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The Artist Partnership LILIENTHAL|ZAMORA Parts Ways, Bids Farewell

LILIENTHAL|ZAMORA would like to share some important news with our friends, supporters, and collaborators.  After many inspiring years working as a partnership, we are moving forward separately with our artistic careers.

Since 2010, we have created an amazing body of work that we are proud of and that has connected us with incredible people.  We would like to give our heartfelt thanks and share our deep gratitude for the support we have received over the past five years.  Specifically, we would like to thank Suyama Space*, the Hedreen Gallery, the Frye Art Museum, the Office of Arts and Culture and Irene Gomez, 4Culture, and Artist Trust for their support.  We would also like to thank our incredible collaborators: Erik Holden, Chris Frickland, All Rise, Olson Kundig Architects, Degenerate Art Ensemble, Andrew Russell, Roger Benington, Mark Haim, and hundreds more who have held us up, lifted us high, and made it possible for us to bring our work to you.

We are moved by the images that follow us, and hopeful of those that lie ahead.

Please contact us separately through Facebook, or our individual emails.

Thank you,
Ben and Etta


* Earlier this year in Suyama Space, LILIENTHAL|ZAMORA created an ambitious installation entitled “Never Finished.” The installation was “stretched from the gallery’s wooden plank floor to its open beam ceiling. Simultaneously drawn together and pulled apart, NEVER FINISHED creates a powerful volume of light, full of tension and release.”

Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor installation featured in The Seattle Times

Our new installation,“heart in throat, head in hands; tongue in knots, heart on sleeve” by Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor is featured in The Seattle Times.

“The show includes nine animallike works composed of found materials including bedding from thrift stores and cardboard from boxes behind stores. Higgins O’Connnor uses the materials to explore aspects of frustration, joy and tragedy through their storytelling abilities. ‘I believe that materials have a language, like a poetic language that can be interpreted so these materials have a history, a resonance,’ Higgins O’Connor said. ‘They’ve been touched and handled and had other lives before their life with me.’”

The Seattle Times: Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor fills Suyama Space with large-scale sculptures

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Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor's heart in throat, head in hands; tongue in knots, heart on sleeve

Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor’s heart in throat, head in hands; tongue in knots, heart on sleeve opened January 16 with a reception and artist discussion the following day. The gestural forms allude to animals and explore the relationships inherent to the connotations created by the materials they are made of: thrifted, domestic textiles that conjure domesticity, comfort, sleep, birth, childhood, dreamtime, and sex. Through April 25.

Nothing Lasts Forever (Not Even Art): Ian McMahon

Read an exiting review of Ian McMahon’s Cascade exhibit from 2014’s show.

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Jane Richlovsky's Art: Making Your Own Work

Explore the work of Jane Richlovsky’s University of Washington life drawing class from their visit to the Suyama Gallery as they focused their subject on Lilienthal | Zamora’s Never Finished.

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Angle of Repose

Gail Grinnell, angle of repose, Boise Art Museum site-specific installation, through November 2014.

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Lilienthal|Zamora Booklet Arrival

Fresh off the press: Our Lilienthal|Zamora “Never Finished” booklets have just arrived.

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"Never Finished" Opening Photos by Robert Wade

Experience the excitement of the “Never Finished” opening at “Round about Seattle” the blog of photographer Robert Wade.

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Video of CASCADE: Demolition Performance by Ian McMahon

Check out “Cascade: A Momentary Event With A Sculpture” by Ian McMahon

Please visit the link below to see all of the action, as 2000 lbs of plaster come crashing down to the gallery floor.

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July 10th "Home Waters" Book Launch

Please join us July 10th for the launch of a trilogy of novels by Anna Odessa Linzer, entitled “Home Waters”, published by Marquand books.

HOME WATERS contains three novels: Blind Virgil, Dancing on Water, and A River Story. These beautifully crafted Northwest stories have been produced in two sets of special editions. A limited edition of twenty-five is handbound in leather and held in a handcrafted cedar box made from salvaged old-growth shakes, each with a bronze, brass, or copper maritime found object. The other fine edition of the trilogy is handbound in cloth and paper.

