Thursday, November 10, 2011

Blitz / November 2011

There's plenty to see and do tonight!

Feathered Pines by Adam Sorenson
Oil on panel, 25 x 20
image via SAM Gallery

SAM Gallery will present Earth Matters with work from artists Adam Sorenson, Eddy Radar, Ryan Molenkamp, and more.
The idea for curating a show addressing the topic of environmental concerns came when Shaiman was recently viewing a landscape that, albeit aesthetically beautiful, wasn’t exactly an accurate portrayal of present conditions.

“How odd to see a modern landscape that makes no reference to the current state of environmental conditions” she said. “So then I thought, I wonder how other artists are addressing these issues in their work?”

With this is mind, Shaiman went in search of local artists whose work is heavily influenced by our rapidly changing landscape and subsequent climate change. - via SOAP

The Mickey Mao (Mickey Mouse + Chaiman Mao Zedong) by Troy Gua
Acrylic and resin on canvas, 2009, 36 x 36"
image via artist

Over at Joe Bar, Troy Gua presents highlights from his Pop Hybrids series.
‘Pop Hybrids’ are about, among other things, reduction: the reduction of personality into logo, the reduction of individuality into the collective, the reduction of photography into design. They are a subtraction of images: the recycling, re-using and reducing of two or more images into one iconographic collection of shapes.

This mesmeric series of work deals with popular iconography, ironic duality and satirical juxtapositions. By portraying famous and infamous cultural icons inter-layered with one another, these highly lustrous, visually arresting pieces challenge the viewer to decipher the image while making the sardonic, metaphorical and sometimes philosophical connections within. - via Troy Gua
by Zack Bent

Vignettes will be showing Sentimental, new creations by Zack Bent.
“At this point men leap aside, they cannot bear the martyrdom of being uncomprehended, and instead of this they choose conveniently enough the worldly admiration of their proficiency.” - D.W. Burnam
by Grego Rachko

Frame Central will be showing the work of Grego Rachko in their upstairs gallery.

Ansel by Paul Dahlquist

Ghost Gallery will exhibiting Presences, work by Paul Dahlquist.

Presences (a word used by Wendell Berry in his novel “Jayber Crow”) are any specific times, places or subjects that are intensely experienced. Some fine presences are not recorded for posterity, while others only become apparently so upon reflection.
This show will feature portraits of friends, light studies, urban subjects and nudes. These photos emphasize how his work is an inadvertent recording of the people who have shaped the Northwest Art scene for the last 30 years. The painting and drawings from earlier in his career will highlight the fact that although via different mediums, Dahlquist has always been invested in the figure. via Ghost Gallery
Also, don't miss their 6th Annual Mini Holiday Show full of miniature art by over 30 artists, including Siolo Thompson, Cait Wills, Jody Joldersma, and Margot Bird. Don't miss Ryan Molenkamp's mini glaciers - they're gorgeous.

Chicken, 2009 by Ree Brown
image via Vermillion

Vermillion will be opening The Evolution of a Northwest Artist, featuring work by Ree Brown, Byron Randall and Joe Reno.

These three local artists (two still living) have similar overlapping timelines but didn't meet each other at the time. This is a retrospective of how time and place influenced their styles and life decisions/philosophies. - via Vermillion

Anticipation, 2011 by Kathy Liao
mixed media drawing, 80 x 90 in
image via artist

Burk Gallery will be showing Paintings and Works on Paper by Kathy Liao.

True Love Art Gallery presents New Works by Martin Ontiveros & Jonathan Wakuda Fischer.

From meticulously spray-painted, graffiti style Geisha to acid-neon colored creatures from the depths of an artist's mind, join us this month in welcoming these two talented blokes! via True Love Art Gallery
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Also happening tonight...

- Sopheap Pich opening and lecture at Henry Art Gallery

- The Impatient Virgin (Brangien Davis, Jennifer Borges Foster, Kate Lebo) at The Project Room
- I WANT YOU Magazine launch party
- TRIP FANTASTIC #1 release party at Cairo

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