As I begin my summer vacation next week, artist Mugi Takei will be at the gallery, allowing us to extend A Thin Thread - one of our most popular summer shows to date - for one more week. Stop by and see the show critics have called "an uncannily perfect fit, the meeting of people who already know each other." And from MSN's postbox, "A Thin Thread...” taken from a passage in Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway...” describes the connection of two friends as tenuous and distending, though permanent. Takei’s vibrant, surreal takes on womanhood and Koshino’s alluring illustrations of blank [envelopes] illuminate those gossamer strands, calling them into relief in ways both jarring and thought-provoking."
And if you are away, soaking up the last days of summer, you can still enjoy the exhibit,online here.
Annie Bissett: LOADED September 6 - October 27, 2012 Fourteen color woodcuts explore the magic, the promise, the curse, and the language of money.
September 6th, 6 to 8 pm Preview and reception with the artist
MONEY TALKS Saturday, September 8th, 5 pm Join Annie Bissett for an interactive printing demonstration and open discussion about making money as an artist.
I am pleased to welcome back Annie Bissett for her third solo exhibit at Cullom Gallery. As those of you who admire her work know, Annie has built a reputation for taking on, and unpacking for us, through her graphic and thoughtful woodcuts, many of contemporary society's most tangled issues: immigration, war, religion, equal rights, and more. This time, in her new series, LOADED, Bissett trains on the topic of money: its magic, promise, curse, and even the aphorisms we use when talking about it. In so many ways, this is a very timely exhibit and a very strong body of new work.
LOADED is comprised of fourteen painstakingly produced and beautifully nuanced Japanese woodblock prints: 5 massive (24 x 40 inch) designs based on imagery culled from US bank notes and 9 text-based designs, which group under their own title, Mixed Feelings. Plus Annie has designed and printed a series of original silk-screened notes named Cash For the Crash. In her words, Cash... is "a currency to celebrate the parts of our economy that are undervalued or ignored in our calculations about value and worth – things that we rely on for life itself that are free and priceless and belong to everyone."
In just a few years, since her introduction to Japanese woodblock printmaking in 2005, Annie Bissett has proven to be an important emerging American printmaker. In that time, her work has been added to permanent collections of the Boston Public Library, Saratoga Print & Paper Foundation (Langley, WA), Hood Museum of Art (Dartmouth College), Mortimer Rare Book Room (Smith College), Yale University Art Gallery, Portland Museum of Art (Portland, ME), Jundt Art Museum, (Gonzaga University), and the Spencer Museum of Art (Lawrence, KS).
On Saturday, September 8th, in conjunction with LOADED, Annie will present MONEY TALKS, an interactive printing demonstration and open discussion about making money as an artist. During the event, Annie will print and distribute a new limited edition of credit cards. These cards include a special strip containing a code that will allow you to take financial risks just like real Wall Street financiers do. This free event happens in partnership with other evening events scheduled for the finish line (directly in front of the gallery at 6th Ave S and S Main St) of the 2nd Annual NEPO 5K Don't Run, a "boundary-blurring, community-involving, city-loving art event that takes art walking to a whole new level."
Annie Bissett. WE TRUST. Japanese woodblock print. 24 x 40 inches
Annie Bissett. MIXED FEELINGS #3 - DROWNING
Japanese woodblock print with transfer drawing
12.5 x 19 inches
Annie Bissett.(detail) CASH FOR THE CRASH.
Screen print and hand coloring
each 3.25 x 6.75 inches
HIGH FIVE: Fifth Anniversary Exhibit November 1 - December 1, 2012
Cullom Gallery turns five on November 1st, 2012, so this month we look back at the work of five of the gallery's favorite artists, some iconic masters, some new young talents.
SUMMER CLOSER August 26 - September 5, 2012
A reminder that Cullom Gallery will close for summer vacation from August 26th through September 5th.
Have a great end of your summer! I hope to see many of you this fall.