Got Your Back – Healing Through Art

Back Prints by Stephanie Koscelnik
May 6, 2017 7:30pm – 11:30pm.

A collaborative art collection grown from a healing experiment and a coming together of friends after a great loss.

After two major knee surgeries I found a new way of self expression through painting. When I first created a “back print” I felt like I found a hidden beauty. A story of self. After a close friend passed away from cancer this project turned into something much more meaningful. “got your back” is a healing journey that involves 21 back prints of myself and friends that surrounded me during this time. -Stephanie

Join us Saturday May 6th 7:30 – 11:30 for a very personal exhibition of Stephanie’s work. You will be able to experience her unique “Back Prints” in person. The prints will be paired with the musical styling Gina Belliveau and light refreshments.

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Blue Collar / Meet The Artist / Dec 17th

This Thursday Fulcrum Gallery will be open 6-9 pm for arts walk. We are hosting the continuing exhibition of Blue Collar by Adrian Bouchard. Additionally Adrian will be here giving an informal presentation about his artwork and the artistic processes that lead up to this body of work now on display till January 15th

Adrian Bouchard was born in San Luis Obispo, CA, in 1986. He has been drawing since he was two, and has never stopped creating. Adrian specializes in portraiture using acrylic paints, but also loves ballpoint pen. Over the last four years Adrian has partially transitioned from canvas works in favor of painting on vinyl records and metal plates.

Influenced by many different artists and cultures, Adrian draws inspiration from every period of history, with an emphasis on Art Nouveau and Modern Realism. He loves innovation, learning new ways of creating, and is constantly experimenting with his style. Along with mixing media, Adrian typically uses multiple techniques from different eras, so as to not limit himself when it comes to painting.

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Blue Collar

Blue CollarDecember 4th – February 19th
Opening Reception: December 4th 6pm
Artist Talk: December 17th 6pm

Paintings by Adrian Bouchard

Blue Collar is a unique collection of work sourced from the early part of the last century. Period photographs and antique serving platters are wedded, transforming into bold dimensional portraits. Miners, farmers, child workers, and housewives are presented as haunting reflections of hardship and longing juxtaposed within the opulent filigree of service and wealth. Blue Collar reminds us of who we are and where we have come from. This work is especially poignant for today’s culture as we slide into a similar economic dynamic as The Great Depression.

Blue Collar / Meet The Artist

This Thursday December 17th Fulcrum Gallery will be open 6-9 pm for arts walk. We are hosting the continuing exhibition of Blue Collar by Adrian Bouchard. Additionally Adrian will be here giving an informal presentation about his artwork and the artistic processes that lead up to this body of work now on display till January 15th.

 

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Circle of Friends – Recap

September 17th – October 14thth

Circle of Friends as been the most successful show this year. This exhibition has flown by and our final week of display draws near. I would like to thank Jeremy Mangan personally for putting this show together and Alec Clayton for his intelligent review of the work.

Circle of Friends

Jeremy Mangan and friends shine at Fulcrum

“The Siege of Syracuse” painting by Jean-Pierre Roy. Photo courtesy Fulcrum Gallery

If there are noticeable similarities between the works by the half-dozen artists now on view at Fulcrum Gallery, it is because they are friends who met while living in New York in the early 2000s and have continued to influence each other since – Patrick Berran, Ben Grasso, Jean Pierre Roy, Ryan Scully, Shintaro Okamoto and Jeremy Mangan, all pulled together by Mangan for this show.

What these artists share, beyond skill, inventiveness, and an obvious shared love of art, is a kind of post-modernist surrealistic mindset. Mangan’s whiskey barrels tumbling over a cold waterfall and his luminous treasure chest caught up in tree roots are like modern day René Magrittes; and Roy’s “The Siege of Syracuse” is like a Salvador Dali painting if Dali had expended more energy on art and less on performance.

Berran and Grasso are the exceptions. There is little trace of surrealism in their paintings. Berran is showing three small abstract paintings of overlapping and interlocking squares and rectangles in acrylic and toner. Within each geometric shape is a pattern of squiggly, splatter-like shapes. His color schemes are simple: blue and red in one painting; blue, red and red-orange in another; and a third in tones of brown with overlapping greenish blocks and super-subtle gray and peach transparencies. There is great complexity hidden within the apparent simplicity in Berran’s paintings.

 

Grasso is showing excellent paintings of leaves and flowers with cheery colors in deliberate dabs of paint. They’re like close-ups of tiny sections of Monet landscapes.

Scully paints rock formations and an avocado-like plant in the desert, which are realistic in appearance but highly unlikely to exist in nature. They are classically balanced, smooth as sanded wood, and nuanced in color modulations. ”

Okamoto has two drawings of pod-like formations that are like slightly more abstract versions of Scully’s impossible plant. There’s something evocative and eerie about these.

Roy’s single painting, “Siege of Syracuse,” is a small picture of a man seated in grassy mountains with a copy of Hieronymus Bosch’s “Christ Descent Into Hell” held in his lap. But the Bosch is painted on glass and the man’s knees go into and through it. This is the most surrealistic painting in the show. It is amazingly luminous with intricate details that are hypnotic.

Luminosity is also a hallmark of Mangan’s paintings, which are realistic scenes that are highly unlikely to ever be seen in this world. “Point Marker” pictures a platform standing in water with a huge splash of water behind it (one can’t help but wonder what made the splash) and a broken ladder leading from the water to the top of the platform. “Sending the Barrels” is the one mentioned earlier of wooden whiskey barrels tumbling over a waterfall, and “Treasure for the Taking” is the one with the treasure chest caught up in the roots of a tree. It is believably realistic and natural except for the rays of light shining out of the chest.

There is not a bad painting in this show, and every one is thought-provoking and intriguing.

Circle of Friends, Wednesday & Friday, noon to 6 p.m., through Oct. 14, Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma

 

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Circle of Friends

September 17th – October 14thth
Opening Reception September 17th 6-9 pm

Artist Talk September 18th 5:30 pm
Read the review by Alec Clayton
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Patrick Berran – Ben Grasso – Jean Pierre Roy – Ryan Scully – Jeremy Mangan – Shintaro Okamoto

Circle of Friends (from Brooklyn to Tacoma) is an exhibition of painting and drawing curated by Tacoma’s own Jeremy Mangan. These artists met while living in Brooklyn NY in the early 2000s and were bonded by the challenges of their artistic practice. A practice that necessitates the production of compelling artworks in an increasingly noisy and fickle contemporary art world. Jeremy has been influenced by their combined experience, and shares these visions once again through Circle of Friends.

Both Brooklyn and Tacoma have proven themselves as cultural incubators for the development of ideas and artistic thinking. Sharing a similar history both places originate from a marginalized past and have blossomed into an artistic utopia. Fast-forward to the present and the similarities diverge. Today’s Brooklyn is unrecognizable from its humble origins, while Tacoma has evolved at a more sustainable pace, maintaining its original identity.

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*Berran, Grasso, Roy, and Scully still reside and work in Brooklyn; Okamoto in Queens.

Special thanks to the Tacoma Arts Commission and the Tacoma Artists Initiative Program for funding this event.

 

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