POW: “Family Pool” by Kathy Liao

2013
Oil on Canvas
140 x 60

This week’s POW is Family Pool by Kathy Liao. Her paintings explore the ever changing idiosyncrasies between her and her subjects as she visualizes a hyper awareness of color, light, and air. These careful meditations take the form of people, still life, and landscape, but are never static, and always enigmatic of the temporal.

Artist Bio:
Kathy Liao has exhibited nationally in Boston, New York, and locally at Blindfold Gallery, Lisa Harris Gallery, ArtXchange Gallery, and Kate Alkarni Gallery. Kathy Liao is currently represented by Prographica Gallery. She is the recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshield Foundation Grant, Brooks Fellowship from Anderson Ranch, Jentel Fellowship, and Boston University College of Fine Art Merit Scholarship. Kathy Liao currently teaches at Gage Academy of Arts and Cornish College of Arts.  In the past, she has taught and lectured at Seattle University. (Bio Source: Prographica)

POW: “Complexity and Fortitude” by Chris Sheridan

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Complexity and Fortitude (The Margarita Study 1)
Oil on wood panel
18″ x 12″

This week’s POW is Chris Sheridan’s Complexity and Fortitude. Storytelling is central to his work as he explores early myths, traditional folklore, and histories. His works are poetic examinations of the human condition as he attempts to bring the present and past into dialogue and reveal the forgotten roots of our existence.

Artist Bio:
Chris Sheridan is an award-winning figurative oil painter based in Seattle, WA. Born and raised in Cape Cod, MA, Chris has spent several of his adult years changing addresses and showing his work both nationally and internationally, with recent solo gallery exhibitions in Seattle and Washington D.C. Along the way, he earned a BFA from the Ringling College of Art and Design and an MFA in Painting from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He found his way to Seattle in 2006.

 

POW: “Wooden” by Tessa Hulls

This week’s POW is Wooden by Tessa Hulls. It is a part of her How Goes the Battle? series in which each painting corresponds to a poem by Kay Ryan. Moments of vulnerability, ambivalence, and longing are encapsulated in different ways by each medium as both reflect the difficulty of finding balance.

Wooden
by Kay Ryan

In the presence of supple
goodness, some people
grow less flexible
experiencing a woodenness
they wouldn’t have thought possible.
It is as strange and paradoxical
as the combined suffering
of Pinocchio and Geppetto
if Pinocchio had turned and said,
I can’t be human after all.

Artist Bio:
Tessa Hulls is a Seattle-based artist/writer/adventurer slowly decompressing from a year of travel that took her everywhere from Alaska to Alabama to Antarctica by means of bicycle, boat, and military transport plane. Tessa only knows how to feel at home while in motion, and her own sense of rootlessness provides one of the central themes of her highly personal and yet archetypically familiar paintings. Her work explores the ideas of wanderlust and home, exile and migration, escapism and sacrifice, and her paintings describe the intricate worlds to which memory, desire and strength retreat to explore the aching pull of contradictory longings. Tessa draws heavily on folk-imagery from around the world, piecing together paintings that recombine “stolen” elements of color, pattern, myth and allegory to create new fairy tales which are at once alarmingly strange and immediately recognizable. She is also in the middle of switching mediums and is working on a non-fiction graphic novel about Antarctica. When not painting and living on ice shelves, she enjoys building community, cooking for ridiculously large groups of people, traveling by bike, going for aimless walks, taking on more projects than she really has time for, drawing in the bear enclosure of the Woodland Park Zoo, meeting fellow saboteurs and collaborators, writing for The Project Room and Redefine Magazine, plotting world domination with the nefarious minds of Canoe Social Club, and running the kitchen of Sprout Seattle. She doesn’t do well with down time.

 

 

POW: “Construction Pit” by Greg Boudreau

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Construction Pit
Spray Paint Stencils on Salvaged Wood
44″ x 60″

This week’s POW is Construction Pit by Greg Boudreau. His process involves layered spray stenciling on salvaged wood and mixes together photography, graphic design, industrial manufacturing, and traditional ‘hands-oriented’ artistic approaches. Seattle is currently filled with these construction pits, temporal landscapes of sorts, in fact several of his panels are currently on the Capitol Hill Wall Project as part of the Sound Transit Art Program. His complex and lengthy process lends itself to a conversation about site and materials and pairs well with Seattle’s rapidly developing climate.

Artist Bio:
He was born in Redmond, WA and grew up in North County San Diego in a town called Fallbrook. He moved back to Seattle for college, graduated with a degree in Business Administration, Marketing and began working on an art career.

