November 2019 - Jeff Leake & William Kendall
The title "armies in the clouds" is a quote from a philosopher David Hume. He discusses what people see in clouds, stains, or trees reveals more about themselves than what those things might resemble.
Jeff Leake Statement
One theme that runs through much of my work is the difference between the intended message of the stories and symbols that we use to convey cultural ideals, and how we really interact with our environment and each other. This body of work is, to varying degrees influenced by my experience this past summer in China, at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Residency, where I spent three months, and in a general sense can be seen as a reflection on the complexity of cultural interactions.
While I have particular that I am thinking about while making these, I am always interested to hear stories that viewers come up with, as such these panels are cut into stylized cloud shapes conveying the notion that what we see in the clouds often reveals something true about ourselves.
William Kendall Statement
My hope for the art that I create is to combine energy, function, decay, color balance and classical art composition meshed with graffiti. As a student of Jesse Reno and a graduate of PNCA I have taken away a strong sense of process that is rooted in what I call the "ghosting method", things just materialize while building layers.
I was about thirty years old when I first attempted to make visual art and the process proved to be fulfilling in a way that nothing had never before. Primarily because I could make it alone. Most days I am so grateful for the ability to make art and to be able to share it with others.
Oct 2019 - Curtis Settino and Jeremy Gregory “Neck of the Woods”
Oct 12 - Concert (Canoofle improv music: 20th anniversary show)
Nov 1 - Art talk (working on show and for McMenamins)
Neck of the Woods came about after Jeremy and Curtis met working together on McMenamins’ new Elks Temple in Tacoma, WA. Working side by side they discovered many connections. Both artists enjoy a moody whimsical style, are animators, have a connection to skateboarding, and enjoy creating worlds and stories! Once they decided to share a show, they started working independently as well as making several trips to each other’s studios for intensives. The show features lots of puppets and diorama-like sets and scenes. Paintings and prints are included throughout showing 2D versions of the 3D elements.
Curtis and Jeremy describe Neck of the Woods as:
Something about growing the seeds of imagination, letting the stories have a physical form, and then exploring their stories through that form... dissecting our own creativity = exploding house... how long do you play with dolls before they turn real...imagination grants them true lives…
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