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[Statement]The paintings in the exhibition, “Plunge” demonstrate a range of meditations on land, both physical and social. Some of the ideas that carry themselves throughout the body of work include; the impact of climate change, structures of control, and tactics. The implications suggested by color and form is directly related to the concepts in the work. In the piece “Sea Swept”, bands of color reflect both linear perspective and warning codes, similar to the fire danger signs found along western roadsides. Notions of control and tactics are fused in paintings depicting floating horseshoes and buoys. The buoy’s grid formation references the children’s board game of battleship and the horseshoes signify another, similar, game of tactics and competition. Aluminum paint is used to suggest tactical measures as well as a landscape stripped bare of its’ resources. The exhibition title, “Plunge” refers to coastal terminology, more specific a type of breaking wave. These paintings suggest the moment of or after the waves have broke.
[About]Martin was raised in Montana where he received his BFA from the University of Montana and completed his MFA from The University of South Florida, Tampa. Martin is a dual-citizen of the United States and Canada and is also a recognized member of the Métis Federation in Manitoba, Canada. He currently lives with his family in Bellingham, Washington; where he teaches Art at Whatcom Community College.
Artist Reception: Friday July 28th
Door at 6:00 pm, Talk at 7:00 pm Shut by 9:00 pm
Posie Kalin is an artist and educator who received her MFA at Portland State and currently lives in Spokane, WA. Her work covers a broad spectrum of visual arts including video, music, photography, painting, installation and performance. Her work engages esoteric practices, ritual, visual divination and abstract poetics as strategies and directives for production.
This new body of work on display at YMS Gallery investigates the Theosophical ideas of 'Thought Forms' a term derived around the turn of the 20th by Theosophists, Annie Besant and Mr. Leadbeater. The general idea is that thoughts, in and of themselves, carry on beyond our bodies with color and form.
Gallery Hours Saturday 10 am - 2 pm & by appointment
Artist Reception June 23rd 2017
“A love of history and a sense of place, the joy of family, the intrigue of music and a sense of social awareness all combine and recombine as central threads in my artwork.”
- Michael Dinning
YMS is pleased to announce artist Michael Dinning from Spokane, Washington will be exhibiting his artwork in our Gallery for the month of May, with artist reception on the evening of May 6th.
Mr. Dinning is a graduate of Washington State University, where he studied sculpture, lithography as well as art history. His work explores the interplay of essence and mystery through mixed media wall pieces and sculptural elements.
Dinning gives depth and complexity to each work utilizing a variety of under-painting techniques. His work playfully reveals much of the hardware used in the construction of the work, thus conveying the creative process in a way only Michael can. By exposing things normally hidden during the creative process Dinning expands the artistic entanglement of the piece ultimately realizing as a coherent, complex and compelling artistic expression.
Sculpting the Valley
April 1st through the 30th | Reception April 1, 2017
Yakima Maker Space Gallery is pleased to announce “Sculpting the Valley,” an exhibition of sculptures created by 18 artists who have strong connections to the Yakima area. This special exhibition will open to the public with a free reception on the evening of April 1, 2017, 6:00PM to 9:00PM. All are welcome. Organized by local artists Carolyn Nelson and Andy Behrle to connect with International Sculpture Day,April 24, this exhibition will highlight the extraordinary range of sculptural techniques, materials and styles of local artists. Running through Monday, April 24, “Sculpting the Valley,” is registered with the International Sculpture Center as part of the special events occurring in downtown Yakima and the Seasons Performance Hall to link Yakima arts and artists to an international audience.
Organizers Nelson and Behrle envision this year’s exhibition and special events becoming an annual opportunity for Yakima area residents to celebrate the arts and for local artists to exhibit their sculptures and reach out to the global three-dimensional art community. The participating artists are: Deborah Ann, John Barany, Andy Behrle, Jan Crocker, Carole DeGrave, Rachel Dorn, Jane Fassel, Denali Granholm, Mike Hiler, Jeff Kent, Marty Lovins, Carolyn Nelson, Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, Greg Pierce, Pamela Searcy, Tobie Stevens, Debbie Sundlee and Delma Tayer. Artwork included in the exhibit will represent a range of styles from figurative to abstract and the spectrum of sculptural art forms including assemblage, installation, saggar and pit-fired ceramics, cast metal, and other cutting edge technologies.
Yakima Maker Space Gallery can be found inside Yakima Maker Space at 16 South First Street in Yakima, Washington. The gallery is open to the public on Saturdays between 10AM and 2:00PM or by appointment and is always free. To make an appointment, please call Yakima Maker Space at (509) 961-3050 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The gallery will also be open to the public for a special viewing of “Sculpting the Valley” to celebrate International Sculpture Day on Monday, April 24, 11:00AM-5:00PM.
