January 25, 2013

NKO wins City Arts Art Walk Award!

Congrats to NKO for winning the City Arts Art Walk Award for his Red Wall project. He was chosen from a list of 10 finalists during an event on Jan. 24th. NKO received the first place award of $1,250. Kudos to City Arts and sponsors for supporting Seattle artists and Art Walks!

January 11, 2013

City Arts Art Walk Awards

We were pleased to hear that 3 of the artists who completed projects recently on the Red Wall have been noticed by the good folks at City Arts Magazine for their quarterly Art Walk Awards. Congrats to NKO who was chosen as a finalist. Greg Bourdeau and Tory Franklin were included in the People Choices Finalist category, wherein the public can vote them into the final round. Vote here.

January 10, 2013

Greg Bourdeau's painting stolen!

Greg Bourdeau's Arboretum - courtesy of the artist
One of Greg Bourdeau's recently installed paintings was stolen over the holidays. Entitled "Arboretum", the 32" x 92" painting on reclaimed wood was taken sometime between December 19-21st. If you have any information on the whereabouts, please contact the Sound Transit Art Program. Greg will be adding additional works to his installation in the coming months.

January 9, 2013

Otto Bulut - SEAT

Otto Bulut is the latest SEAT, Seattle Experimental Animation Team, artist to utilize the Red Wall for a stop-motion animation film project. As part of SEAT's residency, each artist is allotted 6-months of wall time to develop their project. Some insights into the process from Otto:

"The shoot at the wall was a great experience and was a first for me in a couple of ways.  It was my first time directing a crew on a live shoot and my first time doing pixelation (stop-motion with human models).  My expertise is in 2D puppet animation (shadow puppets and paper doll) and 2D computer animation (Flash, After Effects) and I have rarely had the opportunity to work with a crew.
Otto Bulut
The shoot went surprisingly smoothly.  I came in knowing what I wanted to get on film but not having a technical plan on how to execute it.  Seven members of S.E.A.T. showed up and worked it out with me, quickly coming up with a plan on how to get my vision captured.  I felt like our collective experience really came together to make it a fun learning experience. 

Saskia Delores with SEAT animators, Salise Hughes and Tess Martin
I am also so very grateful to the members of the community that came out to lend a hand.  The five of them were so patient and good-natured during the slow and demanding process of animation.
This experience gave me much inspiration to finish the project which is a music video for Saskia Delores, the rest of which will mostly be stop-motion with painted 2D puppets. As an added benefit, it made me excited to work with teams and live shoots in the future, directions I have long wanted to explore."

Otto with SEAT animators, Stefan Gruber and Britta Johnson, and crew
For more info on Otto Bulut - here and here 
Photos courtesy of the artist.