“Flutter” by Tiffany Patterson presented by the Kolva-Sullivan Gallery at 115 S Adams. Ends June 30, 2011.
I have been looking forward to this show since Patterson mentioned a few months ago that she was going to do a “poster art show.” She had been nervous but excited since she had not really done poster art before, and her posters would form a narrative on the gallery walls. The posters were actually Jim Kolva’s idea, when he invited Patterson to fill his track-side gallery space. Artist, curator and audience were all pleased with the show’s First Friday artist reception.
Even more impressive about “Flutter” is that this is Tiffany Patterson’s first big solo show. Her work can be seen on cafe signs, inside Neato Burrito, under bridges and on bathroom doors around town. She has participated in many First Friday shows, including a Second Space themed show for tattoo art. Her art looks just as good in a white-walled gallery space as it does outdoors or in a dark coffee shop, and she possesses more than enough creativity to fill up a room.
The series of posters that make up “Flutter” begin at the back wall next to the show title painted in deep purple ink, with arrows pointing to the first poster. Wordless, a story of a pretty young girl unfolds, her curvy body and huge eyes are typical and unique to Patterson’s style. The natural world plays a large role in each composition, with rolling hills, thick woods and forrest creatures. It is a story of tragedy and finding peace and independence.
It was perfect timing when I visited the third floor of the community building the day before the show opened, and I saw an early work of Patterson’s, which she donated to the building a few years ago. I could tell that it was an early Tiffany because it carried her trademark pink and purple colors and curvy female figures, but her technique has developed so much since that painting. The illustrative lines have become more refined, the details are more developed and her paints blend and layer much more now. She has also developed her characters and symbols more since then. Her signature bees became helicopters in “Flutter” and she used a fabulous floral design which I have not seen in her work before.
Watch out for this artist. More and more, her work is becoming part of Spokane. I wonder which restaurant, printed ad or mural I will see her work in next!
A limited edition, printed zine based on the show is available for $8 from the artist, as well as her lovely coloring book; pages from which are hanging in the gallery, decorated by a very tall 3-year old boy who was quite excited to hang his work with Patterson.