POW: “Made in Heaven” by Troy Gua


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Resin coated metallic c-print on panel, 36 x 36, 24 x 24, 12 x 12

This week’s POW is Troy Gua‘s Made in Heaven. He is known for his clever juxtapositions which become humorous cultural critiques. At first glance, there is something familiar or even identifiable and the more time you spend with his works, the more obscured things appear. Made in Heaven combines Mona Lisa, representing art, and the dollar bill portrait of Washington, representing money. This combination reveals an uncanny logic as their suppressed smiles and matching gazes prompts us to think of our collective conscience.

Artist Bio:
Troy Gua was born and raised in Seatac, Washington. He’s a libra.

He has shown extensively in Seattle and nationally and is represented by SAM Gallery in Seattle, Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery in the Midwest, and Suite 22 in Toronto.

POW: “Berg” by Ryan Molenkamp


Gouache and acrylic on panel
30″ x 40″

This week’s painting of the week is Berg by Ryan Molenkamp. He is known for his abstracted renditions of Pacific Northwest landscapes. His paintings become visualized musings as he fractures forms and layers sections of land to create these compositions. The viewer is taken to a familiar sense of place while also left lost.

Artist Bio:
Molenkamp earned a BFA from Western Washington University and has shown extensively in the Seattle area. Molenkamp  also works at The Frye Art Museum and contributes often for City Arts magazine.

POW: “Under the Surface III” by Nichole DeMent


24″ x 24″ mixed media encaustic on board

Nichole DeMent‘s Under the Surface III is this week’s favorite. It is a part of her Terra Dreams series which start out as photographs but through a process involving water-based paints, oils, and encaustics become much more. Thinking about music, transformation, and memory, Under the Surface III evokes the sense of trying to recover something potentially lost forever and the beauty within that action.

Artist Bio:
Nichole’s personal artwork in traditional photographic mediums and avant garde mixed media encaustic processes has been awarded, reviewed and featured in publications such as PhotoMedia. Her work can be found in numerous private and public collections such as Swedish Hospital’s Art Collection. View her work in person at SAM Gallery.In addition to being a working artist, she has worked for both non-profit and commercial galleries and co-owned a studio & gallery in the heart of Seattle’s art district for six years with her partner, Stephen Rock. She has taught photography with a fine art focus at Pacific NW institutions such as Pacific Lutheran University and Photographic Center Northwest. Her passion to share ideas and advise artists continues in her position with Artist Trust as Program Manager for the Creative Career Center.

POW: “Starlight” by Kellie Talbot

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Oil on Canvas
30″ x 30″

Yes, POW (aka Piece of the Week) is back! Our favorite piece of the week is Kellie Talbot’s Starlight. Talbot continues to explore American artifacts, architecture, and typography in her work. She describes her approach to her decaying subjects as “both an elegy and a hope” and its especially reflected in this work as the cropped perspective puts emphasis on the unlit star that seems to shine despite it’s disposition.
Artist Bio:
Kellie Talbot was born in Hawaii and as a daughter of a career marine lived on both coasts growing up. Her first jobs, in a print shop and as a sign painter, developed her love of typography and design. Kellie moved to Seattle in 1989 and finished school at Seattle Central Community College. After graduation, she worked as the graphic designer for Cornish College of the Arts. Since 1993 Kellie has worked extensively as an illustrator and designer for the snowboard industry in addition to being the Art Director for Signal Snowboards since its inception in 2003.
Currently she is represented by Bherd Studios in Seattle and SMASH Modern Art in Vancouver, BC. She lives in Ballard with her husband, a cat and a duck.

Art Basel Day 3

Art Basel Day 3

Our destination of the day… the Wynwood Arts District. On this day we saw the Rubell Family Collection, the Wynwood Walls, Spectrum, the Miami Project, and finished up with Aqua Art Fair.

