A few years ago as a juror for Pratt Fine Arts Center, I discovered Chandler Woodfin's artwork in a competition. Moved by her aesthetic approach, I gave her my vote to receive the Juror’s Award. I am pleased to showcase her new artworks on a larger scale in the current “Onn” exhibit. This water color collage titled “Mothership” embodies the dance between the real and the abstract. Her playful gestures of lines along with the color mass allows for a heart warming feeling when standing before the painting.
, Mothership , 2016, 40 x 25 inches, Water color and collage on paper, $1,800
7 - 23 April 2016
Public Opening: 6-8pm
Thursday 7 April 2016
Beneath the Green , Kiln cast glass, inked and fabricated steel, $7,000
Book of Evening , screen 2008, Paint and ink on paper mounted on muslin, 23 x 57 inches, $3,500
Reid Ozaki, Gourd 2003, High fired reduction with Crsytal white glaze and Kenzan porcelain ceramics, 15 x 9 x9 inches, $1,100
Lisa Zerkowitz, Playground, Blown glass, inked and fabricated steel, 81 x 85 x 8 inches, $9,500
Todd Jannausch is a quiet observer, embodying the true spirit of an artist. Upon meeting him, your first impression is, "Yep, he is an artist." Not the explosive high energy type, but a more contemplative, soft character. He is a conceptual artist; his expression comes in a minimally choreographed setting. Here, the bended hammer and nails invites a smile on your face, led by the thought, “How did he do it?” This piece takes me back to one of my first art history classes. Do you see Salvatore Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory (1931)?
Isabel Kahn, Scroll
2001, Paint and ink on paper mounted on muslin, 33 x 100 inches, $5,500
Since her days as an aspiring artist earning her MFA at the University of Washington, Isabel Kahn has created whimsical pathways of trees and forests full of life and energy. “Red Katsura” embodies layers of subtleties and viewpoints which blur the passage of time and yet, stand as an enduring Red Katsura tree.
Constancy 2008, Paint and ink on paper mounted on panel, 80 x 35 inches, $7,500
Lisa Zerkowitz cut her teeth at the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned her MFA. Like many glass artists, she has made Seattle her playground and lives and works in West Seattle. She is an avid stroller and enjoys long walks in the meadows and forest. Drawn to a fallen leaf along the way, she turns the sentiments of preciousness into artistic expression, like one might by sandwiching a flower into a book. The silhouette of the cast glass against the stained steel background hints to the ephemeral feat of the moment.
Red Katsura 2008, Paint and ink on paper mounted on panel, 44 x 96 inches, $9,800
A native Hawaiian and Tacoma resident, Reid Ozaki has quietly practiced the art of pottery for many decades since earning his MFA at the University of Puget Sound under the legendary Carlton Ball. As one Japanese ceramic master once said, “When the craft becomes so good, it enters into the arena of art.” Ozaki's works approaches that Zen like state in its simplicity and elegance. This large hand thrown porcelain vessel captures the essence of a human breath in this universal gourd form.
Hammer & Nails , Flamed work glass, hand forged and steamed bent wood with pedestal, 40 x 26 x 15 inches, $2,500
Martin Blank, along with the masters Chihuly, Morris, and Tagliapietra, imprints his place in contemporary glass history. In its second viewing, the monumental glass piece, “Forest Whisper” can be seen on our wall with its cascading shadows. If you have visited the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, you may have knowingly or unknowingly seen his large outdoor water glass installation facing the Thea Foss Waterway.
, Spring , 2016, 25 x 40 inches, Water color and collage on paper, $1,800
, Crystal Skin 2016, Hand blown sculpted glass, 12’ X 4.5’ X 3’ Inquire