MIDNIGHT SUN & RE-LATIONSHIP
March 1st - March 20th, 2019
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.
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’s 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 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.
January 4th - February 21st, 2019
Scrutinearsighted responds to the current wave of “Toxic White Masculinity” evident in the Trump administration, the UK’s accidental “Brexit” referendum and the deluge of sexual misconduct revelations that inspired the #MeToo movement. Combining the notion of the “scrutineer” (an official appointed to ensure that various competitions’ rules and regulations are meet by their combatants) with the condition of “nearsightedness” (or myopia where the eye can focus upon nearby subjects but blurs when greater distances are observed), the project reflects a milieu of biased, opportunistic ideologies and coercive discourse. The installation’s unpredictable mix of drawing, painting and textual components provides audiences with a complex and condensed view of our contemporary predicament; rather than representing easily recognizable contemporary figures, however, the project considers socio-political ills as systemic and stretching beyond their contemporary manifestations, so its caricatures blend a number of power-mad authoritarian tropes from across time and around the globe. The imagery’s palette (a black, white and grey tonal range) is used to invoke both the extremes of opinion and action, and all the ambiguous and ambivalent compromises and equivocations that are part of contemporary life.
The amassed imagery forms unstable and unpredictable continuums and hierarchies on the gallery’s walls, with the imagery seeming to spill from surface to surface before abruptly shifting tone and direction as it offers divergent and dissenting perspectives. Resembling a corrupted tableau, a tattered scroll or a violently undulating graph, the installation envelops the viewer, situating them within an unfolding incident. This installation format offers its audience a paradox echoing the project’s title—the details of various struggles are visible up-close, but obscured as one tries to view the series’ full breadth and absorb its full implications.
Cointagious Cointerventions WORkshop
Can’t get enough coinage? Artist RICHard SMOLinski is hosting a hands-on workshop that employs portmanteau word-coinage technique that is evident in the installation’s title and throughout the imagery. The workshop offers participants the chance to explore language’s malleability and potential for creative renovation as they devise their own unique “Cointerventions.” Like a non-permanent and non-damaging form of “portable graffiti” or a decidedly low-tech form of “social messaging,” participants invent and produce personal “community improvement” signage to share with their community stimulate “social discourse.” This divergent signage does not monetize or commercialize common public space like advertising, but instead establishes it as a site for creative communication and generous sharing of perspectives.
DECEMBER 7TH - DECEMBER 28TH, 2018
In "il·lu·mi·na·tion", The PORTAL Collective invites the viewer to step into a highly immersive site-specific installation. Using interactive projections and audio recordings, Shantell Jackson, Roin Morigeau, and Asia Porter have rendered their individual pen + ink work into imagined digital topographies. It is largely taken for granted how entrenched white hetero-patriarchy has become in our day-to-day lives. From the clothes we wear, the sidewalks we walk down, to the very buildings we inhabit. PORTAL’s "il·lu·mi·na·tion" answers the question, “What else?”. Wielding poetry, visual art, digital design, and contemporary storytelling methods as tools, we are not dismantling the master's house, we are building a home of our own.
PORTAL is the antidote to creative isolation.
"Il·lu·mi·na·tion" is the threshold.
November 2nd - November 24th
The work in this exhibit explores two underlying themes - the barriers that we experience as women that have held us back as well as the personal power that we draw on as women when we flourish. Historically power has been associated with force but is now undergoing a transformation and is being seen as the ability to make a difference in the world by enhancing the lives of others. Artists Kimber Follevaag and Sylvia Darcy hope to promote conversations that further the definition of what it means to be powerful and what it means to be free of cages.
More About the Exhibit:
HISTORY Santos Cage Dolls take their name from the Spanish word for saint. Priest of the l7th century carved and later brought the dolls to Latin America. They were used in processions during holy days to aid in the conversion of Native Americans to Catholicism.
CAGE DOLL SERIES The dichotomy of women being put on a pedestal while still experiencing suppression is what inspired the Cage Doll Series. The term itself “Cage Doll” reflects the lengths women go to in the name of beauty and self-image
CORSET CROSS STITCH SERIES The Corset Cross Stitch Series is an abstract representation of the corsets used in the l800’s to slim the body and make it conform to a fashionable silhouette. Women were so tightly laced that they could breathe only with the top part of their lungs, causing the bottom part of their lungs to fill with mucus. Side effects included a persistent cough, as well as heavy breathing, causing a heaving appearance of the bosom. The smallest waist on record is l3 inches.
EMPOWERMENT SERIES In these times of tumultuous women’s issues, potential exists for great change. The Empowerment Series is about recognizing and claiming the power that women already possess. Power is not bestowed. The making of quilts has been a way for women to bond in support of each other. Women are awakening to the realization that true power is an inside job.
THE WOMAN IN THE MIDDLE This collaborative piece represents how women are literally in the middle of great change. We invited women in the community to express their own personal experience with regards to empowerment. They were asked where have you found it, and where have you missed it? The skirt is made up from their responses. Thanks to Kraig Lysek and Gizmo for their help in making the exhibit come to life.
