Celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of WEAVE magazine and the kick-off to WEAVE Arts Fest. Mix and mingle with the featured artists and venues and pick up your copy of the publication fresh off the press. Articles written by Sarra Scherb and feature Electric Coffin Studio (Duffy, Justin Kane Elder & Stephan Hoffman), Wolfram Productions (Siolo Thompson) and Artist Residency interview with Chris Sheridan, Bombsheller (Pablos Holman) and art reviews of Eva Funderburgh & Ryan Molenkamp’s recent exhibits.
Jul 11 – Aug 29 at Bherd Studios Gallery
Chris Sheridan and Aaron Jasinski explore the idea of inner beauty from dramatically different angles while carrying the same message: true beauty consists of more than just the typical trappings of our society.
Chris Sheridan is known for his rich oil paintings that place modern figures in sumptuous environments, making use of the language of flowers, mythic symbols, and folklore to draw us into narratives that seem as familiar and dangerous as Black Forest fairytales.
For Inner Beauty, however, Sheridan has stripped away the symbolic details and the clothing, preferring to focus on the beauty of the figure in its purest form. Fascinated with William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s painting The Birth of Venus, Sheridan is working on a series of larger-than-life nudes, all of whom will adopt the pose from Bouguereau’s image. Ranging across ethnicity, gender and body types with his choice of models—and without any trappings to clue the viewer in to their social status, religious views, or political ideals—Sheridan tries to explore “just what beauty is.” Inner Beauty presents early sketches, studies, and smaller scale paintings from this series. “Beyond trying to capture the image of a beautiful woman, this painting seems to speak to some core truth about beauty itself. I’ve tried to decipher whether it’s his mastery of the human form, the application of paint, the choice of the model, or even the pose.”
Aaron Jasinski’s surrealist and pop culture paintings are filled with characters who seem to step effortlessly from that children’s book you only half-remember, from the video game you once played at a friend’s house, the sci-fi dream you sort-of recall. Rendered in shades of candy colors and beloved toys, Jasinski’s works wrap his favorite pop culture in cloaks of honor, and elevate his own original characters to instant canon.
For Inner Beauty Jasinski turns his eye to the interior, looking beneath the skin and under the book’s cover to discover where beauty truly lies. “We build up images of ourselves or our beliefs about what is beautiful: to fit in, to stand out, to reject or embrace. Sometimes we build up so many layers that we may lose sense of whether our own true centers constitute a marshmallowy filling or a hard jawbreaker.” Works in this show will explore the idea of beauty as a multilayered concept, peering through the images we show the world based on time and circumstance, and prying through the guises we adopt.
August 1 – October 15th on First Hill
Ten emerging artists have created temporary art installations throughout the First Hill neighborhood for the project Art Interruptions 2014. The artworks will inhabit city sidewalks and parks and offer passers-by a brief interruption in their day, eliciting a moment of surprise, beauty, contemplation or humor. Each artist will develop artworks on display for approximately ten weeks beginning in August.
Administered in partnership with Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) and Seattle Parks and Recreation, Art Interruptions is funded by SDOT 1% for Art funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture.
On view through Sept. 8th, 2014
Ghost Gallery is pleased to present the original drawings of Seattle artist Olivia Knapp. Along with exhibiting a collection of large format, highly detailed pen and ink drawings, Olivia will also create an original mural inside the gallery.
About the artist:
Olivia Knapp’s intricate hand drawn pen and ink style is influenced by European line engravings of decorative relief and scientific specimens from the 16th and 17th centuries. Her tight cross hatching technique involves long slow and steady curved lines that articulate the surface contours of her subjects; creating supple and tangible imagery. These un-swelled lines incorporate a “line to dot” rendering method as well as an, extremely rare “dot and lozenge” rendering method. “Dot and lozenge” is a practice that was used by 16th century masters, in which a dot is placed in the center of a diamond shape made by a cross hatching pattern, helping to refine the transition between values.
Most of Olivia’s content explores the relationship between desire, reason, and circumstance. Her current body of work uses the head and heart as contrasting characters in an on going story.
Olivia studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parsons The New School for Design, majoring in Fashion Design and receiving her BFA in 2006 from Parsons.
Twilight Gallery: 4306 SW Alaska Street, Seattle, WA
August 14th – September 4th, 2014
Boundaries are guidelines, rules or limits created to identify what are reasonable, safe, or permissible ways for people to behave around each other. Sometimes we create boundaries, sometimes boundaries are created for us. The show will explore how these boundaries are upheld, crossed, or broken. Featuring work by Laura Castellanos, Mary Coss, Levi Hastings, Tim Manthey, Naoko Morisawa, Hanna Myers, Lynn Schirmer, Siolo Thompson, and Kate Vrijmoet. Curated by Jody Joldersma Opening Thursday Aug 14th from 6-9pm during the West Seattle Art Walk
Ghost Gallery: 504 E Denny Way | Seattle WA 98122
Of Marrow and Leaf: New Paper Cuts and Reliefs by Joey Bates
May 8, 2014 – June 9, 2014.
Joey Bates was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He received his BFA in painting in 2005 at Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Joey currently resides in Seattle, making art almost daily.
I find it compelling that some of the things we find beautiful and otherworldly can be so harmful to our well-being. As we trek through our yards, forests, and neighborhoods, we so often fail to acknowledge the plethora of plants that could wreak havoc on our innards.
Of Marrow and Leaf is a collection of cut paper pieces that explore the beauty of deadly plants in conjunction with the human figure. The central focus of my work has long been portraiture. I have traditionally practiced a highly particular dissection of the figure, and that breakdown resonates with the shapes and forms of plants.
My intention is for these images to evoke a sense of memento mori, the notion that death is constantly present. While the fragility of life is not a revolutionary idea, I value taking pause to reflect on this simultaneously vital and lethal fact. My hope is that these works inspire viewers to do so as well.
Check out this video by Christian Powers to find out more about Bates’ process and inspirations: