October 30, 2012, 8:25am

History Revisited: Federico Tomasi’s Puputan Paintings

I recently returned from a trip to Bali, where I had the pleasure of meeting painter Federico Tomasi in his Kuta studio.  Colorful and emotionally charged, Tomasi and his paintings are emotive and full of life. His abstracted faces and bodies cover a range of emotions, both in their inspirations and in the reactions they draw out from viewers.

Listed under: Q&A

October 19, 2012, 8:25am

Luscious Darkness: Ellen Ziegler’s Body Double

The darkness of Seattle’s upper latitude slips quietly into place as soon as summer ends, the long afternoon light exchanged for gray afternoons and early sunsets.  A number of the city’s October exhibitions reflected these seasonal transitions with darker tones and a more sinister subtext, including SOIL’s Teeth, Gallery 110’s Urban Martyrs and Roq la Rue’s Pureheart.  While less outwardly macabre than others, Seattle artist Ellen Ziegler brings both physical and psychological darkness into play through her latest series

Listed under: Interview, Q&A

October 01, 2012, 8:25am

Greg Murr’s Political Wild Things

Greg Murr’s (NAP #101) dogs hunt and play in a world of human-made and human-valued accoutrements.  Strands of pearls, ladders, flowers, and ribbons weave playfully through the animals’ fantastical worlds, yet the pull of the paintings always remains the intensity of the animals and their very animal instinct.

Greg Murr | Capital, 2011, acrylic polymer, graphite on canvas, 63 x 67 inches.

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September 24, 2012, 8:25am


Kevin Arnold’s (NAP #100) multi-paneled canvases are refreshing and humorous.  Creating art that is all about the object and its very own objecticity, if you will, Arnold paints canvases as physical placeholders and stand-ins for the very objects he depicts.  Canvases become vinyl pillows, packing cardboard boxes, folding chairs and tables. 

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August 22, 2012, 8:25am

The Masked Men and Women of Michelle Ramin

Michelle Ramin (NAP#99), composes colored pencil portraits of her friends and family.  Sounds cute and cuddly at first, but not necessarily.  Ramin’s portraits depict those close to her in great detail, all while they are wearing face masks.  Creepy, yet personal; Scary, yet seductive, Ramin’s works are compositionally and conceptually challenging both on an individual and larger societal level.

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August 16, 2012, 8:30am

Ria Brodell’s Butch Heroes

In her series Butch Heroes, Ria Brodell (NAP #74 & #98) reinterprets Catholic holy cards in larger, hand-painted versions that look to buried and near-endangered histories of earlier generations of LGBTQ heroes, role models, and martyrs.

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June 21, 2012, 8:25am

In the Studio: Q&A With Susanna Bluhm

This month in the back gallery at Prole Drift, Susanna Bluhm is showing her latest installment in an ongoing series of works based on passages from The Bible’s nightmare-and-sex-heavy Song of Solomon. You may remember her lush paintings of islands (not part of the biblical series) reviewed alongside work by Cable Griffith at SOIL Gallery last September.

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June 05, 2012, 8:30am

Judy Glantzman Goes to Battle: A Chat About Process

"The beginnings of paintings are always really nice," Judy Glantzman tells me, "because the quality of touch, the hand, are almost the realest moments...and then you have to go the whole friggin' time to get back to that moment where you basically don't care." This internal combat describes both what's in Judy's paintings and how they're made. Hers is a method of slashing, burying, and digging through layers of paper, often finding mangled figures which invoke Goya as much as formative years spent in the East Village in the 1980s. In other words, it makes sense that she's begun to paint about war.

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May 24, 2012, 8:30am

Contemporary Wing Opens in D.C.

A few months prior to opening her new storefront gallery, Lauren Gentile  organized the group show Next Generation in a raw warehouse space in downtown D.C. It was timed to coincide with the Rubell Family Collection’s 30 Americans at the Corcoran last winter, and it tapped a few art stars from the Rubell show to select a batch of up-and-comers they viewed as the next generation of great artists.

Listed under: DC, Q&A

April 24, 2012, 8:25am

Naughty by Nature with MARISSA TEXTOR

Marissa Textor’s graphite drawings are hyperrealistic and vivid.  With her pencil, Textor bends and molds shades of grey and white seamlessly, creating images so true to life that they appear to be photographic.

Her subjects vary, but she often creates images of pre- and post-destruction, conjuring an extreme sense of foreboding or impending devastation.  Somehow this momentum she captures lingers with you as a viewer.  After seeing “Alone out Here” in NAP 97, I am still somewhat-subconsciously haunted and chilled by the quiet and predatory sharks she depicts. - Ellen C. Caldwell, LA Contributor

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