June 2010 Newsletter

WHITING TENNIS
WALLEYED
May 20 - June 26
Opening reception: May 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist talk on Saturday, May 22, at noon



WHITING TENNIS
GHOST, 2010
Cast plaster
19 x 19 x 1.5 inches


Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce our third full one-person exhibition of work by Seattle artist, Whiting Tennis. The title, Walleyed, refers to the slang term for a condition in which the eyes are not properly aligned with each other. It typically involves a lack of coordination between the muscles in the eyes that prevents bringing the gaze of each eye to the same point in space. The artist views the term as a way of describing his approach to art making.

If the left eye represented the abstract or formal way of seeing, and the right eye the representational or figurative, the title suggests the experience in art making when the two modes begin to split, or diverge, and tend to not always work in stereo. Conveniently, "walleyed" is also used to describe the ailment that the splayed eyes seem to convey; a state of frenzy, excitement or agitation.Whiting Tennis

These paintings, drawings and sculpture draw from this idea and suggest the multiple directions in which the artist’s vision and impulses are pulled. The exhibition continues to explore a way of seeing everyday objects as representations of the human spirit. The inner life-force of his subjects are exposed through the juxtaposition of the flat, decorative qualities of wood grain and other patterns against a cubistic sense of space.

Using several media including cardboard, plaster, concrete, paint and wood, Tennis creates work that explores the sculptural beauty of everyday outdoor scenes. The resulting works, reflecting his appreciation for rural vernacular, resemble formal portraits of ramshackle sheds and oddly assembled outhouses in anonymous backyards or fields.

BIOGRAPHY
Whiting Tennis was the 2008 recipient of the Arlene Schnitzer prize given as part of Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Exhibition. The artist was also the winner of the 2007 Neddy Artist Fellowship for Painting awarded by Seattle’s Behnke Foundation. Major works by Whiting Tennis are in the collections of Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.

The artist received his BFA from the University of Washington in 1984. After living and working in New York for several years, Tennis returned to the Northwest in 2005 where he currently lives and works.

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WHITING TENNIS
TURKEY, 2010
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

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CLAUDIA FITCH
THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
May 20 - June 26
Opening reception: May 20, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist talk on Saturday, May 22, at noon

CLAUDIA FITCH
INTERIOR WITH STATUETTE #3 (lamp), 2009
Graphite on paper
40 x 55 inches

Greg Kucera Gallery is also pleased to announce our fifth solo exhibition of work by Seattle artist, Claudia Fitch. The title of the exhibition, The Edge Of The World, refers to a club in the 1980s in New York City’s lower east side.

"A former big-time catering hall, its bombed-out, cavernous, ballroom interiors still donned pieces of the original décor: exposed concrete walls with startlingly luscious remnants of draped satin. A truly postmodern environment, briefly fashionable, the club came to a violent end (the owner was found murdered on a ballroom balcony).   My fond memory of a night dancing at the club surfaced while making a drawing of an elaborate 17th century Sicilian interior.  The memory merged with my efforts to render, with as much authenticity as possible, the details of Sicilian cherubs with drapery.   Titled THE EDGE OF THE WORLD, this drawing, and others in the exhibit, contemplates the paradoxical relationship between surface decor and deep space, between the broadly cultural and specifically personal, and between historical opulence and its destruction within contemporary times. " - Claudia Fitch

Fitch received her BFA in painting from the University of Washington, Seattle and her MFA from the Tyler School of Art , Philadelphia. She has also studied ceramics extensively at the University of Washington and attended a three-month residency fellowship at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands. Much of her work is inspired by her interest in architectural spectacle. Her 1995 one-person exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum was an exploration of the relationship between architecture and the theme of gardens and topiary.

Fitch has exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, as well as a number of university and gallery spaces across the country. Her work is included in several important collections including the Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Arts Commission, Zymogenetics, Cheney Cowles Museum, and Microsoft Corporation.



CLAUDIA FITCH
MONTANA INTERIOR, 2008
Graphite on paper
15.5 x 24 inches

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Upcoming Exhibitions



PETER MILLETT

New Sculptures
July 1 - August 14, 2010


PETER MILLETT
HOLEBOWL, 2009
Painted wood
26 x 22 x 9 inches








LYNNE WOODS TURNER
New Drawings and Paintings
July 1 - August 14, 2010



LYNNE WOODS TURNER
UNTITLED 842, 2009
Pencil and colored pencil on paper
12 x 12 inches