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Britta Johnson at Lawrimore Project


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What it is: Finding Nothing to Do, Doing Something #1 and #2, two-channel video

Where it is: Lawrimore Project

Seattle artist Britta Johnson created her latest animated videos at the massive seacoast fortification of Fort Worden in Port Townsend. The big concrete batteries, built to house cannons to defend against ships that never arrived—the way war was waged changed, meaning the fort never did become the site of battle—are now part cave, with stalactites growing in them, and part curious history. What can one artist do faced with forces as massive as landscape and war? How to do something, finding nothing to do? On one channel of this two-sided video, the camera is embedded inside a concrete battery as its door seals over with a skin of glowing wax. Tomblike conditions arise and then are dispersed again, the wax disappearing as the motion plays in reverse. Repeat, forever. On the other channel, the same scene is viewed from the outside, several yards away, as daylight streams across a lawn and tall trees, then retracts. It is a little like a funeral, experienced both by the dead and the living. recommended


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Nice free advertising for Scott Lawrimore once again Jen. Does he just schmooze you to a diabetes red alert to get this kind of coverage or is there more in it for you than that? Or maybe you are just to insecure to go out there and think for yourself...hmmmm. What's that-NO big name artists attached here (Sugimoto and Misrach) to the nobodies to elevate Rasputin and his traveling side show this month...what??? DARN! I guess no local consignments were available.
The break the last few weeks from your monotony and pretentiousness was refreshing Jen. TOO BAD it's back to the ol' small time local yokel tryin' for the big time bullshit.
darn...I just knew it was too good to last.
Posted by sooverit on June 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM · Report this
OMG! [Oh my Gorilla]. Hibrow! You're back! You were missed!

I would love to respond more fully to your comments, but I'm at a loss as to WTF [what the fauxrage] gets your underpants in a bunch over anything we do. Perhaps I'M "to[o] insecure?"

Those of you not familiar with the great Hibrow's past trollnificence, here are their greatest hits:…

Posted by sml@lp on June 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM · Report this
why does anyone even bother responding to Hibrow?

It is about as effective as trying to will away an erect member that hasn't had any action for a week.
Posted by asdfa on June 23, 2012 at 9:59 AM · Report this
"GOODBYE RASPUTIN"...It is with great sadness-WAIT!-no it isn't, I'm smizing! He's closing up the travellin' roadshow folks, easing on down road, and leaving on a jet plane(for Berlin? oh, that was last year). Hmmmmm. But seriously, it's a good thing Martha, because what has really got to be in my opinion, a truly divisive force in the local art scene lately, not to mention a major culprit in denegrating local art history and culture for the past 10 years is movin'on folks. YAY! say it again YAY!.
Too bad thoough for all his artists that drank the KOOL-AID, now that truly is sad, let's hope they can rebound. Any-hoo, it all happens for a reason and maybe this was meant to be...let's just hope he doesn't surface somewhere locally to cause more destruction and strife.
But MOST importantly-WHAT's JEN GONNA DO NOW!?!?!

excerpt(his words)

"I have accepted an appointment to a position that expands my ability to contribute to the art community in Seattle. Because of this new post, I will no longer be ‘projecting’ with the Project. While this is wonderful news for me personally and professionally, I am quite sad that I won't be working with my stellar stable of artists in a gallery capacity. I do, however, look forward to working with them in new and exciting ways in the years to come. A formal announcement of my new appointment will happen soon. Stay tuned...

I want to thank all the collectors, colleagues and audiences that have made the last six years the very best of my professional career so far, but most of all I'd like to thank the hundreds of artists, curators and writers that helped to distinguish Lawrimore Project.
Posted by Hibrowgorilla on June 26, 2012 at 5:44 PM · Report this
hibrow, you're going to be disappointed when you find'll be even more influential than before in his new post.

sucks for you:-/
Posted by hibrowretard on July 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM · Report this

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