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 Back  Vignettes | Washington | April – May 2015

By Allyn Cantor

CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE PRINTMAKERS Davidson Galleries, Seattle, Mar 17-May 2 This exhibition offers a window into the diverse world of contemporary Japanese printmaking and features over 25 artists. While the tradition of woodblock prints in Japan dates back more than a millennium, other forms of printmaking media didn't expand until after WWII. The work of the artists here (who range in age from 23 to 91 years) represents varied aesthetics and techniques while maintaining the characteristic elements of Japanese design, balance and precision.

ANELECIA HANNAH: KEEPING TIME WaterWorks Gallery, Friday Harbor, May 9-25 Born and raised in Washington State, Anelecia Hannah is an emerging contemporary Realist, whose subjects include still life, figurative and metaphoric depictions. In this exhibit, she uses ordinary objects and everyday scenes to log memory and reflect on the passage of time. Hannah most often works from life and spends a great deal of time observing the nuances of her subjects. The quietude and stillness she captures in these paintings draw the viewer to personal contemplation.

MARKO KRATOHVIL Christian Grevstad, Seattle, Mar-May Marko Kratohvil is an internationally recognized contemporary sculptor who recently relocated to Seattle. Worked in welded steel, his immaculate forms convey pure gesture and lend expression to space with a spare lightness. Through movement and rhythm, passive and active energy, Kratohvil’s refined forms strive to articulate fields of experience that remain before or after verbalization. Born in Belgrade, Kratohvil holds an MA in sculpture. He lived and worked in London before emigrating to the US.

BEN DARBY: AUSPICIOUS Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, May 7-30 Ben Darby, a San Diego artist, uses playful references and intellectual metaphors in his fantastical paintings that combine layers of paint with sculptural acrylic relief he creates from handcrafted moulds. Darby’s works are realized in detail, as he brings together toy-like characters and animal and botanical forms to create visual stories that blend humour and satire. His compositions are delightful in their whimsical appeal and show a heightened imagination used as tool to address reality.

RYAN SARAH MURPHY: SITE LINES Platform Gallery, Seattle, Apr 2-May 2 Through abstract sculptural collages, Ryan Sarah Murphy, based in New York, focuses on the intersection of natural and urban forms. She uses the overlooked and throw-away materials of daily life, like cardboard and discarded book covers, to create topographical collages that express both dilapidation and formation through the structuring of impermanent media. Her arrangements recall architectural infrastructure as much as geographical landscape. Included in this show are wall-mounted constructions and a series of work on paper titled “Blueprints.”

Mariko Ando
Mariko Ando

Anelecia Hannah
Anelecia Hannah

Marko Kratohvil
Marko Kratohvil

Ben Darby
Ben Darby

Ryan Sarah Murphy
Ryan Sarah Murphy

 Tue, Apr 7, 2015