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In Memoriam
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 2018
Celebrating 90 Years of Community, Culture and Space

Re:definition 2018 featured 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 included 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 consisted of large-scale panels, ceiling installations, video projection and a rotating salon wall of artwork created by youth from various non-profit organizations.

 

2018 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.


2018 ARTISTS

 

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.


RE:DEFINITION 2017

 

2017 CURATOR’S MISSION STATEMENT: The pervasive colonizer mentality of writing and re-writing history, to serve the needs of those in power, is a symptom of "dis-ease" that impacts our global body. As an act of healing, now is the time to decolonize false narratives, spaces and our minds. Re:definition gives us the opportunity to collectively imagine an Indigenous centered future, engineer interwoven fantasies, and carves out a space for Indigenous people to feel acknowledged with honesty, beauty and truth.

 

ABOUT THE 2017 CURATOR

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.

Photo Credit: Peter Cohen

PREVIOUS ARTISTS:
Exhibit ran September 28, 2017 to February 2018

 

Joe (wahalatsu?) Seymour, Jr. (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.

 

Exhibit ran May 26, 2017 to September 2017

 

Bracken Hanuse Corlett is an multimedia artist hailing from the Wuikinuxv and Klahoose Nations. He began working in theatre and performance in 2001 and after five years transitioned towards his current practice that fuses painting and drawing with digital-media, audio-visual performance, animation and narrative. His work combines Indigenous Northwest Coast form and story with digital platforms and old growth. He is a graduate of the En’owkin Centre of Indigenous Art and went to Emily Carr University of Art and Design for a B.F.A. in Visual Arts. He also studied Northwest Coast art, carving and design from acclaimed Heiltsuk artists Bradley Hunt and his sons Shawn Hunt and Dean Hunt. He was a recipient of the 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for Aboriginal Art and has recently received public art commissions from the City of Vancouver.

Some of his notable exhibitions, performances and screenings have been at Grunt Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Unit PITT Projects, Vancouver International Film Festival (Vancouver), Three Walls Gallery (Chicago), Ottawa International Animation Festival, SAW Gallery (Ottawa), Royal BC Museum, Open Space (Victoria), Winnipeg Art Gallery, Urban Shaman (Winnipeg), Sâkêwêwak Artists’ Collective, Mackenzie Art Gallery (Regina), Atlantic Film Festival, Tidal Force – Independent Media Arts Alliance (Halifax), Art Mur, Sommets du Cinéma D’animation (Montreal), ImagineNative, Toronto International Film Festival, Music Gallery (Toronto).

Margie Morris is a Raven/Frog clan Tlingit from Alaska who is currently a resident in the Pacific Northwest. She has been hand making elk hide drums with her intricate and detailed form line designs for over 30 years. In addition, Ms. Morris has been studying with master artists and cultural leaders in the areas of song, dance, carving and regalia making. Her work is found in Native Artist Markets in Washington State including at Folklife Festival, Daybreak Star, Evergreen State Community College Longhouse, Duwamish Longhouse, Kirshner Museum, Celebration in Juneau, Alaska Federation of Native in Anchorage, and in New York and DC at the National Museum of the American Indian.

Amanda Spotted Fawn Strong is an Indigenous (Michif) filmmaker, media artist and stop motion artist currently based out of unceded Coast Salish territory also known as Vancouver. Amanda’s work explores ideas of blood memory and Indigenous ideology. Her background in photography, illustration and media extend into her detailed award-winning works. Her films Indigo and Mia’ have screened internationally, most notable at Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and Ottawa International Animation Festival. Amanda has received numerous grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and the NFB. Amanda has received the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video, Vancouver Mayors Arts Awards for Emerging Film and Media Artist and The Clyde Gilmour Technicolor Award emerging artists, selected by Alanis Obomsawin. Her latest short animation Four Faces of the Moon will be premiering with CBC Short Docs and is being developed into a graphic novel. Amanda is currently developing Wheetago War and Sugar Bush, two new short animations as well as developing her works into interactive spaces.

 

Exhibit ran through May 24, 2017

 

Kalen Goodluck is a documentary photographer, photojournalist, and journalist originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His photographic work has explored Indigenous human rights issues on his tribal home in Fort Berthold, ND, food scarcity and justice in the Hudson Valley; cultural identity and landscapes in his homes of New Mexico and New York; and the historic environmental justice movement currently taking place in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

He attended Bard College and received a B.A. in Human Rights with a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies.

Kalen comes from the Diné (Navajo), Mandan, Hidatsa, and Tsimshian Tribes and is a tribal member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota.

Learn more at: kalengoodluck.com/home.

