Shift Studio News – Anna Macrae SAM Gallery Opening April 8
I’m off to a nice start to my year, I have been busy making new work and I have some exciting shows to look forward to. Please join me for my opening at the SAM Gallery in April, more details to come on the other happenings as we get nearer to those dates.
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM GALLERY
1300 FIRST AVE,
Seattle, WA 98101
4/5/2023 – 4/30/2023
Reception: 4/8/2023 2- 4pm
Exploring the physicality of mundane materials I play with the notion of space and form. Combining high and low grade making mediums during a process of deconstruction and reconstruction. This collection challenges convention by building complex surfaces that sometimes come off the canvas, giving way to irregular broken lines and edges to frame the work. The simplistic painted shapes are in contrast to the activated surfaces, and as such bring some element of calm to the otherwise detailed buildup of texture and layers.
312 S. Washington Street
6/1/2023 – 7/1/2023
Reception: 6/1/2023 5 – 8pm
BIMA SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION
Bainbridge Island Arts Museum
550 Winslow Way E
Reception: 6/30/2023 and 7/8/2023
SEATTLE ART FAIR
Lumen Field Event Center
800 Occidental Ave S
7/27/2023 – 7/30/2023
Susan Mask | Imagineering 2.0
Visual artist Susan Mask will be showing her recent body of work titled “Imagineering 2.0”, February 10 – March 4, at the gallery + design space DOMICILE, 4116 East Madison St., Seattle 98112, in Madison Park. Domicile’s hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 11-5, and by appointment.
Opening night is Friday evening February 10, from 5:30 – 8:30. Susan will be at the opening and also at Domicile on Saturday, February 11, from noon – 2:00.
Shift Artists at Waterstone Gallery in Portland, OR
For the month of February 2023, Waterstone Gallery will present an eclectic mix of artwork from Shift Gallery. The work explores our collective’s experience of the past few years and question how climate change, pandemic isolation, and other global and local events have changed our experiences of self and community. As a fellow artist cooperative, we look forward to celebrating the artists of Waterstone Gallery, and bonding over our resilience and shared love of community.
124 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
503.226.6196 , email@example.com
SEATTLE/PDX/SHIFT | February 2-26
First Thursday Opening:
February 2, 5-8pm
Saturday Art Walk:
February 4, 1-4pm
Sunday, February 19, 11am
Participating Shift Artists:
Robin Arnitz, Sung I Chun, Scott Coffey, Matthew Harkleroad, Lynda Harwood-Swenson, Holly Hazelton, Cynthia Ann Hibbard, Karey Kessler, Stephanie Krimmel, Peggy Murphy, Flora Ramirez-Bustamente, Miha Sarani, Susan Springer, Becky Street, Amanda Triplett, Craig van den Bosch
Anna Macrae | Fantasy Landscape
SAM Gallery/Market Restaurant
Seattle Art Museum
Anna Macrae’s Fantasy Landscape series is currently on show for Fall 2022, in the Seattle Art Museum’s restaurant, in association with the SAM Gallery.
Macrae uses bold colors and shapes, evolving the notion of fantasy habitats. These playful color field inspired paintings are built up on embedded surfaces with overlapping information. These surreal landscapes create a dialogue and connections between human imprint and natural forms.
Dodi Fredricks I Mind’s Eye
Perry and Carlson Gallery
504 S 1st St. Mount Vernon, WA
Nov 3-28. 2022
Dodi Fredericks featured in Art Accesss.
Stephanie Krimmel | Day by Day by Day
SHUNPIKE STOREFRONTS PROGRAM
6/21/2022 – 10/10/2022
Harrison St / Boren Ave N, South Lake Union, Seattle
Day by Day by Day is a mixed-media installation that represents a creative journey, one that began in 2018 and continues today. It includes over 1400 images created through my daily art practice. Shown all together, we can see growth over time in a non-linear way, a reminder of all the steps it takes to get from one point to another. On view until 10/10/2022.
Amanda Triplett interviewed at Seattle Art Fair
Shift member artist Amanda Triplett was interviewed at the Seattle Art Fair for the ArtBox DMV podcast Episode 61.
