Exhibitions

Vital 5 Productions has been curating, organizing, producing and proposing non-traditional art exhibits in Seattle since 1995. Here is an incomplete, but representative overview of our exhibition programming.

 
 
 

THE BUREAU OF ARTS & CULTURE

DECEMBER 1 – 18, 2016

King Street Station, Seattle

Artist trio PDL (Jason Puccinelli, Jed Dunkerley, and Greg Lundgren) presents The Bureau of Arts & Culture— an exhibition of 21 art proposals for the city of Seattle. Tackling social issues, public art, cultural tourism, and art sustainability, these 21 proposals range from the practical to the absurd.

Out of Sight 2016

August 4 – 28, 2016

King Street Station, Seattle

Curated by Sierra Stinson, Julia Fryett, Molly Sides, Minh Nguyen, Beth Sellars and Greg Lundgren

Justen Waterhouse, exhibition manager

Scott Lawrimore, exhibition caretaker

Year two of our annual survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest returned to King Street Station.

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Giant Steps

March 3 – April 3, 2016

King Street Station, Seattle

An international juried exhibition and competition for a $10,000.00 first prize, asking artists what they would create given an artist residency on the moon.

Out of Sight 2015

July 30 – August 2, 2015

King Street Station, Seattle

Curated by Kirsten Anderson, Sharon Arnold, Sierra Stinson and Greg Lundgren

A survey of contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest in tandem with the debut of the Seattle Art Fair. 

Swan Song

December 10, 2011

Vignettes, Seattle

Curated by Sierra Stinson

An installation by Greg Lundgren exploring three sculptures with very different stories.

 
 
 

I AM FROM BELLEVUE

July 10 - August 1, 2009

Open Satellite, Bellevue WA

An installation by Greg Lundgren exploring his suburban childhood and the connections between youth and adulthood.

 

 

DADA ECONOMICS

SEPTEMBER 3 - 7, 2009

Seattle Center, as part of the Bumbershoot Arts Festival

Curated by Greg Lundgren

This crowd sourced, 17,000 square foot exhibit, distributed $10,000 in art grants in fine art, performance, creative writing, photography, graphic design, fashion design and architecture throughout the summer of 2009. Dada Economics culminated in the display of the over 500 submissions with three active Arbitrary Art Grants transpiring over the course of the festival.

CELL EVERYTHING

April 3, 2009

Vermillion Gallery, Seattle

Group audio installation curated by Greg Lundgren

 

Straight to Video: The First Ten Years of Vital 5

June 8 – July 20, 2007

911 Media Art Center, Seattle

This six-week exhibition displayed a decades worth of video, photography and artifacts that celebrate and recall the projects and exhibitions that show how much fun and trouble we’ve had over the years. It was also an opportunity to organize thousands of photographs and over thirty hours of never-before-seen video. The result was a priceless glimpse into the past, showcasing a great range of projects and Seattle artists.

 

 

The Island

September 20 & 21, 2005

Lake Washington, Seattle

A collaboration between Vital 5 Productions and SuttonBeresCuller.  This endurance performative installation leaves John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler on an artificial desert island dressed as shipwreck survivors.

 

God’s First Solo Exhibition

August 5, 2005

Priceless Works Gallery, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A one night exhibition showing the selected work of God.

 

 

Dead Girls

February 5, 2005

Priceless Works Gallery, Seattle

An Installation by Nicole Grant and Ragan Peck.

 

101 Ways To Remove a President From Power

August 6 – September 12, 2004

Center on Contemporary Art, 410 Dexter Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A multimedia group exhibition presented by CoCA, exploring the many ways in which a president can be removed from power.

 

Movie Ideas by
Greg Lundgren

March 18 & 19, 2004

Throughout Los Angeles

A performance, writing and propaganda campaign in Los Angeles.

 

Peek-A-Boo-Palace

August 6 – September 12, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Christine Taylor

A group exhibition featuring new works by Debbie Ableson, Shea Anderson, Robert Adams, Holly Belknap, Owen Connell, Jenny and Justin, Miguel Edwards, Ellen Forney, Amelia-Ross Gibson, Justin Hampton, Lance Hayes, Eric Hildebrandt, Charles Holzhey, Tomiko Jones, Lily King, Rick Klu, Amanda Koster, Todd Lovering, Jennifer McNeely, Sarah Murat, Jason Puccinelli, Melissa Sands, Iris Stevenson and C. Taylor

 

Big Time

October 4 – 28, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery, 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A fine art exhibition of new paintings by Randy McCoy, Robert Hardgrave, Greg Lukens, Robert Adams, and Zac Corum.

 

6 Pack

September 6 – 30, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery, 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

An exhibition of new paintings by Chris Thompson, Marion Peck, Jason Puccinelli, Leiv Fagereng, Rich Lehl, and Jed Dunkerley.

