SOIL Gallery

the New Bill Canada

Bill Canada, Mike Slattery and Catherine Cross Uehara

Start             4.6.17
End               4.2917
Reception    4.6.17, Thursday, 6-8 pm

The New Bill Canada is a way of life!
The New Bill Canada makes you feel good inside and out.
The New Bill Canada is a belly laugh in response to an inside joke gone public for the first time!
You don’t know what is good for you anyway. Take those vitamins on an empty stomach. That’s good! Good for you!

The New Bill Canada is one singular sensation involved in an arduous six or eight legged race.
What was once one maybe two, is now three or four!
Is the New Bill Canada a slur, an epithet, a conceptual framework, a backhanded compliment or the highest praise?

Let’s find out!

Bill Canada and Mike Slattery, fresh out of grad school, were founding members of -Ten in One Gallery (Chicago 1990-99), “a profoundly influential” artist run space and a “premiere venue for conceptually oriented young artists” for the better part of a decade. They were part of a tight knit and gritty community of like minded artists committed to improvisation and collaboration that met up and “powerspaced” every Thursday evening after the Simpsons. In 2001 Catherine Uehara first saw the collaborative work in a slideshow presentation and insisted on coaxing some of that old spirit out of Mike, collaborating on projects in and around Chicago as recently as 2014. Often referred to as “the new Bill Canada” in the context of the old Chicago crew, this will be the first time Catherine and Bill will have met and worked together on a project.

Part homage, part archive, part reunion, part messy new/old collaboration, the New Bill Canada re-unites Bill Canada and Mike Slattery, friends, artistic collaborators with “the new Bill Canada”, Catherine Uehara. Bill Canada is one man but also two, (artistically three), or four people (he has a daughter!) an idea and a legend. Catherine Uehara is the New Bill Canada, but so is present day Bill Canada. What happens when the man, the idea, and the idea of his replacement come together in the same room? Who is the New Bill Canada and what is he or she wearing?


Upcoming Exhibitions

The West
Lisa Kinoshita, S. Surface
May 4–27, 2017

In the Backspace: New Studies
Julia Heineccius
May 4–27, 2017

F(L)AT at Napoleon and Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia

Napoleon and Tiger Strikes Asteroid are pleased to present F(L)AT, featuring artworks by members of the artist-run gallery, SOIL, located in Seattle, WA. F(L)AT – Flat or Fat, is a response to the complications of shipping artwork across the country. The members of SOIL were tasked with creating artwork that could ship flat and then be fattened once it arrives at the gallery for installation. The work ranges from flat paper that fold into sculptural objects, 2D renderings of 3D spaces, photographs with hinges that become a sculpture, and fabric pieces that take up unexpected volume in the space. This exhibition is the second half of an exchange, started in March 2016 when Napoleon and TSA exhibited at SOIL.

First Friday Opening Reception, April 7th 6-10pm

319 N 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Exhibition Dates: 4.7.17 – 4.30.17
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 2pm – 6pm or by appointment



Paul Komada

Paul Komada, Bella, 2017, Hand dyed and knit cotton yarn, 7″w x 9″h x 7″d

Save the Date! 2017 SOIL Art Auction


Canvas Event Space
Formerly known as Western Bridge
3412 4th Ave S, Seattle, 98134 |
Sunday, June 4th, 2017 | 1:00 PM


Beginning April 6, SOIL will be open from 12pm to 5pm, Thursdays through Sundays.