June 19th, 2013
Work by Bellevue College Art Faculty Dale Lindman is currently on view in the exhibit: “The Landscape: Evoked”, on display at Seattle’s Prographica gallery, June 8 – July 13, 2013.
(Dale Lindman, “Coastal #3″, 2013, mixed media on paper, 8 x 4.75″ image 1/1)
About The Landscape: Evoked
Most (all?) paintings contain illusions of spatial depth whether or not there is descriptive subject matter. Formal cues to spatial depth exist all along the continuum in landscape painting, which runs from highly descriptive at one end (think Constable) to totally non-objective at the other (think Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, Al Held). On this continuum there is a middle point where, in a given work, a stroke or two will shift that work from non-objective to descriptive. And, for an artist, that is a very interesting place to be. In the first show, The Landscape: Described, the artists were dealing with the descriptive end of this continuum and employing subject matter as a major factor (there are many) in providing the illusion of a real or imagined place. In The Landscape: Evoked, artists are working at the non-objective end of the continuum. Since specific references to subject matter are absent, they must rely on other formal cues to create an illusion of space that will be “convincing.”
Marsha Burns, Kimberly Clark, Tamblyn Gawley, Jim Holl, Dale Lindman, Robert Perlman
For information about and directions to Prographica, visit http://www.prographicadrawings.com/
June 5th, 2013
Environmental Portrait: Patrick Whitaker
Artist’s Statement: “One day a friend of mine and I were talking about photography and how fun it would be to spend the day taking photos together. As the conversation went on the subject of nudes in nature was also discussed. We both agreed that we would model for each other. Several days later we spent several hours shooting at a local park. The process was very relaxed and quite enjoyable. The following photos were the result of this afternoon. This was a collaborative piece of work between me, as the photographer and my friend, as the model. I sincerely believe the comfort shown by the model in the photos reflect our friendship, mutual respect, and love for photography.”
Patrick is a student of Ginny Banks, Photography Instructor at Bellevue College.
May 1st, 2013
Artist Linda Thomas, Bellevue College Art Faculty, installed “De-Composition: Indecent Exposure” on the campus of Bellevue College during Earth Week. The project was viewed from the “C” building breezeway.
Click the image below to view video of the installation filmed by the artist:
This project was conceived to be part of Earth Week activities when we at Bellevue College acknowledge our responsibility towards our environment on a limited Earth.
Drawing from the figure has been a part of my art practice for over ten years. My habit and ritual is to participate in a drawing session once or twice weekly. In this way I have accumulated stacks of drawing pads filled with drawings. I have been motivated to devise ways to “recycle” the drawings because of the ongoing consumption and accumulation of paper.
The figure drawings serve as a record of the hours and the efforts in my process towards mastery. Many are quick gesture drawings completed in two to three minutes; others were allotted more time. I consider this my practice rather than my professional “body of work”.
Ideally, Decomposition: Indecent Exposure will speak to issues of the environment and sustainability. My intention is for the environmental effects of weather (wind, rain, and sun) to impact the work in its own way by tearing and dislodging the paper or soaking and diluting the ink. Consequently, the figures may dissolve and the paper will decompose. Human beings in our natural state are subject to environmental effects; like paper, we are simultaneously vulnerable and resilient. We must see ourselves as part of nature rather than an independent agent in the nature/culture dichotomy.
I can trace the origins of this project back twenty years in my tenure as an artist. When I returned from a trip through Lancaster County, Pennsylvania I produced a series of prints inspired by Amish clothes hung out to dry. Hanging “sheets” of paper mimics the Amish way of conserving natural resources.
For more about other work by Linda Thomas, visit Prographica.
February 26th, 2013
Running May 8 – 31 is the exhibit Peter Reiquam: Win or Lose! A Collection of Successful & Failed Public Art Proposals 1985 – Present
This exhibit represents the development of design proposals for a variety of public sites — ranging from sculptural seating installations in parks, transit sites and university campuses to illuminated sculptures, narrative panels, space ships, and giant corn stalks.
Made from a variety of materials including metals, stone, concrete, glass and lighting, these diverse concepts share a desire to create durable, well-crafted and meaningful works that speak to the uniqueness of each one’s site and to do so with a balance of humor, elegance and sophistication.
