In April, to celebrate International Sculpture Day (April 24), Carolyn Nelson and I organized a series of events and an exhibition of sculptures created by 21 artists living and working in the Yakima area. Our efforts were acknowledged in the October issue of Sculpture Magazine. You'll find a mention of our programming on page 46!
I am excited to announce the California debut of my artwork at MarinMOCA in the Bay Area. Seasons, a digital video artwork originally created for a former Christian Science sanctuary in Yakima, Washington,will be on display in MarinMOCA's National Juried Exhibition, AbstrAction.
Fall National Juried Exhibition
October 14 - November 19
Reception: October 14
AbstrAction, an exhibit of work that explores the actions and re-actions of materials and theme in innovative and thought-provoking ways. The show was juried by Catharine Clark of Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, who chose 52 artworks from over 2000 entries. On view will be 2D, 3D and video art by artists who push and pull at the traditional notions of abstract art, advancing both non-representational and representational forms.
About the Juror: Established in 1991, the Catharine Clark gallery exhibits the work of contemporary artists working across a wide range of media. The gallery has pioneered the presentation of new media art in San Francisco and is the first commercial gallery in the area with a dedicated media room.
I am pleased to announce that Astrotone will be a part of this year's Interstate exhibition at Central Washington University's Sarah Spurgeon Gallery.
November 2—December 3
INTERSTATE: Where I-90 meets I-82 (Biennial National Juried Exhibit)
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Juror’s Talk, Emily Zimmerman (Director of the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington), 4:00 p.m.
The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University, located in Ellensburg, Washington, will host the INTERSTATE juried exhibit. The subtitle, “where I-90 meets I-82” locates the exhibition in Ellensburg, Washington, and suggests the flow and exchange of artwork across geographic distances and boundaries.
The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, founded in 1969, is dedicated to contemporary art exhibits and related outreach programs that enhance, engage, and challenge the viewer’s knowledge and understanding of art. The Gallery also presents artists and viewers alike with opportunities to explore culturally diverse ideas in an academic environment.
I am creating a new site-specific video installation for Mountain Time Arts' exhibition, UPSTREAM running June 16-30, 2017 and on view at various locations in downtown, Bozeman. My project, patchwork, will be on display at Main Street Quilting Co. It is inspired by the history of water usage in the Gallatin Valley and uses quilt block patterns as the vehicle to "patch" together the textures and colors of water sites of the area.
UPSTREAM June 16-30, 2017
Main Street Window Exhibits by Regional Artists
Tours of Bozeman Creek
Water has many beautiful and essential forms that change with the seasons. Upstream looks at spring melt and explores the question of, “Whats in a drop of water?”.
Mountain Time Arts commissioned several regional artists and designers to create installations in storefront windows on Main Street in downtown Bozeman. Each artist collaborated with a conservationist or scientist; the original storefront artworks will respond to water themes in surprising ways.
The Upstream installations promise to inspire the pedestrians who travel Main Street to think about their relationship to water, their use, and conservation of it. What is their history with water?
Tours of Bozeman Creek will take place daily during the event.
Isabel Beavers, Andy Behrle, Dalton Brink, Alexander Clinthorne, Jenny Hale, Gesine Janzen, Brian Petersen, Kathleen Rabel, Wendy Red Star, Kelsie Rudolph, Caroline and Michael Running Wolf, Jim Zimpel
4Culture's e4c screens bring dynamic media art to an urban audience on the go. Located inside Pioneer Square's famed TK Building, adjacent to Gallery4Culture, and visible from the street and sidewalk on Prefontaine Place South, e4c features new works every month from media artists around the country.
ebb & flow
Multiple video files capturing the textures and colors or water in nature at various locations throughout Washington are layered to become a single composition inspired by stained-glass windows. As in nature, these microcosms combine to create a beautifully interdependent system. The footage used was collected at Neah Bay, 8mile Creek (North Cascades), Edmonds Bay, Puget Sound, Grand Coulee, Irrigation Canals (Yakima County), Hanford Reach (Columbia River near Tri-Cities), and Lake Crescent.