Listen to Amanda’s interview:
Shift at Seattle Art Fair – July 21-24, 2022
Shift was juried into the Seattle Art Fair for the fourth time, demonstrating the strength of our artists’ work and the ongoing efforts of our members. Curated by Nichole DeMent, participating artists included Robin Arnitz, Sung I Chun, Kerry Kessler, Stephanie Krimmel, Anna Macrae, Sue Springer, Amanda Triplett and Craig Van Den Bosch. More info about our booth. Our booth and Sung I Chung’s work was highlighted in Crosscut’s writeup of the fair and ArtBoxDMV interviewed Amanda Triplett.
Chelsea Fringe Pop-Up – May 27-28, 2022
Shift Gallery hosts a pop-up event in concert with Seattle’s first Chelsea Fringe Festival, featuring quirky garden follies including ceramic sculptures by David Traylor and joyful garden-inspired paintings by Anna Macrae. Read more in the Seattle Times.
Karey Kessler’s Meta Mural
Shift member Karey Kessler was recently commissioned by Meta Open Arts to create a mural for the Meta Reality Labs in Redmond, WA. Her mural is titled Perhaps a map: the topography of Redmond and the interconnectedness of the universe.
The topographic elements on the mural play with how clouds sometimes look like mountains and how contour lines sometimes look like waves and wood grain and sometimes ripples in a pond.The mural is about the interconnectedness of the world — how we are deeply interconnected both to each other and to the plants and animals and even the inanimate objects around us- ultimately, everything is made from the same star dust.
Barbara Shaiman I Off The Wall I J. Reinhart Gallery
Shift Gallery member, Barbara Shaiman, is presenting 2 new small works in December’s Off the Wall show at J Rinehart Gallery in Pioneer Square. The show opens First Thursday, December 2 and the gallery is open 11:00 to 5:00 Wednesday through Saturday.
Anna Macrae | Mundane Occupation
SHUNPIKE STOREFRONTS PROGRAM
5/17/2021 – 8/30/2021
Harrison St / Boren Ave N, South Lake Union, Seattle
This work is about honoring the mundane.
For the most part, most of us live pretty un-extraordinary lives, filled with routine and domesticity.
I have woven familiar household detritus and artifacts together in such a way to create unexpected new structures and surfaces. The complexity and compositions of these sculptural forms describe events and narratives of the apparently average
By giving these objects license to morph somewhere between appearing to be both precious objects and also debris, I hope to we might question the value of what is mundane.
I invite the viewer to consider their own connection and experiences to the embedded treasures as they make discoveries beneath the surface.
Capturing moments in time, valuing those small pieces that make up the seemingly average – knowing that they are important and can be seen, if you know how to look.
Lynda Harwood-Swenson | From Green to Gray
Fire Season #22 by Shift artist Lynda Harwood-Swenson is included in From Green to Grey, a virtual exhibition on climate change and climate policy in the United States. Opening April 2, 2021.
Lynda Harwood-Swenson at Confluence Gallery
This series was created with the benefit of a GAP Grant from Artist Trust in 2016 and a fellowship grant from the Clowes Fund through Vermont Studio Center in 2018, for which I’m eternally grateful.
Stephanie Krimmel, The First Thousand at Studio 103
March 4-27, 2021, Studio 103, 306 S. Washington Street, Seattle
Shift member Stephanie Krimmel is the guest artist at Studio 103 for the month of March. In “The First Thousand,” she reveals a fresh exploration of the entirety of her Daily Art Habit series of the past three years. Evolving over several weeks, this multi-media installation offers an intimate view of the work behind the work, the artist’s disciplined practice and growth over time. More info
CONJURINGS & CONCOCTIONS
November 14 – December 13, 2020
M. David & Co. Brooklyn,NY
New work by Shift member Stephanie Hargrave, with Ben Pritchard and Andrew Cornell Robinson, Exhibition on both Artsy & M. David & Co. Gallery
M. David & Co. | Artists, Art for Sale, and Contact Info | Artsy
Karey Kessler, Mapping Truths at the Bellevue Art Museum
July 11, 2020 – September 27, 2020
Shift Gallery member Karey Kessler is in Mapping Truths, a show about the ways artists use maps to recognize our own perspectives.The artists in Mapping Truths use the traditional format of maps in creative and personal ways to explore communities that are important to them. These maps show different perspectives from many communities, all of which are true.
