Gallery4Culture: sculptor John Radtke's solo show

© 2014 John Radtke, Buried. Photo credit Betsy Mobbs
© 2014 John Radtke, Buried. Photo credit Betsy Mobbs
© 2014 John Radtke, Buried. Photo credit Betsy Mobbs
© 2014 John Radtke, Buried. Photo credit Betsy Mobbs

John Radtke: /N.
February 5 – February 26, 2015
Opening: 1st Thursday, February 5, 6pm – 8 pm

Gallery4Culture welcomes John Radtke in his first solo exhibit, /N. Radtke’s show consists of sculptures and drawings produced during the past year, including a recent residency at Jentel Artist Residency Program in Wyoming.

Radtke’s 3-dimensional work is constructed from raw materials: extruded steel, wood and various other media, minimally processed. Each work addresses different aspects of space, with multiple elements interrelating to form an object which is interdependent and supportive of itself or (depending on one’s perspective) of the elements, for mechanical function to complete the phenomena.

Besides constructing objects, Radtke works with and within existing space, approaching it as a puzzle with infinite possibilities for intervention. Employing space for its inherent structure, Radtke expands it, utilizing its surface and dimensions, , bringing it to a point of function beyond pure exhibition space.

John Radtke is a Seattle-based mixed media artist working primarily in the discipline of sculpture. He was born in Carson City, Nevada in 1982. He studied at Cornish College of the Arts where he earned a BFA in 2013. He has worked as a studio assistant to the sculptor Malia Jensen in Brooklyn, NY as well as for Whiting Tennis in Seattle. He also spent time working at Art Works Foundry in Berkeley, CA. He has shown locally at SOIL Gallery and recently with SEASON Gallery. In late 2014, Radtke had the honor of spending time as a visiting artist at the Jentel Artist Residency Program in the Lower Piney Creek Valley outside of Banner, Wyoming.

First Thursday Parking: Vouchers for free art walk patron parking at select Pioneer Square garages, including the Frye Parking Garage, 117 3rd Ave S, will be available at Gallery4Culture on a first-come basis.