Past Gallery Exhibitions
Nov 17 – Dec 23 2016
Artists: bruce savadow & JESSICA hoffman
BRUCE SAVADOW ARTIST STATEMENT
I was born and raised in Baltimore Maryland. I started photography in the early 80’s after many years of drawing, water color, pen and ink, painting, collage and doing some sculpture. While taking a course in silk screening at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland, I found I liked the technical and mechanical aspects of the process to achieve an artistic goal. After earning an Associate of Arts Degree from the Community College of Baltimore and a B. F. A. in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, I gravitated towards photography as a way of recreating the printing process found in silk screening. I enjoyed the control and creativity in every aspect of photography. For me, just taking the photo was only half of the artistic product. So many of the aesthetic decisions are made in the darkroom or digital darkroom. I honed my darkroom and photographic skills working for sixteen years at various newspapers as a photojournalist and as a freelance photographer. My concentration now is fine art photography.
JESSICA HOFFMAN ARTIST STATEMENT
My artistic training is in photography, video, and book arts. I am not bound to any one medium, preferring to let the initial idea of a project dictate the medium most appropriate. The link between my work lies in the structure of narrative. I am most comfortable as a storyteller, whether that involves creating a story, recording a story, or interpreting someone else’s story. Found objects that are based on communication and memory, such as a letter, a photograph, or an audio recording, inform my work. I am interested in the disconnection and/or reconnection to the original object that exists after its function and context are deconstructed. My need to explore these various means of creating narratives, has lead me to where I am now, which is a hybrid of text and image installations that references language and books and draws upon my interest in still and moving imagery.
The pieces in this show are abstracted photographs of trash found on the beach in Seaview, WA while I was at the Sou’Wester for a residency through Short Run Seattle. The images were printed on a dot matrix printer using 3-part paper. This method of printing gives the objects an otherworldly feel.
Aug 05 – Sep 04 2016
Works – junko Yamamoto & Akiko Masker
Artist Reception – Thursday, August 12 – 6 – 7:30pm
In my work, I explore space and memories. The space between atoms, cells,
between people, objects, air, stars, water and sky; the cosmic glue which
holds us and the universe together. I like to push and pull, bringing other
My process combines brush painting, layers of color and shapes, with
brayers that give printmaking or stamp like quality. Brush strokes mimic
calligraphy gestures I used to practice in my youth. The layering process is
enhanced by my use of color and shape, suggesting textile, landscape and
familiar pop culture.
My forms and strokes that reappear and disappear in all of the pieces signal
cell divisions, electrons and atoms as well as consciousness and
interconnectedness. Unity as a whole is my foundation.
While studying art in Japan, I became interested in Ukiyo-‐e, a genre of Japanese art that was popular in Japan from the 17th to 20th century. Often translated as “scenes from the floating world,” Ukiyo-‐e was popular with many in Japan because of its mass-‐produced use of woodblock prints. This popularity also stemmed from the oft-‐depicted scenes of fleeting beauty and pleasure both from the realm of nature and from that of society.
I was also greatly influenced by the western tradition of art and have been fascinated by my experience of coming from a small fishing town in Japan to Seattle. Such experiences have led me to find a way to express the often fleeting beauty of the modern world. In my work, I experiment with the interplay between the material world and the “floating world” but with a more modern take on the “floating world.” I start with a material object such as a canvas. I then take a digital picture, manipulate that image, print it, and overlay it onto the surface. Finally, I incorporate industrial materials such as spray paint or string to give the object a sense of being both two and three-‐dimensional. In this way I attempt to create a world that is both alien and familiar where one exists both within and outside of us.
Jun 16 – Jul 17 2016
June 16 – July 28
Artist Reception: Thursday, June 16 – 6-8 PM.
Two artists, best of friends, delve into their inner workings via opposite materials and images. The drawings and paintings in this eccentric show reveal inclinations toward solitude, openness, self-reflection, sensory stimulation. introversion and emotional expression.
1st image: Ellen Ziegler, from Headlong drawing installation, 18″x72″ each, gouache and marker on vellum, 2016
2nd image: Nola Avienne, Undersense, micaceous oxide and eye shadow on roofing paper, 44″x40″, 2016