Cynthia Hibbard, Art in Practice Celebrating 20+ Years of Artist Retreats at Green Gultch Farm Zen Center
Shift Gallery member Cynthia Hibbard is in Art in Practice Celebrating 20+ Years of Artist Retreats. The artists represented in this online exhibition have participated in annual, often bi-annual, art practice retreats at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center.
Amanda Sweet, twixt cup and lip, at Gallery 110
Shift Gallery member Amanda Sweet is in the 10th Annual Juried Exhibition: twixt cup and lip at Gallery 110, 110 3rd Ave. S, Seattle WA
February 6 – February 29, 2020
Opening Receptions: First-Thursday, February 6, 2020, 5-8pm and Friday Awards Ceremony with the Juror, February 7, 2020, 5-8pm
Juror Statement by Amanda Donnan, Curator, the Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA: Selected from over 1,500 submissions, twixt cup and lip presents the work of twenty-one artists working in a range of mediums and across the United States. The exhibition title refers to an old proverb that warns of the unforeseen events — “slips” — that can occur in processes of transformation or transmission, upending anticipated outcomes.
Read more: https://www.gallery110.com/10th-annual-juried-exhibition/
Anne Marie Nequette at SAM Gallery: Work from her Sea Change series.
January 1 to February 2, 2020
Shift Gallery’s Anne Marie Nequette’s SAM Gallery paintings were highlighted in the Stranger: Eight Galleries to Visit During Pioneer Square Artwalk.
Threshold, Kirkland Arts Center
Kirkland Arts Center
620 Market Street, Kirkland, WA 98033
Threshold features Shift artists Amanda Sweet and Miha Sarani.
Show Dates: January 7 — February 15, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, January 10, 2020 6-8pm
The artworks chosen for Threshold were not only a response to the concept of a threshold, a marked point of passing between spaces or states of being, but the works chosen also speak to pressing issues we face as a society at this moment in time. The present is itself a threshold between past and future, the only moment in which we are able to act. At this particular point in time, it seems like much is at stake and much action is needed.
2020 Washington State Juried Art Competition and Show
Shift gallery member Amanda Sweet is exhibiting work in this prestigious NW competition: http://cvgshow.com/
January – February 29, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, January 18, 2020 6-8pm and First Friday, February 7, 2020, 5-8pm
Collective Visions Gallery, 331 Pacific Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337
Rhythms and Sequences
Washington State Convention Center
705 Pike Street, Seattle
Wa. State Convention Center Website
Show Dates: 10/10/2019 – 1/5/2020
Meet the artists: October 19, 3 – 5pm
Featuring Shift artists Anna Macrae and Becky Street along side Eric Day Chamberlain, Teresa Getty & Flora Ramirez-Bustamante
Rhythms and Sequences explores sequences of shape, tone, value and repetition. Lyrical and gestural representations of alternations and recurring breaks are portrayed as abstracted rhythmic visual sensation of continuation and motion.
In her conceptual garment installation, Imbalance, Shift artist Kara Mia Fenoglietto explores the tension between internal anxiety and manufactured appearances. The one-day pop-up begins presenting a series of minimalist white silk dresses. Participants are encouraged to engage with the pieces, spraying them with water that brings out the chemical dye embedded in the fabric. The resulting montages of color could be beautiful or jarring—each experience is personal and depends on the observers’ mode of engagement. Fenoglietto’s vision was inspired by the opioid crisis that has redefined her hometown, itself a modality for understanding how emotions are inhibited and trauma repressed, as well as a reminder of life’s temporal nature.
The one-day pop-up installation will be at Inscape Arts Open House, Saturday October 5, 2019. 12-6pm
2019 MARATHON & AUCTION: COCA MAGIC!
Shift Artists Karey Kessler, Leah Gerrard and Anna Macrae have been invited to be participating artists in CoCA’s annual fundraiser Art Marathon and Auction. These Shift Gallery members will join 16 established Seattle artists in the quest to make art over a 24-hour period. Supporters are welcome to visit this open studio space to see the artists at work and get a preview of what’s to come at the following gala Auction event.
