AMAZONS & TROLLS! Escaping the Dungeons of the Modern Monster at Ghost Gallery

Ghost Gallery: 504 E Denny Way | Seattle WA 98122

Amazons & Trolls! Escaping the Dungeons of the Modern Monster

On view from March 13, 2014 – April 7, 2014. Opening reception on Thursday, March 13 from 5-8pm during the BLITZ Capitol Hill Arts Walk.

Ghost Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring new mixed media work by Seattle artist Jody Joldersma. Amazons & Trolls! Escaping the Dungeons of the Modern Monster will explore various takes on feminism and trolling.

In an interview with Ghost Gallery founder and curator Laurie Kearney, Jody said about the show’s theme: “There is an expression which says “Don’t Feed the Trolls” which encourages people to ignore bullies, to take the higher ground, and not speak up. Not only is this a way of suppressing ideas which challenge the established order, it also minimizes and manipulates the perception of the act, and the people who do these acts, by renaming them. This phenomenon can be be found throughout history from Witches and Fairies, to Centaurs and Amazons. The historic mythology of Amazons and the modern mythology of Trolls, combined with personal experiences of gender, are the inspiration for this series of work. The title ‘Escaping the Dungeons of the Modern Monster” is a playful take, using a common gaming trope, on the struggle of feminist ideas in a modern society.”

A Woman Becomes The Room She’s In by Jody Joldersma
A Woman Becomes The Room She’s In by Jody Joldersma

To read more from Laurie’s interview with Jody about this exhibition, see the Ghost Gallery website.

The opening reception for Amazons & Trolls! will take place on March 13th, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM.

HERE: Kellie Talbot and Troy Gua

Bherd Gallery: 312 N 85th Street, Suite 101 | Seattle WA 98103

Here

March 14, 2014 – April 25, 2014. Receptions Friday March 14th and Friday April 11.

Kellie Talbot and Troy Gua pair up in an unlikely road trip to explore themes of migration, manifest destiny, and the unique American yearning to get out on the highway. Presenting new works in mixed media, and oils on canvas and panel, Here is a two-person take on sense of place, movement and choice.

The two artists may have different approaches, but they often end up in the same spot. Talbot creates hyper-real paintings of neon signs, billboards, factories and oddities of the American road-scape. Her large-scale oils blow up certain sections of typography or texture to macro focus, letting us read the flaking paint, burnt-out bulbs and rust like a rebus. Her work often honors the neglected, decaying and passed-by in our modern landscape: old signs, crumbling architecture, forgotten cemeteries.

Motel by Kellie Talbot
Motel by Kellie Talbot

Gua’s work in mixed media plays with bright colors, shiny finishes, and sheen surfaces, all the better to conjure—and skewer—images of Hollywood perfection. The artist  is best known for his “Pop Hybrid” series, visual portmanteaus that overlay the features of two celebrities, making a composite that is both eerily familiar and jarringly strange. His high-gloss works both support and parody our need for recognition, society’s interest in fame and notoriety, and our craze for nostalgia.

Here (Minnesota) by Troy Gua
Here (Minnesota) by Troy Gua

Talbot’s focus on American history, craftsmanship and decay contrasts perfectly with Gua’s humorous look at the pop status quo of American culture. From what we leave behind to where we think we want to go, these artists are sending postcards from their exploration of the frontier. Wish you were here!

The opening reception for Here, will take place on March 14th, 2014 from 6 to 9:30 PM.