For over 15 years, the Intelligence has established itself as a sardonically witty, bracingly dynamic band, blending garage-punk, New Wave, psych, and noise-rock into a consistently compelling stew. The Intelligence first made its mark in Seattle, setting itself apart from the indie pop, folk-rock, and singer-songwriter journalings that marked the trends of the mid-aughts.
If you’ve been to or walked by Alma Mater, you’ve seen what they call, The Slug. At night, it’s colorful and lit up, but its daytime presence is definitely not unassuming. With its glossy, yet textured exterior, and polk-a-dotted tentacles, the stools that live underneath this creature makes for a very curious spectator. And those who brave the interaction with the Slug, more often than not come out with some very rewarding and Instagram-worthy evidence. Its creator: Tacoma artist, Steve LaBerge.
Beginning June 10th, Alma Mater will house another one of Steve’s projects, called the TVs, which will also be an interactive piece created with twenty local artists. We’ve sat down with Steve to learn more about him and his work.
If you’ve been with us since Alma Mater’s first official day of business, you’ll likely be familiar with Lucien Vedego, if not already well acquainted from the various ways he engages in Tacoma’s creative community. He helped open our building as a barista and server at Honey Cafe, has participated and collaborated in many of our events and shows, is currently curating July’s art exhibit in conjunction with Tacoma’s Pride Month, and is currently holding an artist workshop series called Metamorphosis. Beyond that, he’s been wonderful to be around and learn from, and for that reason, we’ve decided to sit down and interview him, so you can get to know him, too!