Without the ocean, there is no rain. Without rain, there are no streams. Without streams, there are no rivers. Without rivers, there would be no lakes and inland rain water could not return to the ocean.
Come celebrate the sculptors of Yakima at The Seasons on International Sculpture Day (IS Day). The evening will feature remarks by David Lynx, director of Larson Gallery, and Sean Hawkins, the City of Yakima’s Economic Development Manager and short presentations by artists Rachel Dorn, Carolyn Nelson, Gregory Pierce, Denali Granholm, Andy Behrle, and John Barany and Deborah Ann. Each presenting artist will give a 10 minute presentation of selected aspects of their artistic processes, materials, and/or inspiration. After the presentations, there will be a one-night-only viewing of Andy Behrle’s newest artwork inspired by the stained-glass windows of The Seasons Performance Hall.
Also on April 24, the public is invited to take a FREE guided tour of downtown Yakima's public with host, Carolyn Nelson. The tour will begin at 4 p.m. on April 24 in front of the historic Yakima Depot on the corner of Front Street and Sgt. Pendleton Way in the heart of downtown Yakima. It will conclude at The Seasons Performance Hall before 5 p.m.
The reception and event at The Seasons is the third and last in a series of events organized by artists Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle (artist) to celebrate the 3-dimensional art of the Yakima Area.
This year's events were kicked off on April 1 with the opening of "Sculpting the Valley," an exhibition of sculptures by 21 artists with strong ties to the Yakima Area at Yakima Maker Space Gallery. The exhibition will be open on IS Day from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
IS Day is organized by International Sculpture Center (in Hamilton, New Jersey), who helps connect independently registered events around the world via weblinks and live-streaming video feeds. The event will also feature live-streaming video of other events around the globe celebrating IS Day.
Immemorial is a new work that will act as a monument to timeless moments of the past, present, and future. Digitally capturing reflections of water, Behrle casts the imagery through a translucent obelisk. The organic patterns stretch and fade as they saturate the geometric monolith.
Light up your winter with SAM’s unique program connecting all ages to art and the environment. Lit by temporary art installations and hundreds of luminarias, follow the path through the park and see the sculptures from a new perspective. Art making, live music, hot beverages, and sweet treats will offer everyone a way to enjoy the glow of the park. Come wearing your best light-inspired ensemble and be part of the art experience as we kick off the 10th Anniversary of the Olympic Sculpture Park with this year’s SAM Lights!
Programming at the Olympic Sculpture Park is supported by Maggie Walker, and Martha Wyckoff and Jerry Tone.
The Radios & Camera series was recently reviewed in Neural, a critical digital culture and media arts publication out of Bari, Italy. Check out the 2016 Winter Issue (no. 54): Making it up or click the link below.
While installing hydrodome at The Prichard Art Gallery in Moscow, Idaho, I was asked to discuss my project and how visual art plays a role in what #americancultureis.
What is American culture? This project by Cultures in Harmony encourages YOU to answer that question!
To catalyze reflection on this important question,violinist William Harvey will visit all 50 states in the USA—one week per state—in a collaborative, educational, and participatory quest to highlight the many strands that combine to form the American cultural tapestry. In each state, he will perform, interview people about what American culture means to them, and conduct workshops designed to encourage reflection on the topic.
Prichard Gallery of Art is proud to present the World Premier of Andy Behrle's hydrodome. This immersive digital video installation merges the natural world with architecture and technology to challenge how we perceive the information of our surroundings.
Behrle works and lives in Washington's Yakima Valley and has exhibited extensively through the Northwest, including recent solo exhibitions at Jack Straw Cultural Center (Seattle), METHOD Gallery (Seattle), Yakima Valley Museum, Pacific University (Oregon), and Portland Building. hydrodome was funded in part with a grant from Artist Trust.