|September 5 - 27, 2014|
LOOK CLOSELY: Courtney Lipson | Nikki McClure | Thomas Stream
First FRIDAY, September 5th,
**Due to the Seahawks home opener game, the downtown Artwalk will occur on First Friday in September. **
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
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.
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 pendants with move-able filigree screens in sawed silver, and reversible pendants (shown below) with a stone on one side
and micro-mosaic patterns on the other.
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.
Stonington Has Moved --
But Not Far!
Stonington has moved two doors down the block: from 119 S Jackson to 125 S Jackson. The view and the venue has changed, but the vibe has not: we recommit ourselves to honoring and exhibiting the highest quality works from around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
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