Seattle-area artist Ries Niemi presents a vision of cell phones as a life form, manipulating humanity for their own purposes. Ries says he purchased, sight unseen, this collection of objects from a mini-storage auction. In this new exhibit, Niemi examines just how exactly that cell phone got into his pocket, and who is really in charge.
Niemi cuts and pastes pop culture in a variety of mediums, including: digital imaging, embroidery, wood, paper, textiles and metal. In his installation, pages from old books, fossils, textiles, metallic objects, even furniture and clothing document the surprising centuries long attempts by cell phones to take over the world.
Ries loves his phone. Ries hates his phone.
Working in a wide range of media, Niemi has shown widely around the country, and works extensively in public art, including a new piece on Pine Street adjacent to the Paramount Theater, “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.â€
Located next to the Paramount Theater on Pine Street, the sculptures are 3 totem poles for the 21’st Century, collaged from images of contemporary culture, food and drink.
Ranging in height from 16 to 18 feet, and 8 feet in diameter, these glittering stainless steel figures are anthrophomorpic but not human. They are made from different textures of forged and fabricated stainless steel.
The site is a small urban park whose reason for existance is the Vent Shaft for the Sound Transit tunnel under Capitol Hill.
Ries’s new show is at Punch Gallery January 3 â€“ February 3, 2008
Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, January 3, 2008
Artist will be in attendance the first and final Saturdays of the month.