Adam Sings In The Timber’s (Apsáalooke/Crow) main purpose as a photojournalist is documenting Native American life. It is his desire to capture all the diverse nuances of Native Americans and to present them to the non-Native world without apology, as well as to preserve these positive representations for future generations of Indigenous people to come.

Sings In The Timber studied photojournalism at the University of Montana in Missoula and is a graduate of the Freedom Forum's American Indian Journalism Institute. Native American history has been recorded and told by non-Natives for over 500 years. "I'm glad it's there to learn from, to a point, but I think it's time we use our own voices to tell our own stories," he notes.

In addition to freelance and commercial photography, Sings In The Timber is currently working on a photo book documenting the Crow Tribe of Montana to be titled "Apsáalooke Nation." Adam is also a proud stay-at-home-dad!

Learn more at: singsinthetimber.com/portfolio.html.

A visual art installation, on display for the opening night launch party only, was curated by John Feodorov and featured the works of over twenty artists whose works address environmental issues. John was born in Los Angeles of mixed Navajo (Diné) and ambiguous Euro-American heritage. Feodorov grew up in the suburbs of Southern California while making annual visits to his family’s land near Whitehorse, NM. The time he spent with his mother and grandparents on their homestead near the Anasazi ruins at Chaco Canyon continues to inform and impact his work.

John is known as a conceptual artist, a political artist, and a Native American artist, but admits he's still not sure how to define the art he makes. His work includes painting, drawing, assemblage, installation, video, music and songwriting. John is currently an Associate Professor of Art at Fairhaven College and a long time resident of West Seattle.

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RE:DEFINITION 2016

Re:definition first launched in 2016 with the theme, “Illuminating Black Art in Seattle.” Curators Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters thoughtfully transformed The Paramount Theatre’s lobby bar space into a gallery that featured a dynamic array of local visual artists.

For more information on these first curators and artists, please read below.


2016 Curator Mission Statement: “Re:definition’s current exhibits will 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.” – Jonathan Moore and Tariqa Waters

 

About The Curators:

Tariqa Waters is a Seattle based contemporary visual artist, gallerist, and educator. Tariqa owns and operates the gallery/art space Martyr Sauce in Pioneer Square and is employed as a teaching artist at Seattle Art Museum. She regularly teaches, lectures, sits on panels, and facilitates activities all over the city. She was featured on the 2015 cover of City Arts Magazine for their annual Future List edition. Learn more on her website: http://martyrsauce.com.

Jonathan Moore dedicated his life to Seattle's cultural landscape. Working in the music industry for over 20 years, Jonathan established himself as an advocate for up-and-coming artists and was a staunch supporter of the creative community in Seattle. His thoughtful, caring nature won Moore official positions with some of the city's most dynamic organizations. Jonathan led a variety of artistic enterprises, including Jasiri Media Group and 2312 Gallery, a gathering space for creatives located in the heart of downtown Seattle.


Exhibit One: January 29 - May 19, 2016

 

Ari Glass is a painter and designer born and raised in Seattle. His paintings reveal personal narratives inspired by historical and fictional concepts of kings, queens and kingdoms, and deal with concepts such as sovereignty and independence. His intention is to showcase the deep, personal and positive effect that art and art history had on him while growing up in the Rainier Valley district of Seattle. Inquires can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Aramis O. Hamer is a splash acrylic painter who loves making a mess. The basic themes of her work include strong color contrasts, exaggerated subject matter and drip techniques, where she tries to stretch the boundaries of surrealism. Music is also one of her biggest inspirations. Aramis loves to incorporate spray paint, as it nods to her admiration of street art. Integrating imagery of her people and urban landscapes reflects the environment in which she was raised. Learn more on her website: http://aohamer.com.


Exhibit Two: May 20 - September 15, 2016

 

Jazz Brown is a self-taught Seattle artist who creates vivid, expressive compositions in acrylic. Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Jazz brings a sense of Southern charm to the Pacific Northwest. His artistic style, which he's coined "knew jazz,” presents intense vibration through contrasting hues, shapes, and textures. Brown describes his technique as "consciousnesses on canvas." Inquires can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christopher Shaw is a Seattle based artist and engineer who creates objects and spaces. A ceramicist with over 20 years of creative practice, Christopher's work is rooted in the intimacy of material and the integrity of craft. Through installations and discrete works, Christopher examines themes such as political violence, contemporary tea culture, ritual and healing. Inquiries can be made via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Exhibit Three: September 16, 2016 - January 18, 2017

 

Jodi-Ann Burey is a Seattle-based travel photographer and global health professional. Jodi-Ann uses photography and storytelling as a tool for physical, mental and spiritual health as well as pathway for cultivating community worldwide. She is also the creator of For Colored Girls Who Travel, a website with a mission to inspire travel among women of color through essays, commentary and photography. Learn more on her website: forcoloredgirlswhotravel.com.

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