HUGO LUDEÑA
Photographs
August 28 - September 27
Opening reception: September 4, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist talk on Saturday, September 6, at noon


HUGO LUDEÑA
COCINANDO CARNITAS, 2005
Chromogenic print
16 x 24 inches

Greg Kucera Gallery is very pleased to announce our first exhibition of photographs by Seattle artist Hugo Ludeña. The artist is the recipient of the 2008 Seattle Mayor's Arts Award given annually to Seattle artists of distinction. Ludeña's work will also be featured at the 2008 Bumbershoot Arts Festival at Seattle Center in The Power of One, curated by Marita Holdaway, from Benham Gallery, Seattle.

Mixing journalistic documentary photography with traditional portraiture, Ludeña explores local Latino culture through depictions of everyday life and activities. Festivals, quinceañeras and weddings (including a gay wedding) reveal the Latino community in all its celebratory glory.

HUGO LUDEÑA
NO TO WTO, 1999
Chromogenic print
20 x 16 inches



"I believe that the contributions of Latinos to the development and success of the Pacific Northwest are woven into almost every segment of the state's history. To envision Washington untouched by Latinos is to imagine a state without much of its folklore and many of its achievements.

As an artist, my goal consists of breaking up Latino stereotypes in media and visual arts. For decades, newspapers, movies, and even literature showed Latinos as a marginal segment of society. The depictions of Latino life resembled barrio gangs. Latinos were portrayed as not assimilating, angry with all and for all reasons.

My work shows authentic Latino families in their mood of celebrating, dressed in their best garments or in their job environment. We came to this country with our own values, our history and traditions."

In addition to Ludeña's photography of Latino culture, the exhibition will feature photos documenting other cultures in celebration in and around Seattle as well as images taken during the 1999 WTO riots.

Raised in Lima, Peru, Ludeña moved to the U.S. at the age of 18. He studied photojournalism and graphic design, and lived in Miami and Denver before settling in the Pacific Northwest in 1993. In 2006, Ludeña launched Latino Cultural Magazine, a quarterly publication highlighting Latino contributions to arts and culture.

See more: Hugo Ludeña's photographs



WHITING TENNIS
Works on Paper
August 28 - September 27
Opening reception: September 4, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Artist talk on Saturday, September 6, at noon

WHITING TENNIS
NOMAD IN WHITE, 2008
Spray paint on cardboard
11 x 17 inches

Greg Kucera Gallery is also excited to announce our second exhibition by Seattle artist Whiting Tennis. Tennis is the 2008 recipient of the Arlene Schnitzer prize given annually as part of Portland Art Museum's Contemporary Northwest Art Awards Exhibition. The exhibition is on view through September 14, 2008 at the Portland Art Museum. The artist was also the winner of the 2007 Neddy Artist Fellowship for Painting awarded annually by Seattle's Behnke Foundation. Major works by Whiting Tennis were recently purchased by the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Portland Art Museum and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, KS.

Tennis's last show at Greg Kucera Gallery, made up of paintings, works on paper, and sculptures, contained BOVINE, the largest single piece to be shown to date in our gallery. This exhibition, while more intimate in scale, 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 spray paint, cardboard, ink and charcoal, Tennis creates drawings and collage works that explore 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.

Whiting Tennis 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. The artist has been doing editorial illustration for a number of years and has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times' Book Review and Op Ed pages, Spin Magazine, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Slate on-line and Seattle's Stranger and several other publications.

WHITING TENNIS
TORSO, 2008
Ink and marker on paper
8 x 5 inches




See more: Whiting Tennis's works on paper

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