PATTY HALLER | ANDREW VALLEE
ARTIST TALK | September 7, 2019 3:30 am
ARTIST RECEPTION TO FOLLOW | September 7, 2019 5:00 pm
Patty Haller’s paintings are greatly informed by her background as a forester and a data analyst. Haller explores the beauty, order and chaos of the northwest forest in her colorful and complex paintings.
In Haller’s words, “I use imagery of Pacific NW forests to create spatial botanical worlds. Starting with a few compelling, simple plant forms carefully rendered, I’ll layer on painted shapes to build a very complex plant community. I hope the result is both recognizable and mysterious, because that is how I experience the forest. I love art history and am seeing the impact of studying Meiji Period Japanese art and the Vienna Secession. I also have an interest in statistics and big data, treating the forest as a huge dataset to analyze. Every combination of ideas is a great reason to make art about the one subject that does stay constant, the western forest.”
Andrew Vallee presents new wood and bronze sculptures. This new body of work represents a shift towards representation. Vallee’s focus continues to be on creating man-made natural objects. Capturing the beauty and essence of these natural forms. He collects most of the objects as models for his subject matter around his home on the shores of the Samish Bay.
– Andrew Vallee
FROM THE EXHIBIT
Kris Ekstrand is presenting her delicately abstracted landscapes and a continuation of her vibrant and energetic portraits of bird nests. Created in her studio on the banks of the Edison Slough in the Skagit Valley. Ekstrand’s paintings walk a line between abstraction and representation, skillfully drifting between the two. Marceil DeLacy presents her hand-carved wooden sculptures, expertly carved and finely finished. Her work makes one contemplate the human connection to the animal world. In this exhibition DeLacy introduces surprising new subject matter.
David Eisenhour delves into the difficult challenge that the use of fossil fuels presents to the world, interpreting its impact with a sense of beauty and angst. Phytoplankton inspired coal dust monoprints on recycled cedar and bronze sculpture. This body of work is a continuation of his dialogue. In the words of Eisenhour, “We are all part of a Carbon Dialogue. Carbon is a common element of all known life. Carbon, millions of years of life, has been released into our atmosphere in a relatively short period of time. Most of this body of work alludes to the oversized impact climate change has on our oceans. Much of this work leaves room for personal interpretation.