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About gallery110

Gallery 110’s mission is to provide dynamic opportunities to established and emerging professional artists in an environment that encourages creative expression, experimentation and collaboration. As a nonprofit organization, the gallery fosters artistic and professional connections between its associated artists and the arts community at large through creative dialogue, the presentation of challenging and enriching curated exhibitions, public opportunities and collaborative projects.

Socio-Emotional Learning

Yvonne Kunz

July 2 – August 1

In large measure becoming an artist consists of learning to accept yourself, which makes your work personal, and in following your own voice, which makes your work distinctive. – David Bayles, Art & Fear,1993

Accepting oneself is often easier to read in self-help books than to live. Having read Art & Fear, Yvonne Kunz’s role as an artist and an educator has her grappling with questions of what it means to accept oneself and others: to be American, a woman, and a person in this modern age. Ever surrounded by children as a mother and a teacher, she finds herself wondering, “When adults are struggling themselves how to communicate and self regulate, how do we teach children to do so?” The drawings of this exhibit arrive out of Yvonne’s weekly practice of figure drawing, part of her path towards self acceptance as an artist. This body of work pairs the figure with phrases from the socio-emotional curriculum taught in elementary schools: Use self-talk, Play together, and Bystander Power, to name a few. The phrases hint at interpersonal challenges we face as members of a community and offers solutions with how to deal with the challenges. The juxtaposition of the two offers a glimpse of personality to the anonymity of the figure while offering word play between image and phrase.The result is a physical exhibit of vulnerability and acceptance.


Cauldron Delights

Rajaa Gharbi

July 2 – August 1

International artist and poet Rajaa Gharbi’s acrylic, olive-pits and semi-precious stones paintings on canvas and paper, at times like short stories, songs or riddles, recall the proverbial “what’s cooking?”. Playing with personal background-specific symbols and universal ones, Gharbi explores the possibility of a futuristic vision of a much needed respite for human and other natural phenomena.

Rajaa Gharbi, “On a Ride to Where…” (detail), 2019, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 35 inches

Eros, C’est la Vie

June 4 – 27

In 1920, Marcel Duchamp, largely considered the father of conceptual art, collaborated with Man Ray in the creation of a female alter-ego for Duchamp: Rrose Sélavy. The artists intended the name as a pun on the French pronunciation “Eros, C’est la Vie” which translate to “Love [or Sex], It is Life.”. As with all things, Duchamp aimed to break barriers, test cultural boundaries and re-think, if not fully deconstruct, how we view art, the world and ourselves.

Exactly one century later, I find myself in a time and place where no one would think twice were they to see Rrose Sélavy walk down the street. Who hasn’t seen a cis man wearing (and pulling off) a gorgeous dress on Capitol Hill in this city? Certainly, we still have miles to go before the queer community can begin to envision equality as a reality. This is, of course, especially true for trans people and queer people of color. But still, it is something vital and beautiful to celebrate Pride month as part of the LGBTQ+ community and to reflect on the progress that has been made.

As we have seen time and time again, progress necessarily follows representation. Queer visibility in the arts means everything, which is why an exhibition celebrating queer artwork and artists seems particularly appropriate—to reflect on our history as well as find hope for the future.

To continue supporting our community, Gallery 110 will be donating proceeds from sales from the exhibition to Gay City, a non-profit that provides invaluable resources and health services to Seattle’s LGBTQ+ population. Perhaps now, more than ever, it is critical that we support artists and organizations like Gay City. It is my hope that Eros, C’est la Vie will do both.

Trevor Doak
Director, Gallery 110

 

Paper Mill: A Rotating Online Exhibition of Works on Paper

May 7 – 30

Paper Mill features unframed works on paper from over 20 artists from Seattle and beyond. Originally conceived of as a physical exhibition, Paper Mill was intended to feel like a living exhibition, with artworks rotating in and out of view throughout the month to create a dynamic viewing experience for our patrons and ensure that no two visits to the space throughout the month would be quite the same.

As the reality of cancellation/closure became more imminent, I instead opted to turn it into an online exhibition and host the works on our website throughout the month. Works from the exhibition will appear on this page beginning May 7 (our own small nod to First Thursday), and works will rotate in and out of the online exhibition at the beginning of each week.

