Introducing TaRLA Art Portal

TaRLA Art Portal – A blank slate

I began this blog (and thus all the curatorial and publishing activities collectively labeled “Translinguistic Other“) nearly three years ago with the premise that there was a facet of  the art and music that I was seeing, both in and out of Seattle, that wasn’t being documented or discussed, at least not in any forum I was reading.  My strategy in the early posts was often to use discussions of other peoples’ art as a jumping-off point for forays into what one might call a sort of ‘spiritualizing’ of perception—a slippery topic, no doubt, but made more comprehensible through art.

My activities as an artist and instigator have evolved over the past three years, and my attention to this blog has evolved along with it.  For smaller ideas, Facebook’s endless stream of content has largely replaced the blog format, leading to more infrequent posts here. I’ve also been working more tangibly on real-world, offline projects.

This paradigm shift toward inviting more real-world tangibility is at the heart of my latest creative project: an art gallery in my house in Seattle’s Central District.

Last month, my partner David and I moved, as it happens, into the house formerly known as TARL.  TARL’s previous tenants, led by artist Matt Browning and curator Jessica Powers, began a tradition of hosting art exhibitions in the basement of the house.  (My review of Rob Smith’s TARL exhibition Locrian Invocation lives here.)  Before they left the house, Matt and fellow TARLer Jason Hirata converted a small closet on the main floor into a white-walled gallery.  It is this small room that I have named TaRLA Art Portal (in homage to the nonsensically-acronymed TARL) and will use to host event-based exhibitions and installations at our home.

“home, please.” Composite still from video installation by Molly Mac Fedyk.

I am pleased to announce that TaRLA’s first exhibition will be a video and sound installation by artist Molly Mac Fedyk.  One of the first people I met in Seattle when I moved here almost exactly 8 years ago, Molly is a fellow alumnus of the Printmaking department at the University of Washington.  She has since lived in Glasgow, Scotland and then New York City, where she recently received an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College.  At her MFA show, when asked by a prominent New York curator what her post-grad plans were, Molly responded that she was moving back to Seattle, a response that perplexed the curator.  “Why would you move to Seattle?” he asked.

Molly responded confidently that she felt like Seattle was home.  It’s not where she grew up (she hails from Georgia), but it’s where she started to make work and think of herself as an artist.  Seattle inspires her. It’s cheaper than New York.  If New York is a rat race, Seattle is a forest utopia, a clear (if at times neurotic) mountain stream.  Or, at least, it has that potential.

When Molly recounted this story to me, I stopped her there.  Did she know about Seattle’s inferiority crisis as an art city?  Its “Vancouver Problem,” as it were?

She did not. From her perspective, having lived and worked as an artist in both Seattle and New York, as well as abroad—in addition to Glasgow, Molly has also worked and studied in Rome and Havana—Seattle was simply the most inviting city to come home to.  This is not a strategic career move.  Indeed, it could, from one point of view, considered a kind of career suicide.

But if the Internet has done anything for us, it has busted open the geographical and institutional imperatives that have kept art as a category separate and distinct from daily life for so long.  I am opening an art gallery in my house out here in this remote corner of the continent because (a) it would be a waste of the space not to, and (b) because I crave less separation between art and my daily life.  The demands of my own projects have, for some time, kept me from being as active in Seattle’s visual art community as I’d like to be. By inviting artists to produce and show work at TaRLA, I am eliminating the geographical obstacle between myself and at least some of the art I’d like to spend time with.  I think Molly Mac Fedyk  is the perfect choice for this space’s inaugural exhibition because she is also working to [illu/eli]minate some of the obstacles that stand between us as experiencers and our experiences, both in her work and life choices.

Molly Mac Fedyk

Molly Mac Fedyk installing “home, please.” at TaRLA Transdimensional Art Portal

home, please. opens tonight at 6 p.m., in an event that will also serve as our housewarming party.  If you are reading this, you are invited. (Facebook event here.)  Full press release info follows.  (I will write a separate post about Molly’s work and documenting the installation itself in the near future, for now please just come have a glass of wine with us and experience it for yourself.)

home, please.

A man makes himself “at home” in a self-reflexive constellation of fidgets, slouch and verse.

This moving image and sound installation is created specifically for the occasion of TaRLA’s inaugural exhibition and will be artist Molly Mac Fedyk’s first multimedia installation in Seattle.

Molly Mac Fedyk received a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Washington and an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College. She has recently returned to Seattle after several years living in New York and abroad.


Friday, August 5, 6pm-12am. 21st Ave between Pine and Union (look for the gold balloon.)

The installation will also be open on Saturday, August 27 (hours TBA) for those who can’t make it to the opening.


TaRLA Art Portal is a house venue aimed at the event-based manifestation of eternal works of art in terrestrial space-time. Situated atop the ashes of the seminal TARL Gallery, TaRLA is curated by the Translinguistic Other (a multidimensional [non]being currently sharing a body and more with Seattle artist/musician Emily Pothast).

This inaugural event will also serve as a housewarming party for TaRLA’s new inhabitants, Emily, David and Garek.  Some snacks and drinks  + a grill will be on hand, BYOWhathaveyou.

~ by emilypothast on August 5, 2011.

One Response to “Introducing TaRLA Art Portal”

  1. […] am anxiously awaiting, it would be his.  (I have invited Jamie to come do something in the Portal at his convenience. If and when he does so, I hope it will be both time-and-object based; an […]

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