Jonathan Moore, noted leader in Seattle’s music and arts community, contributed greatly to the development of Seattle Theatre Group®’s Re:definition Gallery. We are honored to have been recipients of his graciousness, skills and expertise. We mourn his loss along with his family and the legions of friends and associates with whom he connected throughout the city.
Re:definition was launched in 2016 with the goal of redefining historic cultural space. With this purpose in mind, STG has transformed our Paramount Theatre’s lobby bar into an art gallery. Rotating exhibits throughout the year showcase works from visual artists whose pieces highlight issues of race and social justice, both locally and globally. The focus for 2017 was to elevate the presence and availability of work created by Indigenous artists, as curated by Tracy Rector.
Re:definition 2018 is curated by Juan Alonso-Rodríquez, Tracy Rector and Tariqa Waters and features a variety of local artists. The exhibit will be up for the full year. More details below!
We remain grateful to our first curators, Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters. For more information on their contributions, as well as those of past artists, please visit our archive.
Celebrating 90 Years of Community, Culture and Space
Re:definition 2018 features a visual art exhibit in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the historic Paramount Theatre. Curated by Juan Alonso-Rodríguez, Tracy Rector and Tariqa Waters, the immersive installation includes original, commissioned works by six local artists, as well as the curators. Inspired by the humanity of the theatre’s past, present and future, the exhibit consists of large-scale panels, ceiling installations, video projection and a rotating salon wall of artwork created by youth from various non-profit organizations.
CURATORS’ STATEMENT: Intervolving and fluid, the arts reach beyond the confines of imposed, formalized structure. We're instinctively drawn to them, our ideas universally ignited by the fusion of storytelling to cultural traditions. These traditions and stories are passed from one generation to the next; each line of descendants inspired to redefine this knowledge with fresh ideas, methods, and perspectives.
Our efforts seek to redefine this established cultural space with inclusivity and social justice. The artists we have chosen are people whose unique voices must be heard, and whose work we celebrate. From time-honored to contemporary, these newly forged traditions give us confidence that as long as the arts are alive, we have purpose.
ABOUT THE 2018 CURATORS
Cuban-born Juan Alonso-Rodríguez is a self-taught artist with a career spanning over three decades in Seattle. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Latin America and is included in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Museum of Northwest Art, Microsoft, Swedish and Harborview Hospitals, and General Mills among others. He has created public works for Century Link Field, Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, King County Housing Authority, Epiphany School, Sound Transit’s Light Rail system, Chief Sealth High School and Renton Technical College.
His awards include a 2010 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award, The Neddy Fellowship, PONCHO Artist of the Year, two Artist Trust GAPs, two 4Culture Individual Artist Grants, ArtSpace’s 2016 DeJunius Hughes Award for Activism and the 2017 Conductive Garboil Grant.
Juan is a Seattle Arts Commissioner and serves on the city’s Public Art Advisory Committee.
Contact and more info at juanalonsostudio.com.
Tracy Rector is a mixed race (Choctaw/Seminole) filmmaker, curator, community organizer, co-founder of Longhouse Media and a 2016 Stranger Genius. She has made over 400 short films, and is currently in production of her third feature documentary. As co-producer of the award-winning film Teachings of the Tree People, producer of March Point, co-director of Clearwater, and director of Ch'aak' S'aagi; Rector has developed an awareness and sensitivity to the power of media and film as a modern storytelling tool. Her work has been featured on Independent Lens, Cannes Film Festival, ImagineNative, National Geographic’s All Roads Film Project, Toronto International Film Festival, the Seattle Art Museum and in the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian.
After years of galvanizing community and working in a directorial role, Rector has begun to transfer her method of storytelling to gallery exhibitions including YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND at Core Gallery, Women On the Brink at Vermillion Gallery, and BLOODLINES at Bridge Productions. As a Native Education specialist, Rector has facilitated work with over 3,000 youth, worked as a consultant with the Seattle Art Museum (SAM), served as a Native Naturalist for the Olympic Sculpture Park, and is involved with SAM’s newly expanded Native American wing.
