Evergreen Gallery

Past Exhibitions 2010

Goodwill 2010 Image

Kimowan Metchewais
Goodwill, 118 Avenue, Edmonton
2010
Ink dye and acrylic paint on paper, tape
42" x 35"

It's Complicated – Art about Home

Opening reception: Thursday October 14, 5 - 8 pm Exhibition continues through January 12, 2011

Talk by artist Nicholas Galanin: Wednesday October 13, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Is home a house, a place, a reservation, an ecological region, a spiritual landscape, a gathering of family and friends? Is home an idea, or a feeling, or a literal architectural space? Can we choose home? Is there an ancestral geographic home that is more home than any other place could be? What are the dynamics of the very literal legal and geographic boundaries to “home,” as on tribal lands, reservations, pueblos, and reserves? What are the experiences of moving from one home to another? How do we make a new place home? How do these experiences of “home” tie in with our daily lives and the divisions between home and work, family and friends?

Curated by Evergreen Faculty member Lara M. Evans, Ph.D., this exhibition looks at how Native American and First Nations artists address these questions. Pieces of Home includes artworks by: Nicholas Galanin, Erin Genia, Maria Hupfield, Merritt Johnson, Jason Lujan, Kimowan Metchewais, Sarah Sense, Kade Twist, Jeffrey Veregge.

Exhibition and programming made possible by generous support from the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and from these groups at Evergreen: Evergreen State College Foundation, President's Diversity Fund, Longhouse Education and Cultural Center.

Break Through

Naomi Faith
Break Through
2009
wood, copper, brass mesh, escutcheon pins, hand-made lacquer,
liver of sulfur
15”h x 12”w x18” d

Perseverance

Diana Oliphant
Perseverance
2009
India ink and spray paint
36”h x 24”w

Senior Thesis Exhibitions

Opening: Thursday May 27, 5-8pm
Exhibition continues May 28 – June 4

(also open the morning before graduation June 11)

Naomi Faith, “Sensation; in Restraint”

Naomi Smith creates wearable sculpture that expresses a great devotion to craft and content. Her creations move beyond feminine adornment while engaging the senses directly, instilling physical and emotional responses in the wearer that affect the viewer as well. In her work, Naomi grapples with a re-evaluation of what it means to be a sexual female within a society full of taboos against just that.

Diana Oliphant, “Disconnect: The Landscape Revisited”

Diana Oliphant explores the current relationship between people and the environment in her collection “Disconnect: The Landscape Revisited.” As technology advances, increasingly we will have the option to live in a virtual reality. Yet at the same time we face environmental destruction unparalleled in human history. Through her artworks in “Disconnect,” Diana engages the audience in conversation about the future of humanity and the environment.

5 Projections: Video from Western Bridge

Exhibition dates: April 19 – May 19, 2010 (closed May 11)

Evergreen Gallery presents a selection of video art from the collection of William and Ruth True in Seattle. Selected by Evergreen Gallery director Ann Friedman and Western Bridge director Eric Fredericksen, the work in this exhibition engages a variety of contemporary art approaches to video, from the cinematic compositions and musical score of Shirin Neshat's black-and-white video "Possessed" to Takeshi Murata's digital appropriation and manipulation of a forgotten Hollywood film in "Monster Movie." Other works include Guy Ben-Ner's sitcom Marxism in "Stealing Beauty", Anri Sala's recording of a duet between a DJ and fireworks in "Mixed Behaviour," and Daniel Pflumm's G8-protests-inspired "Paris".

April 19-23 Anri Sala, Mixed Behaviour, 2003, video, 8 min 17

Mixed Behaviour

April 26-30 Daniel Pflumm, Paris, 2004, video, 33 min 30 sec

Paris

May 3-4 Susan Black, Heaven On Earth, 2000

May 5-7 Maria Marshall, President Bill Clinton, Memphis, November 13, 1993, 2000

President Bill Clinton, Memphis, November 13, 1993

May 10-14 (closed May 11) Guy Ben Ner, Stealing Beauty, 2007, video, 17 min 40 sec

Stealing Beauty

May 17-19 Takeshi Murata, Monster Movie, 2005, video with sound by Plate Tectonics, 4 min

Monster Movie

Barlow Mini Kegs with Antlers

Howard Barlow
Half Rack
, 2009
knitted element by Lorraine Barlow
crushed mini kegs, antler, knit wool

Country Cousins: An Exploration of Contemporary Frontier Myth

Exhibition dates: February 8 - March 10, 2010

The myth of the frontier west has had a profound impact throughout U.S. history, influencing personal lives and public policy, beliefs, customs, values, actions. Though some myths have given way to factual observation, progress in democratization, and increased understanding, others linger into the 21st century. The artists included in this exhibition delve into those frontier myths, exploring continuums and contrasts among civilization and wilderness, familiarity and strangeness, fear and protection, chaos and order, the physicality of being and the intuition of spirituality, corporeal identity and instinctive desire.

The myth of the artist has also endured for centuries. Aspiring artists have gone to cultural centers for education and training, to study artworks of past generations and find a community of artists, and very importantly, for patronage. Stories of starving artists finding rundown urban areas in which they can live on the cheap and make art, where there are bars or coffeehouses where they can congregate to debate about art and life, have been prevalent since the nineteenth century. In the northwest since the 1970s, it has been the custom for young artists to move to New York or LA, and if not there then Seattle or Portland. The digital age that began changing the cultural landscape in the late twentieth century has had an enormous impact on these supposedly standard artistic paths. And in 2010, how much has this changed?

Four years ago, Howard Barlow, this exhibition’s curator and co-founder of Punch Gallery in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, was sitting in the gallery when a prominent Seattle art critic came in. Impressed by the show, she inquired more about the gallery, its artists, and how the gallery functioned. Barlow explained that Punch was an artist-run gallery with members from around the region, but that the board, which ran the gallery, was from the east side. Barlow remembers her saying "Honey, if you say you’re from the east side around here, that means Bellevue…where you’re from [East of the Cascades] is the wilderness."

Exploring myths, mysteries, and stereotypes of the (wild) west, "Country Cousins" showcases several current and former PUNCH members. The exhibition includes work by Renee Adams, Howard Barlow, Lorraine Barlow, Justin Beckman, Nathan DiPietro, Natalie Dotzauer, Bill Finger, Justin Gibbens, Patricia Hagen, Eugene Parnell.