Archive for May, 2009

Regina Hackett on Eyes and the Rubber Lips of John Grade

Grade Lips image

When painting themselves, artists tend to make their eyes their focal point, as befits their role – the one who sees… A self-portrait’s focus on lips suggests a sensualist, although a focus on the lips of another implies the subject is of no account. If the subject’s teeth are showing, clearly, he/she is from the underclass… Which brings me to Seattle’s John Grade, pronounced grotty. It rhymes with haughty, which is apt for his current venture, walls and folded sheets of rubberized lips. They appear to be ready to speak, but next to them, Samuel Beckett was garrulous.

Read the full post at Another Bouncing Ball

Grade’s exhibition continues at Davidson Galleries through May 30th.

Showing in June at Davidson Galleries

June 5-27, 2009

Opening reception: First Thursday, June 4, 6-8pm

Amanda Knowles Grids, Circuits & Vertices

Flutter I-IX. Mixed media on paper, 2009. 33 x 44-1/2 inches.

Grids, Circuits & Vertices is an exhibition of new work by Seattle artist Amanda Knowles.  The core of the exhibition is a series of two-dimensional images created using a variety of print processes such as intaglio, screen printing, and gum bi-chromate to assist with transfers. She often employs graphite and acrylic paint and combines separate panels with stitchery. This new body of work also includes a cutout steel sculpture and cut paper assemblages.

Knowles’ work is based on a language of appropriation; employing, as well as subverting the visual language of science.  The artist continues to utilize imagery from engineering, math and physics – diagrams whose primary purpose is to explain or demonstrate. The ideas are balanced between the organizational structure of scientific explanation and a more decorative reality, where the original context is obscured.  In pulling these images from the scientific bedrock and placing them on an artistic plane the artist hopes to draw an emotive or intuitive response instead of leading the viewer to think about the world in terms of reason and logic.

Amanda Knowles received her MFA in Printmaking from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She currently teaches printmaking at a variety of locations in Seattle including Sev Shoon Art Center and North Seattle Community College. In 2008 Knowles received an Artist Trust GAP Award (Grants for Artist’s Projects) and a Purchase Award – Portable Works Collection from the City of Seattle and 4Culture. She has received numerous other awards, artist residencies, and grants including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award. Knowles’ work can be found in many public and private collections.

View work by Knowles

Please email Cara or call 206 624-1324 for more information.

Ajay Garg Divine Love

Radha and Krishna Playing the Flute.
Gouache on paper, 2002. 10-5/8 x 7-1/4 inches.

A native of Rajasthan, India, contemporary miniaturist Ajay Garg uses a magnifying glass and a single-haired brush to produce masterful paintings that resonate with the rich history of visual storytelling in India. Garg began studying traditional miniature painting at the age of ten with Asha Devi, and has since become one of the most prominent artists working in the traditional style.  Garg uses gouache, watercolor, and gold paint on found paper to create kaleidoscopic wonderlands of people, animals, plants and patterns—all brought to life through his painstaking attention to content, composition, and exquisite detail.

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Please email Emily or call 206 624-6700 for more information.

Jenny Robinson Interview on AccessSF

Contemporary printmaker Jenny Robinson has been interviewed for a program about the Hunters Point Open Studio. Those in San Francisco can watch on AccessSF, cable Channel 29, Thursday May 21st from 7:30-8:00 P.M.

Online, the episode can be streamed or downloaded (Robinson is final interviewee).

Our Spring/Summer Catalog is Here!

Catalog 73, featuring over 200 original antique and modern prints and drawings, is now available in both printed and PDF formats.

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Saturday May 16: Artist Talk with John Grade

Please join us this Saturday afternoon at 2pm for a talk and walk-through with exhibiting artist John Grade.

View the exhibition online

Briony Morrow-Cribbs and her Wicked Plants

Wicked Plants: The Weed that Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities by Amy Stewart, a book about the evildoers of the plant kingdom, features 40 botanical prints by Briony Morrow-Cribbs. From Aconite to Yew, Stewart takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature’s most appalling creations.

With the release of the book, Morrow-Cribbs decided to produce a limited edition set of the prints as a portfolio. The Wicked Plants Portfolio will contain all 40 of the hand-pulled prints (plus two hand-tinted prints) and will be contained in a clamshell box made by Claudia Cohen.

The artist will also exhibit work at Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery, in the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The show opens with a reception Sunday May 31st from 3:30-5pm, and continues through September 6, 2009.

View work by Briony Morrow-Cribbs