Event Details:

Introduced by Ed Marquand and Peter Miller
Reading by Anna Odessa Linzer at 6:30 pm

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Time-lapse video of the making of "Cascade" by Ian McMahon

Watch a full month of work unfold in five minutes as sculptor Ian McMahon creates the two mammoth curtains for “Cascade”.

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Congratulations to Zachary Culler for his opening last night at The Hedreen Gallery!

Zac exhibited at Suyama Space with his co-collaborators in 2002 on an installation entitled John Sutton, Ben Beres, Zac Culler: OPEN HOUSE

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Donate to Suyama Space, GiveBIG!

GiveBIG is The Seattle Foundation’s one day, online charitable giving event to help nonprofit organizations reach their funding goals. GiveBIG! on May 6th, 2014 through this link to donate on behalf of Suyama Space. A portion of each donation made on May 6th will be matched, making your donation go further. Please GiveBIG! Click & Pledge

Tivon Rice catalogue now available

The SITE MACHINES catalogue features an interpretive essay by Kolya Rice, Lecturer in the Department of Art HIstory at the University of Washington, along with photos by Mark Woods and the artist. The installation will be on view through April 11, 2014. Catalogues are now available for purchase at the gallery.

Announcing our winter 2014 installation

We are happy to announce our winter 2014 installation - SITE MACHINES by Tivon Rice. Please save the dates for Tivon’s artist reception on January 17, 5-7pm, and artist talk on January 18, 12pm. SITE MACHINES will be on view from January 20 - April 11, 2014.

Continuing a series of projects exploring how memory is constructed, contained, and altered in space, Tivon Rice’s video installation organizes a network of cameras, screens, and lighting elements throughout Suyama Space. The cameras, each animated by a unique mechanical device, open up different ways of moving through and seeing spaces, surfaces, and frames created by the gallery’s architecture.

Learn more about Tivon’s work at and we hope to see you next Friday!

Kavanaugh Nguyen catalogue now available

“Using material as basic as paper - twisted and creased, shaped and layered in environments of commanding scale and astonishing detail - Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen channel the forces of nature and the aggregate power of their own collaboration.” -Hilarie M. Sheets

The DRAWN FROM THE OLYMPICS catalogue features an interpretive essay by Hilarie M. Sheets, contributing editor to ARTnews and writer for The New York Times, along with photos by Mark Woods and the artists. The installation will be on view through December 13. Catalogues are now available for purchase at the gallery.


Kavanaugh Nguyen installation featured in City Arts

City Arts Magazine recommends “Drawn from the Olympics” in their November issue. The PDF is posted on the exhibit page, under “Press”. Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen’s installation will be on view through December 13th and you won’t want to miss it!

Kavanaugh Nguyen installation featured in Seattle Magazine

Our new installation, Drawn from the Olympics by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen, is featured in Seattle Magazine’s Fall Arts Preview. Check out the September 13 issue (page 138) and find all the details here. We look forward to seeing you at the opening reception on Friday, September 13th from 5-7pm.

Announcing our fall 2013 installation

We are pleased to announce our fall 2013 installation - DRAWN FROM THE OLYMPICS by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen. Save the dates for Wade and Stephen’s artist reception on September 13, 5-7pm, and artist talk on September 14, 12pm. DRAWN FROM THE OLYMPICS will be on view from September 16 - December 13, 2013.

Using the temperate rain forest as a common point of reference, Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen will tap into the collective imagination by processing their individual experience of the rainforest into a three-dimensional “drawing” of crumpled and twisted paper.

Learn more about Wade and Stephen’s work at and we hope to see you in September!

Damien Gilley catalogue now available

The AXIS INDEX catalogue features an interpretive essay by Sharon Arnold, artist and founder/curator of LxWxH Gallery in Seattle, along with photos by Mark Woods.. Come pick up your copy today! Damien Gilley’s installation will be on view through August 9th.

Gilley installation reviewed in The Stranger

We are pleased to share Jen Graves’ review of Axis Index in The Stranger. Thank you, Jen!

“Gilley’s two-part drawing installed on either end of the gallery has a very uptight name for a fun experience. Each drawing is in spring-green tape. Each is done in one-point perspective, pulling toward a distant vanishing point, making it look like the walls on either end of the gallery have disappeared, and you could just walk right through and continue down the street in both directions.” -Jen Graves, The Stranger, 29 May 2013.

