Preview Reception: Saturday, January 5 from 6 – 9pm
Art Opening: Friday, January 11 from 6 – 9:30pm
Greenwood Lit Crawl: Saturday, January 26th from 7:30-8:30pm
Showing through Friday, February 1
Dylan Neuwirth and Raven (Jeff Gerber) join forces to present a transformative installation in the gallery under their new moniker: #TRACKSTARS. Working across media as diverse as neon, glass, metal, multimedia and paintings, the duo will create an immersive experience reflecting their glitter-punk aesthetic.
On their own, each artist in #TRACKSTARS explores themes of abandoned spaces, pop culture, and marginalization to connote the emptiness behind slick veneers of the city. Both artists consider urban space as places where transformation occurs, like alchemy: in these public, liminal spaces filth can turn to gold, and a single step can mean a life redeemed…or demolished. For Neuwirth, this happens in the cold gutter, where grime, memory, fragility and time combine and head for the drain together. For Raven it is barriers—like fences or walls—which keep things separated and alone, but also provide flat space where we can communicate with image and text. Using found objects, glass, neon, and shiny surfaces, they create objects and installations commenting on memory, social constructs, fame, and the dirt behind the high gloss.
Dylan Neuwirth’s solo work was most recently seen at 2012’s Bumbershoot Festival. His enormous suspended neon sculpture—titled NOW—was his concept of time, memory and the future made tangible. He has mounted recent solo exhibitions at Punch Gallery and Urban+ Gallery in Seattle. Raven (Jeff Gerber) mounted an installation at CoCA Belltown in 2012, titled You Will Get Through. The artist recently returned from learning about Hindu and Sikh methods of meditation in India, which has influenced the work in this exhibition.