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We are an old Seattle Art collective. We used to produce events. Here is some of our old work:

January 9th, 2004: Some Candy Talking on The Stranger by Kathleen Wilson.

Gray as a Color event taking place on Friday, January 9, but here’s an early warning because it sounds like a fun party. Put on by Graylife–the producers of the Giant Robot 30th Issue Party–Gray as a Color is an art, fashion, and music walk in Fremont, and five bucks will get you access to all three destinations, beginning with Priceless Works Gallery (619 N 35th St, #100; works by Sam Trout and Iosefatu Sua will be featured) from 6 to 9 pm, then on to M:Pulse Gallery (3516 Fremont Pl; featured designers include Portland’s Holly Stadler, Kathryn Towers, Linea, Claire Lafaye and Narcissa Dial, Oakland’s Suzie Kim, and San Diego’s Karla Manuel) from 9 to 11 pm, ending at ToST lounge, where you can catch performances by Tyco Party, the Girls, the Catch, and Plan B, as well as DJs Mug Frosty, Chris Tremens, and Naha.

May 13th, 2004: SeattlePI.com article

A less politically minded event called Big in Japan is taking shape tomorrow at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (8 p.m.; $5). Sponsored by the arts collective Graylife, Big in Japan will feature fashion from local clothing designers and music by Anna Oxygen, Barfly, Popular Shapes, Fourth City DJs and Sam Kirkland.

July 1st, 2004: Some Candy Talking on The Stranger by Kathleen Wilson

Whether it’s because the buzz spread through word of mouth or relentless postering and placement of fliers, it’s beginning to verge on sheer ignorance for anyone to at least not have been to or thought about attending an event put on by Graylife. The concept behind a Graylife show is this: getting the underground arts and culture scene to hang out together whether they want to or not. How? Well, first you stick all kinds of arts fans–the snoots and the punks–into one venue featuring bands and DJs as well as visual artists and fashion designers, forcing people to cross their own normal boundaries and tastes and experience something they might not otherwise. The first event, called Gray as Color, offered music fans the opportunity to see Plan B, the Catch, the Girls, and Tyco Party while observing art by Sam Trout and Iosefatu Sua and models showing off designs by Holly Stadler, Kathryn Towers, Linea, Claire Lafaye, Narcissa Dial, Oakland’s Suzie Kim, and San Diego’s Karla Manuel. That event was completely sold out, but came off as more of an art walk than a single show, as it featured work at several venues in Fremont over the course of one night. The latest Graylife showcase is called Almost Famous, and features fashion by Portland designers (Name Value, and Hotpinkslap by Sarah Brady) as well as works by artist Christophe Roberts–a Cornish graduate originally from Chicago who considers himself a modern-day cubist and who says the theme of this particular show will be the destruction of man and the production of robots. Screen-printer Tom Dewar will showcase some of his most famous and eye-catching poster art, as well as cloth wall prints and screen-printed pillowcases. Musicians include Tyco Party, Mug Frosty, and AMS from Focus North, among others.

One of the coolest aspects of Almost Famous is that it takes place in the creative heart of Capitol Hill at the Capitol Hill Arts Center (CHAC). CHAC sits amongst several practice spaces and artist studios at 1621 12th Avenue (at East Pine Street), near where foot traffic between clubs in the neighborhood is perhaps the most concentrated in the city. That means if you’re out and about on Friday, July 2, between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m., be sure to put this event on your route, especially since it offers a full bar (sorry kiddies, this one’s for 21 and over only).

Graylife’s Brian Rauschenbach and Jon Cairns took time out of an impossibly sunny Saturday afternoon to meet me down at the Still, a laundromat/bar located at the corner of Belmont and E. Howell Street, so I could talk to them as I did my neglected housework. Sadly, all but a few seconds of the conversation we’d captured on a recorder were drowned out by, among other things, the power tools used to repair the many broken machines (’bout time). But the gist of the conversation was that these two guys have a great idea, and are going to do all they can to get the rock, DJ, art, and fashion crowds to hang out in one big group, with exposure to all as an unavoidable outcome of their relentless planning. For a place to get boozed up while doing laundry (careful while pouring that bleach!), try the Still–just don’t expect much quiet there.