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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY!! April 10th 7-10 pm

20twenty celebrates 5 years of rent-hike surviving, recession busting, boredom avoiding, business. Group show of 13 artists who've previously shown in our little shop, many of whom are no longer living in Seattle. Music by Ziskis one half of CMRTYZ (the TYZ part). Saturday April 10th from 7-10 pm, please help us celebrate 5 years of goodness, growth and the future.

13 is a lucky number:

Justine Ashbee
Avery Bloom (SF)
Derek Bourcier (Portland)
Jesse Brown
Mike De Leon (NYC)
Aaron Harris
Lauren Max
Stacey Rozich
Sarah Sandman (NYC)
Charlie Schuck
Robin Stein
Gabriel Stromberg
Jenny Tsiakals (Chicago)

ARTIST BIO (where provided)

Derek Bourcier Habitually working in found object sculpture, Derek Bourcier currently lives in Portland, Oregon where he makes objects that explore concepts of sound, skateboarding and public space while maintaining a deep connection with everyday life. He's currently earning his MFA from Portland State University.

Jesse Brown is a multidisciplinary visual artist based in Seattle, Wa. His work has been exhibited at galleries in Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Chicago, New York, Tokyo, Berlin, London and Paris.

Jesse's work is often an exploration in geometric forms, pattern, shape and repetition which display a very clean, graphic quality. He is know for working in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, murals, artist books, installation, video and animation.

Mike de Leon is a photographer who belongs to The Mystic Sons of Morris Graves and the Nice Bad Boys Club (NYC Chapter). He was born just outside Pittsburgh, in the small town of Beaver, PA; raised in Olympia, WA; exhausted ages 18 through 23 in Seattle, WA; and now the 24 year old wobbles around Brooklyn, NY. He started shooting photos passionately at age 16. After high school he attended New Market (a trade school), where he focused on digital-photo-retouching. His photoshop immersion supplied the necessary skills to land an internship with the highly regarded, Seattle based photographer: Spike Mafford. The internship turned into a job and from 2004-2009 Mike worked as Mafford's Photo Assistant and Retoucher; In addition during 2006-2008 he worked as a Drum Scanning Technician, for Seattle's reputable, digital-imaging company: Imago Imaging. Mike's personal photography is well described as -Optical Poetry. His work has been featured in numerous Seattle art shows, and published in The Stranger, Thrasher, Vice Magazine, and Dazed and Confused. Earlier this year Mike completed the photography, design, layout, and introductory writing for an art-book spotlighting Seattle based, Oil Painter: Jesse Edwards; Presently the book's printing, marketing, and distribution terms are under negotiation. The two biggest future goals for Mike are to shoot oozing-cool, photo editorials for the best magazines in existence, and to publish his own brand of interestingly themed, photography books that will gain the hearts of teenage girls worldwide.

Lauren Max is a photographer who currently lives in Seattle, she attended the Commercial Photography program at Seattle Central, and has shown through out the city. Her current favorite hobby is getting lost in nature and finding inspiration in the trees.

Stacey Rozich studied Illustration at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and has since returned to her hometown of Seattle, Washington to paint and study Graphic Design at Seattle Central. Her work is a personal mythology of folkloric watercolor and gouache illustrations that is very pattern and textile-inspired. Tribal animal masks, witch doctors, optical designs and delicately brushed beasts are the main feature while a narrative about an early culture and their relationship with nature and animals is the backdrop. She invites the viewer to come up with his or her own interpretation of the work. Whether it's a very nostalgic reaction or a sense of these tales being long forgotten yet hauntingly familiar.

Sarah Sandmanis a designer, artist and community organizer living and working in Brooklyn. She has a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Kansas and the Fachhochschule Trier, and has worked as a senior designer and art director for several communication agencies in Seattle and New York City. In May 2009, she received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where she and designer Melissa Small co-authored their master's thesis "1+1=3: Building Social Capital Through Communication Design." Their collabortive work explores the power of memes, participation, design mediation, online and offline social networking, and gift economics to strengthen communities. Sandman has been a visiting lecturer and critic at Parsons, the Minneapolis College or Art and Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology and Syracuse University. She is an active member of the art collective Hit Factorie which runs a nationwide artist grant effort called FEAST and is currently curating a performance piece for Portland's Open Engagement Conference. As a meditative exercise which supports her creative practice, Sandman continues to build her ongoing body of drawings, the Cellular Automata Series, an analog response to John Conway's, Game of Life.

Charlie Schuck was born in 1977 on an island in the Pacific Northwest. He received his first camera ( an old broken Rollei ) at a flea market from his Uncle After working in the fishing industry in Alaska and as a deckhand for a tour boat company charlie went to work in a photo lab where he spent hours experimenting with developing and printing processes. During this time Charlie began his formal studies of commercial and technical photography at the Art Institute of Seattle. At 32 Charlie has won numerous industry awards and has traveled extensively photographing for many of the top companies, agencies, and magazines around the world. In addition to still photography Charliehas directed video spots and has a strong infinity for printed matter and design. He is still trying to forget everything he learned in school.

Robin Stein is a Seattle based artist, primarily working with photography to explore the confluence of natural and man-made landscapes. After a stint in New York City Robin returned to Seattle in 2005. He has gone on to exhibit work nationally. Currently he is in the process of completing a book based around a recent project exploring the Ohio River Valley and Appalachians Mountains.Robin is also a member of the music project Flexions.

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