By Susan Robb
Wednesday, May 29th
As part of her on going investigation into people, place and our search for utopia, Susan Robb created Upper Kingdom, idiosyncratic photographs of rocks she collected during a month of hiking in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains, brought back to her studio and embellished with paint, chains, sequins, and reflective tape as well as small wooden tables, backpacks, and plinths. The resulting photographs are portraits of landscapes - both internal and external. They not only describe the terrain Susan hiked through; the motif of mountain crest, pasture and ocean, the capricious cloud cover, the intensity of reflected light, but they also envision states of being and the absurd props and burdens we all employ and carry as we navigate our relationships with ourselves and the people we care about the most.
Archival ink print
20 x 30 inches
By Amanda Manitach
Tuesday, May 7th
Some intimate watercolor drawings on paper. Scenes of seduction, lustmord, odalisques, femmes fatales, fatal men and deadly mothers, monsters and devils on horseback.
Eugenie (from La Philosophie dans le boudoir)
Graphite and watercolor on paper
11 x 14 inches
By Erin Frost
Thursday, April 18th
Erin Frost’s recent multimedia work, steeped in eroticism, ritual, and performance, culminates in RE/SEMBLANCE, a one night event featuring new video and accompanying polaroids. These transformative vignettes use self-portraits as a point of origin to further her intimate exploration of compulsion, desire, and reinvention.
50 Most Influential People in Seattle Right Now - Seattle Met
Amanda Manitach - What’s Wrong with a Little Slacking? City Arts
APRIL Fest and Vignettes unite over a group exhibition inspired by the poetry and words of Heather Christle from The Trees The Trees.
8pm Reading by Heather Christle
Featuring work by:
Maggie Carson Romano
By J.D. Banke
Friday, March 1st
‘He is masterful at representing a slacker attitude within his effortlessly calculated compositions.’ - Robert Yoder
Acrylic on Wood
An Immodest Show by Kelly O
Vignettes is pleased to present a special Valentines exhibition featuring the photography of Kelly O
Thursday, February 14th
Sex is fun. Sex is good. Sex is everything.
‘She Showed Me Hers’
Las Vegas, Nevada
Vignettes will be taking the month of January to produce ONN/OF “a light festival” 2013. In collaboration with artist Susan Robb, they will conceive a weekend full of illumination during the most depressing days of the year.
$10 all day (21+)
Sunday, January 27th
Free admission until 7pm (All Ages)
$8 after 7pm (21+)
Tivon Rice, Nick Bartoletti, Nat Evans & John Teske, MKNZ & Ross Laing, Graham Downing, Erin Elyse Burns, Baso Fibonacci, Britta Johnson, JD Banke, Taylor Pinton, Max Kraushaar, Izzie Klingels, Julie Alpert, Lindsey Apodaca, Nicholas Nyland, Nko, Anthony Sonnenberg, Eric Aguilar, Klara Glosova, Erin Frost, DK Pan, Xhurch, OneSevenNine,
Laura Cassidy & Ria Leigh, Kate Ryan, Izzie Klingels, Plankton Wat, Airport, Ononos, Midday Veil, Lori Goldston & Jessika Kenney, Queen Shmooquan, PDL, Sgt. Rigsby and His Amazing Silhouettes
By Anthony Sonnenberg
Wednesday, December 12th
Things that are not what they appear to be fascinate me.
Having been born and raised in a tiny Texas town, where secrets were impossible to keep and gossip was the main form of social currency, I learned from a young age to always look beneath the surface and be suspicious of anything that seems too good to be true. I realized early on that the truth existed neither in the fictions that one sees on the surface nor in the facts that lurk below, but rather in the constantly ongoing negotiation between the two.
My work is a continuation of this negotiation. The work is highly variable in regards to media, scale and materials but it is united by a rigorous multi-layer conceptual construction wherein the main narratives are woven into and placed behind superficial semi-transparent ones. Therefore, while on the surface the works may appear to be solely concerned with frivolities of decadence and technical virtuosity, at their core they are driven by the entire unknowable and tragic nature of the human experience. This driving force is not one that viewers are eager to engage with and so the beauty of the surface is needed to bridge the gap between what I would like to communicate to the viewer and what the viewer is willing to receive.
The works selected for this exhibition are, as the title suggest, centered on the still life genre. This decision was made mainly because still lives have been at the forefront of mind for most of my life. It was by studying the grand Dutch still life paintings of the 17th century that I first started to develop the afore mentioned formula for a multilayer conceptual framework. Their impeccably rendered surfaces scream opulence and indulgence, while the suspicion of the physical world and the specter of death loom just below the surface. I have been exploring notions related to still lives by pushing them into the realm of the abstract whilst playing upon the tropes and visual language of the genre. Although commonly dismissed as hackneyed or banal, I aim to prove that the still life genre has much to offer contemporary art
Sunday, November 18th
As long as art has been created, peoples names have been used without permission.
I was honored to discover my name on this print amongst a brilliant flood of women who make this city’s art world what it is today.
Personally I love a good joke and I find this piece to be both thoughtful and tongue-in-cheek.
I would like to share ‘Mamelles’ which was removed from a Cornish Alumni Gallery exhibition curated by Sharon Arnold in response to Elles.
We all come from women, we have all been nourished by a breast and we all respond differently to the world around us.
Amanda Manitach - New American Paintings Alchemy of Paint: A Studio Visit with Margie Livingston and Isaac Quigley
By Isaac Quigley
Thursday, November 15th
My initial query was into outer space. But, I soon realized that I knew nothing about outer space. I have never studied astronomy. Most resources in my studio concerned physical geography and climate. I found some information and diagrams depicting the reflection of solar heat off of the Earth’s surface into the Earth’s atmosphere. That heat is then re-radiated by greenhouse gases in all directions including back towards the surface of the Earth, heating our environment warmer than it would be without the presence of the gases.
This is known as the Greenhouse Effect. It keeps us from freezing to death.
My attempt to investigate Outer Space became an investigation of Inner Space, the place where greenhouse gases keep all of us alive and safe. So, the series of work became a rather broad examination of staying warm physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Atmospheric Heat with Border
28” x 22”
acrylic, sharpie, paper, glitter, pins, and lace on canvas.
Leigh Riibe & Jason Gertsen - Tender Validations WWDND? an interview with Doug P. Newman
by Doug Newman
Friday, September 21st
Slide Show begins at 8pm
I first met Doug Newman in my apartment at one of the twenty-four Vignettes exhibitions that took place in 2011. He would attend when he wasn’t working and usually purchase a piece for him and his partners apartment two floors down.
One day I received a series of fliers under my door inviting me to his exhibition at ReBar titled ‘Like Sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives’ it fell on a day that I had no desire to leave the apartment, but the short walk was inexcusable and I knew I would enjoy what I found there. Graham and I walked down and quickly found ourselves socializing, drinking a beer and purchasing two framed works for our growing collection.
Shortly after we decided on our purchases we were led to the back room in which everyone found themselves a seat for the second part of the show. Doug sat at the back with a large stack of slide spools and a projector. The music began and immediately we were drawn into his world. Each series of photographs documented years, months, days that could all exist as one long dream. You soon learned that this individual was capable of photographing humans at their most vulnerable state and at the same moment not exploiting them at all.
Doug’s images remind me of all of my favorite photographers I’ve studied in history.
You know something is happening when he has his camera out and you want to be a part of it.