We are all too aware how COVID-19 threatens the existence of arts organizations and the careers of professional artists now and in months and years to come from the economic fallout. Supporting artists is more important now than ever, which is why I felt it necessary to continue to host Paper Mill in this alternative format.< Gallery 110 is committed to the safety of our patrons and artists, and we are equipped to handle sales and delivery remotely. Send all inquiries and requests for viewing to director@gallery110.com. Please join us in supporting the arts in these strange, strange times.

Trevor Doak
Director, Gallery 110

Be sure to check back weekly, or click here to view all works in Paper Mill.

 

Island Paintings II – Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest Coast

David Haughton

March 5 – May 2

First Thursday: March 5, 5 – 8pm
*please be advised the gallery will open at 2pm on March 5th, please contact director@gallery110.com for an earlier appointment*

Artist’s Reception: Friday, March 6, 5 – 7pm

‘Island Paintings’ are new landscapes of the British Columbia and Washington coasts.

There is something intensely evocative about islands: each its own world, distinct yet familiar. Traveling the waters between them by ferry or small boat, one thrums with anticipation of a new land to explore, and the new loves and adventures one may experience.

Work on these island paintings began over a decade ago, but I can trace their true origin back to 1975, voyaging alone for the first time, free camping on ridges overlooking the Aegean and its many islands, experiencing the joy and wonder of each dawn. Over the decades, with backpack and by bicycle, I explored most of the Greek islands, painting as I went. I am now working my way around the isles of British Columbia — and Washington State.

My mother’s mother came from the Greek island of Naxos. I have “island” in my DNA.

David Haughton

 

Kalos Eidos

Josiah Bell
January 2 – February 1

First Thursday: January 9, 5 – 8pm
Reception for the Artist: January 17, 5-7pm

Status Report

Susan Gans

January 2 – February 1

First Thursday: January 9, 5 – 8pm
(please be advised the gallery will open at 2pm on January 9th, please contact director@gallery110.com for an earlier appointment)
Reception: January 17, 5-7pm

The work seen here is a brief visual commentary that refers mostly to urban landscapes. This project, tracking changes and the “New Topography”, began in earnest at the beginning of the last decade. It seemed timely given the warnings that cities were due to be reshaped to accommodate an economy that supports the technological age, meaning that infrastructures were going to be rebuilt so that cities could experience the population growth necessary to keep this new world order humming.

I began a habit of persistent walking and documenting buildings, neighborhoods and construction sites as an urban Street Photographer. Have always been interested in the decisions made that argue against keeping an existing sense of place in favor of creating more density. Am concerned about gentrification that results in shifting or losing the cultural foundation of a neighborhood. I am also interested in bringing to the forefront clues about anonymous people seen and how they move in impersonal spaces or through a concrete, steel and glass landscape. The urban environment often is hard edge and stark.

The photographs are mostly from Seattle. Some were seen in prior exhibitions at Gallery 110 or in other area shows. Others have never been seen in Seattle.

I make unique prints or small editions of 5. I am not interested in mass production. All this work is printed with pigment ink on rag papers meaning it should last beyond most of our lifetimes if kept out of intense light. These images, although quasi-documentary and interpretive, are fine art and not so different than prints made using photographic techniques part of the printmaker’s edition… like a photo etching or gravure. Both require planning and decisions about composition as well as technical skill. Yes, photos are everywhere and everyone seems to be taking them. Intent and process though give meaning to the work and that is the clue.

Susan Gans
January 2020

Incoming

January 2 – February 1

First Thursday: January 9, 5 – 8pm
(please be advised the gallery will open at 2pm on January 9th, please contact director@gallery110.com for an earlier appointment)
Reception for the Artist: January 17, 5-7pm

Incoming features abstract painting and collage from three of Gallery 110’s newest members: Geralyn Inokuchi, Nabil Mousa and Sherry Ruden.

Small Works

December 5 – 28, 2019
First Thursday Artwalk: December 5, 5-8 pm

For our December exhibition our gallery artists are offering a wide range of art, ranging from photography and prints to paintings and sculpture. Each piece in this exhibition measures 36″ or less in any direction, is affordably priced, and may be removed from the gallery on the date of sale. Continue reading