GRETCHEN GAMMELL | AMY SPASSOV
Beauquets | Pollination
May 3 – June 30, 2017
Beginning in May Hall Spassov Gallery is pleased to present the first two-woman exhibit with artists Gretchen Gammell and Amy Spassov. Each artist created a new body of work and each artist’s intent reveals cross over in ideals and purpose.
Beauquets, the latest offerings from Gammell, is inspired and named for her baby daughter Beau. In the artist’s words, “She has refreshed my water and caused me to see all things anew. This body of work is heavily laden with rich color and textures, symbolism drawn from classic iconography, and everyday objects found in my home and neighborhood. When I began explaining the world we inhabit to my child, I found renewed meaning in the mundane and a previously unrealized responsibility to my community. Her fresh eyes have replaced my old ones.”
Beauty, seduction and desire; all are precursors to pollination and all are the centerpiece for Spassov’s new works. In the artist’s words, “There is no better place than nature to see the role these elements of attraction play in pollination and ultimately in the survival and evolution of nearly every form of life. A flower’s beauty is not accidental. It is specifically designed to seduce pollinators. Humans are equally susceptible to their charm and while we do not pollinate flowers it does shine a light on perhaps our most important characteristic, which is to love and protect.” Watch the Bloopers >>
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.
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