 

Process Physics

August 2 – 30, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery, 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

An interactive, kinetic sculpture installation created by Chris McMullen.

 

Eat Me

August 16, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Robert Zverina

EAT ME - an edible art potluck featuring the photography Rob Zverina, with performance, installation and other edible art curated by the artist.

 

Critics

June 1 – July 1, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A group exhibition of Seattle art critic portraiture.

 

Paper or Plastic Fashion Show

May 25, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A fashion show and performance based on the check-out question of the century.

 

The Sky is Falling

April 12 – May 12, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A 3-D photography and sound installation by Ted Grudowski with original score by Robin Guthrie.

 

Heroes

March 15 – April 1, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Jennifer Lundgren

400 portraits created by the elementary students of Loyal Heights, Emily Dickinson, Ardmore, TOPS, West Mercer, Montlake, John Hay, Wing Luke, Beacon Hill, North City and Alki Elementary.

 

Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

March 9, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

A one-day mixed-media exhibition by Iris Stevenson.

 

Immortality Clinic

February 1 – March 1, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

An interactive installation by Jason Puccinelli.

 

Overdrawn

January 11 – 13, 2002

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Local artists dropped off over 400 paintings, sculpture and photographs to be re-dispersed to those traditionally excluded from owning original art. Proof of overdraft granted visitors one voucher to claim any work on display. 

 

Shopping

November 23 – December 23, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A fine art installation and group performance with department store.

 

Fake

October 19 – November 19, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A group forgery exhibition of twentieth-century masters, exploring the value of art.

 

Self Censored

September 6 – October 7, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Painter Erik Strickland and photographer Maria Cordova both destroyed their art in an act of self preservation. Here is their work and the story that reveals why artists sensor their own expressions.

 

Before and After

June 8 – July 1, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Inspired by the marketing technique of showing two photographs side by side, this group photography exhibition reveals the many stories real and imagined employing cause-and-effect diptychs.

 

Chris Thompson

July 13 – August 8, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Seattle surrealist and Cornish alumni, Chris Thompson exhibits new works on canvas, matching his surrealist dark humor, with technical expertise.

 

Leiv Fagereng

May 4 – June 1, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A solo exhibition of new works on canvas by Seattle artist Leiv Fagereng.

 

In Your Face

March 2 – April 1, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Inspired by Coney Island cut-outs, Seattle artist Jason Puccinelli paints life sized cut-out paintings that you would be less than excited to inhabit.

 

The Dysfunctional Chair Show

February 2 – March 1, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Is a chair a chair if it can't be sat on? Or does it become by default, sculpture? This group sculpture exhibition explores the question of what artist-made objects become, stripped of their utility. 

 

The Dogs of Medina

December 15, 2000 – January 15, 2001

Vital 5 Gallery - 2200 Westlake, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

How do you get the wealthy to purchase, let alone attend a non-traditional art space showing young emerging artists? This group exhibition focuses on dog portraiture from one of Seattle's wealthiest suburbs.

 

The Leo Castelli Project

June 25 – 27, 1999

Seattle Center, Arts Edge Festival

Greg Lundgren sends 9 original paintings - unsolicited - to The Leo Castelli Gallery in Manhattan. In the box is a letter, a disposable camera and a stamped envelop large enough for the camera.

 

James Jaxxa

August 28 – September 7, 1998

Vital 5 Gallery - 2038 - 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A solo exhibition of paintings.

 

The Future

August 21 – 28, 1998

Vital 5 Gallery - 2038 - 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A group exhibition and fashion show exploring artists visions of the future.

 

Jennifer Lundgren

August 7 – 17, 1998

Vital 5 Gallery - 2038 - 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

A solo exhibition of paintings and illustrations.

 

 
 

JACQUES ROPIERT

July 17 – July 25, 1998

Vital 5 Gallery - 2038 - 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Created by Greg Lundgren

Long before Mr. Brainwash was Jacques Ropiert - a darling of the French at world and recent Seattle transplant. 

 

 

MAXIMUM SECURITY

JULY 3, 1998

Vital 5 Gallery - 2038 - 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Created by Greg Lundgren

Maximum Security flips the roles between artist and audience, with imprisoned artists soliciting viewers for insight, beauty and emotional connectivity. 

 

5 ARTISTS, 4 MURDERERS, 3 CLOWNS, 2 DOMINATRIX, 1 BARTENDER

JUNE 5 – JULY 1, 1998

Vital 5 Gallery - 2038 - 2nd Avenue, Seattle

Curated by Greg Lundgren

Featuring paintings by Leiv Fagereng, Malcolm Williams, Parris, Chris Thompson, and Greg Lundgren. Music by Mega Babe and performances by Carrie Schrader, Tina LaPlant, Eric Moss, Jason Lundgren, and Devon Crow.