September 7th - October 24th
Touching off the Spokane River and environs, these works are based in nature, observations of streams, ponds, and creatures, architecture of plant, rock or building. The work is contemplative and subjective, not purely representational. While the work is diverse, there is a sympathy between us and the works we create.
Artists Featured in Show:
MARIAH BOYLE | mariahboyleart.com - Mariah Boyle holds an MFA in Painting & Drawing from Washington State University and a BA in Art, Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR. Mariah has been an artist in residence at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Vermont Studio Center and Centrum. She is an Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipient. She teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.
JOHN DeROULET | johnderoulet.com - John graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Fine Arts. He has exhibited extensively including at Kolva Sullivan, Terrain, Dodson’s and at the Chase Gallery. His work was exhibited at the Music City Building with Window Dressing.
KAREN MOBLEY | karenmobley.com - Karen holds an MFA from the University of Oklahoma and a BFA from the University of Wyoming. She was artist in residence AIR Studio Paducah, Jentel Foundation, Brush Creek Foundation, and for the Spokane County Library District at the Lab. She has participated in Spokane’s Window Dressing installation program, Terrain, and over 100 exhibitions throughout the US.
ROIN MORIGEAU | roinmorigeau.com - Roin graduated from Prescott College with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Ecology. They exhibited at Emerge Gallery and Terrain. They participated in the Window Dressing Creative Enterprise Program | Spokane, WA. They also participated in Terrain Bazaar.
ELLEN PICKEN | ellenpicken.com - Ellen has created murals in Spokane, Coeur D’Alene and Seattle. Ellen is an Artist Trust Grants for Artist Projects (GAP) recipient. She has been a resident at Vermont Studio Center, St. Gertrude’s Monastery and GlogauAIR in Berlin, Germany. She holds a BA in Visual Communications Design and a BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Washington University.
CX30: CREATIVE EXPERIENCE/THIRTY COLLABOARTIONS
AUGUST 9TH - AUGUST 30TH
August's show is brought to us by Helveticka.
How does a creative firm celebrate 30 years in business? Creatively.
Curated, designed, written, and installed by CK Anderson and his team at helveticka, CX30 pays tribute to 30 talented collaborators the firm has worked with over the last three decades – and shares their unique perspectives on the creative experience.
Artists, photographers, illustrators, programmers, videographers, media buyers, printers, animators, fabricators, composers – even a cartoonist – share insights; recall interesting, funny, or challenging circumstances; reveal breakthrough moments in their careers; offer business philosophies; and, at times, describe poignant moments. Work from commercial visual artists will also be on display.
If you work in or around the creative industry, you’ll find these stories compelling and relatable. If you’re thinking about a career in the arts, or new to the creative profession, you’ll find them inspiring and informative. Even if you’re none of the above, you’ll still discover some amazing local talent – the sort of creativity most people just don’t realize is out there.
JULY 6TH - JULY 27TH
July's show features the solo exhibit of Julie Gautier-Downes.
In installations and photographs, Julie Gautier-Downes leads us on a journey through abandoned homes, creating both the visual and emotional experiences of the scenes she constructs. These mediums offer a unique angle of inquiry that feeds her pursuit of connection to absent figures.
Each installation represents a real or imagined trauma or failure and allows Gautier-Downes the ability to engage her audience in a multi-sensory, self-directed experience. These fractured environments become monuments to failed relationships, lifestyles, and dreams. In her work, she continues to question the seemingly inherent physical stability of a house and the different ways that houses decay over time.
JUNE 1ST - JUNE 29TH
June's show features the work of: Mariah Boyle, Meghan Flynn, Meghan Hedley and Lisa Soranaka. Each piece is centered around the color pink, as the hue maintains a strong presence in contemporary culture and has become an economic color or millennial.
Pink is associated with ideas such as intimacy, felinity, and love, bringing to mind anything from thoughts of childhood, adulthood, flowers, to fashion brands.
1. of a color intermediate between red and white
1. pink color, material, or pigment
2. any group of colors with a reddish hue that can usually reflect a large amount of light
3. the best or finest condition or degree
4. any flower of the Old World plants of the genus Dianthus
1. to ornament, to adorn, to embellish
1. say something in order to convey a thought, feeling, emotion
2. have a conversation
3. communicate or relate to
Fusion & Fibrant | Lou Lou Pink & Margaret Mount
May 4th - May 26th
Fusion - A Gift for the White House
The process or result of joining two or more things together to form a single entity.
Performance artist Lou Lou Pink invites you to donate an article of clothing — preferably one you are wearing — which she will use to create a large narrative scroll. You can participate by placing your article of clothing into one of the wooden trunks.
The articles of clothing function as surrogates for the individuals contributing to the developing narrative. The narrative representing the underlying connectedness of humanity, while embracing an exchange of human experience and unity.
Lou Lou’s goal is to travel across the U.S., visiting several other locations along the way, continually adding to the scroll at each destination. Her final stop will be Washington D.C. where, in front of the White House, she will unroll the scroll — now a massive beautiful visual landscape — as an important reminder of the fusion that exists within us all.