Marathon: Thursday, Sept. 12, 10am until Friday, Sept. 13,10 am
Art Preview: Thursday, September 12, 6-9pm
Auction: Saturday, September 14, 5:30-10pm
Location: The Summit, 420 E Pike St, Seattle, WA
Frozen Gesture II
Shift Artist Stephanie Hargrave is showing in September in Brooklyn:
Please join us for Frozen Gesture II, the September NYC Season Opener
Critical Thinking Residency Exhibition
56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, NY 11206
Opening Reception: Friday, September 6th, 6-9pm
Closing Reception: Friday, September 13th, 6-9pm
Exhibition Gallery Hours:
Friday, September 13th, 1-9pm
Artists works from top left clockwise: Deborah Kapoor, Anna Wagner-Ott, Joey Brock, Francesca Schwartz, Winston Mascarenhas, Stephanie Hargrave, Torild Stray, Brooke McGowen, Kate Brown
Participants have been working with Michael via Skype studio visits, prior to the residency. During the residency, they are spending time going to the NYC Season Opener Exhibitions and Museum visits along with benefiting from valuable dialog with Critics Kara Rooney and David Cohen on their work.
A Portable Homeland
Shift Artist Karey Kessler is showing A Portable Homeland in the show Downriver in the Multiverse, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Exhibition: June 28 – October 13
In this piece, I use the imagery of a map, unscrolled on a table, to explore my inscape, or internal landscape of time, place and spirituality. This inner-space is also deeply affected by the landscape around me — the grey-green of the pines and the blue-grey of the clouds. This scroll depicts a place that is very personal and intimate, yet, also, a place of collective experience — interconnected and cosmic.
Seattle Art Fair is the shiny new kid on the block this weekend
Blog Post By Marcie Sillman
Aug 02, 2019 at 8:57 am
The Blue Angels roared into Seattle this week, ushering in the 70th annual Seafair weekend. But for the past four years Seafair has shared the civic celebration spotlight with the shiny new kid on the block: the Seattle Art Fair, the brainchild of the late philanthropist, Paul Allen.
Many Seattleites know Microsoft’s co-founder as the owner of the Seattle Seahawks, savior of the Cinerama movie theater, and patron of both the Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
But the philanthropist was also an avid art collector who visited the many established art fairs around the world and envisioned something similar in his hometown.
“He intended it to be a show you couldn’t see anywhere else,” says Seattle Art Fair director Max Fishko. “He wanted to showcase what made the city special.”
Make no mistake, big art fairs like this are commercial enterprises that cater to high-rolling collectors much like Allen.
Sixty dealers from around the globe brought art to the inaugural festival in 2015. Fishko says attendance has almost doubled over five years; 108 galleries are at the Century Link Field Events Center this year, from London, Tokyo, New York, even Ho Chi Minh City.
London’s JD Malat gallery was in Seattle for the first time. They’d heard good buzz about this fair, and traveled half way across the globe to present their artists to a largely West Coast audience. So did Copenhagen’s Morten Poulsen, who brought a small selection of figurative paintings by young Americans.
A dozen area galleries have booths this year, including two from the Skagit Valley town of Edison. Many of those who chose to participate have had good success at previous fairs. Greg Kucera has been a very visible presence at all five Seattle Art Fairs.
“It’s good business,” he says.
A mere 45 minutes into the preview, Kucera had already sold five paintings. That’s important, because he and other galleries shell out tens of thousands of dollars to rent exhibition space at the Events Space.
Seattle’s Woodside Braseth Gallery also has been at the four previous Fairs and once again had a large booth including a quasi-living room set up for visitors to hang out. Owner John Braseth acknowledges the cost, but he believes the Fair is an affirmation of Seattle’s vibrant arts scene.
“Of course commerce is a big part of it,” Braseth says. “But it’s important to sell art to keep brilliant artists in our community.”
Not every brilliant local artist is represented by an established gallery like Woodside Braseth. From the Seattle Art Fair’s inception, these artists have made their presence known through alternative exhibitions like the now-defunct Out of Sight, curated by local artist-entrepreneur Greg Lundgren.
Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture has taken over the space Lundgren used for that show; art lovers can catch the final weekend of OAC’s current community exhibition by indigenous artists, yehaw’ including panel discussions and performances on the King Street Station plaza.
Another free, alternative cultural showcase, festival:festival, will feature visual art and performances in three venues on Capitol Hill and in the Central Area. Organizers want to feature artists and cultural workers they believe deserve more attention. This year that includes dance artists Alice Gosti, Michele Dooley and Mikhail Calliste, as well as media artists Jessica Ry’Cheal and Clyde Petersen.
Meanwhile, Seattle Art Fair expects upwards of 20,000 attendees this weekend; that drew the local collective Shift Gallery back for the third year.
Nichole DeMent, the artistic director of COCA, the Center on Contemporary Art, curated Shift’s offerings this year. She acknowledges not every grass roots or alternative gallery can afford to gamble on representation at the fair, but says it’s a great opportunity.
Many of the people who attend the fair don’t know a lot about the depth of Seattle’s contemporary arts scene. They’re attracted to the Fair by the glitz of the international galleries, and its hipster entourage. If a local artist catches their eye, DeMent thinks, all the better.
The 5th Seattle Art Fair continues through Sunday at Century Link Events Center.
Aug 1 – 4, 2019
Century Link Event Center
We are proud to announce Shift will exhibit at the Seattle Art Fair in
the gallery’s third consecutive year!
Participating Shift Artists: Robin Arnitz, Leah Gerrard, Stephanie Hargrave, Cynthia Hibbard, Karey Kessler, Karen Klee-Atlin, Anna Macrae, Amanda C. Sweet, David Traylor, Jodi Waltier. Curator: Nichole DeMent
Based in Seattle, a city as renowned for its natural beauty as its cultural landscape, the fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming. Founded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Art Fair is produced by Vulcan Arts + Entertainment and Art Market Productions.
CenturyLink Field Event Center
1000 Occidental Avenue S
Seattle, WA 98134
Collectors Preview: Thursday, August 1, 3:30pm – 6:00pm
Opening Night Preview: Thursday, August 1, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, August 2, 11:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday, August 3, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, August 4, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Shift Artist Stephanie Hargrave is showing at Matzke Gallery on Camano Island.
Light & Dark: Botanical Works + Hybrid Series
On View: June 29 – Mid-August
OPENING Reception: June 29, 5-7pm
Location: 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Is., WA 98282
Shift artist Anne Marie Nequette is showing at Mithun Architects Threshold Gallery
Sea Change: At the Intersection of Great Cities and Sea Level Rise
On view: June 6 – July 31, 2019
Reception: June 6, 2019 5-7pm
Anne Marie Nequette’s Sea Change reflects a deep concern with the “profound or notable transformation” caused by climate change, and uses abstracted landscapes in paint/collage that also reflect her background in sculpture, installation and architecture.
Although tremendous human displacement is already being caused by flooding, hurricanes and drought, the focus of this work is the unimaginable effect on people living in densely populated coastal cities as sea levels continue to rise. These works are chosen from a list of twenty-one of the most at-risk cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Jakarta, Delhi, Karachi and New York City.
The population figures come from governmental sources for their metropolitan areas. The works are named for the people, their cities, and the date of the most current population data, reflecting the underestimate that it represents: i.e., ‘Tokyo, 37.8 million (2016)’.
Shift Artists Karey Kessler and Anna Macrae are showing at the Tacoma Art Museum:
On view April 5th – June 30, 2019
Reception Thursday, April 18th, 5 – 8 pm
The Abstraction Haiku brings together seven abstract painters from the Tacoma and Seattle area whose works signify important dichotomies inherent to abstraction. The exhibition catapulted from two abstract paintings in TAM’s permanent collection seemingly on opposite ends of abstraction’s pictorial spectrum, specifically: John Franklin Koenig’s Lamento and Robert C. Jones’ Mermaid/Sphinx.
The title centers on an idea of abstraction as haiku, which points to the intentional use of paired visual dichotomies as a way of focusing on a brief moment in time; a use of provocative, colorful images; an ability to be read in one breath; and a sense of sudden enlightenment and illumination. This describes well the experience of looking at abstract painting and directly relates to each artist in this exhibit.
