Reflective An Exhibition For Spring Unveiling Arts Festival May 3 - 5
This exhibition is a magical journey of imagined and actual reality, born out of authentic experience. Our intention is to engage the visitor in thoughtful contemplation of the work, the world, and ourselves. Imprint Gallery is split on two levels, the ground floor showing contemporary narrative art, and the upper gallery focusing on original printmaking. For our Spring Unveiling Arts Festival show, “Reflective”, we are mining the depths of quiet and gentle expression, proving that the loudest voices are not always the most enduring.
The contemplative nature of the exhibiting artists is evident in their use of color, surface and subject matter. This body of work satisfies our lust for beauty, but is in no way sweet. The artists avoid sentimentality and encourage us to discover hidden depths through a tranquil aesthetic. Their quiet voices seduce us, and we listen. While there is some commonality in approach, and all the work culminates in a desire to document human interaction with the world and each other, the individual narratives are as unique as each of the artists.
In our printmaking gallery we will be showing new work by Yuji Hiratsuka. Born in Osaka, Japan, Yuji has been teaching printmaking and drawing at Oregon State University since 1992. As a venerated teacher, his influence has been considerable on the development of many young Northwest artists. His reductive copperplate etchings meld a visual language informed by his cultural background with western popular culture.
The ground floor gallery has a mixed display of painting, ceramic and mixed media sculpture. For this show we are introducing the work of three new painters. Laurie Lisonbee and Mary Alayne Thomas have a sense of being out of time. There is a definite nod to art histories and traditions in addition to their person stories. Laurie’s work has a renaissance gravitas, while Mary Alayne incorporates art nouveau flair. In contrast, Andrea Benson’s work is about this moment - the moment in which we recognize beauty - beauty in the monumental and in the mundane.
Also new to the gallery, we will be premiering enamel wall pieces and jewelry by Jessica Calderwood and ceramics by Kensuka Yamada and Malia Landis. Jessica’s work is introspective while Kensuka’s is inspired by universal experience. Both play with humor and irony, encouraging us to reflect on our relationships and place in the world. Malia creates environments of eccentric juxtapositions that in her words “illuminate the vulnerability and impermanence of environment, memory and time. “
The exhibition will also include a new body of work by Duy Huynh. His poetic and contemplative paintings draw inspiration from a variety of storytelling formats. Born in Vietnam, themes of geographical and cultural displacement are prevalent. Ethereal characters maintain a serene but precarious balance, in a surreal or dreamlike setting.
Spring Unveiling Arts Festival is a town-wide festival in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Imprint Gallery is a curated space, working with artists to provide a flexible way to display and create new work. “Reflective” will show, as conceive, through out the festival weekend, but may evolve as new works and collections are added to the gallery.