensions variable. 2016. Courtesy of G.Gibson Gallery

Curator Ellen Ziegler: "In the act of perceiving our surroundings, we forge a link between our inner and outer worlds. Artists work in this interface – between the physiology of perception and the exterior world with which we engage.

"At Antioch College, Yellow Springs, I learned to seek out and allow accident, failure and chance occurrences – it was this influence that led to Synaptic Lexicon. I owe a debt to my professors there, who had been students of legendary artists and thinkers at Black Mountain College. This hub of the avant-garde included John Cage, Ruth Asawa, Buckminster Fuller, Jacob Lawrence, Josef and Anni Albers, Cy Twombly, and the co-organizer of Nine Evenings in 1966, Robert Rauschenberg."

Bradly Gunn, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (Theatre of the World). Lumber, vellum, paint, tape and fluorescent light, 72”L x 29”W x 60”H, 2016

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to Sep 30

Studio Visit: Ellen Ziegler at SOIL

An artist’s source material is rarely seen by gallery goers. Studio Visit is an installation of new paintings as well as objects and materials with which I work and surround myself and try to avoid stepping on.

Opening First Thursday, September 1, 5 - 8 pmSOIL Gallery, 112 3rd Ave. South, Seattle. Exhibit runs through October 1. Hours: Thursday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm.


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to Jun 25

Closing party for Vermillion/Vermilion: New Work by Ellen Ziegler


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Exhibit runs June 9 - July 9, 2016

Closing party: Wednesday, July 6, 6 - 8 pm, co-hosted by Jim Demetre.

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
1508 11th Ave, 206-709-9797
Tuesday – Saturday, 4pm – midnight

 "The color vermilion is replete with associations to geology, culture and art history and has compelled me for years as only a color can compel an artist.”  Ellen Ziegler

Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar celebrates its 8th anniversary this June with an idea whose time has come: "Vermillion/Vermilion", a show of new work by Ellen Ziegler. The artist has worked exclusively with the color vermilion for the past three years. Ziegler's last body of work was featured in a solo show called “Vermilion”, at LxWxH Gallery, Georgetown, although many people showed up initially at Vermillion (the bar, two L’s.)

Vermillion has been a generous supporter and promoter of the arts since it was started by Diana Adams in 2008. In addition to over 80 gallery shows, the venue has hosted poetry and book readings, interactive and site-specific performances, hip-hop cypher battles, music producer showcases and demonstrations, the Big Dig Record Show, pop-up art bazaars and John Boylan’s inimitable Conversation Series.

Join us in celebrating Vermillion’s 8th anniversary and Ellen Ziegler’s new work. The show will also include historic tidbits of knowledge about vermilion (the color, one L).


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to Jan 3

Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge at Whatcom Museum, Bellingham WA

THE BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE, 2011-2014, screw binding, black book cloth cover, 40 pages, edition of two. 26" x 32". Materials include plaster, shoe polish, gouache, vermilion pigment, spray paint, metallic pen, graphite, silver mylar, solvent, waxed paper, metallic pigment powder.

I'm very pleased to have Volume Two of The Book of Knowledge in Unhinged: Book Art on the Cutting Edge. Curated by Barbara Matilsky, this exhibition "surveys recent directions in book art through 70 diverse works by 63 prominent artists from across the country, Great Britain, and Australia. Unhinged explores the limitless potential of the book as an independent medium through both intimately scaled pieces and large installations."

Whatcom Museum, Lightcatcher Building
Wednesday - Sunday, noon-5pm
Open Thursday until 8pm; open Saturday at 10am
250 Flora Street, Bellingham, WA 98225  

Volume One of The Book of Knowledge is in the collection of the Brand Libraries, Glendale, CA. Coincidentally, it was featured this week in the newsletter The Machine Chronicles. Penina Finger writes,"... slip on cotton gloves and lift the heavy black pages of Ellen Ziegler’s tar paper Book of Knowledge, inhale its pungent links to prehistory and be dazzled by the sparkle and mist of the many media that float on and sink into the paper." 



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Feat 2015: Fellowship Exhibit Artist Trust

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Concurrent with the inaugural Seattle Art Fair, Artist Trust,  Art of The City, and Galvanize are sponsoring an exhibition of the 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship recipients. 

The Feat 2015 artists: Humaira Abid, Rebecca Cummins, Michelle de la Vega, Jesse England, Tom Gormally, Aaron Haba, Todd Jannausch, Antonia Price, George Rodriguez, June Sekiguchi, and Ellen Ziegler.

Concurrent with the Seattle Art Fair
July 30 - August 2  Free admittance.
111 S. Jackson St, at First & Jackson, in Galvanize lower level : MAP

Exhibit hours:
Thursday 6 - 8 pm
Friday 11 am - 9 pm
Saturday 11 am - 7 pm
Sunday 12 - 6 pm

Opening reception:  Friday July 31, 6 - 10pm.  Free admittance.

