by Kirby Lindsay
At the June 4th First Friday Art Walk show, the Fremont Abbey Arts Center will have works on display by Artist-in-Residence Craig van den Bosch. He will show what he has done over the last year, in his studio at the Abbey as well as a collaborative piece he’s done with Karin Stevens. van den Bosch also volunteers at the Abbey as their Art Curator, and he’s made sure that while his is a solo show, many other artists will be involved in other ways.
Once In A Lifetime
During the show, electronic bands Logic Probe and Diagram of Suburban Chaos will perform, free of charge, original songs and improvisational pieces. be two of the bands to play. VJ Lindell Alderman will project a series of digital images arranged to compliment the themes of van den Bosch’s work. At 8p.m. members of Karin Stevens Dance Company will perform the collaborative piece, extended and refined, van den Bosch has worked on. The evening will end with an after party concert at 8p.m., by the Low Hums, with tickets available at the door.
This show, and the art display, are available for one night only. As an artist, van den Bosch acknowledged the difficulties of the Abbey display area. “The space is transitory,” he explained with ‘walls’ put up the night before, “it’s a quick hang.”
As Curator, “we’re hoping to eventually create a space where some of the pieces can remain for a month,” he said. He has high standards, and he has worked to make the space better. Slowly, in the nature of non-profits, he expects to be able to add components to improve the display space quality. Any donations towards this effort, van den Bosch pointed out, would be happily accepted.
An Experience To Engage
van den Bosch paints in a small studio in the tower of the Abbey. While the Abbey can be a beehive of activity – with multiple classes, celebrations, meetings and drop-in visitors flowing in and out – van den Bosch finds the energy helpful.
He has come from living along Lake Michigan, where he had “a lot of time to contemplate.” He has also worked in San Francisco and Minneapolis, and found that in an urban setting “there are so many distractions.” He came to Seattle about two years ago, and discovered the Abbey shortly thereafter – where he revels in the perfect blend of quiet, solitude, energy and activity.
He described himself as “an extrovert who feels passionate about what I do,” and enjoys opportunities to discuss art, music or influences with other artists in the building. “During shows,” he said about the Great Hall, “I might go hang out in the rafters and listen.” He can also slip down to the Café, and engage in activity or conversation when he needs a break from his sanctuary. “Being in the wake, the funnel, of the energy,” he said, “it gives me a lift.”
“My whole point is to create a visual dialogue,” he explained of his work. “If you’re not communicating,” van den Bosch explained, “that’s one thing, but if you can get someone to think out of their day-to-day construct, or box…” That is his goal – to have his work reach out and touch, inspire or engage viewers.
Check out van den Bosch’s show, “A Year in the Tower” at the Abbey (4272 Fremont Avenue North) on Friday, June 4. To find out about the many other activities going on that night – all over Fremont, from 6p – 9p – check out the Fremont First Friday Art Walk blog.
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