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Utopia Neighborhood Club: a Student Response Pt II at Jacob Lawrence Gallery

It’s been 100 years since Jacob Lawrence, the incredible being and painter, was born. To celebrate they put out a call for work that “was not limited to objects but open to proposals for events that could take place in the Gallery, new ideas for the operation of the Gallery, manifestos concerning the Gallery’s stated goals, etc.”

Utopia is No-Place, and therefore it is left up to all of us to find it. —Stephen Duncombe

My response is Within Range, a suite of artwork pertaining to the imagining of a post-apocalyptic world in the form of abstracted landscapes, gestural musings and mixed media. Visitors and I will collaborate to create a mural, our perfect world. It’s a nonsensical, potentially derelict environment but it is ours and good things are happening. Obstructing and yet enhancing the view is Distortion, a sculptural element made from recycled materials.

It is an honor in the extreme to have my art hang in the room beside Jacob Lawrence’s. It’s . I have gratitude by the heap for departing director Scott Lawrimore, new director Emily Zimmerman, curators Nadia Ahmed (Art History + 3D4M undergraduate), Sarah G. Faulk (Art History undergraduate), and an extra heap for Anqi Peng (IVA BA 2016)who is an exceptionally helpful person, plus Grace Chakrian for being my first collaborator. And, of course Matt, Honeybee extraordinaire who helped with hanging and patience with no sleep. Even in delirium, he’s incredible.

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The Stranger suggests you go, so…

See you there!

 

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Installation

Installing our work at Sand Point Gallery was a feat and a half. Of course the circumstances were different for everyone considering the range of work presented. My paintings were up in minutes with nails and sticky tack while others had multidimensional pieces that required strategic layering.

Opening

There were smiling faces around every corner and we never ran out of wine. A success! And these are just a small sampling of the pieces on display.

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Thanks for visiting our gallery debut. Interdisciplinary visual artists work play hard.

xo,

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Photo Credit: Some photos by Sabrina Hanson as part of the shared files with all our classmates. They are titled with her name followed by an underscore and the name of the artist who created the work photographed. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Painting: Carried Away

Carried Away comes from a place of raw, unshaded light. We each of us have a personal kernel and can seek out the complimentarily sparkling kernels and, together, shine even brighter. In oil on loose canvas, from the depth of abstraction, figures appear. One strong-backed male carrying a burning goddess on a breeze.

We are not certain that their relationship is appropriate, but we do know it’s not our business. We look anyway. And what we see in abstraction shifts even under our gaze, squirming to be some other image, like finding bunnies in the clouds in the sky; its perked ears turning to peace sign fingers, then  just cirrus.

Figural paintings attempt to recreate the feeling their subject carried at that point in time. To paint abstractly is to push the feeling directly from painter to viewer. I pass to you the parting of the clouds, the warming of cheeks, the heat for your kernel.

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Carried Away | 18″ x 24″ | oil paint on unstretched canvas | 2016

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Image & Text: Carried Away by Brianna Wray Wrays of Sunshine | Purchase a digital print of Carried Away

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BUY ART

Wednesday, Mar. 2, & Thursday, Mar. 3; 11am-6pm both days

“The campus community and public are invited to a sale of work by current students and alumni.

This year, BUY ART is working with Strange Coupling to create two very different events, offered at the same time, and sharing the same goal – support of UW Art majors and alums.”

Strange Coupling is, “a student-run tradition in the Division of Art for over a decade, Strange Coupling bridges the gap between the UW and the greater Seattle art community by pairing students with professional artists for a collaborative project. This exhibit shows the work of student applicants, which is auctioned to support this year’s projects. The selected students and their artist mate will be announced at the Friday evening event.

The 2016 jurors are Jen Graves, Melanie King (MA 2008), Catharina Manchanda, Amanda Manitach, and Jeffry Mitchell.

The professional artists are Iole Alessandrini, Michael Alm, Byron Au Yong, Zack Bent (MFA 2008), Coldbrew Collective, Alice Gosti, Lauren Iida, Stephanie Liapis, Francesca Lohmann, Emily Ann Pothast (MFA 2005), and Norie Sato (MFA 1974).”

I had entirely too much going on to participate in both events, but you can find my artwork for sale in the BUY ART event. There’ll be monotype and relief prints. You can quickly distinguish my work by the sales number, #25.


Also, on display will be the works of some crazy talented classmates such as E.R. Saba. Her sales number is #41. Keep an eye out!

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Fall by E.R. Saba | Oil on Canvas | 20″ x 24″ | 2015 | Image appears courtesy of Artist

This is a great chance to step into collecting, you’ll be getting in on the ground floor of Seattle’s up-and-coming arts community.

See you there, boo!

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Need more info: BUY ART & Strange Coupling Event Page.