The Flea 1 Year Anniversary Art Market

The Flea is celebrating one year as your local plug for Tacoma art and style. To celebrate this milestone they are taking over the block with a multi location art fair of local artists and vendors. In addition to the humble store front on 6th Ave artists will be featured in Jazz Bones and Alley Cat and Scorpio Rising paired with your favorite local DJ’s to keep the vibe going into the night. I’ll be at Jazz Bones with my usual selection of oddities and arts along with some new products Ill be testing out on an unsuspecting audience. I’ve got a Baby Head tribute cup to the late MF DOOM for those that know also a new line of Decal Cups with familiar slogans of Tacoma. Mask up and come on out!

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The Art of the Cup

Variations on Cups from RAM’s Collection
January 27 – August 7, 2021

I have been curated into a show at the Racine Art Museum located in Racine, Wisconsin, a historic community on the shores of Lake Michigan. It is home to the largest contemporary craft collection in North America, and the Wustum Museum of Fine Arts.  They are running an exhibit featuring fun and exotic takes on the “Cup.” One of the most intimate vessels known to our species. We use cups every day, measuring, drinking, even holding ones tooth brush.

 

The Art of the Cup: Variations on Cups from RAM’s Collection

Unlike the teapot, whose functionality and meaning has been challenged or reframed repeatedly, the cup has not been the source of as many philosophical investigations within the field of contemporary craft. This does not mean it has been marginalized or avoided. In fact, handmade cups are ever popular as serving ware and the cup as a subject continues to be an organizing theme for numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums.-RAM

MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Exhibition Notes
Press Room

ARTISTS IN THE EXHIBITION
Wesley Anderegg, Robert Arneson, Jeri Au, Karl F. Borgeson, Cynthia Bringle, Alan Caiger-Smith, Nadeige Choplet, Eugene Deutch, Oliver Doriss, Jack Earl, Lea Embree, Léopold L. Foulem, Willem Gebben, Katherine Gray, Erik Gronborg, Jon Groth, Melanie Guernsey-Leppla, Dorothy Hafner, Tony Hepburn, Steven Hill, Martha A. Holt, Margaret Ponce Israel, Georg Jensen, Geo Lastomirsky, John Leach, Zachery Lechtenberg, Robert Levin, James Makins, Paul Mathieu, Richard Milette, Ron Nagle, Matt Nolen, Donovan Palmquist, Nichibei Potters, Ken Price, Douglass Rankin, ROY (Rosemary Gialamas), Will Ruggles, Judith Salomon, Michael J. Schunke, Yoko Sekino-Bové, Andy Shaw, Peter Shire, Anna Silver, Judith Strong, Toshiko Takaezu, Akio Takamori, Susan Thayer, Rosalyn Tyge, Kurt Wallstab, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser, John Whitney, and Irina Zaytceva.

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Holidaze Bizaah!

At The Mix

This Saturday from 12-9 join me and the other hearty souls at The Mix in Tacoma for a Holiday Pop Up Bazaar. Snacks, drinks, gifts and other holiday treasures will be available for purchase as well as my eclectic glass designs. Get out and do some social distancing with the fam! See you there!

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Your Black Friday Invitation

We are still coming together this year, just not as close. I love Tacoma for it’s fierce brand of local pride and civic unity. It is something I feel that is something communities strive for yet is not often realized. As Tacomans this bond manifests in our fashion, our events and our local shopping habits. This is why you are invited to this weekends festivities.

This weekend, 12-7pm Friday Saturday & Sunday we are hosting a safe social distanced “Pop Up” at The Flea on 6th ave in Tacoma. I will be there with some new designs of contemporary glass ware. A fresh selection of Baby Head Cups©, drinking glasses and assorted sculpture. As well I will be joined by some of your local favorites in Tacoma styles.

Join me, Never Heard, X.PRESS.10, and Northwest Dirtbag for your local fashions and contemporary wares.

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The Flea

Join me and my friends this Saturday 12pm @ The Flea.