Click the link below to read the full review. Axis Index will be on view through August 9th. [photo by Damien Gilley]

Full Article (PDF)

Damien Gilley Artist Reception Tomorrow

We are thrilled to celebrate the unveiling of Damien Gilley’s newest installation - AXIS INDEX. Please join us for Damien’s artist reception on Friday, May 17, 5-7pm. On Saturday, May 18 at 12pm, Damien will give his artist talk at the gallery. We look forward to seeing you!

Damien Gilley is on site

Damien Gilley is here constructing his newest site-specific installation - AXIS INDEX. Learn more about Damien’s work at

Artist Reception: Friday, May 17, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: Saturday, May 18, 12pm

Announcing our spring 2013 installation

We are pleased to announce our spring 2013 installation - AXIS INDEX by Damien Gilley. Save the dates for Damien’s artist reception on May 17, 5-7pm, and artist talk on May 18, 12pm. AXIS INDEX will be on view from May 20 - August 9, 2013

AXIS INDEX is an immersive installation combining sculpture and drawing to transform the architecture of the gallery through physical and visual methods. Consisting of tape drawings on existing gallery walls and custom fabricated foam core planar surfaces, the sculptural forms will emerge from the gallery walls and extend to the floor and rafters of the space, altering the shape of the room.

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Deborah Aschheim catalogue is here

The THRESHOLD catalog features an essay by Ken D. Allan, Associate Professor of Art History at Seattle University, with photos by Mark Woods, Eduardo Calderon and Deborah Aschheim. Come pick up your copy today! THRESHOLD: Installation by Deborah Aschheim’s is on view through April 12.

Aschheim installation in Sculpture Magazine

Good news to start the week - Deborah Aschheim’s installation, “Threshold”, is featured in Sculpture Magazine’s “Itinerary”, March 2013 issue, page 20. Check out the PDF in Deborah’s press listings.

Garage Sale Dates and Donations

After a two year hiatus, the Suyama Space Benefit Garage Sale is back by popular demand. We are now seeking donations for the March 22 - 24, 2013* event. The Garage Sale will include fancy furniture, vintage goods, cool household items, architectural accessories, beautiful textiles, art objects, antiques, and many more treasures.

To Donate: Clean out your closets and deliver your collectible goods to Suyama Space, 2324 Second Avenue, 98121. We will be accepting donations from March 11 - 15, 9 am – 5 pm. Suyama Space is a Washington State 501c3 tax exempt charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by IRS regulations.

All donors will be invited to a special Donor Preview Party, which you will not want to miss! Stay tuned for details.

For more information, please contact Beth Sellars or Emma Shultz at 206.256.0809 / Thank you!

*please note new dates

Aschheim exhibit reviewed in The Stranger

“There is a city of misremembered buildings inside Suyama Space. The buildings are familiar, but wrong. They stand on the floor, dangle on platforms from the ceiling, and sprout from the wall, and they’re made of translucent white plastic, the corrugated stuff used for mail delivery tubs and campaign signs….” - Jen Graves, The Stranger, 06 February 2013

Thanks, Jen! Click the link below to read the full review. [photo courtesy of the artist and Suyama Space]

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Aschheim installation reviewed in The Seattle Times

“...the buildings that [Deborah Aschheim] has made for “Threshold” are “mash-ups of real buildings and projected buildings.” Rather like memories that we have revisited again and again and which oddly become more vague rather than more precise over time, Aschheim has allowed these buildings to mutate and to confuse themselves with one another.” - Robert Ayers, The Seattle Times, 01 February 2013. Click the link below to read the full review.

Thank you, Robert for your wonderfully insightful review of Deborah’s installation! Threshold will be on view Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm through April 12th.

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Deborah Aschheim installation in South Lake Union

Go for a walk in South Lake Union and find Deborah Aschheim’s new permanent installation. Located at 207 Boren Avenue North, Seattle 98109, “Periscope” is accessible from the sidewalk and lit up until 2am!