Tracy has received the National Association for Media Literacy award for outstanding contributions made in the field of media education, she is currently a Firelight Media Fellow, is a WGBH Producer Fellow, Sundance Institute Lab Fellow, Tribeca All Access Grantee and is the recipient of the Horace Mann Award for her work in utilizing media for social justice. Raised in Seattle and Albuquerque, Tracy currently lives in Seattle and sits as a City of Seattle Arts Commissioner.
Contact and more info at longhousemedia.org.
Tariqa Waters manages a multi-faceted practice as a visual artist, alternative gallerist, curator and educator. Waters, born in Richmond, Virginia, has made an indelible mark on the city’s arts community and the Pioneer Square neighborhood. In 2013, Waters opened Martyr Sauce - A “renegade” gallery and platform for generating press and attention for marginalized perspectives. In 2016, she and co-curator Jonathan Moore described the mission of Re:definition as a place to “showcase, within the historic cultural space of The Paramount Theatre, the work of Black Seattle artists. By providing sustained exposure for ideas and perspectives too often marginalized, we hope to challenge preconceptions and facilitate awareness and understanding.” In the summer of 2017, Martyr Sauce became a Cultural Partner to the Seattle Art Fair.
Waters’ own artwork has been garnering support and critical acclaim in the region and abroad. Her art and her gallery were featured in the 2017 spring issues of French Rolling Stone and Madame Figaro magazine. She created cover art for The Stranger three times and was herself featured on the cover of City Arts Magazine’s annual 2015 Future List edition. Waters was a photography contributor for City Arts Magazine 2018 cover issue. She has been included in group exhibitions at Vermillion, Seattle Public Utilities Cultural Perspective, The Frye Art Museum, Pivot Art + Culture, and Out of Sight. In 2016, Waters was nominated for the prestigious James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award and recipient of the Conductive Garboil Grant. Her solo exhibition, "100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch," exhibited at the Northwest African American Museum June 4 - October 16, 2016..
Contact and more info at martyrsauce.com.
Gabriel Marquez is an artist and designer living and working in Seattle. At the University of Texas at El Paso, Marquez double majored in Painting and Graphic Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art (2012). As an artist, Marquez’s work takes on a fluid approach, the artwork he creates is mostly free form. It is the break away from the constrains of computer based design.
Marquez’s artwork explores themes of motion and stillness by using progressive contour lines in a pictorial realm that wanders between emptiness and fullness. The artwork although still, creates a continuous flutter with the use of linear pattern. Known for his intricate line drawings of fantastically surreal beings and dreamscapes, Marquez often works intuitively and allows the markings he creates to bring about the final outcome of the composition’s imagery.
Marquez was born in El Paso, TX to parents from Mexico. He is an active member of the Seattle art community since 2014. Marquez has exhibited in multiple exhibitions with the Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA) such as CoCA 24-hour Art Marathon, for 4 years in a row now, as well as Juan Alonso Studio, True Love Art Gallery, Axis, Art Exchange, and Shoreline City Hall, among many others. In summer 2016, he was a featured artist in the acclaimed “La Cocina” pop-up Latinx art space, organized by non-profit La Sala: A Latinx Artists’ Network, a community partner of Seattle Art Fair, and supported by the Seattle Foundation and 4Culture.
Contact and more info at gabrielmarquez.us.
Christopher Paul Jordan is a contemporary artist from Tacoma, Washington working in virtual and physical public space through painting, interactive media, sculpture, photography and digital art. His paintings and sculptures are artifacts from his work in community and time-capsules for expanded inquiry.
Jordan is recipient of the 2017 Neddy Artists Award for painting, the Jon Imber Painting Fellowship, the GTCF Foundation of Art Award, the James W Ray Venture Project Award, and the most recent summer commission for Seattle Art Museum's Olympic Sculpture Park.
