Here is our current Top 10 List. They are in no particular order and some are art… and some are definitely not. Go figure. We will update this list from time to time asking artists in upcoming exhibitions, people working on cool projects, and staff avoiding their work, to bring you their current top ten lists! Check it out.Oh, and we should probably confess that most of the things on this first list were stolen from our http://del.icio.us/ArtRod page, so check that out too.
http://www.patrickrockfineart.com/work.htm I’ve been a fan of Portland based artist Patrick Rock ever since he was at the Tollbooth Gallery project a couple years back. Soon we hope to wrestle him into doing a full installation at Critical Line.
http://timsullivanart.com/ Tim Sullivan is one of the original people who started the Don’t Bite the Pavement video screenings series with us in 1999. Back then he was Olympia based, but he has since gone on to bigger things. Check out his cool performative photography and fancy video.
http://www.justseeds.org/ Justseeds is a project by artist and activist Josh MacPhee. Justseeds' mission is to make available the most exciting independent and political culture that is being created. This site is a cool place to find anything from artist produced shirts to posters, original print art to zines and videos. Josh MacPhee also does the Celebrate People’s History Poster Project which is a collaborative on-going project with artists from around the world producing posters that focus around important moments in people’s history. http://www.mattress.org/ I think this kind of says it all: “The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into — room-sized environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977, the Mattress Factory is one of few museums of its kind anywhere.” If you ever find yourself in Pittsburgh check the Mattress Factory out! http://www.idofluk.com/ Ido Fluk was born in Israel and is a filmmaker and video-artist living in Brooklyn, New York. His video Polar Bear will be featured in our upcoming “Found Space” show at Critical Line, and we liked his work so much we commissioned him to do his own show at the Tollbooth in August, 2006. http://www.buyolympia.com/ Buy Olympia is king/queen of an indie empire. You can buy a ridiculously large assortment of artist made products, books, publications, music, soft sculpture, and so much more. Cool things from cool (and nice) people. I once saw one of the Sarah Utter’s shirts on Gilmore Girls… but that’s probably too much information. Oh, and they distribute ArtRod’s Toby Room publication, so check it out. http://worldofwonder.net/
You may know them as the production company that created the movie Party Monster and the series TransAmerica, but this is a great source for absurd commentary on pop culture. Wow, they even have a manifesto: “We at World of Wonder pride ourselves on being champions of the eccentric, the bizarre, the kooky, the outlandish, the subversive, the outcast, and all things that exist on the fringe of society. We believe that the underground of today is the mainstream of tomorrow, and that the true innovators of the present are found not at the crest of pop culture, but lie just underneath, creating the groundswell for the next great wave.” I swear, we only read them for the articles. http://artrod.org/ Okay, we gotta include the official ArtRod website. Bookmark it and check it often. We do our best to keep it updated (some might say we’re obsessive), so you can see what’s coming up and keep abreast of all the latest ArtRod news. http://yoga.at.infoseek.co.jp/flash/kikkomaso.swf Epic food headed people battling it out to protect the world from inferior condiments… Need we say more? Kikkoman to save the day! I’ve never been able to figure out why the cat hangs himself or why Kikkoman is standing on a pyramid.