The day started yet again with another late wake up. (Waking up late has been great. I would like to thank our son, Lucien, for letting us stay in bed for as long as possible.)  A short cab ride over, we landed in an area similar to the SODO district in Seattle. The first place that we saw was the Rubell Family Collection. The show titled “28 Chinese” contained work of all types of mediums including installations, photography, sculpture, video, and a handful of gigantic oil paintings that I can only image are still drying. The first piece that we viewed was a huge tunnel made of paper and string. The piece fit the entire room and was very visually striking reminiscent of looking into an airplanes engine intake.  A highlight of this show was the performance that turned out to not be a performance. A man laying on his stomach, nose smashed in the ground. A day after the show, and writing about this now, we disagreed on whether or not the person was alive or if it was a sculpture. It was a sculpture, but it sure did look real. I was reading a different info card when I was looking at that one. (I guess my thoughts on “ Wow, his breathing is totally controlled. I don’t even see his back going up and down.” were wrong)

From there we moved onto the Wynwood walls, which were not that easy to find. Street upon street of half baked murals certainly tested my patience. But then you see a Lister piece, followed by and Angry Woe Bots, and then a Nychos, we finally figured it out and landed in the area where the real deals were. A few of the murals were done by Ron English, Shepard Fairy, Hownosm, Ms. Van, Nunca, and Retna.

After some mural action we moved on to Spectrum tent. This show was average and had some interesting pieces but didn’t feel as if this show was a heavy hitter. The Miami Project tent across the street had what we were looking for. The booths were sizeable, the artwork had room to be seen and the content of the work was technical, well created, and there were pieces that had to take really close examination… “ No! That is not a painting. That is not a painting. ( A couple steps closer.) Yup, that is a painting. Hyperrealism at it’s best! “ Greg Kucera http://www.gregkucera.com/ was at this show. When we stopped by the first time he was busy with a client. The 2nd time we came through, he was still busy. Then our third time coming back we finally got to say hello. You gotta love it when you get to see sales happening,  there were red dots here and there. ( You got to love the red dot!)

After our visit to Wynwood and my squabble with a woman about how the order of a line works while waiting for the shuttle, we made our way back to the South beach side and landed at Aqua Art Fair. This place was a bit similar to the Select Fair being that it was in a hotel, but you can tell that it has been around longer and the bar is set quite a bit higher. It was still a hotel setting, but the ambience at Aqua was cozy and elegant with all the rooms facing toward the courtyard. Here we saw works from Gary Baseman, Mike Giant, Tim Biskup, Clayton Brothers and Travis Louie. And this is also where we found the piece that we are taking back to Seattle by artist http://www.julianehundertmark.de/.  A short walk home and couple Modelo beers and that was the day. Day four will start with some beach time, no matter what!

Ac piece from the "28 Chinese" show in Wynwood.

Ac piece from the “28 Chinese” show in Wynwood.

A piece from the "28 Chinese" show.

A piece from the “28 Chinese” show.

Creepy Sculpture that looked like a reel person doing a live performance.

Creepy Sculpture that looked like a reel person doing a live performance.

Detail of creepy sculpture which i thought was live performance.

Detail of creepy sculpture which i thought was live performance.

I was totally waiting for this guy to open his eyes when Iwas taking close ups of his face. it never happened because it was sculpture.

I was totally waiting for this guy to open his eyes when Iwas taking close ups of his face. it never happened because it was sculpture.

Mural in Wynwood.

Mural in Wynwood.

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Angry Woe bots in Wynwood.

Angry Woe bots in Wynwood.

Nychos in Wynwood.

Nychos in Wynwood.

Hownosm

Hownosm

Hownosm closer.

Hownosm closer.

Hownosm even closer.

Hownosm even closer.

Ron English

Ron English

Surprised woman with fawn leg.

Surprised woman with fawn leg.

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Greg Kucera's booth

Greg Kucera’s booth

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Gary Baseman

Gary Baseman

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Aqua Art  Fair

Aqua Art Fair

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Art Basel Day 1 & 2

Art Basel Day 1

The morning starts out abrupt and rushed with an intended 5 am wake up call, with an actuality of a 5:30 roll out of bed in Seattle. Rushing the family around trying to get out the door, scraping frost off of windows, we couldn’t wait for a warm humid setting and white stucco  facades. Boom, we hit Seatac and have a fairly quick journey through security and onto our plane. Shortly after we are backing the plane up and on our way to take off… scratch that, we are going back to the gate. A couple who was not prepared to fly for any amount of time, needed to get off of the plane. AKA a flight attendant had to intervene with a woman who was spanking her child. “It’s not abuse unless you leave a mark on the child” said the unruly woman who was getting upset and mouthy to the flight attendant. Plane pulls back to the gate, woman, her family, and the shirtless (go figure) child who was the receiver of the spanking, exited stage left.