Special events scheduled for International Sculpture Day on April 24, include a free walking tour of Yakima’s public sculptures and Windows Alive displays lead by Carolyn Nelson. The tour will start at 4:00PM with, Convolution, in front of the historic Yakima Train Depot on North Front Street. The tour will end at the Seasons Performance Hall at 5:00PM for a reception featuring the live-streaming of International Sculpture Day events from around the world and talks by artists participating in “Sculpting the Valley,” and culminate at 7:00PM with a presentation of a light sculpture created especially for the event by Andy Behrle.
Sponsors for Yakima’s International Sculpture Day events include Seasons Performance Hall and The Larson Gallery Guild. All events are free and open to the public.
Photography Heath Lambe
January 2017 Artist: Jen Borst
“The world is made of energy, which is neither created or destroyed. Everything she is was here before me. Everything she was will remain. Her existence touches both my past and my future at one point- infinity. Lifelines aren't lines at all. They are more like circles.”― Shannon Lee Alexander
The show is a return to a familiar theme for me. The linear view of quickly fleeting, finite days to capture all that life has to offer is motivating for some. For others, like myself, “carpe diem” feels more like an order: don’t waste a single moment of your life not wildly grabbing at what you think you need to be happy.
In the moments when my mind drags me into the great lie, telling me that my own peace is not enough, that I have to seek some greater fortune, adventure, or some greater euphoric happiness before I run out of time, I find myself seeking solace, tranquility, and security in the infinite.
- Jen Borst
September Artists: B.M.I.K.B.K
YMS Gallery in the spirit of the art “Happening” will host a “Making” in September open to the public. Through this “Making” the lines between artifact, artist and audience become interwoven over the course of the month as bearded men in kilts build kayaks.
Aye, this high visibility “Making” clearly identifies the relationship of performance and audience; valuing the observer knowledge that something is being done for their benefit, but is not dependent that they witness the work itself, as the activity continues whether or not the spectator is watching. Stop motion photography and video will provide for the posterity of the “Making”, and chronicle the completion of the kayaks.
Duncan & Heath, our kilt-clad makers, will keep to an ambitious schedule in order to complete this project in just one month's time. So come down during any of the public viewings and watch bearded men in kilts building kayaks! We look forward to seeing you there!
03 Sep 2016, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
04 Sep 2016, 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM
10 Sep 2016, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
12 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – 13 Sep 2016, 12:00 AM
#Art Walk Opening. 15 Sep 2016, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
16 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – 17 Sep 2016, 12:00 AM
18 Sep 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The finished work will displayed at the Fresh Hop Ale Festival in October, and available for purchase, with the proceeds going to support Yakima Maker Space.
Please join us at YMS Gallery in welcoming visiting artist Kayla White. Kayla will be presenting her large format paintings that use ideas of home, histories and community to find connections between seemingly disparate ideologies.
Kayla is a M.F.A graduate of Washington State University and has been included in various shows in the Northwest and participated in a nine month artist residency at Twispworks, in Twisp, WA.
July Artist: Andy Behrle
Andy Behrle's hydrodome recontextualizes the framework of R. Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome as a three-dimensional full immersive projection screen. Wooden struts connected by hubs create three-fifths of a sphere, while sheer fabric panels fill the gaps between each strut to form a transparent skin. A network of computers and video projectors illuminate the dome with ethereal visual delights as images collected from around the world illuminate the work. Visitors can interact with the artwork by stepping inside and be immersed in a pandemonium of visuals, or choice to watch the action from outside.
During the artwork's time at YMS Gallery, the artist will be testing new technologies while composing a video program featuring images captured for around the Pacific Northwest. This program will then be added to the artwork's database of digital video footage to be used in various future iterations of the project. While at YMS Gallery Behrle will also beta-test the use of live-streaming video feeds as projections onto the artistic artifact. Imagine live images from a coral reef activating the dome's surface, or even video of Earth's surface as seen from the International Space Station.
YMS Gallery is proud to support local artist, Andy Behrle, as our first Artist-in-Residence. With this unique opportunity, the artist is granted access to the tools and YMS space and community, while sharing his knowledge with our community as he works through his ideas. YMS Gallery artist in Residency gives members and visitors alike access to the artistic process as Andy works through multiple creative possibilities in this Working Laboratory at YMS.
After the installation's time at YMS Gallery, the artist and his hydrodome will travel to the University of Idaho - Moscow's Prichard Gallery where he will collaborate with students, faculty, and staff to add imagery from research projects being done on campus to help complete the on going process of hydrodome.
