Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Margie Livingston and Akio Takamori

There are two shows opening up tomorrow (Thursday, Nov 19) that I've really been looking forward to. Both Akio and Margie have been making beautiful work for a while now (25/10+ years respectively) and yet they continually make it feel fresh.

The Queen (2009) by Akio Takamori
Image via JHG

Akio Takamori is showing new work at James Harris Gallery. During a residency, Akio came across photographs by Rigmor Mydtskov which became the source material for his latest ceramic figurines.

The Writer (2009) by Akio Takamori
Image via JHG

Akio's stoneware pieces are full of gorgeous drips and stains that can frequently be overshadowed by his sinuous forms. In this new exhibition, Akio has taken large color photographs that really highlight the surface of his beautiful objects. This is great idea that really shows off his highly developed painting ability. Can't wait to see these in person.

TURN OVER (2009) by Margie Livingston
Photo by Richard Nicol

Riff--New Paintings is Margie Livingston's 4th show at Greg Kucera Gallery. Margie continues to build on her structure paintings, but the new work feels richer and more painterly.

GREEN TO BLUE TO PINK (2009) by Margie Livingston
Photo by Richard Nicol

And what began as a happy accident (as much great art does), has now been developed into a really interesting new body of 3-D work. Since Margie's source material has always been a grid of sticks and twigs, it just makes sense that at some point she would branch away from strictly 2-D work. What's unexpected is just how radical of a departure these new pieces are.

RED OVER YELLOW (2009) by Margie Livingston
Photo by Richard Nicol

Margie's new work would be have been a fantastic addition to Seattle Art Museum's show, Target Practice. In fact, some of her beautiful marbled pieces build a nice bridge between her previous work and Lynda Benglis' poured paintings. I love Margie's updated versions of balls of string, but this time created with poured ribbons of dried acrylic paint.

HORSE DEMO (2004) by Whiting Tennis

Also opening up at Greg Kucera Gallery is Whiting Tennis' show Weekender: A Short Presentation of Recent Work. I know that folks in Seattle love Whiting's work, but he still seems so under appreciated to me. His work is so distinct and does a fantastic job of representing the idea of NW art. I just think he could use a lot more celebrating. So if you want to stand up and holler for Whiting, you'll have an opportunity this Friday (Nov 20) when he and his band play Cafe Venus & Mars Bar.


Blake Haygood said...

Hi Joey,
Margie and Akio, two great shows. I thought that was you. I was going to say hi but got sidetracked and then you were gone. I'm sure we'll see each other at another art event soon. Great blog by the way.

Joey Veltkamp said...

Hi Blake! Maybe even tomorrow at these shows! Cheers!