Calendar

July: Saranac will present a Dan McCann installation and works from Tobe Harvey

”The heaviness the color the malleability against the unpredictable the harm it can cause, death. I have been interested in these materials for many years. The work is a new direction for me. I feel the installation will bring new questions not only to the public also to myself.”  Dan McCann

Tobe Harvey has Assorted monotypes, watercolors, and drawings depicting botanical images.

June: Echo. ECHO – A VISUAL EXPLORATION OF ANTI-SEMITISM NEW ARTWORK BY MELANIE LIEB

May: Mariah Boyle’s Seven Years of Drawing Class, and Melissa Cole’s Ephemera

May 5th-27th

Artists:  Mariah Boyle and Invited Artist Mellissa Cole

 

Opening:  Friday May 5th 5-8pm, Saranac Art Projects

Hours: Thursday 2-6pm, Friday-Saturday 12-8pm

Mariah is showing a collection of instructional drawings she has been making for several years that serve as a guide for drawing and design students at a variety of universities and colleges. In an effort to explain and give examples on technique and composition, she has compiled many of these drawings into a zine-like format for students in her classes to use as a reference. She is interested in directions, instructions, lists, maps, landscapes, everyday objects, and hand lettering.

Ephemera

A hanging installation of sculpted newspaper, wire and acrylic paint.

Each flower is approximately 30″ in diameter and humans and salmon are life size. There will be 15-20 sculptures of each subject.

by Melissa Cole

 

I was invited to participate in Seattle’s Forward Flux Production’s Create/Collaborate residency in which 20 artists of various genres were asked to investigate the theme of finding one’s place in the world and challenging ideas surrounding gender, sexuality, identity, societal roles and community. 

The night I accepted, I dreamed about the hanging installation I wanted to create.  I could picture it in my mind: colorful poppies, salmon and flying humans formed from sheets of wire-wrapped newspapers painted in brilliant hues.  These subjects represent the ephemeral quality of life in the quick riotous blooming of poppies and the single minded determination of spawning salmon.  I feel like life is so short and unpredictable that humans should attempt to fly beyond the roles that society places upon us.  We need to realize that we are swimming in the same stream with the same basic needs and desires.  We should live our lives like the poppies and the salmon to our utmost potential, without restrictions or societal stigmas.  I chose newspapers because they are often read once and tossed away.  Gender issues are constantly in the news, read about and then forgotten.  Newspaper is fragile and delicate, yet wrapped in wire and embellished with brilliant color and small mirrors it can be strong and beautiful. These seemed like appropriate mediums for this installation.  I picture viewers interacting with the art, walking through a “jungle” of hanging objects some at eye level some above.

April: Displace

April 7th– 29th

Artists:  Lisa Nappa and Chris Tyllia, with invited guest ceramic artists Linda Casbon, Linda Swanson, and Sandra Trujillo

Hours: Thursday 2-8pm, Friday-Saturday 12-8pm

Displace is an exhibition focused on water as a resource, a material and a metaphor.  Water is change, movement, and flux.   Water is often an overlooked material in the ceramic process.  It gives clay many of its seductive and sensual qualities that so many ceramic artists hold dear.  It allows for clay’s responsiveness to immediate touch, manipulation, and change.  Once water is gone, the clay is frozen in time, it becomes an immutable history and tradition from which to study and evolve.  Water is the elusive and mercurial aspect of ceramics that allows for the future of the medium to remain in flux.

 

May: Mariah Boyle and Mellissa Cole

Mariah is showing a collection of instructional drawings she has been making for

several years that serve as a guide for drawing and design students at a variety of

universities and colleges. In an effort to explain and give examples on technique and

composition, she has compiled many of these drawings into a zine-like format for

students in her classes to use as a reference. She is interested in directions,

instructions, lists, maps, landscapes, everyday objects, and hand lettering.

 

Mellissa was invited to participate in Seattle’s Forward Flux Production’s Create/Collaborate residency in which 20 artists of various genres were asked to investigate the theme of finding one’s place in the world and challenging ideas surrounding gender, sexuality, identity, societal roles and community.

The night she accepted, she dreamt about the hanging installation she wanted to create. She pictured it in her mind: colorful poppies, salmon and flying humans formed from sheets of wire-wrapped newspapers painted in brilliant hues. These subjects represent the ephemeral quality of life in the quick riotous blooming of poppies and the single minded determination of spawning salmon. She feel like life is so short and unpredictable that humans should attempt to fly beyond the roles that society places upon us. We need to realize that we are swimming in the same stream with the same basic needs and desires. We should live our lives like the poppies and the salmon to our utmost potential, without restrictions or societal stigmas. She chose newspapers because they are often read once and tossed away. Gender issues are constantly in the news, read about and then forgotten. Newspaper is fragile and delicate, yet wrapped in wire and embellished with brilliant color and small mirrors it can be strong and beautiful. These seemed like appropriate mediums for this installation. I picture viewers interacting with the art, walking through a “jungle” of hanging objects some at eye level some above.

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