Rhythm of Colors

December 4, 2014 ~ January 10, 2015

Photo:  Sarah McLaughlin

Camille Patha

Lisa Buchanan

Isabel Kahn

Patricia Hagen

Akiko Masker

Justin Lytle

2013

2014

Rhythm of Colors

Group exhibition

Camllle Patha, Lisa Buchanan, Isabel Kahn, Patricia Hagen, Akiko Masker and Justin Lytle

12/4, 2014 ~ 1/3, 2015


Yumiko Glover

MOE, Elements of the Floating World


10/16 ~ 12/20, 2014


Irene Kubota

Finding Our Way

9/3 ~ 10/11, 2014


James Lee Hansen

Bronze Continuum

7/17 ~ 8/30, 2014


Klara Glosova

Life on the Sidelines

6/5 ~ 7/12, 2014


Big Painting

Buchanan/Bokuden/Bemm

4/17 ~ 5/24, 2014


Rodrigo Valenzuela

Goal Keeper   

3/6 ~ 4/12, 2014


Morris McWreath

New work                              

3/6 ~ 4/12, 2014


Amanda Manitach

New work      

1/16 ~ 3/1, 2014


Travis Pond

New work

1/16 ~ 3/1, 2014

Holiday Group Show

12/5 ~ 1/11/13 ~ 2014


Group exhibition

Katina Huston, Lisa Zerkowitz & James Lee Hansen

10/17 ~ 11/30, 2013


Get Naked                                                        Group exhibition

Erin Riley, Yanhong Ma, Claire Brandt, Caity Berndt, Sarah B. Whalen, Sarah Barsness, Amanda Manitach  

9/5 ~ 10/12, 2013


Another Perfect Day in the Pacific Northwest                                                        Group exhibition                                                           

Isabel Kahn, Shelly Corbett, Ben Darby, Brandon Zebold, Patricia Hagen, Larry Bemm

8/1 ~ 31, 2013


Adrianne Smits

Metaphors of Nature

6/5 ~ 7/27, 2013

                 

Akiko Masker

Ukigumo                                        

6/5 ~ 7/27, 2013


2015

Lisa Zerkowitz

ephemer

1 -31 October 2015


James Lee Hansen

90 Years in Reflection

3-26 Sepember 2015


Travis Pond

Northwest Wildlife

1/8 ~ 2/28, 2015


In LEGO, We Connect                          Group exhibition

Shelly Corbett, Vesa Lehtimaki, Boris Vanrillaer

3/5 ~4/11, 2014


Allan Packer  

Phenomenon

4/18 ~ 6/27, 2015


Travis Pond + Adrianne Smits

Wild at Heart

7/2 ~ 8/29, 2015


Travis Pond                January 8 ~ February 28, 2015               Northwest Wildlife

In LEGO, We Connect

“All children are born artists, the problem is how to remain one once they grow up.” 

-- Pablo Picasso

The macro lenses of Vesa Lehtimaki (Helsinki), Shelly Corbett (Seattle) and Boris Vanrillaer (Stockholm) capture and combine nature and Lego minifigures, creating fanciful landscapes unexpectedly realized in large-scale, fine art photographs. In an age when the majority of photographs are viewed on one's phone, the forgotten joy of seeing large photographs like this -- with grain pulsating, snow sparkling and and thousands of gradations of color -- is a truly visceral experience.


A massive boom in nostalgia-fueled toy photography has caused communities of both amateur and professional photographers to pop up all over Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, and Twitter. Social media has created a bridge across more than 5,000 miles for Vesa(avanaut), Shelly(xxsjc) and Boris(_me_2), enabling them to form the artist's collective Stuck in Plastic. The trio will soon meet in person for the very first time at the opening of their group show on March 5 at the Bryan Ohno Gallery in Seattle. Though their styles vary, they share a common desire to reveal the inner lives and loves of the diminutive Lego minifigure which connects us all -- young and old -- and is set to outnumber the human race by 2019.

