Whitney Biennial Artist, Wynne Greenwood Exhibits and Performs as Tracy and the Plastics in TACOMA

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Â?Maps to Radical ImaginingÂ? by Wynne Greenwood opens at the TOLLBOOTH GALLERY in Tacoma, Performance/Lecture to be held in Conjunction with Public Installation

“Maps to Radical Imagining” by Brooklyn-based artist Wynne Greenwood is the newest TOLLBOOTH exhibition and opens on October 28, 2004. Originally from Washington, Greenwood returns to the Northwest to premiere her newest piece specifically created for this show. “How do you map a hope, a flower, a muscle, a gaze, a breath, an exhaustion, an attempt, a history, or your community? You are here”, is Greenwood’s starting point for this exhibition. Wynne Greenwood will also be in Tacoma to promote this show and give a lecture/performance at the Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA)-a competitive public high school for creative and performing arts students located in the urban downtown Tacoma corridor.

In addition to her lecture for SOTA students Greenwood will perform for the public. This November 12th, ArtRod will present Wynne Greenwood performing as Tracy and the Plastics. in conjunction with her exhibit at the Tollbooth. This event is being held at 8pm at the Tacoma School of the Arts Theater at 1118 Commerce Street in Downtown Tacoma. Opening for Tracy and the Plastics will be Olympia band The King Cobra (ex Kicking Giant and The Need). Seating is limited, but reservations can be purchased for $10 at http://www.artrod.org

Tracy and the plastics is a low-fi art punk band consisting of members Tracy, Nikki, and Cola. All three are alter egos of Wynne Greenwood: when the band performs live, Greenwood assumes the role of bandleader Tracy, while Nikki and Cola are present only as video projections. The audience is treated not only to music, which Tracy produces on drum machines and an array of keyboards, but the interaction between Tracy and her videotaped counterparts.

“Unlike more traditional video artists, Greenwood is never relegated to being a passive viewer, but rather she becomes a physical participant inher own creation: from her direct conversing with the Plastics, to her silhouette casting a shadow on the screen. The effect is a string of interactions entirely unique to the medium.” –Andrew Brooks, The Harvard Gazette, December 11, 2003

Greenwood was recently featured in this year’s Whitney Biennial in New York and has recently shown/performed at Consolidated Works in Seattle, the Andy Warhol Museum, and Harvard University. Information on this proto-punk-electro-feminist artist can be found at


“We are really interested in creating new mythologies about the

construction of cohesive identities from fragmented parts of fragmented culture, and performing that through the relationships of our sounds and images”, says Greenwood about the Plastics.

The TOLLBOOTH is the ‘World’s Smallest Gallery dedicated exclusively to video and paper based fine arts’ and is a project of ArtRod. The TOLLBOOTH has garnered national attention as one of the most talked about projects of late, blurring the line between cutting-edge contemporary museum works and public art in a unique time-based format.

Regina Hackett of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer says of the Tollbooth, “what it lacks in space, it achieves in time . . . on top of that, it’s fabulous.”(Seattle PI 7/2/04)

“The Tollbooth presents some of the nation's freshest contemporary work by providing a setting for video, new media and interdisciplinary approaches that are typically, by their very nature, relegated to interior spaces.” says the City of Tacoma’s Public Art Administrator Amy McBride “This is a brilliant way to deliver street-level public art.” The work of eight different artists or artist teams will be featured annually at the Tollbooth’s unique outdoor public installation space.

ArtRod is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization established in 1958.

ArtRod’s mission is to facilitate art exhibition in nontraditional public arenas. ArtRod has grown out of, and in response to, a specific need to bring contemporary art forms out of a solid, conventional museum setting and directly into the community’s path. In addition to the TOLLBOOTH, ArtRod produces the quarterly magazine, Toby Room, and the experimental film series, Don’t Bite the Pavement.

Don’t miss “Maps to Radical Imagining” an experimental video and paper art installation at the TOLLBOOTH GALLERY starting October 28, 2004 through December 11, 2004 or Wynne Greenwood’s performance as Tracy and the Plastics on November 12th at the SOTA Theater located at 1118 Commerce Street in downtown Tacoma. The TOLLBOOTH is located just north of the intersection at 11th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma. The TOLLBOOTH is open to the public 24 hours a day and admission is free. ArtRod (253) 572-0995 http://www.artrod.org

For more information, to be sent mailings and materials, or to set up

interviews with artist Wynne Greenwood, contact Michael Lent at (253)

572-0995 michael (at) artrod (dot) org

Publication Quality Photographs available for use at

http://www.ArtRod.org/press specific photos available upon request.

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