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Oct. 4th, 2006 @ 04:33 am
For those who love Contemporary art...
...This is society of fans and visitors of Contemporary art museum - KIASMA, situated in the center of Helsinki. Everybody who's interesting in the modern and contemporary arts in common are also welcomed! Working languages: Finnish and English.


Is graffiti art? Aug. 3rd, 2006 @ 12:02 am
Is graffiti art?

This question was recently posed by a downtown Tacoma business owner on the Tacoma Arts Listserv. The replies were overwhelming for and against. The email banter ranged from extremes of glorification to “the person should be arrested.”

I asserted that response proved: “It is illegal, thought provoking art. Exactly the opposite of the mindless pop music, movies and television we ingest daily. I wonder what the artist was trying to say?”

What do you think?

Jun. 30th, 2006 @ 01:37 pm
Breaking news at the Critical Line headquarters! We are getting very excited about our upcoming show Keeping Score featuring photography, audio, and installation based work by Kate Bingaman, Anna (Oxygen) Huff, and Joanne Kim that opens at the space on July 21 (big party/reception ensues) 2006...

...and now we are pleased to announce that Patrick Rock will be added to the mix as well. Who knew? If you missed his installation The Valentine's Day Round-Up Massacre last year at the Tollbooth Gallery, then here's your chance to see him back at ArtRod. His work has been featured everywhere from Paris, Berlin, and Prague to the Havana Biennial. Don't miss out!

Movement has Started! Jun. 29th, 2006 @ 02:56 pm


Tacoma based artist and filmmaker Claire Yuckert opens new video and print exhibition at Tacomas Tollbooth Gallery.  The exhibition, Movement incorporates time lapse images of Tacoma with an exploration of cloudscapes.  This exhibition is on view at the Tollbooth June 25 August 13, 2006. The Tollbooth Gallery is located just north of the intersection at 11th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma, WA and runs 24 hours a day.

Claire Yuckert is a Tacoma native and a graduate of The Evergreen State College where she fell in love with the art of filmmaking. Movement is a series of time lapse images of Tacoma that was originally premiered last May at the Media Literacy Festival. The paper aspect of the installation consists of an assemblage of over one hundred photos of clouds taken in Tacoma since March of this year by the artist.

The Tollbooth is the worlds smallest gallery dedicated exclusively to video and paper based fine arts and is a project of ArtRod. The Tollbooth Gallery has garnered national attention as one of the most talked about projects of late, blurring the line between cutting-edge contemporary museum works and public art in a unique time-based format.

ArtRod is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 1958. ArtRods mission is to facilitate art exhibition in nontraditional public arenas. ArtRod has grown out of, and in response to, a specific need to bring contemporary art forms out of a solid, conventional museum setting and directly into the communitys path. In addition to the Tollbooth Gallery, ArtRod produces the quarterly magazine, Toby Room, the latest issue of which features interviews with each of the artists who exhibited during the first year of the Tollbooth Gallery.

Movement by Claire Yuckert is a video and print installation at the TOLLBOOTH GALLERY on view from June 25 August 13, 2006. The TOLLBOOTH is located just north of the intersection at 11th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma. The TOLLBOOTH is open to the public 24 hours a day and admission is free.


May. 11th, 2006 @ 02:13 pm

It's been so gorgeous out lately, but it's kind of nice that it's overcast today... Gives me a chance to sit and relax in the gallery while catching up on email and paper work...

Things have been going amazingly well and I wanted to thank everyone who made Critical Line's opening so amazing. Some of the images are already up at ArtRod Flckr, but if you took pictures of the event let us know and we'll put them up too.

If you didn't get a chance to see us then, we are open Thurs - Sun from noon - 6 and will be open late for third thursday Art Walk. We're at 741 St Helens in Tacoma. Oh and while you're here check out Kevin Haas' new exhibit at the Tollbooth Gallery (about a block away).
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» New Top 10

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.



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

» festival
Sarah Lawrence College’s 6th Annual Experimental Film Festival is seeking submissions. We are searching for any personal work of experimental film or video for our contest and festival. First place winners are awarded 500 dollars. We are also seeking performance/installation artists to hire to come to New York.

Please check out our website if you would like to submit. Deadline has been further extended.


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Dear fiends, friends and allies:

The exqusite rolling palace we traversed over 34 states in last year is on the block to help fund our new publishing company- and we are hoping you'll help get the word out.


After getting a nasty sunburn doing it, this is the only art car Mark Bode- master of the rattle can and creator of Miami Mice, as well as gifted tattooist and contributor to pubs from Heavy Metal to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Hustler- will ever do!

The car was created in San Jose with a neo/post 1980's low-rider feel to better recapture our high school years. Disco ball and leopard print driving fezzes are included.

We are selling our beloved Leopold to fund the start-up of a small press doing high-end, limited edition, illustrated science fiction titles and the occasional highbrow lowbrow art book.

Please check out the auction and pass word to any interested parties you know.
Also, please repost this to appropriate lists that you may be on.

Thanks for checking this out and supporting our efforts!


or, if that link fails, try this one: http://tinyurl.com/rvu26

Thanks and sincere appreciation,



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*Call to Artists*
Northwest Artist Registry is now accepting submissions for its regional online registry. This curated registry will feature the work of artists within the visual, interdisciplinary, video, and design/architecture fields. Artists residing within  Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are eligible to apply. Submit 3 jpegs (72dpi) with artist name, date, and medium, to registry@nwartistregistry.org. Deadline January 1st. More information can be found at www.nwartistregistry.org.
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Hey, Lauren Steindardt Installed her new show "PUBLIC PARKS/PUBLIC BEACHES” at the Tollbooth on the 11th. Check it out and bring your markers. This piece is an exploration of the boundaries of public/shared space and aesthetics. With this project Steinhardt draws parallels between the ways Mt. Rainier and the Tollbooth Gallery are each held in trust for the enjoyment of the public.

I went down that night and am always amazed by how cool stuff looks installed there in the middle of the night.
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