NEW TO THE GALLERY
Luis Garcia-Nerey and Kevin Boyle
March 3 – April 30, 2017
Beginning in March Hall Spassov Gallery is pleased to present two new artists for 2017. The work of Luis Garcia-Nerey and Kevin Boyle are, at first, decidedly different from one another. A closer examination of each artist’s intent reveals cross over in ideals and purpose. Both artists explore the notion that the group and the individual are interrelated and each uses varying degrees of abstraction, executed with extremely different methods, inviting the viewer to participate in the work. Boyle, a photographer, uses both old and new technologies together inviting an inward look at our human nature. Garcia-Nerey, a painter and sculpture, explores a similar introspection and often incorporates photographs and found object to realize his intent.
Boyles latest work, Herd, is a dramatic and beautiful look at natural hierarchy and the commonality between the human and the animal within a group. Garcia-Nerey’s abstracted paintings shine a light on the way those two groups shape each other and in the artist’s own words “I believe that our existence depends on one another.” “As you interact with my work, you construct it and it constructs you.” Both artists, although different in nearly every visible way, share a reflective interest in the human condition and both have explored and manifested this interest with exacting skill and approach.
THE HALL SPASSOV COLLECTION
The Personal Collection of Erik Hall and Amy Spassov
January 11 – February 28, 2017
To kick off the new-year gallery owners, Erik Hall and Amy Spassov, will exhibit their personal collection publicly for the first time. Over more than a decade the pair have grown the gallery side by side and during that time have amassed a collection of artworks from all over the world. You can expect to see works by many of the represented artists such as Gretchen Gammell, Jeff Peters and Jérôme Poirier, as well as work by Seattle artist Dylan Neuwirth, tapestry artist Erin M. Riley and Street Artist, Swoon. The couple will also be sharing a sculpture by the late artist, Cheryl Ekstrom, their custom motorcycle builds and custom furniture pieces built by Hall.
THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY GOES SHOPPING
November 11th – December 31st, 2016
Hall Spassov Gallery in collaboration with Treason Gallery is pleased to present THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY GOES SHOPPING by Jim Riswold, on view from November 11th through December 31st, 2016.
Riswold, is no stranger to controversy. Describing his work as “Absurd Realism”, Riswold prides his work on the social commentary and general mockery of the modern world. After a twelve-year absence from the Seattle art scene, Riswold reemerged with this latest body of work featured at Treason Gallery in June.
This is the last and perhaps most socially significant exhibit of our 2016 season. The gallery, being geographically located in an apex of affluence, international diversity and consumer culture, serves the purpose of Riswold’s work well by physically hosting this art in a city that embodies the message. That message, alongside the artist’s powerful visual imagery, serves as persuasive commentary. It is perhaps a forced redefinition of what a communist government is, or must be, in a modern world occupied by freethinking people and driven by increasingly open exchange of communication. These masterful works are injected with humor, are stunning in presentation and carry with them a pervasive societal relevance.
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