Archive for July, 2010

Donald Fels "Water Plant"

Jul 29th, 2010 by Sara Edwards
(via Blog4Culture)

King County’s clean-water utility is hosting an open house at South Plant in Renton (1200 Monster Road SW) on Saturday, August 7th from 10am-1pm.

This free, family-friendly environmental event will feature treatment facility tours, tours of nearby Waterworks Gardens, and opportunities to visit a demonstration garden nourished with composted biosolids.

Visitors are also invited to view Water Plant, a new public artwork by Fall City artist Donald Fels created through an active collaboration with employees of the Plant, 4Culture, and metal fabricator Benson Vess. The kinetic sculpture is animated by water, balance and gravity. A recycled stainless steel impellor at its core, it brings playful attention to the way water “works” using the same straight-forward, universal mechanics employed to clean water at the treatment plant. Fels will talk about the piece and his creative process at 11:15am.

More information

• View available works by Donald Fels

Artist Updates: Carol Wax, Wuon Gean Ho, Tallmadge Doyle, Jonelle Johnson

Carol Wax. Type Face, 2002. Mezzotint. Edition of 75. 9-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches.

ARTIFICIAL SOULS: Mezzotint Engravings by Carol Wax opens Thursday July 29 at Locust Grove, The Samuel Morse Historic Site, Poughkeepsie, NY.

Wax’s visual interpretations of old typewriters, sewing machines, electric fans, telephones, vintage fabrics and other commonplace objects reflect her experience of the ordinary as extraordinary. Working in a realistic style, she portrays these objects as icons. Inspired by 17th Century Dutch still-life imagery that symbolized the impermanence of beauty, her icons represent the transient nature of industrial ingenuity. Through her art, Wax contemplates how our perceptions of technology evolve from state-of-the-art to artifact to art.

Download the invitation PDF for more information. Exhibition runs through August 23, 2010.

• View available work by Carol Wax

Wuon Gean Ho. Devour II, 2009. Intaglio and linocut. Edition of 20. 4 x 6 inches.

Devour, Wuon Gean Ho’s 2009 artist book, is included in Royal Academy of Arts Summer show. There are 19 books on display, many of which you can preview on their site.

• View available work by Wuon Gean Ho

Tallmadge Doyle. Kepler’s Cosmic Geometry II, 2003. Intaglio. Edition of 10. 17-3/4 x 13-3/4 inches.

Tallmadge Doyle exhibits several prints in the exhibit Inspired by Science at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. The show is curated by Michael Crane, director of the Schneider Museum of Art, and is presented in concert with the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science conference. The work can be viewed Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm at both the Center for Visual Arts Gallery and the Hannon Library Gallery on the SOU campus. Exhibition is open now and runs through September 10th.

• View available work by Tallmadge Doyle

Jonelle Johnson installation for Outside Art

Jonelle Johnson received a Seattle Print Arts’ Outside Art Grant.

As part of its special 10th anniversary program, Seattle Print Arts is announcing a new initiative, “Outside Art.” These grants will provide support to a small number of artists or artist teams to create temporary works of large scale in a public space. The competition is open to Seattle Print Arts members, and encourages the production and presentation of work taking print art into a new direction.

• View available work by Jonelle Johnson

Barbara Robertson Talk at Seattle Art Museum

Georg Baselitz. Large Head, 1966.

Davidson Galleries artist Barbara Robertson will be giving a short talk about the Ensor/Baselitz exhibition at Seattle Art Museum on Friday July 23rd at 6:30 pm as part of the My Favorite Things series of tours.  She will talk about what she loves about the work and take questions. Attendees should gather in the Forum (the big space by the admissions desk).

European artists James Ensor and Georg Baselitz worked during very different time periods, came from very different places and never knew each other. Their shared interests in the grotesque, political agitation, the suffering of war and the figure, however, bind them in unexpected ways. Continue reading at…

More information at SAM’s event page.

Engstrom Estate Exhibition Reviewed in art ltd.

Paul Green. Olivia, 2000.

The July 2010 edition of art ltd. includes a review of Davidson Galleries’ exhibition, The Estate of Wallace Engstrom:

The Seattle collector Wallace Engstrom died last year at 85 after acquiring over 800 artworks since he began collecting in 1985. Often accompanied by a friend, his framer Louie Congdon, Engstrom favored figurative and narrative art, though not exclusively, and was among the rare breed of collectors who never had an eye for art-as-investment; yet, according to Congdon, “everything he touched turned to gold. If he bought a stock, it went up.” The same could be said for many of the younger local artists he acquired early on such as Susan Bennerstrom, Paul Green, and Francesca Sundsten. At first eclectic and uneven like the most enthusiastic of collectors, Engstrom’s eye gradually improved though he was neither art historian nor connoisseur. However, viewing treasures, mostly prints and works on paper, by Max Beckmann The Shooting Gallery, (1921), Thomas Hart Benton Investigation, (1937), Lovis Corinth Faun and Nymph, (1914) and others, his taste for scenes of human compassion and conflict shines through.

Read the complete review by Matthew Kangas at

View the complete available works from The Estate of Wallace Engstrom

Showing in August at Davidson Galleries

August 2010 Exhibition

First Thursday opening reception: August 5, 6-8pm.
Through August 28



Elston. Near the Gare d’Lest. Oil on canvas, 2004. 54 x 72 inches.

The August exhibition at Davidson Galleries is devoted to the ‘outside’ – natural and urban scenes. Works by six artists: Leslie Cain (WA), Elaine Coombs (CA), William E. Elston (WA), Dan Gualdoni (MO), Philip Koch (MD), and Emily Leonard (TN) all approach landscape differently. The works range from descriptive, to impressionistic, to atmospheric, to expressionistic. The scale varies widely from modest to grand.

Cain. Old Friends.

Coombs. Glow Right.

Gualdoni. Coastal Redux 62.

Leonard. The Ground Remembered Her.

Koch. White Light.

Original print and works on paper images of related subjects will fill the gallery under the mezzanine. Some of the artists presented there include: Gordon Mortensen, Jean Gumpper, Robert Patierno, Siemen Dijktra, Art Hansen, Kevin Fletcher, Peter Jogo, Robert Kipniss, Martin Levine, Zha Sai, Rob Connell and Dion Zwirner.

Seattle Times Review of What I See

What I See, the group exhibition currently on view at Davidson Galleries, received an excellent review this week in the Seattle Times from arts writer Michael Upchurch:

The four artists in the new group show at Davidson Galleries all do figurative work. But that doesn’t mean they’re offering bland, conservative fare.

Instead, the visions in “What I See” are as unsettling and ambiguous as they are potent. The subjects addressed range from religion to politics to environmental concerns. The artistry, whether it’s in oil paintings, etchings or drawings, is uniformly impressive.

Read the full review here.