Spokane’s monthly celebration of local art and galleries, otherwise
Boland is glad to be back in Spokane. He has seen Spokane’s art scene, and Spokane itself, grow a lot over the years. There is a belief held by many Spokanites that Spokane has no culture, but Boland said that this is the wrong way to think about it.
“If you’re assuming there is no culture, then its going to die out. [Spokane] has really grown, and it’s going to keep growing,” Boland said.
The industrial gallery space of the Kolva-Sullivan gallery features a series of Boland’s sculptures depicting men in underwear, contorted into outlandish positions. Each angry, stru
“My current work addresses the ongoing obsession, in my life as well as those around me, with self-improvement,” Boland said.
One sculpture, called “Too Carry My Own Weight,” is composed of a floating man struggling to carry a copy of himself in a net. Through this sculpture, Boland communicates the kind of inner struggle that everyone experiences. Sometimes people struggle to carry their own metaphorical baggage, and sometimes it is actually the physical body that hold us back.
Boland uses the underwear as a contrast to the anger and struggle present in the little clay men. Contrast, which Boland says is different from
Fringe and Fray
1325 W 1st
You may have seen her work at the Terrain art show last October. If not, you can expect to see her work at other venues around town in the future. Examples of her work can also be viewed at her website, darcyleeart.com.
610 W Second
Second Space opened on Friday with a juried exhibition titled “Lipstick and Rouge.”
Vlasta Smola’s “Bailando Flamenco” is a stylized oil painting of a vivacious flamingo, with a spanish lace fan for a wing, and an undulating flamenco skirt for a body. Smola’s painting expresses the passion and heat of the color red, exemplifying the show’s theme.
“Lipstick and Rouge” can be viewed at the gallery through the end of the December.
W 25 Main St
If you are looking for video installations in Eastern Washington, the Saranac Art Project is the place to go. This month’s show, called “Digital Matters,” is a display of digital art projected on the wall, displayed on TV screens, played through speakers and printed on paper.
Pulsating sounds that ebb and swell fill the gallery, while technicolor moving pictures slide across the screens. One of the videos uses an image from a Washington state traffic cam, and blurs the image sideways, the way a slow computer sometimes repeats a segment of web page on accident. Hanging on the wall are printed compositions of abstract forms. The works in this gallery all have a heavy dose of computer manipulation in them.
According to the Saranac Art Project website, this show attempts to answer questions about the nature of the digital medium as an art form. The show runs through January 1.
2316 W. First Ave
Saturday afternoon brought local artists and art appreciators to the MAC for the artist reception of Timothy Ely and his exhibition “Line of Sight.” On display are Ely’s hand bound and illustrated art books.
This exhibition is unique on several different levels because the art is in the form of books, and the exhibits represent the artist’s work created as early as elementary school, and as recent as this year. Audience members had the opportunity to hear directly from the artist, who spoke about his influences, and answered questions like why he uses unreadable text.
Each of his books is a unique work of art, and to get the full experience, you must hold the book in your hands and flip through the pages. All of the books displayed in cases, but Ely created a new book for this exhibition specifically so people could touch it and flip through the pages. The difference between books and paintings, according to Ely, is that books are a much more intimate experience, while 2-D paintings are more passive, like furniture.
“I’m interested in the ideas of people,” Ely said,.
Ely’s compositions are dominated by geometric shapes made precisely with mechanical instruments like compasses. His inspiration comes from science fiction novels that he began to collect and read at the age of eight. The process and materials used in the making of a book are still Ely’s favorite part of making art.
He has also developed a kind of fake alphabet, which he uses in place of text normally found in books. Ely does not want the viewer to get distracted by meaning contained in paragraphs and sentences. Walking up to one of Ely’s compositions might seem strange at first because of the lack of information beyond the abstract designs.
When asked about content and meaning in his abstract drawings and symbols Ely said, “I don’t think anything can be made without meaning, so I can safely say ‘yes,’ [my paintings] have meaning.”
“Line of Sight” will be exhibited at the MAC through April 16, 2011.