Currently on view at Ambach and Rice Gallery in Seattle is the exhibition, From Whence the Rainbow Came. The exhibition features new works by acclaimed Seattle-based artists Jeffry Mitchell, Joe Park, Dan Webb and Claude Zervas. The collection of works defy the standard structure of a curated exhibition or the trend to have several small solo groupings presented under one roof. Instead the artists, who are all friends and colleagues, have moved away from the normal strains of producing works for a commercial venue and decided to “celebrate the freedom they feel inside their friendship and endeavor to operate on their own terms, finding consequence outside of the preset norms and expectations of group exhibitions.”
Artist Claude Zeras has created deceptively reductive sculptures that appear to be ordinary pieces of cut wood leaning against the gallery walls. Upon closer inspection, the materials are understood to be pigment prints bonded to the simple geometric forms. Zeras has completed recent exhibitions with James Harris Gallery in Seattle and Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto.
Joseph Park is exhibiting several recent figurative and landscape paintings. The small to mid-sized works synthesize art historical painting elements from both Cubist and Futurist movements, while also creating a dialogue with contemporary painting construction. The resulting forms are activated by flat and geometric shapes which are laid over otherwise static and traditionally painted surfaces. Park is represented by Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco and has recently exhibited at Cornish College of the Arts and the Portland Art Museum.
Jeffry Mitchell presents White Weeds, a sculpture that is made of wood, plaster, paper, porcelain, light bulbs, plexiglass, gouache, pencil and epoxy enamel. White Weeds marks a slight departure from Mitchell’s most classic material, ceramic, but continues to embody his use of art historical references, fusing elements from multiple art historical periods together to create a wider dialogue within a singular piece. Mitchell’s recent exhibitions were hosted at James Harris Gallery, Pulliam Gallery and the Walker Art Center.
Dan Webb presents two new figurative sculptures made from carved ceder or raw hide. Each of the strikingly realistic pieces attempt to hide or cloak the figure in some way, either through fabric draping or though mock armor. Webb has recently exhibited with Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Bellevue Art Museum and Western Bridge.
From Whence The Rainbow Came will be on view at Ambach and Rice until October, 18th.