Artists for May:
Being aware of both the medium and the content distinguishes artists from both engineers and consumers; being able to unilaterally change the goals as a work progresses distinguishes artists from tradesmen; being able to imagine new or impossible goals distinguishes artists from machines; pursuing those content plus medium, illusive, new or impossible goals distinguishes this artist from wiser people.
My experience of the mundane is peppered with moments of beauty, surprise, fascination and elegant simplicity. I try in my art to reach out for one of these moments and by working to recreate it I begin to understand it, to wash away the unnecessary and leave the essence of the experience, to uncover, refine and present it. My personal, most basic measure of the success of a work of art is: Is the result what the artist intended? Each of my works may start out like a sober effort to explain an opium dream but by constantly adapting the medium and content, and by making countless leaps of faith toward impossible goals, I have found that I can usually intend the result.
Born in London in 1967 to two artists, Claude Andrew dropped out of a university degree in artificial intelligence to become an assistant accountant in the London reinsurance market. Visiting his brother, Felix, at his job coding for a software company in Redmond, WA, Claude realized that mistakes had been made.
He went back to school in London, earning a degree in computer science from UCL and took a job with the same software company. Claude's spare time, such as it was, was spent painting and taking various art classes which pathologically developed into leaving software behind and taking a BFA at Cornish College of the Arts. On the way in to school, sculpture had appeared to Claude to be an add on to the visual arts, like music stands are to an orchestra; on the way out, Claude once again realized that mistakes had been made.
Claude builds representational sculptures, albeit not the literal representation that photography has taught us to expect: what is replicated is a moment, a sensation, a motion rather than an appearance. Working out of a studio in Seattle, he uses whatever media and technologies are necessary to achieve each piece, an undertaking made possible not only by the degrees in both fine art and computer science but also a childhood exposure to an encyclopedic array of arts and crafts (literally: his mother published an encyclopedia of arts and crafts).
ARTIST STATEMENT: RHYTHM FORMATION
In this series, Qin Tan paints abstract structures and formations that channel energy from memories and environments. She captures the force of external sights and experiences in the form of rhythm to cultivate a spiritually visceral portrait. It is through this rhythm that she seeks to weave her inspirations into an imaginary architecture representative of the instinctual, unrehearsed quality of her creative process that is centered around discovery rather than pre-conception.
Her paintings fuse elemental shapes, linguistic scribbles, and simple gestural marks together to disrupt the abstract space with different variations of cadence and movement. These components interact in an elusive yet active manner to conceive not so much an image, but rather an entity, that exhibits a delicate intensity. By adjusting the speed, pressure, and inclination of her brush, she imbues each stroke with its own distinct spirit; a stroke extending down and to the right expresses release, while a stroke lifting upwards invokes a sense of crescendo. The rhythm formation reaches a conclusion when the spirit embodied by the entity is balanced in harmony and has been fully realized.
Qin Tan is a multi-media artist based in Tacoma, Washington. She received her Bachelors of Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Her work has shown in group exhibitions in the galleries of MICA as well as Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. Most recently she was selected as one of the residency artists at Pantocrator Gallery in Shanghai, China. There she exhibited in a dual show entitled ‘It Started with a Dot of Line’.
John has long considered himself a street photographer. However, somewhere along the way, he occasionally let himself go from lenses, shutters, focal lengths and apertures."The relaxing quiet of a pinhole camera's simplicity paired with the solitude of a landscape changed what I thought was a photograph. Street Photography has always been defined by a decisive moment; a singular moment of objects and people culminated through a lens. Breaking down the equipment and the photograph to its most simplistic created an expansive moment compared to the decisive.
Later, I used elements of motion in time to paint an image to the negative. Capturing an exposure that lasts minutes to hours rather than fractions of a second changes how I view a scene. These images represent and image the human eye can not see. These images bring motion and fluidity to a single moment." - John Strickland
Pamela S. Joslin
Pamela creates cloths that are as luxurious to the hand as they are to the eye. Her hand painted silk weaves are reflections of the Arctic landscape that is her home. Each woven work an impression of nature’s beauty: majestic mountains turned to pastels by the low winter light, brilliant hillsides of fireweed, lavender blue wildflowers along the banks of glacier green rivers, a violent found by clear mountain streams.
"As I hand paint the warp, dyes blend together to create new hues, as I weave the warp threads become a canvas. The weft provides the depth of color and texture of brushstrokes. There is structure and spontaneity to the painting and weaving process, insuring variations of design. As I weave the cloth, weft threads interlace to form structure and design, shuttles throws blend colors and textures. The finished woven work a pleasure to the sense of sight and touch." - Pamela Joslin