This is how Reiquam describes the exhibit: “The scale models, drawings and photographs document my thought process as I develop site-specific proposals and offer insight into the fabrication process. The models were created as a tool for communicating my ideas to a selection committee — a way of describing the full-scale sculpture three-dimensionally and to address questions of form, scale, color and materials as well as content and context provided by a given site.
There are many ways to approach a career in the arts and this is mine, win or lose.”
January 31st, 2013
“Color(ing) Within the Lines: Graphic Works by African American Artists”
FEBRUARY 6 – APRIL 12, 2013
Click on the image below to view a video of the exhibit and interview with Jordan Schnitzer:
Opening Lecture with the collector, Jordan Schnitzer: 4:30 p.m., Carlson Theater
Reception in the Bellevue College Gallery Space: 4 – 8 p.m., Room D271
“I would like to invite all faculty and staff to participate in the opening events of this exhibit featuring works of art from some of the most prominent African American artists from the past 40 years. Included are: Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Lorna Simpson and many more. I also hope some of you will consider building a classroom activity or assignment that takes advantage of having these works of art on campus.
I am more than happy to offer class tours of the exhibit as well. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or if you would like a PDF of all works to be included.”
Art History, Bellevue College
January 29th, 2013
Join us Wednesday, February 6 at 4:30 p.m. in Carlson Theater. In conjunction with the opening of “Color(ing) Within the Lines: Graphic Works by African American Artists”, Bellevue College invites you to join us for a talk with art collector and philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer.
After the talk, please continue to the Gallery Space for a reception with the collector and to view this rich and provocative exhibit.
COLORING WITHIN THE LINES: GRAPHIC WORKS BY AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTISTS
EXHIBITING FEBRUARY 6 – APRIL 12, 2013
Opening Reception in the Bellevue College Gallery Space
4 – 8 p.m., Room D271
Included in the exhibit are: Kara Walker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Lorna Simpson and many more.
To arrange a special tour of this exhibit, or if you would like an annotated PDF of the works to be included, please contact the exhibit’s curator, Kate Casprowiak:
Art History, Bellevue College
October 24th, 2012
Instructor and artist Pat De Caro recently spoke at the opening of Seattle Art Museum’s Elles: Pompidou — a history-making exhibit of art by women artists working in the century from 1907 to 2007. This exhibit comes to SAM from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which is home of the Musée National d’Art Moderne and houses one of the largest collections of modern art in Europe.
To capitalize on the exhibit — which includes artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Frida Kahlo, Dora Maar, Diane Arbus, Marina Abramović, Louise Bourgeois, Atsuko Tanaka, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle — SAM has created nine additional interrelated shows by women artists. The exhibits explore modern pieces, a retrospective, modern U.S. masters, abstract currents and countercurrents, video, and issue-driven conceptual work. Some of the artists featured include Georgia O’Keefe, Imogen Cunningham, Yayoi Kusama, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Elizabeth Murray, Agnes Martin, Ellen Gallagher, Ghada Amer, and many others.
For information on the SAM exhibits, visit Women Take Over: Elles:Pompidou Elles:SAM Elles:Seattle
To see work by Pat De Caro, visit http://www.patdecaro.com/index.html
October 16th, 2012
The sculptor and installation artist Michelle Acuff will be featured as we open “Surrogate” on November 14.
Acuff is Assistant Professor of Art at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and her work ranges from object making to installation to video and performance — addressing the eroding boundary between nature and culture, discourses of authorship, and the exciting intersections between science and art.
Acuff has been involved in a number of art projects with students. One of her projects, “Fence”, explores monuments such as Treaty Rock on the Whitman campus. By “interrogating” the history of the rock and plaques and the conflict surrounding them, Acuff and her students discovered the focus of the treaty was the removal of Native American land rights through the establishment of reservations.
The resulting work — a barbed wire fence confining the monument – has caused an interaction between community members, faculty, and students.
We hope you’ll be inspired by this artist and will take a look at the exhibit. We’ll host a free public reception Wednesday, November 14 from 3 – 7 p.m. The exhibit will run from November 14 to December 5.