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.
Urban Portals draws on ideas from physics for the visual layering in these complex urban photo collages by artist Dorothy Anderson Wasserman. Time is taken out of the normal realm of experience by having images of past, present and imagined future seamlessly commingle in the same visual space.
Dorothy uses only her own photographs and assembles the work by hand. As a final step the collage is digitized and printed on rag paper using pigmented inks creating an archival print.
Men and women from the fringes of society are depicted in the intriguing exhibition: A Little Skin. This alluring exhibition reflects upon the beauty, seductiveness and oppression of our skin. The unique visual stories are shared in stimulating ways that spark curiosity and peak the senses.
Seattle artist Li Turner will feature a diverse array of watercolor paintings about the intersectionality of people and their often precarious positions; Mount Vernon artist Sue Wren reveals her fine art photography of gay pride participants and sexy burlesque women.
Anticipate sociological tension and uncommon viewpoints when Gallery 110 brings together this offbeat juxtaposition of paintings and conceptual photography.
Sherry’s use of traditional Chinese Xuan (rice) paper, though fragile, is surprisingly versatile. She continuously experiments with different methods – resulting in striking but subtle luminescent outcomes. Unlike Chinese painting with brush and ink, where the artwork is mounted afterwards, Sherry reverses the process by manipulating the material, creating shapes and colors based on the paper’s natural grain and texture while adding mixed media elements along the way. She calls it Zì-Rán 自然, In Chinese this means nature, or the flow of things, ensuring her subject matter will be fluid and unique each time.
Mousa created these portraits during self-isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While reflecting on both the lost lives of vulnerable populations who were victims of failed public health policies and systemic racism. Over the years, Mousa has developed an artistic vocabulary of symbols, colors, cultural references, and gestural mark-making to reflect upon politics, world events, societal mores, culture, and beauty. He mines his personal story to produce commentary about the world. For this series, Mousa was drawn to illustrate segments of the affected peoples to connect the viewer to their struggles and record the historical changes occurring across the US and throughout the world.
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.
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
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.