Art and Sustainability

"Why should we think upon things that are lovely? Because thinking determines life. It is a common habit to blame life upon the environment. Environment modifies life but does not govern life. The soul is stronger than its surroundings." –William James (1842-1910), American philosopher and psychologist

Photos from Rickie Wolfe’s show at Sightline January 13, 2010

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Rickie Wolfe’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

Rickie Wolfe’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle

 

Rickie Wolfe’s mixed media piece “Secret Garden”

 

Rickie Wolfe’s mixed media piece “Red Earth”

 

Rickie Wolfe’s mixed media piece “Navigation/Bubbling”

 

The view of Rickie Wolfe’s “Transitions” series from the hallway

 

Rickie Wolfe at Shift Studio with her welded sculptural works

 

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“Transitions” by Rickie Wolfe November 5, 2009

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"XXX" mixed media, 36"x36", 2006 by Rickie Wolfe

For the fourth in Sightline‘s series of art shows, we are pleased to present the art of Rickie Wolfe now on view through the end of December. “Transitions” is a collection of five large pieces and three small pieces, all mixed media.  The raised smaller works can be grouped in a multitude of ways to great effect. All have highly textured organic shapes painted in earthy yet whimsical colors. Most of Rickie’s paintings are six layers deep. She says,

Each layer is a finished painting and a history to be discovered; the first several layers are the freest as I paint, print, and draw onto the surface. I carve and excavate to find information, color, texture, and composition, creating a tactile and sculptural surface. The painting becomes the dig site as I excavate and find disconnected remains of another time, another painting.

With a background in fashion design and sewing, Rickie Wolfe received a BFA in Printmaking and Painting from Cornish College of the Arts in 2000. As an instructor and Print Studio Coordinator at Pratt Fine Arts Center, she has introduced scores of students to printing and collage, as well as added welding sculptural art to her own repertoire. A member of Shift Collaborative Studio, Rickie has shown her work in solo and group shows locally and nationally. She lives in West Seattle, and her work can be found at Seattle Art Museum Art Sales & Rental Gallery and Fresh Paint Art in Los Angeles.

To view her art at Sightline, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays through the end of December. All works on view are available for purchase. Contact Rickie directly at rickiewolfe.art (at) gmail (dot) com with sales inquiries.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Rickie’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.

 

Photos from Sue Danielson’s show at Sightline November 4, 2009

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Sue Danielson's "Dislocation" Series

Sue Danielson’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle with Mieko at her desk

 

Sue Danielson's "Dislocation" Series

Sue Danielson’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office

 

Sue Danielson's "Dislocation" Series

Sue Danielson’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office

 

Sue Danielson's "Dislocation" Series

Mixed media pieces “Elemental” and “Radiance” by Sue Danielson

 

Sue Danielson's "Dislocation" Series

The view of Sue Danielson’s “Dislocation” series from the hallway

 

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Sue Danielson in her studio

 

 

“Dislocation” by Sue Danielson September 4, 2009

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"Dreaming Home in Pink" by Sue Danielson

"Dreaming Home in Pink" by Sue Danielson

We are pleased to announce the third show in our series at Sightline Institute in downtown Seattle. Seattle artist Sue Danielson has her
“Dislocation” series on display through the end of October.

On view are 15 acrylic paintings, some with collage elements and ink as well. In mostly muted tones with splashes of brighter color, Sue’s paintings depict “the disparity between reality and dreams of home.” Prompted by recent events in her life and in the world around her, Sue has explored and investigated this gap. She says,

It seemed that the meaning of home was shifting around me. I began to wonder how much our longing for home is purely emotional once we move beyond the need for physical shelter. It occurred to me that home is a symbol of our imaginings. I am interested in what happens when reality and dreams of home do not quite line up. The desire to put this into two-dimensional space is what compels me to paint.

Sue Danielson has studied under Paul McCall, Julia Hensley, and Michael Howard and is inspired by the landscape and environment of the Pacific Northwest where she has lived most of her life. A proud Sightline donor for several years, Sue currently lives in Seattle and paints in her studio at Ballard’s Building C. You can catch her in her studio on the Second Saturday of the month during Ballard’s Art Walk.

To view her art at Sightline during September and October, visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays. All 15 pieces are available for purchase.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Sue’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.

 

Photos from Bryan’s show at Sightline September 3, 2009

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Bryan Smith installing his artwork at Sightline Institute.

 

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Three individual cardboard sculptures (“Hoppy” (large) and “You” (two smaller pieces)) installed above the bookcase.

 

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“Mission Ripe,” found cardboard boxes on hexboard, by Bryan Smith. 46″x36″x2″

 

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Becky Brooks, curator, and Bryan Smith, artist, after installing Bryan’s show at Sightline.

 

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Bryan Smith’s artwork hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle.

 

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Bryan Smith’s artwork hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle.

 

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The view of the two-paneled “Pop” from the hallway.

 

 

“Re-” by Bryan Smith July 10, 2009

Come see what’s growing out of the walls at Sightline…

Cardboard sculpture by Bryan Smith

Detail of "Hoppy" by Bryan Smith

In our second show at Sightline Institute, the work of Seattle artist Bryan Smith is now on display through August 27.

Visit the office between 10am and 3pm on weekdays.

Sightline Institute
1402 Third Ave,
Fifth Floor, Suite 500
Seattle, WA
206-447-1880 ext. 100

On view is an unimaginable collection of inlaid and/or sewn cardboard works, both 2-D and 3-D. Bryan says,

I utilize the colors, texture, and text of discarded cardboard to create a body of work reflective of painterly forms. Through the co-option of printed symbols and text found on the cardboard boxes, I fabricate compositions that offer a level of cultural familiarity, while simultaneously placing the viewer in a unique and engaging landscape.

Bryan Smith is a graduate of Cornish College of the Arts, 2000. He has been in numerous solo and group shows both locally and nationally. His work is in the collections of Microsoft Toronto, Canada; King County; City of Seattle; as well as private collections. He has taught assemblage at Pratt Fine Arts Center and enjoys experimenting with different art forms, including making frame drums and stop motion films. Currently, Bryan lives and works in Seattle.

All works are available for purchase. Contact Bryan directly at bryansmithvis (at) msn (dot) com with sales inquiries.

What thoughts about sustainability are inspired by Bryan’s art (and by art in general)? Share yours in a comment.

 

Photos from Julia’s show at Sightline July 9, 2009

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Julia Hensley pondering the placement of her artwork in the Sightline lobby.

 

West From Gasworks by Julia Hensley

“West from Gasworks” Gouache-on-paper collage by Julia Hensley.

 

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Julia Hensley’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle.

 

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Julia Hensley’s art hanging in the lobby of the Sightline Institute office in downtown Seattle.