OF MARROW & LEAF: New Paper Cuts and Reliefs by Joey Bates

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.

Artist Statement:
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.

 

"Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis)" by Joey Bates
“Castor Bean (Ricinus Communis)” by Joey Bates

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:

 

 

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WEAVE Magazine Issue 1, Front Cover Image: New Players, Old Stories #4 by Kate Protage
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Official WEAVE Magazine release party. Photography by Kari Champoux
Official WEAVE Magazine release party. Photography by Kari Champoux

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From left to right: Interference by Robert Hardgrave, Mariposa by Miguel Edwards, Convincing them you're a ghost by Daniel Voelker
From left to right: Interference by Robert Hardgrave, Mariposa by Miguel Edwards, Convincing them you’re a ghost by Daniel Voelker

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INDIGENOUS: Solace and John Osgood

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

Indigenous

May 9, 2014 – June 27, 2014. Receptions Friday May 9 and Friday June 13.

The Northwest, more specifically Seattle, is a very interesting place to be an artist. There’s a magic and mysticism in the air and inspiration around every corner. From our folklore to our pop culture, there is a style and grace that is unmistakably us, the indigenous. This area breeds an ultimate respect for its surroundings. It’s a place where nature isn’t afraid to reclaim its territory amongst the urban sprawl. It’s with this spirit that we present a new collection of work that unearths some of what makes this area so electric. From the tiniest of creature to the beasts we’re so well known for, prepare to be immersed in our corner of the world visualized through the collaboration of two indigenous artists; Solace and John Osgood.

Left to Right, Droogie Dragon by Solace and  Klickitat Fire Fly by John Osgood
Left to Right, Droogie Dragon by Solace and Klickitat Fire Fly by John Osgood

Solace draws his inspiration from his surroundings, the lush landscapes of the Pacific Northwest that are his home. Often using leaves or natural materials as stencils in his aerosol spray creations, he effortlessly mixes the urban with the wild. His friendly monsters and fanciful figures seem to have emerged from a Technicolor forest just next to the ones we know: where every mountainside sports a brilliant graffitied mural, and Sasquatch might skateboard over for dinner.

 

Tiffany Moth by Solace
Tiffany Moth by Solace

 

The bright, bold colors of nature infuse John Osgood’s angular abstracts, painted in acrylic on panel. Patterns and themes from nature seem to unfold like wings or feathers, and there is a coiled energy in each composition that seems to be constantly blooming and growing. In addition to his abstracted work, Osgood presents his trademark figurative style insects and sculpted birds.

 

Walla Walla White Wasp by John Osgood
Walla Walla White Wasp by John Osgood

 

The opening reception for Indigenous, will take place on May 9, 2014 from 6 to 9:30 PM.