Scenes from a typical alley in a rough part of town…

© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist
© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist
© Scott Kolbo, 2014, Alley Kids 02, Video Projection, ink and charcoal. Photo courtesy of the artist

July at Gallery4Culture
Scott Kolbo: Our Alley
July 3 – August 2, 2014
Opening: 1st Thursday, July 3, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Gallery4Culture welcomes Seattle-based multimedia artist Scott Kolbo in a July solo exhibition titled Our Alley, a hybrid installation of new media, drawing and printmaking centered on urban narratives. Kolbo presents figurative drawings, but melds the traditional art form with video projection and digital media techniques. The exhibit features three looping videos projected over large scale, wall-mounted ink and charcoal drawings. The show also presents a series of altered monitors, covered with layers of translucent drawings superimposed over looping video segments. The exhibit includes a number of static 2-D drawings and prints. Kolbo’s drawings freeze the figures in the space and time, while the video footage focuses the viewer’s attention on momentary fragments of the narrative.

The theme of the exhibit revolves around a typical alley in a rough part of town. As a part of the project, Scott Kolbo collaborated with neighborhood kids to create short vignettes about what they imagine happens in these transitional spaces. Alleys and abandoned lots are places where young people are allowed to play imaginatively and without supervision. The project produced images and video footage of kids singing, swearing, playing, fighting, breaking bottles, starting fires and generally having fun being free. But Kolbo’s drawn imagery also exposes a more sinister side of empty lots and alleys – it portrays grown men stealing bikes and exhibiting other antisocial behaviors. These disparate actions take place in the same space and, at times, simultaneously. Scott Kolbo explores the idea of how people are shaped by their environment, as well as how individual actions impact the environments we create for each other.

About the Artist: Scott Kolbo earned his MFA in printmaking and drawing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his teaching career at Whitworth University in Spokane, living in the neighborhood that inspired this body of work. He currently teaches at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle. Scott Kolbo has exhibited widely throughout the Northwest region. He was a 2011finalist in the Portland Art Museum’s coveted Contemporary Northwest Art Awards and has been recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. His works on paper are included in numerous public collections. Learn more at www.scottkolbo.com.