This group show combines the work of five artists: Anna Carpenter, Remelisa Cullitan, May Kytonen, Margaret Mount, and Eva Silverstone as well as the community group Craftivists of the Inland Northwest. Each of the artists are working in their own way to remix fiber traditions in order to explore a variety of concepts including identity, femininity, body, community, and fiber itself in the role of art.
Throughout, there is a stretching of the concept of stitching and fiber arts as “women’s work” in order to push that further into the realm of art and communicate that women’s voices in art are strong and important. While this “push” exists and strives to communicate, there is also the presence of honoring the long tradition of fiber as “women’s work” and the history of the stitches that came before. It is the hope of these artists that we can balance between pushing the art of fiber and acknowledging the work predecessors.
Neighborhood | Michael Dinning
April 6th-April 28th
Join us April 6th for the opening of the month long show Neighborhood by Michael Dinning.
Michael believes that our lives are assemblages of the people, places and events that we choose to hold close, and that we need to return to, again and again, as we navigate the world around us. Our identities are constructed with these intriguing little bits and pieces, because they compel us, bring us joy, and define the way that we want to see ourselves, and how others see us.
Neighborhoods are eclectic, messy, chaotic. They are the places where we interact with others, and they are the places where we keep our secrets. They keep our history, give us a sense of place, intrigue us with light and sound, movement and music. Life can be as mundane as a morning commute, or as joyous as a dance to drive away the rain.
Our neighborhoods are filled with secrets, and often strife, but in the end there is a beat of life, a rhythm of existence, that keeps it all compelling, intriguing and lled with light. This is a light of life which illuminates the world around, and glows within us all. More than anything, “Neighborhood” is his homage to this light, which he keeps returning to, constantly entrancing, perpetually present and a never-ending source of energy and joy.
TEN YEARS OF TERRAIN
Feb 9th-March 24th
Remember Cabby Barnard’s and Tiffany Kendrick’s balloon room from Terrain 4? How about Alan Chatham’s Choose-Your-Own-Adventure pay phone from Terrain 7? Or Terrain’s youngest artist ever, 8-year-old Olive Pete’s series from Terrain 8? What about Divine Jewels' Scapeskin performance from Terrain 5? Or Chase Halland’s debut of his now nationally renown bucks from Terrain 6?
In honor of Terrain's 10th Anniversary, we’ve put together a gallery show looking back at noteworthy pieces/performance from past Terrain events.
Representing at least one piece from every year and featuring the work of 33 different artists, join us as we replay some of the most memorable moments of the past decade.
This show will run from February 9th to March 24th. The gallery is open Thursday through Saturday, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. This is a FREE show.
Travis Chapman Art
Melissa Sunford Rackham
Reinaldo Alexander Gil Zambrano
Tiffany Patterson's Art ♥ ♥ ♥
Tiffany Leigh Kendrick
SNAPSHOT | July 7-September 30 2017
A Look at Spokane Right Now
A place, like an image, is a composition of elements connected in time and space. These elements can look drastically different spending on your angle of view, and of course, things change over time.
From almost any angle, Spokane is changing incredibly quickly.
Our hope with Snapshot was to capture this moment in the life of our city from many perspectives, so that we can see as comprehensively as possible the way Spokane looks to its people.
We wanted to celebrate the Spokane we saw emerging — the tremendous growth, the pride, the enthusiasm — but we also wanted to challenge ourselves as a community to ensure this change makes Spokane a more hopeful place for everyone.
To that end, we asked local professional photographers from all walks of life to shoot the Spokane they see every day. With the help of a Sponsorship from the Smith Barbieri Progressive Fund we were able to give away 15 digital cameras to Crosswalk of Spokane and to Global Neighborhood to add to the perspectives of how we see Spokane. We also encouraged the entire community to contribute to the project by using the hashtag #snapshotspokane to be featured on our community wall.
We are hoping to revisit this exhibit again the future so keep using the hashtag #snapshotspokane and you might end up in our gallery.
Framed photos by Young Kwak, Rajah Bose, Robert Lloyd, Grace Lindsey, Kristen Black & Laree Weaver, community wall photos by you.
Art and Social Practice
Heather Hart, an interdisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, NY will be featured in the Terrain Gallerywill participate in a number of community events from February 21 to 24 that showcase her talent of combining art with social practice. She is interested in creating site-specific liminal spaces for personal reclamation. Her work questions dominant cultural narratives and offers alternatives to them. New stories are created through Hart’s thoughtful proposed interactions, these experiences are a starting place for rebuilding history – a renewed platform to reshape or strengthen cultural identity. Her work makes use of large immersive sculptures that invite a very physical level of interactivity or can provide a more intimate experience with secluded spaces and participatory drawings. For her, this interactivity is key to the message of transition and change that is embedded within her art.
Hey. You. How’ve you been feeling the last couple of days? Despondent? Emboldened? Terrified? Relieved?
Terrain wants to hear from you. All of you. We’d love for you to create something that reflects these emotions. It can be a poem. A drawing. A song. A letter. Collage. Dance. Sculpture. Anything and everything is welcome. Each person gets a 1’x1’ space. Open to everyone.