I’m wrapping up my Seattle posts today with work by Sharon Arnold, Ryan Molenkamp, Matthew Offenbacher, and a couple gallery visits.
from Cornish College of the Arts. We had a great conversation about how our art practices are a necessity, but also a burden. Despite the lack of compensation, adequate resources, and exhibition opportunities that many artists face, we are compelled to do it nonetheless. When Arnold displays her large-scale projects, which take months to complete, she wants viewers to acknowledge what a huge amount of time and effort she has invested.
Believing that art should be local, sustainable and accessible, Arnold founded LxWxH, a project designed to introduce new collectors to Seattle artists and art writers. Each LxWxH edition costs a mere 130 bucks and includes original work by two Seattle artists with a short essay by a local writer. The project’s primary goal is to create a bridge between artists, writers, and the general public. The May edition features the beautiful watercolors I saw in Ryan Molenkamp’s studio,
investigates how artists interpret nonsensical language or text through
their use of printmaking/letterpress, photography, drawing, video, or
sound. At SOIL through June 2, 2012.
Ryan Molenkamp‘s studio is full of new work. Best known for his paintings based on old photographs that depict the early Seattle landscape, Molenkamp has recently taken a more decisive turn toward abstraction.
I stopped by Space where Cornish undergrad JD Banke had an exhibition of charming paintings and silkscreen prints on wood panels.
After the panel discussion on arts writing at Cornish, I went to Matthew Offenbacher’s studio, where he showed me paintings made on cheap white fabric that resists the paint. We looked at a painting of horses and talked about making art that’s more accessible to the general public as a conceptual stance.
With Gretchen Bennett and Wynne Greenwood, Offenbacher produces Seattle Catalog, a crossover venture that is both an art project and a for-profit company. A tri-yearly sales catalog, Sea-Cat features a curated selection of work by Seattle artists. Although they haven’t had much success selling the art, as an art project, Sea-Cat has been doing really well. Offenbacher also publishes and edits La Especial Norte, a small newsletter, sort of a zine, written by Seattle artists.
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