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.
Although my primary practice is that of a glass worker I am versed in a variety of skills. My years of making art have given me the opportunity to fabricate and manufacture a wide range of materials. Read more about this sweet little project on my website OliverDoriss.Com
A musician commissioned me to design and fabricate a semi-circular pedal board for his effects pedals. It came out super slick and he was thrilled with the finished product. I have been modding my own DJ equipment for decades but this was the first musical type of gear I have created. If you’re a music nerd check out the process involved in the making of the “Banana Board” Read about this and other custom projects on my website OliverDoriss.Com.
Now Hilltop has it all! Light rail, Internet and now “Sunrise Yoga” this Sunday. Start your day off right as we go through some unique socially distanced poses at the mult- iuse community hole located at the alley entrance of 11th & J St.
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
Although the water has receded, the damage has been done. Aqua Alto meaning The High Tide is a seasonal occurrence that grows worse every year. As a young glass worker I was lucky enough to have been indoctrinated into the Venetian tradition. One of my mentors and friend Maestro Davidé Fuin is a native of the small island of Murano just located off of Venice Italy. It is on this very Island where modern glassblowing has taken shape. Through my years of working and teaching with Davidé in Italy I have developed many friends and family that live and work in the Venetian Lagoon.
This years the Aqua Alto flooded the Venetian Islands 5ft. above the normal level. Many of the local businesses and shops were affected. I reached out to Davidé to see how his furnace faired through the flooding.
“No problem for me fortunately, but all Murano is on the knees, so I started a “gofundme” to support the glassblower community.” -Fuin
Support local Murano glassblowers to rebuild furnaces and studios after high water flood damage. The collected funds will be shared with those who have suffered severe damage and lost weeks of production. Please help us stand again!! Read more – https://gf.me/u/wrmngw Donate directly here: https://gf.me/u/wrmngy
If you can help financially great! Also these funds will go directly to the glassblowing community ,side stepping any parasitic political bureaucracy. Please forward this message to help us reach this campaign goal! -Oliver
If you have ever met me in person you know I entertain a certain degree of ridiculousness in my life. My new “Pumpkin Heads” are no exception. I’m not sure exactly how the idea came about, but none the less here it is. On a recent production day I committed some time to experiment with this odd design. As I loaded the first one into the box my assistant and I could not contain ourselves. We spent the remainder of the day laughing and joking about how silly this truly was. Fruits of the hot shop As an untested product
The Trophy series is my most recent artistic endeavor. It all started when my friend Patrick Calhill and I were creating some glass pieces at his studio Area 253 Glassblowing in Tacoma. At the request of a patron we created a rudimentary deer skull. It came out so cool and interesting that I went into the studio myself to explore this concept. My goal was to create a variety of deer, elk & steer skulls in exceptionally blingy colors and decorations then re-imagine them as a Mod Pop hunting trophy.
Kelsey is a lovely marriage of aesthetics. The Heavy Metal look of this particular skull paired with a smashed audio receiving board became the perfect “Rock n’ Roll” statement. The decision to showcase the warped lines of the destroyed plate gives a humble nod to the varied history these items have had. Kelsey measures 8 x 11 x 6 inches and is currently available for purchase.
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 email@example.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.)