Contact and more info at chrispauljordan.com.
Joe (wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr. (Squaxin Island/Pueblo of Acoma) (Squaxin Island/Pueblo of Acoma) has worked with glass, photography, Salish wool weaving, prints, wood, and rawhide drums. He started his artistic career by carving his first paddle for the 2003 Tribal Journey to Tulalip, the same year he carved his first bentwood box. It was after this journey that he learned how to stretch and make drums. In 2005, Joe attended the Preston Singletary residence at the Longhouse at Evergreen State College. He has participated in the international gathering of Indigenous Artists, PIKO 2007, in Hawai’i and in the 2010 Te Tihi, fourth Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists in New Zealand. Joe has been a participating artist in the “In the Spirit” art shows, facilitated through the Longhouse and the Washington State History Museum.
Recently, Joe was featured at The Core gallery in January 2016 as part of YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND and in July 2017 he was the artist in residence at Eight Generation at the Pike Place Market. His work can be seen in the Portland Art Museum; the Squaxin Museum; Learning and Resource Center in Shelton, Washington; and the Hilo Art Museum in Hawai’i. Joe received a Native Arts grant from the Potlatch Fund and the Visual Art Program grant from the National Museum for the American Indian, as well as multiple National Native Creative Development Program grants from the Longhouse at Evergreen State College.
Contact and more info at joeseymourart.com.
Kenji Hamai Stoll is a multidisciplinary visual artist born, raised, and based in Tacoma, Washington. Initially drawn to art as a teenager through graffiti murals in his neighborhood, he now works with communities to reimagine public spaces; and co-directs youth organization Fab-5, who’s mission centers on empowering young people to become creative leaders who inspire change in their surroundings.
Contact and more info on Instagram: @_yokenji
Rhea Vega is an Alaska Native; an enrolled member of the Tlingit Tribe, Kaagwaantaan Clan. She is also Mexican and Filipino. Her multi-heritage roots as well as her ties to the indigenous community in Seattle, WA have strongly influenced her perception of self and thus, her approach to art. Art allows her to maintain her connection to her ancestors; it is a means of healing. She says, "I consider my art work to be self-therapy. Therapy is aimed to better the self, which is a healing endeavor. I also view myself as a minimal vocalist/communicator, therefore working out emotions and communicating through art is my healing process. My confession to the world lifts the weight of being vulnerable and enclosed; I am empowered.” Rhea has worked with a variety of media and currently favors acrylic and charcoal. In addition to practicing empowerment through the canvas, Rhea has also practiced healing through achieving spiritual health for herself and others as a licensed massage therapist. However, since recently going through breast cancer, she has taken a break from the health industry to focus on her own physical health and creativity.
Contact and more info at omega-vega.com.
Junko Yamamoto is a visual artist born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She started drawing at the age of three and knew then she wanted to become an artist. Junko moved to the states alone to go study abroad at the age of 16. Graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle with Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Cum Laude in 1999. Her main medium has been oil painting; she also produces printmaking and mixed media installations.
Last year she had her solo exhibition at TASTE at SAM, an installation at Out of Sight 2017, an installation at OFF THE WALLS at Seattle Asian Art Museum and received an Emerging Artist Award from Allied Arts Foundation. Junko was also the recipient of the 2015 Artist Trust GAP Grant and the Pratt Fine Arts Center Professional Artist Residency in 2015.
Past exhibitions include the 40th anniversary group show of SAM Gallery Seattle, WA in 2013, a solo exhibition at EC Gallery Chicago in 2010, solo exhibition at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Westcott House Foundation Springfield, OH in 2007 and solo exhibitions in Tokyo and Osaka in 2006.
Upcoming shows include a group exhibition at SAM Gallery in September 2018 and Tacoma’s Feast Arts Center in October 2018 as well as group exhibitions with Art Beasties art collective at Soil Gallery Seattle in March 2018 and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum in June 2018.
Contact and more info at junkoyamamoto.com.