Neil McClelland and Lukas Geronimas of the Canadian collaborative duo "Fighting" emailed us some photos and captions from their current show Different Strokes that's up right now at the OKOK Gallery in Seattle. The show will run until the end of October, so if you're up in that part of the country, we highly recommend getting over there and checking it out.
5107 Ballard Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98107
L- I passed out on the train to JFK the morning of my flight and got waylaid to LAX. I had four hours of downtime en route to SeaTac so I took the bus to Santa Monica. It was alright. Wide beaches.
L- Under the pier I saw a light, had a vision, and then went for a po' boy sandwich and some blueberry lemonade (that was not my vision). I also took a big dump at the nearby bowling alley before catching the bus back to the airport.
L- Immediately upon arrival to the gallery, we got to work on our cabin - Here's a fast forward through the process.
N- Striking it rich in Alberta rain...or... charred remains of your hands?
L- Holy jeez were we covered in the Tar Sand tea! Roofing cement is very difficult to remove from your skin - two weeks in and I've still got some on my toenails.
L- We really spread our shit out here. The space inside the gallery kinda blew our minds a bit - there was a lot of it and it was pristine.
N- The covered banner on the right looks kinda ghostly... right on.
L- Every morning was spent drinking juice and coffee at the Ballard Sip & Ship (home of the most beautiful barista in Seattle) and then making copies at the Copy shop... mostly to cover this giant Black Flag collage. That's Amanda on the phone. Her and her Husband Charlie run OKOK. They are two of the most generous, earnest, considerable people we've ever known.
N- I really and truly loved that coffee shop girl.... coffee & copies will never be the same again.
N- 4am, awesome working waaay into the night... just getting 'er done.
L- Things went a little Haywire the night before the opening. Charlie, Niall and I found our zen place and figured it out though.
L- Niall's preparing our soiled sheets just after dawn.
N- 6:30am light, so nice.
N- Up yours too, buddy!
L- Woah, harsh!
N- Soooo... I look like a bit of a prick and you look like an asshole... Sorry about that.
L- Yeah, well, never interrupt an asshole talking to a prick.
N- Crrrrrazy afterparty!
L- We had the gallery to ourselves, so our gang took refuge inside the installation.
L- Here's a birch log that I cut a sweet wedge into.
N- That's a baseball. Chili Davis gave it to me at a Jays game... and who doesn't love Chili?
L- Notice the surreptitiously-lighted hammer, hanging menacing-like in the background.
N- Fuck. I look ten years older than i did two years ago. Brutal.
L- At least you look happy? Take solace in the fact that you won't look any different ten years from now (hopefully, you old bag).
N- No. you're right. I ate a salad today (and yesterday).
L- The next bunch of photos are some more detailed shots of the gallery and the installation. To see the framed works on paper, check out the OKOK gallery website - www.weareokok.com
N- Cozy. Actually, we did sleep in the tent all week, but it was a little messier than this.
N- Serious business ink.
L- This is detail of the ironing board, which doubled as an ashtray.
N- Some small sculptures.
N- My mums teeth, my friends golden baby tooth, bones from Saturna island, and all sorts of things I've collected and sorted through for this collection of sculptures.
L- Our friend Catherine found this stellar (literally - it looks like stars, huh?) angle from above our inkwell aquarium.
N- Well... yup, that's Vancouver now(Just in case you didn't know, it looks AMAZING in the summer).
L - Yeah, back to the beach! That handsome bump on a log next to Niall is our Friend Rob(he works in Nunavut. Don't know where that is? look it up, it's really really really far north).
Thanks for reading. Go to Seattle to see the show. seeya!
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