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CoCA 18th Annual Art Marathon and Auction

Oct 3, 2010


The marathon takes place in the Old Eliot Bay Book Company at 310 1st Av. S. in Pioneer Square. On Thursday October 7. The Auction is on the 8th from 6-9. I’m full of nervous energy. It’s been non-stop work getting things together and I’m not done yet. I don’t know if all the things I have planned are going to come together or not and my full planned schedule is below.

I’m going to paint 5 portraits, allow the residual portraits, sketch, and do 3 pieces of performance art. I am very interested in helping our community better connect the dots between the arts - our creative contributors, and the importance of arts to the sustainability of our region and lifestyles.

SO excited about this incredible line up of sitters: Three of them are participating in the upcoming project, The Novel Live!


10:15 AM
Dave Boling: Journalist and Writer
His first novel, "Guernica" is being published in 15 territories and 13 languages, with an English-language edition sold world-wide. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association award for fiction for 2009, and was a Barnes and Noble "Discover Great New Writers" selection. Waterstone's (UK) selected it as one of 12 "New Voices" novels for 2009. Also in the UK, it was selected as one of Richard and Judy's Summer Reads of 2009. It was voted the favorite of the eight summer read selections by a poll of readers and viewers.


1 PM
Kira Almquist
Little girl - artist spirit

2 PM - “Erasure” ongoing Audience Participation Performance piece
    During the marathon hours the audience is invited sponsor themselves or another to dip their feet (or hands) in paint and take a walk across and back again on this diptych - erasing or obscuring it. The artists portion of the funds being raised go to pediatric brain cancer research.
You may participate in this anytime between 9AM Thursday and 9 AM Friday.
    Once completed, the diptych is called: Trying not to remember trying not to forget.
    It will be deeply symbolic of how time can fog our memory and the way life combines careful preparation with randomness.
    Trying not to remember trying not to forget is being auctioned, and the artists proceeds of this sale as well will go to pediatric brain cancer research.


4 PM
Deb Caletti Author, artist
Deb Caletti is an award winning young adult author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books include "The Nature of Jade," "The Secret Life of Prince Charming," and the upcoming "Stay," (Simon &Schuster 2011), among others. "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, PNBA Best Book Award, and finalist for the PEN USA Award, will be the first film in a series based on her work.

6 PM Conceptual Performance Art/Collaborative Piece, Charliegrrl from Hidden Hand Tattoo
    How can you buy something that is both intimately yours and cannot be purchased? By blending conceptual and performance art, this work engages you in a dialogue about the commoditization of various intangible freedoms, the freedom to hold onto your own body for instance.
    If the eye can clay claim, can it also steal? It almost amounts to a corollary of the famous saying of Proudhon – “Property is theft.” Viewers bring that same commoditizing stare to the art they look at.
    Ultimately, what you own when you buy this work is an idea, the idea of owning a tattooed body part rather than the actual body part. Your participation in the auction is itself is an important piece of the auction performance.

8 PM Performance Art
    Emerald City Improv performs a six-minute super slow motion flash mob during the art marathon. What is being auctioned is a CD/DVD of the recorded performance and exclusive rights to use that imagery for a limited time.
    The performance is based on the Accident and Non-ordinary Reality painting series presented by CoCA February and September in Kate Vrijmoet: Essential Gestures. The catalog is available now and can be purchased here. The funds support CoCA.
    This performance evolved from the thinking that created Kate Vrijmoet’s two painting series based on the perception of time being radically altered during a life-threatening or emergent moment. A second is sliced into milliseconds, an enduring stretch of time in which our bodily experience is carved into our consciousness.
Kelsey Wildstone Emerald City Improv
Peter Lewis Videographer and Editor


9 PM
Ed Skoog: Poet
Ed Skoog's collection of poems, Mister Skylight, was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2009. His poems have appeared in Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Narrative, The New Republic, Poetry, and Tin House. He has been a Bread Loaf Fellow and writer-in-residence at George Washington University and Richard Hugo House. Ed Skoog, who worked for years in the basement of a museum in New Orleans, developed personal connections to objects and paintings.


1 AM
Mannfried Funk: Cellist - will perform during his 2 hr. pose
Manfried Funk has won a number of solo competitions and has performed in the United States, Europe, Japan, South America, Middle East and former Soviet Union. Locally he is a member of the Federal Way Symphony, won the 1976 Don Bushell Competition and was a member of the Seattle Symphony, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Seattle Opera. More recently he has been active as a soloist, teacher and recording cellist for the movie industry. He has also held various Principal Cello positions and was on the U.S. tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night". Prior to arriving to Seattle he was Principal and Co-principal Cello of several orchestras in South America and Co-principal Cellist for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute.

Things are coming together. Movers confirmed, people interested in tattoo, artwork ready, supplies getting ready, copy just about there. So tired!

Oh! The ArtsWest show went up today and opens on Tuesday! the opening reception and very special zombie event is on Thursday the 14th at ArtsWest from 6-9.

Category: Show

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