Congratulations to the new 2015-2016 gallery artists!

© Alexander Keyes, 2014, To: europa, Construction #1 (detail), Cardboard, 36” x 12” x 120”. Courtesy of the artist

The annual Gallery4Culture application deadline passed on January 5. Late in January a selection panel met, deliberated and chose eleven artists for exhibitions commencing in the fall and running through July, 2016.  The artists, listed in the order of their scheduled show, are as follows:

September, 2015: Sadie Wechsler presents a series of photographs that express the act of taking part in the metamorphosis of the landscape. Her photographs construct and manipulate surroundings to express a world that “leans toward extremes”. Ms. Wechsler earned an MFA degree from Yale in 2013.

October, 2015: Robert Twomey presents an interactive mechatronic installation about child’s pre-language. Trained as a painter and engineer (and currently a PhD candidate at the University of Washington’s DXARTS), Twomey melds visual art with advanced computational systems.

Also showing in October: Matthew Whitney exhibits a series of drawings that represent a very personal cartography. Using an iPhone app for GPS Tracking, Whitney documents (and later draws) his walks through Seattle’s urban core.

November, 2015: Alexander Mouton presents “Some Time Later… I’m Here”, a body of documentary photographs that is the result of years of independent research (and a Fulbright Fellowship) in Eastern Europe. The work examines the remnants and milieu of those few remaining Ukrainian and Polish citizens whose life experience includes the Stalin Era and the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. Mouton is Associate Professor of Digital Art & Design at Seattle University.

January, 2016: Michelle de la Vega presents an immersive, multidisciplinary installation focusing on the theme of heritage, place, and belonging. Community engagement is a key facet of the lead-up to this exhibition. Michelle de la Vega is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts.

February 2016: Darius Morrison exhibits a series of linoleum block prints. Although an early career artist, Morrison’s life experience as a Korean adoptee and transgender artist brings a richness to his point of view. Darius Morrison studied at Seattle Community College and the School of Visual Concepts.

March, 2016: Alexander Keyes presents “to eurpoa”, an installation that suggests an amateur hobbyist’s workspace while simultaneously evoking an escape from the doldrums of domestic life through a fantastical voyage into the vast unknown. Keyes earned his MFA at the University of Oregon.

April, 2016: Anne Drew Potter exhibits an installation of figurative ceramic sculpture. Potter is known for elaborate, large-scale narratives, made-up of mythical/elfin-like creatures. Potter recently completed a long-term residency in Germany followed by a current one at Pottery Northwest. Her sculpture has been widely exhibited.

May, 2016: Kamla Kakaria proposes a mixed-media (wood, wax, pigment, wire, paper) immersive installation that transforms the gallery into a “landscape of multiples”. Kakaria earned an MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington and currently manages the printmaking studio at Pratt Fine Arts.

June, 2016: Jennifer Zwick presents an installation of digital photography and constructed 3-D vignettes that focuses on the theme of symmetry and/or dualities. Living space and artifice are of special interest to this artist; she enjoys subverting living rooms. Jennifer Zwick earned her BFA in photomedia at the University of Washington.

July, 2016: Andrew Hoeppner is a ceramist who proposes “to build a metaphorical landscape of objects” in the gallery space. His sculpture is about how certain objects from the past prompt memory. In this body of work he will begin to abstract and/or deconstruct the objects of memory. Hoeppner earned an MFA from the University of Washington and is currently an artist in residence at Pottery Northwest.

The 2015 gallery selection panel was made-up of the following arts professionals: Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft, Bellevue Arts Museum;  Webster Crowell, Gallery4Culture alumnus, Seattle Experimental Animation Team (S.E.A.T.) member and the first ever genius award for film from the Stranger; and Randi Ganulin, photomedia artist and free-lance graphic designer based in Lake Sammamish, WA. 4Culture would like to thank all one-hundred and thirty-four gallery applicants for their interest in exhibiting with us and also the panel for their diligence in making the selections. Applicants who were not awarded shows are encouraged to reapply; each year the three-member panel is entirely new. The 2016 Gallery4Culture application deadline will be Monday, January 11.

Congratulations to our eleven new 2015-2016 exhibiting artists! We look forward to a series of strong shows.