Other participating artists of the Northwest Abstractionists include: Deanne Belinoff, Dede Falcone, Teresa Getty, Angela Wales, and Audrey Tulimiero Welch.
Shift Artist Anna Macrae is on the cover of the CoCA exhibition catalog for Motherland.
2019 CoCA Members Show – Motherland
Center on Contemporary Art 114 Third Ave S Seattle, WA 98104
Shift Artist Amanda C. Sweet will exhibit her painting Undercurrent No. 1 at James May Gallery’s annual exhibition.
ART OF WATER III – An exhibition celebrating our most vital resource
Water is the most crucial resource for life. James May Gallery is showing all mediums of work in an exhibition focusing on water. The work focuses on serious topics such as water conservation and protection, but it also celebrates the simple beauty of water. There is something about water that attracts and fascinates us. It is our hope that by celebrating the beauty and necessity of water in all our lives that we can better protect it.
Friday, May 3, 2019, 5-8pm
May 3 – May 31, 2019
James May Gallery
213 Steele St. Algoma, WI
James May Gallery Website:
Shift Artist Leah Gerrard will be showing at Gallery 4Culture
Opening: Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:00 — 8:00 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, April 25, 6:00 pm
Leah Gerrard’s intricate wire sculptures are informed by an archeology of memories.
In 1973, Federico Fellini condensed a Romanoglo phrase, A m’arcord, meaning “I remember,” into Amarcord to title his semi-autobiographic film. The headline has now become a neologism of Italian language, something akin to nostalgic recall.
Leah Gerrard’s collection of sinuous wire and found object sculptures are loosely derived from memories of her past. Some forms, although highly abstracted, were created with specific places and times in mind –full moon walks and late-night wanderings– while others are more evasive, revealing their origins only after creation.
In Sentiment, more than telling an actual story, Gerrard conveys feelings or moods for which we don’t have words. The organic shapes that populate the gallery create strong shadows and evoke a vague sense of familiarity, like shared secrets or collective dreams.
Leah Gerrard uses steel wire and basketry techniques to create abstract sculpture, inspiring emotion and connection through form.
She was born in Seattle and studied art at Linfield College and Cornish College of the Arts. In 2016, Gerrard received an Artist Trust Fellowship and was recently accepted into Shift Gallery and Northwest Designer Craftsmen.
Shift Artist Stephanie Hargrave will be showing in Brooklyn, NY
She’ll be in attendance for the opening at M. David & Co. March 8, 2019
This is part of a residency with Michael David with six other artists. Her project is a study of Entomology and Etymology. More information: Art Fair Residency Program, NY 2019
Shift Artist Karey Kessler will be showing in North Carolina
She’ll be in attendance for the opening February 3, 2019
Art on Paper 2019: The 45thExhibition
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.
The show runs from Feb. 3rd – May 5th
Art on Paper celebrates contemporary art in which the use of paper—either as surface or material—is a primary concern. Since 1965 the Weatherspoon’s Art on Paper exhibition has charted a history of contemporary art through outstanding works on paper. Art on Paper offers community members the exciting opportunity to purchase art, as all works in the show are for sale. Proceeds go directly to the artists and their galleries. The Dillard Fund and xpedx have provided long-standing support for the Weatherspoon to acquire selections from each Art on Paper exhibition for The Dillard Collection of Art on Paper, which now numbers over 570 examples. The collection includes noteworthy and established artists such as Robert Smithson, Howardena Pindell, Joseph Stella, Louise Bourgeois, and Lee Krasner. Contemporary artists added to the collection include Diana al-Hadid, Amy Cutler, Rosemarie Fiore, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Saya Woolfalk.
The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, February 3.
The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections at the Weatherspoon, with support from special exhibition sponsors Lisa and Willie Bullock, and purchases supported by The Dillard Fund.
From The Stranger Blog – click the link below for article with images
There Are No Perks to Being a Wallflower: A Discussion with Kara Mia Fenoglietto on “Body as Sculpture”
by Jasmyne Keimig • Jan 21, 2019 at 12:55 pm
“Wallflower” at Shift Gallery Courtesy of Shift
I was surprised at the determination with which Seattle-based artist Kara Mia Fenoglietto was unhinging the mannequin’s arm. She was trying to take off a beautiful coat made of silk organza that she’d constructed for her first solo show at Shift Gallery, Wallflower, to demonstrate what it looked like on a Real Human Body. I attempted to help her.
