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I finally made it to the Bellevue art museum last week and saw several impressive shows including Walter McConnell's Itinerant Edens. Wow! What a rule changer. Who knew that a clay artist could show their work wet without firing? It takes a few minutes to figure out what is going on in this exhibit but once you peer at the work behind the shower-like curtains , it's an amazing experience, one that almost gave me chills.
The large clay figures are cast from plaster molds of live models, made by 3d scanner located at Cornell University, very tech-savvy. The figures are imposing and a little creepy, but don't move me as much as the moist slippery plant forms which I adore. The moisture inside the curtains, creates living molds which add to the strange tactility of the work. Questionably, the artist's statement mentions a dialogue between analog and technical digital art as the meaning of the show. As contemporary artists, we are all part of that dialogue as more technology is developed and used, but other than the use of digital form casting, I don't see the work itself asking this question at all. Does anyone else? Please comment if you have seen the show. When it gets down to it, it's the visceral and emotional reaction that is important to me in a work of art, not the intellectually based description. On a less esoteric note, how on earth does McConnell manage to transport these huge wet clay installations!
It's closing soon if you want to see it.
Hi! Here's the link to my girl on a bird in a blustery wind. pen, ink and watercolor.
My cousin and I were only in Chicago for a few days but it was so inspiring to see the buildings and the art. This merry go round painting is about a fun childhood feeling and about the lights glowing in the dusk
Sunlight Bursting with Joy
Help stop the Dakota Access Pipeline!
Andrea K. Lawson’s exhibit, Seascape Mindscape will be on view at Pippa’s Real Tea in Port Townsend through December 31st, 2016. The show juxtaposes intimate landscapes depicting the energy of sea and sky with internal landscapes of the human brain. The brain series is painted in acrylic. The seascapes are oil on canvas.
Andrea will donate 50% of painting sales to the Standing Rock Tribe DAPL fund to help stop the Dakota Access Pipeline protecting our water and people.
This is a chance to enjoy art, support art and give to a good cause.
Pippa’s Real tea is located at 636 Water Street, Port Townsend and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. For more information about Andrea’s art please find her at www.andreaklawson.com
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Seascape Mindscape: New Paintings by Andrea K. Lawson
Andrea K. Lawson will show Seascape Mindscape at Pippa’s Real Tea in Port Townsend, Washington November 1, 2016 through December, 2016.
MIndscape: Featured in the exhibition is Lawson’s new Brain Beauty series inspired by images of the human brain at the microscopic level.
Andrea was recently awarded a public art commission for the Sno-Isles libraries, Camano Island Library Reading Room located in our neighboring poetic farmland of Island County, Washington. The call for a science related artwork spurred her research and interest in the varied forms of our own bodies.
Andrea’s acrylic painting Brain Beauty l is the smaller version of Andrea’s Brain Beauty, Beauty Brain public art Installation. Merging art and science, Andrea has rendered her concept of brain functions, with colorful abstract gestures across nine painted panels, each representing different parts of the brain seen at different levels of magnification. At first glance the paintings look abstract expressionist, but are actually specific images of brain functions such as the neocortex, the retina, the Hippocampus, neurons and glial cells.
Advances in Scientific research and methods of imaging have gathered new visual information about the brain which controls our cognitive processes, our physical movements and even our memories. Both the organ, and the learning process itself, give us the ability to think at a high level and to create, functions which distinguish us as human beings. Andrea sees her paintings of the visual manifestation of these microscopic spaces as metaphors for intellectual metaphysical ideas as well as visual forms evolving from contemporary art history.
Seascape: Her vibrant seascapes evoking northwest landscape, water and light will also be on display. These intimate works were Inspired by local views of the Olympic Peninsula’s bays, oceans and skies. While sometimes including tiny details depicting human presence, she also captures wild sometimes abstract layers of color and light evoking the energy of nature and weather.
Andrea paints in her studio overlooking the Port Townsend Bay. She is the recipient of many awards including King County Arts Commission, The Cape Cod Art Association and the Port Townsend Arts Commission. Andrea has taught art for many years in a variety of settings including the Seattle Art Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Peninsula College. She received her MFA from Parsons New School of Design New York City.
Please join the artist at the Port Townsend First Saturday Gallery Walk, November 5 from 5:30-8 P.M.
Pippa’s Real Tea is located at 636 Water Street, Port Townsend and is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00 P.M. http://www.pippasrealtea.com
Live Auction, Saturday June 18, 5pm
Preview Party, Friday June 17th 5-9 Pm.
Andrea's oil on canvas, Coolness will be on view.
Coolness, Oil on canvas by Andrea K. Lawson