“Periscope” by Deborah Aschheim,in collaboration with Daragh Byrne and Joshua Rosenstoc, roto casing resin, solid core optical fiber, programmed LED’s, looping and dynamic video, 2012. [photo by Deborah Aschheim]

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Deborah Aschheim Is On Site

Deborah Aschheim is here and we’re going up into the rafters to install Threshold! Learn more about Deborah’s work at

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Happy 2013

Happy New Year! We are excited to announce our 2013 line-up:

THRESHOLD by Deborah Aschheim, January 21 - April 12
AXIS INDEX by Damien Gilley, May 20 - August 9
DRAWN FROM THE OLYMPICS by Stephen Nguyen and Wade Kavanaugh, September 16 - December 13

Please join us for another year of thought-provoking, site-specific installations.

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2013 Garage Sale

Get ready for the Suyama Space Garage Sale in 2013! Save the date - March 15, 2013 - and save your GOOD STUFF. The Garage Sale features collectibles, furniture, antiques, home goods, architectural furnishings and other fabulous treasures. We will start accepting donations in February. To inquire about making a tax-deductible donation, please contact us. Thank you!

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Announcing our winter 2013 Installation

We are excited to welcome 2013 with Deborah Aschheim’s THRESHOLD installation. Save the date for her artist reception on January 18, 5-7pm, and artist talk on January 19, 12pm. THRESHOLD will be on view from January 21 - April 12, 2013.

Deborah Aschheim is interested in the way cities, buildings and landscapes are haunted by layers of memory, and how we experience spaces via maps we construct in our minds.  Her installation for Suyama Space is a three-dimensional model of the space of forgetting and (mis)remembering. Giving sculptural form to the haunting of Suyama Space by objects she installed here thirteen years ago, she uses her memory of that installation as a conceptual blueprint for the current environment. THRESHOLD translates a memory of this space into an idiosyncratic, ghostly city, laid out in the footprint of (mis)remembered past, at once elusive, mutable, strange and familiar.

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Thank You Donors!

Filled with GRATITUDE after the successful 2012 Donors Party last week.

Huge thanks to everyone who attended the party -  we greatly appreciate your support and enthusiasm for the Suyama Space mission.

Thank you to the Suyama Space Board - Richard Andrews, Anne Focke and Greg Kucera - for leading our new 501c3 organization. We think you are the cream of the crop.

Thank you to Gail Grinnell, John Grade, Mike Rathbun, Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo / Lead Pencil Studio and Dan Corson for fabulous artist presentations.

We are excited about 2013 - stay tuned for details on our upcoming installations.

Thank you Litho Craft and Bodegas Ontanon

Suyama Space gratefully acknowledges the donated printing of membership cards from Litho Craft, Seattle’s Color Printers and donated wine for the 2012 Donors Party from Bodegas Ontanon.

Grinnell exhibit mentioned in Art Ltd's Report on "Elles"

We are thrilled to announce another national press mention of RUFFLE: Installation by Gail Grinnell. Thank you Art Ltd and Suzanne Beal for including Suyama Space in the November 2012 report, “Seattle: A Celebration of ‘Elles’”.

“In conjunction with “Elles”, [Beth] Sellars invited Gail Grinnell to fill the lofty, soaring ceilinged space with delicate frilly fragments of what appear to be tracing paper - Grinnell’s specialty - and in which, if viewers look closely, skeletons can be spied. Tacked to the ceilings and falling to the floor, Grinnell’s RUFFLE creates bower-like visual shelters - places to find protection, or perhaps be trapped permanently.” -Suzanne Beal, Art Ltd, November 2012

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Grinnell installation reviewed in The Seattle Times

“Sculptors have talked about “drawing in space” for at least a century now, but rarely has the phrase been so appropriate, or so beautifully embodied, as in “Ruffle,” Gail Grinnell’s splendid installation at Suyama Space.” - Robert Ayers, The Seattle Times, 26 Oct 2012.

Wow! Thanks Robert, thanks Seattle Times for featuring our current exhibit. Click the link below to read the full review. Come experience RUFFLE this week, Suyama Space is open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm and we look forward to your visit. [photo by Mark Woods]

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Hot off the press: Gail Grinnell catalog

The RUFFLE publication features a wonderful essay by Janet Koplos with striking photos by Mark Woods and Marisa Vietiello. Come pick up your copy today! Gail Grinnell’s installation is on view through December 7.