Boris Vanrillaer works in the mediums of light and nostalgia. He captures the LEGO minifigures at the first spark of an adventure, using the magical light of the Northern Hemisphere as a tool to spark the childhood memories of the viewer. 

Vesa Lehtimaki has one of the 25 top photos on Flickr in 2015 and is recognized as inspiring the creators of the Lego movie. He recreates worlds like Hoth and Tatooine from Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth, and the 1930s Earth from Indiana Jones. 

Shelly Corbett explores the theme of voyeurism, allowing viewers to glimpse the hidden, secret life of these popular toys. Interacting with others around the world via Instagram, she has learned that our toys, whether big or small, help us to rediscover our inner child and the joy of play.

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PRESS RELEASE

Evening Magazine, KING 5 TV with Kim Holcomb

Everything is awesome — especially this Lego photography exhibit

MÓNICA GUZMÁN

Allan Packer  

Phenomenon

April 18 - June 27, 2015

Seattle Times Art Review

by Nancy Worssam

At Bryan Ohno, paintings that play with reality

Review of Allan Packer show at Bryan Ohno Gallery, paintings that show Packer’s trademark bold colors, geometric shapes, mystical creatures, surprising juxtapositions and optical illusions.

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Allan Packer's painting, "Fluxus Station" with being on the cover of The Stranger Magazine, Summer Arts Guide

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Adrianne Smits, Drought Summer, 2015, 10.75 x 14.25 inches, watercolor and gouache on paper

Travis Pond, Dead Robin, 2015, 16 x 13 x 8 inches, repurposed steel

Adrianne Smits + Travis Pond: Wild at Heart, July 2 - August 29

Captivated by the natural world and our place among it, Pond and Smits use their respective mediums to create meditative pieces that immerse the viewer in the wildness of their subject matter


"If the canvas would just 'give' a little, it seems, you could easily take a stroll through the woodland dell it depicts."


Michael Upchurch, The Seattle Times

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James Lee Hansen

90 Years in Reflection


3 - 26 September 2015

521 S. Main St. Seattle, WA 98104

2012


Bokuden Matsuda, Words in Abstraction



2011


Rodrigo Valenzuela, Fixing Architecture


Ryan Molenkamp, The Watcher



2005


Katina Huston, Shadow Series, Ink on mylar


Patricia Hagan, Fragile Attachments, Acrylic paintings 


Matt Wainwright, In Focus, paintings



2004


Jay Backstrand, New paintings


Marc Katano, New paintings


Lisa Zerkowitz, Landscape, sculptures

                                                                           

Anna Daedalus, New photographs


2003


Mary Henry, Constructivist Paintings

                                                                                  

Minoru Ohira, New sculpture

Reid Ozaki, Porceleain copper reducteon ceramics  

                                                         

William Dubin, Mechanamorphic sculptures 

                                                                          

Junko Iijima, Hybrids, sculpture



2002

Isamu Noguchi, Galvanized Steel Sculpture


Minoru Ohira, Recycled Wood Sculpture Exhibit


Larry Bemm, Oil on Canvas Paintings Exhibit



2001


Lisa Buchanan, Painting Exhibit


Ben Darby, Acrylic Paintings


Isabel Kahn, Scrolls, Paper and ink


Osamu Saito, Woodblock prints



2000


Seattle Asian Art Museum – Bokuden Matsuda art demonstration project


Lynda Benglis, A Decade of Ideas

                                                                                        

Brandon Zebold, Steel sculpture    

                                                                                             

Shelly Corbett, Infinite Jest, photographs



1999



Isamu Noguchi, exhibition designed by George Suyama & Jay Deguchi



Albert Paley, Pilchuck Steel & Glass



1998



Ryoji Koie Ceramic Project with University of Washington & Akio Takamori


Ando Hiroshige’s, “53 Stations of Tokaido"


