|September 5 - 27, 2014|
LOOK CLOSELY: Courtney Lipson | Nikki McClure | Thomas Stream
First Friday, September 5th, 6-8pm
This September we urge you to focus your eyes and to look closely at the work of three artists who create in the minute, the detailed and the delicate. Nikki McClure (Non-Indigenous), Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) and Courtney Lipson (Non-Indigenous) each build up a large image from the smallest details, utilizing their very different media to create wholes from disparate parts.
Each artist's work has its own exhibit page -- be sure to visit all three!
Look Closely: NIKKI MCCLURE
Artist Lecture & Demonstration:
Wednesday, September 17th - 7pm
Free to Attend
These works are made by cutting a single sheet of black paper with an X-Acto blade and laying the fragile paper-cut
atop a white or colored backing. It is in some ways a paradox that the strength in of these familial bonds is presented
by the medium of knife and paper, by tearing, excising and cutting away. A science of subtraction, this method allows
McClure to focus on negative space, while improvising as she goes.
will be original cut-paper. McClure was most recently seen in a solo exhibition at the Bellevue Arts Museum in 2012.
This is McClure's first major exhibition with Stonington Gallery.
Read McClure's exhibit catalogue by clicking on the cover image below.
Look Closely: COURTNEY LIPSON
Courtney Lipson (Non-Indigenous) creates fine art jewelry using tiny glass seed beads set into grout, creating
"micro-mosaic" art that can be admired on the move. Inspired by patterns and coloration found in nature, Lipson
has created series portraying feathers, wings, stones, striations, leaves, and more. In this exhibit she shows her widening
array of silversmithing techniques, and works based around the natural beauty of precious stones. Debuting in this show
are reversible pendants with a stone on one side and micro-mosaic patterns on the other, and other works inspired by
gems and precious stones.
Read Lipson's exhibit catalogue by clicking on the cover image below.
Look Closely: THOMAS STREAM
Thomas Stream (Sun'aq Aleut) paints the denizens of the air with brilliant gouache and in incredible detail.
As a contemporary Aleut artist, Stream combines the iconography of his heritage with modern painting.
Stream is inspired by the bentwood hunting hats of his Aleut ancestors, especially the spiral and dot patterns painted
along their length. Paying tribute to his heritage, he places a visor on each animal he paints, and incorporates the
traditional patterns into the bodies of his creatures.
For Look Closely Stream shucks the mold by filling in the backgrounds on behind his subjects, placing them in an
environment every bit as realized as the animals themselves. Stream is able to use contrasting, knock-out color to
dazzle the eye and draw the viewer ever closer in.
July 10 - September, 2014
Raven Skyriver & Thomas Stream
at the Seattle Aquarium
Image of "Harbor" by Raven Skyriver installed at the Seattle Aquarium.
We are proud to present a select grouping of Raven Skyriver's blown glass marine life and Thomas Stream's limited edition prints at the Seattle Aquarium this summer! To celebrate the opening of the new Harbor Seal Exhibit, Skyriver debuts a new harbor seal sculpture, as well as other spectacular works. Skyriver grew up on Lopez Island, WA and is passionate about the wildlife and ecosystems surrounding us. Thomas Stream is also a keen observer of natural life, depicting birds, fish and aquatic mammals of the region. His prints are emblematic of the interconnectivity between different habitats and environments.
All works in the exhibit are for sale.
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
9:30am to 5pm daily
Exhibit is in the tidepool room, near the entrance.
Admission to the mini exhibition is included with Aquarium tickets.
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