Thursday, March 5, 2009

Some Things and Their Shadows



Using recycled materials from the campus of the University of Puget Sound, Jeffry Mitchell has created a parlor of handmade paper lanterns.



Skulls started popping up two years ago - a literal representation of wrestling with mortality.


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The question still remains, "What liberates?". It's one of his most experimental shows in a while, but it's instantly recognizable as Jeffry Mitchell.


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The show references Picasso, Warhol, the forest, the 'spirit' of the Northwest and so much more.
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It opened up today at the Kittredge Gallery in Tacoma.
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Jeff' gives a talk on Monday, March 9th at 3pm.
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University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
Regular Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri., noon-5 p.m. Saturday*
*Please note that the gallery is closed March 14-22 during spring break
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PS -- Jen Graves just declared Jeffry a creator of one of "The 25 Greatest Works of Art Ever Made in Seattle." Better snatch up some of those white pieces at James Harris while you still can.
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[all images via Jeffry Mitchell]
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3/9/2009 update:
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Folks who braved the elements were rewarded with a great talk today with Jeffry at Kittredge Gallery. The house was packed -- as it normally is when Jeff talks. He had a show in the gallery about 20 years ago. As he describes it, it was full of light and a sun. Two decades later, he's returned with a show centered around a moon, skulls and shadows. I think it's a really great show and it's nice to see a gallery (and Manager Carol Adelman) allow an artist to experiment and take some risks.
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Lecture at Kittredge Gallery, 3pm
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Slideshow at lecture
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From the artist statement, "This opportunity to exhibit is such a gift: to be given a legitimate space, resources and assistance and especially the curatorial trust and faith that Carol has shown me. This art making is a dynamic communal process. I didn't realize what an enriching foil the Mexican political prints would be for my work.. I'm delighted with the experience I've had here, Thanks to all who helped make it happen."

2 comments:

sharonA said...

These are really gorgeous! I like the idea of the spirit.

harold hollingsworth said...

will do, and will be there!