The Flea is a Tacoma gem, a diamond in the rough and a needle in a haystack all at the same time. Tucked in between The Alley Cat Lounge and Emerald leaves Dispensary on 6th Ave. This may be the smallest retail venue art gallery in the city by far. The inside has the square footage of a Volkswagen bus, just big enough for a dedicated patron, and the limited capacity is perfect for today’s social distancing requirements.

What truly makes this venue so unique is its accessibility for both for the artist and the citizens of Tacoma. It’s an eternal “Pop Up” of talent constantly showcasing local artists on a day to day basis, you never know what you might find. Whether presenting paintings, prints, sculpture or Tacoma fashions the steady rotation of artists and designers embody the spirit and identity of our city.

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Sunrise Yoga Sunday @ 1Ppm

Here we go again. the second round of Hilltops “Sunrise Yoga” Sunday July 20th 1pm sharp BYOB

Start your day off right as we go through some unique socially distanced poses at the multi-use community hole located at the alley entrance of 11th & J St.

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Market of the Beast

As our world shifts in unpredictable ways artists and culture adapt and populate new technologies. Welcome to Market of the Beast a traveling dark art market for the weird, wild, macabre, occult, and obscure. This organization has supported artists in unique “Pop Up” shows for years and now they are launching their first “Virtual Art Market” featuring 50 curated artists from around the region. I have created a discount on my site specifically for Market of the Beast shoppers. Type MTOB10 coupon code for a 10% discount on all purchases in my web store. Additionally I am listing many products however not all goodies wind up online so feel free to contact me about a virtual studio tour Sunday May 31st. Happy quarantine, happy shopping! – Oliver Doriss

Virtual Market of The Beast
May 29th – May 31st
12pm-11:59pm (pst)

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Trophies at MINKA

I am proud to present a display of my new work, titled Trophies at MINKA in downtown Tacoma. Please join us for the opening of “Trophies” on Saturday, May 4th from 5-7pm. Show runs through June 30. -Oliver

In “Trophies”, Doriss renders precious deer skulls in jewel-like glass, creating sculptures that are at once modern and as darkly beautiful as memento mori. These works mine subliminal territory where the artificial construct of human culture butts against the “raw unstoppable forces of nature… I feel as though there are glimpses of reality when the cracks form in my societal conditioning,” Doriss said.

The works in “Trophies” combine a fragile temporality with an almost papal sense of luxury that is wickedly attractive. Turn a skull over in your hand, and you can run your finger across the rows of tiny deer teeth Doriss has carved in glass. “I seek to make connections with both my aesthetic choices and subject matter, often towing the line of the dark and humorous,” he said. Doriss is himself a 12-point buck in every sense of the word. He opened the seminal gallery, Fulcrum, on Tacoma’s Hilltop in 2007, and has presented some of the city’s most robust and provocative shows ever since. When he’s not running his gallery, he teaches Venetian glassblowing locally and in Murano, Italy (no wonder he always has such great shoes).

Please join MINKA in welcoming Oliver Doriss on May 4, 5-7pm (and beyond). Also opening May 4 is “Six Paintings”, abstract works by noted Tacoma artist and designer, John Vlahovich. Upstairs at Art Above Gallery, is an ongoing exhibit of paintings curated by Brian Ebersole. The show includes works new and old; some collected in the former mayor’s travels, some brushed by himself. MINKA is located at 821 Pacific Ave. Regular hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12-5, and by appointment.

For more information, please contact verticalshout@gmail.com.(Featured: Ruby Deer Skull. Doriss describes this sculpture as, “Transparent ruby sheathed in silver leaf, a classic and especially blingy look. Inspired by Venetian sculptural sensibilities exploiting a similar use of precious metals and striking colors.” Approx. 8 in. wide.)

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Hilltop Pop-Up 9.8.18

Hello All! Tomorrow I will be participating in the 3rd annual Hilltop Street Sale. This event features selection of  local artists and vendors along with music and food. I will be displaying my ever popular Baby Head Cups along with some new unique and very affordable items for your enjoyment. This event is organized by Activ8 Hilltop and takes place from Saturday September 8th 11am till 3pm behind People’s Park South on 10th & M.L.K.

Here is the Facebook event page for more information.

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