Fast forward through 5 hours of flying, landing, and finding where we were staying.  We ate something and got ready to go out to our first event. The Select fair is where we started our Art Basel adventure. A hotel that had a feel of the 619 build in Pioneer Square  (R.I. P. 619). Two floors of interesting this and that’s which contained photography, mixed media work on canvas, collage work, jewelry all in the essence of urban contemporary to contemporary.  The main walk in area had work by Swoon, but did not have that Swoon feeling like you seen in Juxtapoz. A highlight was seeing a room that was hung by Empty Kingdom Gallery www.emptykingdom.com .  Work by Lucien Shapiro,  Shawn Barber , and Scott Hove adorn the walls and the small room. The people who were tending to the room, Rico and Rafaela, were welcoming and informative. It was nice meeting them and making  new contacts.

A walk home, a bump into Sean, Tara (and their lil guy) from Cotton Candy Machine www.thecottoncandymachine.com  ,  a stop for a drink  ($30 for two drinks ,Say whaaaa!), and a wake up time of “We wake up when we wake up” and we were onto our 2nd day of Art Basel.

Side note: I think Lister and Mr. Brain Wash are running together. You see a Lister, than you see a MBW.

Art Basel Day 2

With a late wake up, which felt great, we made our way out to Art Basel art fair. Located in a huge convention center, we already knew that we were going to have to break this viewing up into two parts. When you first walk in, you see signs up saying no photography, which we were all like, you’ve got to be kidding. However, once you get in, you look around and everyone is taking pics. First row we hit up Lucien our toddler son was looking into  a glass case and pointing at the sculpture (his finger touched the glass of the case) and the curator rushed Michele and Lucien like Jean Claude Van Damme. The Ergo (baby pack) was promptly pulled out and L was safely contained for the remainder of our time there. After that, WOW, so much art too look at! When you first walk in you a see Basquiat, followed by Picassos, and Calders. We grabbed a map and knowing we had a journey of important visual creations we decided our route. Instead of trying to be a writer I will show a few pics of the work we saw.

Lister on Washington Ave in South Beach.

Lister on Washington Ave in South Beach.

(Mr. Brain Wash.) I think MBW might be running w/ Lister or it could be competition.

(Mr. Brain Wash.) I think MBW might be running w/ Lister or it could be competition.

Convention center walk in that was showing Art Basel.

Convention center walk in that was showing Art Basel.

There were few of these areas at the convention center. (I think I saw sunbather at one of the grassy knolls.)

There were few of these areas at the convention center. (I think I saw sunbather at one of the grassy knolls.)

Compositional Logs. The ol man, lower right, that I cut out of the shot was not amused that I was taking a photo for some reason. I wasn't amused with his look at me.

Compositional Logs. The ol man, lower right, that I cut out of the shot was not amused that I was taking a photo for some reason. I wasn’t amused with his look at me.

This was the first piece that really grabbed me and said come close John.

This was the first piece that really grabbed me and said come close John.

And so I got closer.

And so I got closer.

This would have been a way cool piece to have seen being created. World please send me a time lapse of this piece being made.

This would have been a way cool piece to have seen being created. World please send me a time lapse of this piece being made.

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(Detail)

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Some one had a bit to much art to seen for one day.

Some one had a bit to much art to seen for one day.

Oh, hey Jean, it is always a pleasure to view your work up close.

Oh, hey Jean, it is always a pleasure to view your work up close.

Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell

Picasso details and layering are always fun to view.

Picasso details and layering are always fun to view.

This furry little couple grabbed our attention.

This furry little couple grabbed our attention.

Kehinde Whiley. This artist always brings the thunder with his work.

Kehinde Whiley. This artist always brings the thunder with his work.

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I love it when you see a piece of artwork and you get closer to see it is a material you were not expecting.

I love it when you see a piece of artwork and you get closer to see it is a material you were not expecting.

Encyclopedias!

Encyclopedias!

Oh, hello RETNA.

Oh, hello RETNA.

This one was a crowd favorite. It took a while before I could get a clean shot (at an angle).

This one was a crowd favorite. It took a while before I could get a clean shot (at an angle).

This booth was from Zurich. The had three podiums with three pairs of wood stick . They were musical wood pieces that you hit together. If I were traveling from Switzerland, going to a huge art show, I would have brought something else. Just saying.

This booth was from Zurich. The had three podiums with three pairs of wood stick . They were musical wood pieces that you hit together. If I were traveling from Switzerland, going to a huge art show, I would have brought something else. Just saying.

Miami, you have some pretty night skies. ( I still love you Seattle, I am just enjoying this nice weather.)

Miami, you have some pretty night skies. ( I still love you Seattle, I am just enjoying this nice weather.)