John Anderson- Jan 2018
I explore the first hand experience of visual perception. My focus is the threshold between seeing and recognizing. In the experience of sight we seek out the familiar. We search for patterns. But before we recognize a thing, we are at a holding point, a place of mystery or ambiguity. I attempt to reveal that place in these images.
In this set of images I’m deliberately using tactile methods and mediums, namely deep charcoals on heavily textured surfaces. I create form and depth with an obvious hands on approach. I let the texture of the surface media push back to constrain and shape. That first aspect of perception which is about discovery often involves touching. When we’re in dark or unknown territory, we have to feel our way.
To see more of John's work, click here to visit his website.
Chris Blakeley - December 2017
Seattle photographer Chris Blakeley first turned to toy photography when scheduling photo shoots turned into social calculus. Looking for something more immediate and portable, he first turned to toy dinosaurs before moving on to the infinite story telling possibilities found in Lego. He aims to craft narratives either in single images or full comic books such as his photo novel series Adrift and can usually be found crouching over rock gardens and parks looking for the just the right angle. His work can be seen at http://www.blakeleyphoto.com/ He also hates talking about himself in the third person.
Paige Madden - November 2017
Paige Madden is a multi-media artist living and working in Seattle. Her performance piece, Living Statue, is hosted on sidewalks, in parks and other public areas. She brings her art straight to the public, making it free and accessible to all. The costume for her Living Statue is made to represent an anatomical human heart, composed of two halves, one red and one blue. She stands on a crate with her arms stretched out and remains still until a contribution is given in the bucket before her. Then she gives a token of gratitude, a wand adorned with a red and blue heart. Some may refer to this as a transaction, but she sees it as an interaction between two strangers, between life and art. The costume is made from found and recycled objects. As she travels she collects items and adds them to the costume. The costume will always be in progress, never to be "finished". Paige seeks to spread love, share awareness and demonstrate that we all must give in order to receive.
Joyce Romsos - October 2017
I am a fiber/quilt artist who loves working with leftover fabric scraps to make small art quilts, prayer flags and other usable items. My inspiration often comes from digging for treasures in recycled materials and found objects. I love working with exuberant colors and texture sometimes seen in the gardens where I work.
Emily Ellingsworth - September 2017
I paint strangely juxtaposed elements to create unusual harmonies. Every part of my process is about relationships. I combine disjointed components then search for ways to connect them. I think about dichotomies, dualities, and continua. I avoid the obvious choices, as revelation and wonder are crucial parts of my process.
I stay in the present moment while working. I look and react. I’m bold and aggressive. Though my actions are quick, intuitive, and uninhibited, my paintings show a slow course of action. They have a history of layers woven in and out of each other. Previous layers peek out from behind more recent marks.
I use my whole body to paint and move the paintings around my studio. The compositions must be dynamic from across the room, but the details are more exciting to me.
I create these details by butting loose, broad strokes against careful printing techniques, intentional marks next to poured drips, one mark passing over several textural surfaces. Sometimes I move brushes; sometimes I move the painting and let gravity move the paint.
I like pushing to the edges and finding subtlety within the nuances of the following scales:
- color (dark/light, cool/warm, dull/bright, transparent/opaque)
- physical and visual texture (thin/thick, smooth/relief, small shapes or marks/big shapes or marks)
- approach (makes sense/slightly confusing, control/chance, additive/subtractive, geometric/organic)
I make sure both ends of each one of these spectra are represented. The relationships between these elements create tension and cohesion.
I always change my clothes to paint, physically stepping into my creative process. I am a laborer with a series of tasks to accomplish. I seek to achieve as much contrast as I can manage inside a harmonious world of colors, textures, and layers.
James Prouty - August 2017
Painter James Prouty features paintings of the Greenlake Wading Pool. Nominally a landscape painter: These paintings began as plein air and were finished off in the studio: Enjoy these meditanions on the joyous summer play and pandemonium.
Ruty Daniels - July 2017
I'm a self-taught artist, passionate about color, texture and whimsy. I'm inspired by the vibrant colors of my childhood in Africa, along with the environmental consciousness of the Pacific NW. My art is an expression of my state of mind - working within the firm frame-work of using recycled materials. I have sold and exhibited all over the greater Seattle area. Always looking for new frontiers.