I’m very happy to have been invited to paint for an upcoming show at Prographica Gallery in Seattle. The piece below will be included with the work of many fine painters who’s work I’ve admired.
About “Observing Observing” Sept 12th – Oct 31 2015
At Prographica, we’re curating a show about “… how artists who observe, observe.” The title implies, of course, that, somewhere along the line, artists who use recognizable imagery, work from direct observation when creating their art. This show is about that observation.
Because the show is about “observation”, we have selected as a thematic constant, the “white cup.” Why a white cup? Because it is ubiquitous and carries no emotional baggage. It is the “observation” that is paramount, not the cup.
As source material a white cup is not difficult to paint. But, it is damned difficult, to make interesting. And, so, it is a challenge of a peculiar sort. A challenge analogous to that of a film actor in an all-important scene, where there is a close-up, no action, and no dialogue. For an actor, such a scene takes some considerable talent to pull off and make interesting. For an artist, too, it takes considerable talent to pull off and make interesting the observation of a white cup.
Curated by Eric Elliott, Michael Howard & Norman Lundin.
Artists included in the exhibition are: Brian Blackham, Fred Birchman, Sarah Bixler, David Campbell, Kimberly Clark, Dean Fisher, Cable Griffith, Laura Hamje, Kenny Harris, Amy Huddleston, Carrie Kapp, Matt Klos, Kathy Liao, Judy Nimtz, Elizabeth Ockwell, Anne Petty, Bob Schlegel, Bill Sharp, Graham Shutt, Jordan Wolfson & Evelyn Woods.
The show opens on Sept 12th with a reception from 2 – 4pm. If you’re reading this and will be in Seattle, I hope you’ll drop by and have a look.