Robert Maki, Wood and Steel Sculpture Exhibit, Two locations


Italo Scanga, Sculpture & Painting Exhibit


Melbourne Art Fair, Melbourne, Austrailia


Monumental Sculpture, Dale Chihuly, Ginny Ruffner, Italo Scanga, Maria Lugossy, Alessandro Deaz de Santillana, and Mary Van Cline



1997


Albert Paley, Steel sculptures    

                                                                                              

Italo Scanga, Pentimento, painting & sculptures 



Wendell Castle, Wood sculptures and furniture


James Lee Hansen, Bronze sculpture


Dale Chihuly, Curated the inaugural exhibit at Daiichi Museum, Nagoya Japan



1996


Ramon Orlina, APEC series


Yang Hui-Shan, Glass exhibit, Mitsukoshi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


Seattle Art Fair


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1996-2012  Selected Exhibits:

In LEGO, We Connect

the adventure continues



5 November  - 12 December 2015

521 S. Main St. Seattle, WA 98104

Artist Reception: Thursday 5 November 6 - 8pm 2015


Family Toy Photography Workshop:

Saturday 7 November 1 - 3pm 2015


Earlier this year, the Bryan Ohno Gallery hosted the first Fine Art Lego Photography exhibit in the world. Popular demand by critics and fans alike has resulted in this second, all-new show featuring even more artists from around the globe as they capture 21st century pop culture with a fresh sense of mystery, wonder and playfulness.


The act of building a world with your own hands is a powerful feeling. Block by block, piece by piece—the possibilities are limitless. This creative drive stems all the way back to youth—reminiscent of a child stretched out on the ground with LEGO spread all around, as they forge a world of their own creation. Above all other toys, LEGO’s foster this sense of play and imagination in every sense.


5 November through 12 December, the gallery welcomes new work from photographers Kristina Alexanderson, Shelly Corbett, Mike Stimpson and Boris Vanrillaer. Linked by their sense of wonder and imagination, each of these artists captures the beauty of humanity through the unexpected, yet wildly popular LEGO mini figures. Through their fine-art photographs, these artists are able to join these beloved characters to us in a way that we couldn’t imagine when we were children—but now can recognize in the soft moments of connection, empathy, and nature that are glimpsed and reflective of our own lives, past and present.


Please join us in geeking out over this unique exhibition that merges science, fantasy, art, and creativity in a way that hasn’t been seen before. 


The gallery will host an opening reception, open to the public, on Thursday, November 5th from 6-8pm. In addition, the artists will host a free family Toy Photography Workshop on Saturday, November 7 from 1-3pm.


About the Exhibit

A Stormtrooper looking out the window wistfully through falling rain... it's this type of unexpected, moody and lush visual interpretation of pop culture that UK toy photographer Mike Stimpson is known for. His work imbues our beloved icons and LEGO characters with an almost startling compassion, capturing them in quiet moments such as baking cupcakes, crafting a paper airplane, or playing with a kitten. These stories may have taken place “a long time ago in a galaxy far away,” but through Stimpson’s extraordinary vision, we are able to re-discover our own tender humanity in the present.


Mike Stimpson, Trooper Kitten, 2015 Birmingham, England

Kristina Alexanderson, 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark


Boris Vanrillaer, EffeAppeldoornBellen, 2015 Stockholm, Sweden

Shelly Corbett, I Robot Pink Flower, 2015 Seattle, WA  USA

There’s a softness to the photos of Swedish photographer Kristina Alexanderson that can’t be denied. She possesses the unique talent of infusing her photos with a playful energy and light, while simultaneously building a narrative based on the relationships formed amongst her LEGO. She’s not telling the story we all expect of the Imperial Soldier, but instead is transforming these ordinary moments into ones that we can resonate with; such as time spent between a parent and a child, or the affection a child has for it’s stuffed companion…each moment is touching in it’s own way, familiar and unfamiliar all at once—the loveliest of juxtapositions. Through her photography, Alexanderson questions the motives of traditional myths and parenthood, searching for clues to unlock age-old questions of good and evil. Alexanderson is also an ombudsman for Creative Commons Sweden, working to spread awareness of Creative Commons. In 2012, she published the guide, Source Criticism on the Internet.