Grinnell exhibit featured on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy

RUFFLE: Installation by Gail Grinnell was featured on the Seattle Channel’s “Art Zone with Nancy Guppy” on 09.21.12: This video was produced and edited by Patricia O’Brien; still photographs by Marisa Vitiello. View the long version of the video here: and the short version here: We love Art Zone! Thank you Patricia O’Brien and Marisa Vitiello for this stellar documentation.

Ruffle Reviewed in The Stranger

Here’s what Jen Graves has to say about our current installation;

“Gail Grinnell’s installation Ruffle is a translucent cut-paper universe of lightly tea-and-coffee-stained drawings of dress ruffles. The ruffles dangle from the ceiling and whirl in tunnels midair and cling to the rafters at Suyama Space. Among other things, it may call to mind: vaudeville, collars, spaghetti piles, camouflage netting, tornadoes, roses, peeled skin, veins, vines, entrails, hair, maps, worms, Celtic knots, glass noodles. Ruffle looks like a deconstructed wedding, one that did not go well. It has the ashy appearance of something obliterated, something after a disaster, just before it falls to dust.”

Click the link below to read the rest of Jen’s review in The Stranger. Ruffle will be on view through December 7, 2012. [photo by Marisa Vitiello, Dot Dot inc]

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Ruffle Reviewed in City Arts Magazine

“RUFFLE manages to look inviting and terrifying at the same time. Does it cocoon or consume the space?” Thank you Amanda Manitach for reviewing Gail Grinnell’s installation. [photo by Amanda Manitach]

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Artist Reception Tomorrow and Video of Ruffle

Tomorrow is our artist reception for RUFFLE: Installation by Gail Grinnell from 5-7pm. On Saturday, September 8 at 12pm, Gail will give her artist talk at the gallery. We look forward to celebrating with Gail, and with you, so join us!

Also, check out this wonderful video of RUFFLE from the early stages of fabrication in Gail’s studio to installation on site at Suyama Space: Thank you to Marisa Vitiello and Tom Yoder, Dot Dot inc, for documenting the process. [Credits: above photo by Amanda Manitach; video by Marisa Vitiello and sound by Tom Yoder, Dot Dot inc.]

Progress Photos of Ruffle Installation

RUFFLE is growing larger by the day! Please join us next week to celebrate Gail Grinnell’s newest site-specific installation. RUFFLE will be on view from September 10 - December 7, 2012. Save these dates:
Artist reception: September 7, 5-7pm
Artist Talk: September 8, 12pm

Gail Grinnell Is On Site

Gail Grinnell’s installation, RUFFLE, is now underway. Here’s a sneak peak, taken by Gail in her studio. Stay tuned for more preview photos and save the date for our artist reception on September 7, 5-7pm. See you soon!

Beth Sellars Will Curate A Bumbershoot Exhibit

Beth Sellars is curating an exhibit entitled “Christopher Martin Hoff Remembered” for Bumbershoot, September 1-3, 2012 at the Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center. Open and free to the public, Friday, August 31, 1-9pm; a reception for friends and collectors of Christopher Hoff is scheduled that evening, 6-8pm in the exhibition space. Bumbershoot Tickets are available for purchase at You won’t want to miss it!

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Review of At Owners Risk

Check out Robert Ayers’ review of Avantika Bawa’s installation on his blog, A Sky Filled with Shooting Stars. Thanks Robert!

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New Gallery Publication

Our gallery publication for AT OWNERS RISK features an insightful essay by Craig Drennen and striking photos by Mark Woods. Come pick up your copy today!

New Photos of Avantika Bawa's Installation

Check out Mark Woods’ new photos of AT OWNERS RISK. We love how Mark captured the summer light flooding the gallery and bouncing through Bawa’s installation. AT OWNERS RISK will be on view through August 10.

Calgary Radio Features Suyama Space

Calgary Independent Radio CJSW 90.9fm will air a story about Suyama Space on May 1st at 10am PST (11am MST). Tune in and thanks to Amery Calvelli for featuring us!

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Announcing our Fall 2012 Installation

We are very pleased to announce our fall 2012 installation - RUFFLE by Seattle based visual artist Gail Grinnell, September 10 - December 7, 2012. Learn more about Gail’s work at

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