Kimberly Trowbridge: Framing Perception
April 2 – April 30, 2015
Opening: 1st Thursday, April 2, 6 pm – 8 pm
101 Prefontaine PL S
Seattle, WA 98104
Gallery4Culture is pleased to feature Seattle-based artist Kimberly Trowbridge in Framing Perception, a solo exhibition that presents Trowbridge’s unique approach to image-making and constructing a personal narrative. Trowbridge’s art is self-referential, she synthesizes experience through multiple layers of perception and media. Trained as a painter, she has made a practice of breaking down that discipline’s customary constraints to combine set-like installation, video, and performance with traditional oils on canvas.
Framing Perception is grounded in a recent artist residency in Portugal. Capturing the magical light of a splendid rural setting, there is a Cézanne-like quality to Trowbridge’s plein-air paintings, paintings that serve as documentary footage to record her experience. Video, capturing the artist wandering through the gardens of the residency property, conveys the sublime experience of creating in this pastoral setting. The video imagery, in turn, provides rich source material for the paintings.
Artist Talk: Please join us for a gallery walk-through with Kimberly Trowbridge on Thursday afternoon, April 16, 2:00 – 3:00 PM. This event is free and open to the public.
Kimberly Trowbridge’s art practice ultimately examines the nature of presentation. She states “I am at an exciting moment in my career where I am using installation as a way to present my paintings within a specific context. By situating paintings within a larger theater of interactions I am able to grapple with and expand the capabilities of my vocabulary, and thus the scope of my content…. By pushing the boundaries of painting into installation, I am asking my viewers to step-into a space where they can engage with my process of building a visual language.”
About the Artist: Kimberly Trowbridge received her MFA from the University of Washington in 2006 and BFA in 2003 from Indiana University in Bloomington. She was a 2014 Neddy Award Finalist in Painting and a 2014 Artist Trust GAP recipient. She has had solo exhibitions at galleries including The Painting Center in NYC, and Blindfold Gallery in Seattle, and has been included in numerous group shows nationally. Trowbridge is an instructor and lecturer on figure painting and color theory. She has taught at the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and Gage Academy of Art. For the past six years she has run a private painting school called Top Hat Studio in south Seattle, and leads international plein-air painting tours in Spain and Portugal. Fall 2015 will be the launching of the Trowbridge Atelier, a contemporary painting intensive, through Gage Academy of Art, in Georgetown, Seattle.
From the April Issue of City Arts Magazine: The Unstoppable Kimberly Trowbridge by Amanda Manitach and Miguel Edwards