Our March gallery show will feature two artist shows combined. See descriptions below of the two shows.
MIDNIGHT SUN | TODD MIRES
After midnight most people are asleep and the buzz of the world is quiet, I become open and awake. Midnight Sun represents this feeling and the work I produce as a result.
Todd Mires, Artist
Painting abstract art is my addiction and meditation. I’m addicted to the smell of blank canvas, to the infinite possibilities within it. When I paint there is the feeling like I’m desperately searching for something. I don’t necessarily know what I’m looking for but it’s the search that keeps me coming back. It is a mystery I may never solve, but this addiction tempts me to compulsively continue my search. In my meditation I try to balance spontaneity and restraint—let things flow and evolve, while simultaneously trusting my judgement to know when to stop. My process follows this practice. I paint organically, non-linear and devoid of a plan for the outcome. While painting there’s a feeling of digging and searching for significance to reveal itself. My job is to then capture it, but using restraint and self-control to stop in the right moment is the most difficult part of the process. Some of my paintings resemble nature, space or organic material, but I always approach a piece from a non-representational standpoint. Texture and its relationship with light fascinates me and there is an elusive and mysterious quality to the depth and contrast that texture creates. My aim as a painter is to structure the colors, shapes, texture and light in a compositionally significant manner to highlight this mystery through ethereal and mystical imagery.
RE-LATIONSHIP: MIXED MEDIA SCULPTURE | ALEETA RENEE JONES
Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or state of being connected
Aleeta Renee Jones, Artist
Aleeta Renee Jones presents her large scale mixed media sculpture on the theme of relationship: to self, others, and the environment. This is her first exhibition in nearly a decade and her first ever in Spokane.
Her layered pieces utilize unconventional materials such as glass, steel, encaustic (beeswax & damar resin), and fiber, in combination with found objects to evoke the intended feeling. Using organic materials set against hard materials such as glass and metal, she finds a metaphor for life - its strength and fragility. She simultaneously explores the corporeal as well as the ethereal.
Her works are personal and emotional narratives yet also universal in theme. The titles give clues: “Re-birth from the Marrow”, “A Magical Re-connection After Many Years”, and “Dark Waters”. “Dark Water” was inspired by the horrific Deep Horizon oil spill. It’s essentially a prayer for our oceans.
Each is suspended from the ceiling giving a quiet poetic and mysterious aura. Each piece can be viewed as a poem or a song, evoking feeling rather than words.
Renee holds an M.A. in Sculpture from San Francisco State University where she studied with several well-known sculptors: Stephen DeStaebler, Douglas Holmes, and Kathy Goodell. After graduating, she created and ran a small organic farm in Portland, Oregon, while continuing to pursue her art. She recently relocated to Spokane. Renee is influenced by the artists she studied with and inspired by Eva Hesse, Petah Coyne and many others.