SPRING 2015 HOURS: Open Saturdays 12-5, and by appointment. I’m frequently in and out during the week so just give a call…
NOW on view – Moss + Mineral is pleased to present This Fragile World, ceramic works by Nicholas Nyland and Yuki Nakamura. A sense of fragility framed with joyous color resonates through this show featuring objects by two of the area’s most highly acclaimed clay artists. Please join us for an artists’ reception on Saturday, June 20, 3-6pm.
Nyland, an accomplished painter and a finalist for the 2013 Contemporary Northwest Art Award at Portland Art Museum is known for his manhandled clay forms – some functional, some not – that writhe and drip with luscious color. Abstract yet curiously animated, Nyland’s pieces explore the intersection between sculpture and painting.
Educated in Tokyo, Nakamura is the recipient of awards including a Pollock-Krasner Grant; she creates life-size forms of common objects (notably, porcelain light bulbs and soccer balls) that elevate their simple subject matter to the iconic.
Both artists are past recipients of the prestigious Artist Trust Fellowship.
Also showing – ikebana artist and basket weaver Marcia Mahaffey, presenting cane-wrapped river rocks created with techniques she has adapted from Japanese basket weaving.
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Spring plants are arriving! M+M was recently invited to design botanical arrangements for the Georgia O’Keeffe opening at Tacoma Art Museum. For this project, I dug into my collection of animal bones, arid plants, geodes, fossils, and bullet-ridden tins (gathered from the New Mexico desert) that reference O’Keeffe’s paintings. A small, potted vibernum – much like a blooming, bonsai-size apple tree – added sprightly freshness to the mix.
For anyone who hasn’t been keeping up with fast-moving events at TAM, in November, the museum unwrapped a special gift, a world-class collection of Western art from German philanthropists, Erivan and Helga Haub. This major contribution to the cultural life of the region is housed in a new wing designed for it, a $15.5 million expansion of the original Antoine Predock building by award-winning Seattle architect, Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig.
The Western art collection, ranked among the finest in the country, includes works by George Catlin, John Mix Stanley, Thomas Moran, Frederic Remington, and Georgia O’Keeffe. Contemporary Native American artists including William Acheff and Kevin Red Star will be represented, injecting an important historical dimension to this collection.
In other news, the Tacoma City Council has cleared the way for fundraising to bring a stadium-size flower to the roof of the T-Dome – an Andy Warhol flower commissioned by the city years ago but never implemented. Creative funding and crowdsourcing may yet make T-town the owner of the world’s largest Andy Warhol.
Meanwhile at M+M, our current room vignette is about mid-century cool, exemplified by a powerful, thickly-encrusted portrait painting by Ohm-Cederberg. This painting is an amazing find with a story to be recounted here soon. Check out our new mid-century walnut hutch perfect for displaying the odd collection, swank leather swivel chairs updated with low-profile styling, and juicy-colored ceramics by acclaimed Seattle studio, KriKri.
On the jewelry front – congratulations to Matthew Coté, one of the most talented metalsmiths I know, for being accepted into the masters program at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Matthew was awarded the sole slot the university offered this year. He is also the recipient of a 2015 Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant to work on a show that will open at Moss + Mineral in July. This young, wildly talented artist is the creator of immaculately detailed jewelry pieces that articulate his ideas on pop culture to politics. Just a few years ago, we became acquainted when he was working at Old Navy and the post office to support his studies(!). Today, he creates engraved enamels that are causing a stir with their technical beauty and intelligent narrative. We can’t wait to see the work he produces in the coming months.
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I’m breaking out my own jewelry for spring at the Tacoma Art Museum and Seattle Art Museum stores, KOBO Seattle, and Hedgerow, Christy Erickson’s beautifully edited shop in Bow-Edison (Skagit Valley). See you soon! Lisa
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