A quick glance at the toy photography of Belgian-born, Swedish Archipelago-based Boris Vanrillaer is most-definitely not going to be long enough. The visually dense and abundant worlds he creates need a lengthy perusal in order to fully appreciate the way his scenes draw you in, bring the focus to one detail, then guide it to a completely different aspect of the photo. The delicacy of that smooth transition from chaos to clarity is partly what makes his work so remarkable, and by placing these familiar LEGO characters inside of a completely new world he is able to extend and completely change their story. As a result we are able to immerse ourselves inside of these dreamy, fantastical worlds at play and engage with the characters in a completely novel way. By capturing the images of figurines at the first spark of an adventure, his work inspires us to remember own childhood adventures, beautifully illuminated by the magical light that is specific to the Northern Hemisphere.


In the words of Seattle-based art photographer Shelly Corbett: “the idea of revealing an intimate moment or glimpse into a private world are ever present in my mind”…and when looking to the private beauty that exists in her photographs, those words truly come to life. The way that Shelly composes her photos shifts the focus onto the LEGO as an individual—one who is adventuring and living life of their own accord. These individuals exist in private moments of action or contemplation, ones that perhaps we shouldn’t see, but are able to because of Shelly, and our access to their world becomes all the  richer for it. After many years photographing ethereal underwater nudes, a twist of fate shifted Shelly Corbett’s focus, drawing her into the more playful world of toy photography. Corbett initiated the creative collective of StuckInPlastic and is committed to strengthening the global community of toy photographers.


Kristina Alexanderson

Boris Vanrillaer

Mike Stimpson

Shelly Corbett

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CUBE GARDEN

A Socially Engaged Art Creation


7 - 30 January 2016

CUBE GARDEN

Winter exhibit


4 - 20 January 2016                       Irene Kubota | Camille Patha | Travis Pond | Adrianne Smits

Church Mountain II, 2016, Adrianne Smits, 8.5 x 12 feet, Oil on canvas

SHIZEN 自然 Naturel 

Exhibition Period: 3 - 19 March 2016

Public Opening and Artist Reception: 6-8pm; 3 March 2016 


3 - 19 March 2016                                 Julia Haack | Laura Hamje | Travis Pond | Patricia Hagen

                                                                                   Martin Blank | Ben Darby | Tamara Codor | Lisa Zerkowitz

                                                                                   Adrianne Smits | Allan Packer | Claire Brandt

The SHIZEN exhibition highlights works which evoke the essence of Nature - from the sun peeking through the distant landscape in Laura Hamje’s Sunrise, to the glistening light reflecting from Crystal Skin, the monumental glass tree by Martin Blank further embodies this theme. This show expresses each artist’s unique voice and appreciation of Nature. While Ben Darby’s Flower Ball bursts with creative energy and radiating colors with blooming flowers on canvas, Kazutaka Uchida’s stone-embossed mulberry paper and marble sculpture take a more meditative tenor in the stillness of stone. This show compels us to bring natural elements back into our lives, whether through the artists’ creative expressions in using earthly materials, or with our eyes in how Nature plays with light.

Chandler Woodfin, Mothership, 2016, 40 x 25 inches, Water color and collage on paper

ONN Chaud


7 - 23 April 2016



                                                                      





Todd Jannausch

Chandler Woodfin

Lisa Zerkowitz

Martin Blank

Reid Ozaki

Isabel Kahn

5 - 28 May 2016

Richard Royal      Chris Buening      Larry Naylor     Martin Blank      Adrianne Smits      Julia Haack

Laura Hamje, Scorched Earth II, 2016, Oil on paper, 72 x 72 inches