The exhibition is a satellite venue of the Art of the City Street Fest at the TK Lofts, and an affiliate of Satellite Seattle.

The exhibition space is provided by Galvanize. The entire 5000 square foot lower level of the historical building is set aside for the exhibition.


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2015 Artist Trust Visual Arts Fellowship.

I am beyond thrilled to receive a Visual Arts Fellowship from Artist Trust. Dedicated to supporting Washington State artists in all disciplines, Artist Trust is deeply concerned with artists at all stages of development, in all geographic locations in the state. Thank you, Artist Trust! And thank you, Beth Cullom of Cullom Gallery for your support and encouragement.

Drawing demo at LxWxH Gallery, July 2014. Curated by Cullom Gallery, Seattle.

Drawing demo at LxWxH Gallery, July 2014. Curated by Cullom Gallery, Seattle.

Beth Cullom and her vermilion shoes!  

Beth Cullom and her vermilion shoes!


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"Exercises to Free the Tongue" debuts at Seattle Public Library Downtown

This Thursday, March 26, 7 pm:
Please join me and 
award-winning poet Molly Tenenbaum for Exercises to Free the Tongue at the downtown Seattle Public Library. The event includes a talk about our collaboration in merging words and images, with clips of famous ventriloquists, past and present. Don't miss it; we're hilarious. Please spread the word!

First Floor, Downtown Seattle Public Library, Microsoft Auditorium.  
Event is free. 
Parking under the Library. MAP

Illuminated with historic images and ephemera from the poet's grandparents, ventriloquists on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1900's,
this book of poems plays with ventriloquial metaphors of voice and breath.
A long time in the works, this is a book to celebrate.

Molly's grandparents on one of their handbills.

Limited edition box with poems on individual cards. Artist books by Ellen Ziegler.

Spiral bound book, 44 pages.

Both editions are available through Vamp and Tramp BooksellersOpen Books and Paper Hammer in Seattle, and mollytenenbaum.com

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to Mar 11

Post-Disciplinary Text(s) Residency: Cornish Arts Incubator Program and Exhibit

Curated by Julia Greenway and Jessica Hoffman.
The Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator residency is designed to encourage artistic risk-taking by supporting artists in the creation of work that is outside the boundaries of their usual genre, discipline or comfort zone. The goal of the Cornish Playhouse Arts Incubator Residency is not to create a final, polished product. Instead, the residency is designed to give artists time and space to “incubate” -- to develop an idea or concept and explore it. The Arts Incubator Residency is part of Cornish Playhouse’s public benefit to the Seattle community.

Public events: March 6, 2015   6 - 9 pm, March 7, 2015  1 – 4 pm.
Cornish Theater, Seattle Center (formerly Intiman Theater). 201 Mercer Street at 2nd Ave. N.
Just east of the Seattle Rep.

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to Feb 11

CODEX Book Fair, Richmond, California.

I'm excited to have work at both Vamp & Tramp and Paper Hammer at CODEX V. See you there!

Exercises to Free the Tongue, Deluxe Edition.

Exercises to Free the Tongue, Deluxe Edition.


Over 180 of the world's best book artists and fine press printers will be exhibiting their spectacular works at the CODEX V Book Fair. The Public is encouraged to attend. Entry tickets are sold at the door:

$5 students, $10 general, $30 multi-day.

SUNDAY 12:30 - 5:30 P.M.
MONDAY 12:30 - 6 P.M.
TUESDAY 12:30 - 6 P.M.
WEDNESDAY 10:00 - 3:00 P.M. 

CODEX is the largest Book Fair of its kind in the United States, and is proud to be a part of Rare Book Week West. For more information on all of the bookish events happening Feb. 5-11th, 2015, go to www.rarebookweekwest.org

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Crouch Fine Arts Library: Books of the Heart || Heart of the Books

Text in Spanish and English. Hand-bound limited edition, hand-stitched, paper with cloth corners, 8" x 11".
Photos hand-tipped in, archival inkjet printed.

El Torero y La Bailarina is included in the Crouch Fine Arts Library exhibit that reflects the heart and things of the heart. At Baylor University, Waco, Texas, for the month of February.

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Book Launch: Exercises to Free the Tongue

Wednesday, November 5, 7 pm, Hugo House, 1634 11th Avenue, Seattle

Join us at Hugo House for the long-anticipated book launch of “Exercises to Free the Tongue” – poems and text by Molly Tenenbaum, artist's book by Ellen Ziegler, printing and binding by Paper Hammer, Seattle and Tieton WA.

Illuminated with historic images and ephemera from the poet’s grandparents, ventriloquists on the vaudeville circuit in the early 1900s, this book of poems plays with ventriloquial metaphors of voice and breath. A long time in the works, this is a book to celebrate.

The artist's book is a limited edition of 20 copies; an artist's proof will be on view at the event. There will also be a spiral-bound version available for purchase. Books available through Vamp and Tramp Booksellers, Open Books, and Paper Hammer.

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