I gingerly palmed the bald mannequin’s head in an effort to steady it as Fenoglietto wrenched off the appendage. She set the arm down on the floor and carefully slid the coat off the model, judiciously wrapping herself in it. Stuffed with dried flowers and cotton, the coat crinkled quietly. She looked like she was engulfed in the sweetest smelling cloud.
Fenoglietto moved to the Seattle area four years ago from Chicago, where she studied fashion design at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. “I think a lot of the time when people think of fashion design they think of the material and consumerism aspect of it, but my approach has always been from ‘body as sculpture.’”
Her show is a mixture of garments worn by mannequins, garments hung on the wall, garments smushed between two plates of clear plexiglass and propped up on display. I found myself drawn to “Upside Down,” which was composed of a green velvet dress between these plexiglass plates. This entrapment really lets you appreciate the texture of the velvet in a way that’s difficult to when it’s worn as a functional piece of clothing.
As anyone who has worn pantyhose can attest to, the smushed quality of the velvet reminds me of the lines that those underthings leave on your belly and thighs, marking you, shaping you, putting you in your body in a very specific type of way. I always thought it served as a reminder of how far “out of bounds” your body goes, forever pinching what it doesn’t like about you. Perhaps that the point.
The name of the show is manifested in “Just Woke Up Like This,” a dress made out of brocade—a fabric that is mostly used in upholstery and drapes. Fenoglietto told me that when making this garment she was thinking about the idea of women traditionally being like wallflowers, “camouflaged into the environment they’re in.” This led to her incorporating tapestry and interior inspired fabrics into her show. “I was creating these scenarios or daydreams in my head, of people being twisted into drapes or couches and having their garments interact with that scene.”
Another stand-out piece from the show was her “Oversized Quilted Cape.” It’s hung flat on the wall for display, but there’s a hole in it meant for your arm to go through, a button to secure it all together. If you look closely you can see little bits of fabric, lace, and other trinkets amongst the dried flowers and stuffing. Fenoglietto drew from the practice of quilting, which was a traditional “women’s craft,” and interrupting it by using a slick fabric like silk organza. She tells me that the garment captures emotions and movements, entrapping chaos.
This is her first year as a member of Shift Gallery and after a four-year hiatus from working on her art practice, Fenoglietto tells me that she wants to keep perfecting her work. Wallflower closes this Saturday—check it out before it goes away forever.
Shift artist Dawn Endean is part of the invitational exhibit “You Are Here Too“, an exhibition of artists’ responses to maps and mapping, opening May 3, 2018, and continuing through August 30, at the Good Arts Building in Pioneer Square. The works will be spread between two galleries within the building: Good Arts Gallery, inside Cherry Street Coffee House at 700 First Avenue, and at ’57 Biscayne Artist Studios, directly above it at 110 Cherry Street on both the second and third floors.
Congratulations to Shift artist Karen Klee-Atlin for receiving the “Contemporary Hues” exhibition’s Juror’s Choice Award for her print, “Boat Upside Down on Dock – Orange”.
Klee-Atlin will be recognized and awarded her prize at the closing reception on January 7, 4:30-6PM. Cascadia Art Museum in Edmonds WA.
January 10 – February 5, 2018
SAM Gallery: New Art, New Artists
Seattle Art Museum
Shift Artist Anna Macrae will be presenting all new work at SAM Gallery in January. This exhibition coincides with her show Making Marks at Shift Gallery.
Opening reception for New Art, New Artists is Thursday, January 11, 6-7:30 pm.
November 22, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Shift artists Karen Klee-Atlin and Dawn P. Endean are included in the exhibition “Contemporary Hues,” part of the larger exhibition “Territorial Hues – The Color Print in Washington 1920-1960” at the Cascadia Art Museum, Edmonds Wa.
Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists
Bellevue Arts Museum
November 10th, 2017 – April 8th, 2018
Shift artists Eric Chamberlain, Dawn Endean, Stephanie Hargrave, and Jodi Waltier are included in this exhibition, opening at the Bellevue Arts Museum on November 10th. Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists is a commemorative exhibition celebrating the 40th anniversary of Pratt Fine Arts Center. The exhibition features work from over 250 Pratt teaching artists throughout the organization’s influential history.
Anna Macrae at SAM Gallery
August 2nd – September 10th, 2017
SAM Gallery Artists at the Seattle Art Fair
Featuring Linda Davidson, Gabriel Fernandez, Eva Isaksen, Steve Jensen, Anna Macrae, and Ryan Molenkamp
Anna Macrae is delighted to have been invited to join the SAM Gallery. Macrae will have her debut exhibition during the month of August to coincide with her participation in the Seattle Art Fair. This exhibition will showcase all new work referencing her interest in abstracted landscapes.
Dawn Endean at Gary Manuel Salon
Thursday July 6th, 2017, 5 pm-7 pm
Gary Manuel Salon
Join the artist for drinks and appetizers and view this collection of new work as well as some favorites from past exhibitions.
Westside Studio Tour
Shift Artists Stephanie Hargrave and Dawn Endean
Friday June 9th, 2017, 4pm-10pm
Saturday June 10th, 2017, 10am-8pm
Stephanie Hargrave Studio
8631 17th Avenue SW
Join us for a tour of artists showcasing their work out of their local studios. Each host artist or stop on the tour has invited at least two guests artists to join and add their artwork to the display. Meet the artists, experience West Seattle, and enjoy the discovery of hidden gems!
Full Tour Map
Shift Pop Up Gallery
Saturday & Sunday, May 21st & 22nd
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1941 First Ave South (right next door to Macrina Bakery)
Pop in to the Shift Pop Up and shop for selected work from Shift Gallery artists. Paintings, Prints, Encaustics and more. Many smaller and unframed pieces available.
“The Printmaker’s Hand III”
This is the third exhibition of fine printmaking to be held at Northwind Arts Center and co-sponsored by Corvidae Press of Port Townsend. It is juried by Sam Davidson of Davidson Galleries, and showcases a wide range of styles and techniques being used by contemporary printmakers working in the northwest.There were 68 entries from printmakers in Washington, Oregon and California. Out of a total of 192 prints submitted, 54 were selected for the show, representing the work of 42 artists.
Shift Artist Dawn Endean will be teaching a 2-day Shellac Plate Printmaking Workshop at Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network
10 am – 4 pm, August 14-15
Information and registration at: Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network
Carmi Weingrod and Liz Tran will share images and stories about their month-long residency at the Babayan Culture House art-residency in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Sponsored by Seattle Print Arts. Refreshments served.
Sunday, March 8, 2-4pm
Magnuson Park Gallery
7448 63rd Avenue NE
Upstairs and down the hall from the Officer’s Club
Dawn Endean in the group show Paper + Pigment at the Bellevue College Gallery.
March 4th – April 8th. Opening reception March 4th, 4-7 pm.
Juried by Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions, Tacoma Art Museum.
Carmi Weingrod in the group show
The Meaning of Wood – curated by Suze Woolf
January 15-March 30, 2015
Washington State Convention Center, Seattle
Shift Artist Crista Matteson is included in the The Schack Art Center’s 19th Juried Art Show, opening Thursday June 19th, 5-8:00 and runs through July 2nd.
More information at Schack Art Center
Matteson’s work is also featured in “Funny Bone: Humor in Art” at University House, Wallingford, 4400 Stone Way N. Seattle.
The show runs June 19th – Oct. 10th with an opening reception on Thursday June 19th 5:30 – 7:30.
Dawn P. Endean
to exhibit in “Pushing Boundaries – Expanding Horizons: 10th National Print Competition and Exhibition”
The Janet Turner Print Museum, in collaboration with the California State University Art Gallery, presents the 10th Biennial Print Competition and Exhibition Mon., January 27 through Sat., February 22.
This year’s juror was Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director for the Bowdoin Museum of Art, former associate curator of prints and drawings for the Smithsonian and president of the College Art Association.
The Turner Print Museum is located in CSU, Chico’s Meriam Library and is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during exhibition dates. More information can be found online at The Turner’s website, www.janetturner.org
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