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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Here Now Forever

October 15th – November 28th
Opening Reception: October 15th 6-9pm
Studio Tour: October 17th & 18th
Artist Talk: November 19th 6pm

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New Work by Scott Nelson

It’s a photographers’ job to capture a moment, but how exactly does one “capture” a moment? The act of plucking emotion from within the context of reality and distilling it into an artifact seems an impossible task, yet Scott accomplishes this and more in his new body of work titled “Here Now Forever”. These artworks are trophies distilled from explorations outside of the bonds of time. Some stretched like exotic animal skins; others composed to form their own visual language. Scott’s pieces offer us an omniscient view of existence, unfettered by the limiting perceptions of our physical being.

“I’m fascinated by time and humankind’s relative understanding of it. As an artist I like to step out of that seemingly one-way stream and to explore my own relationship with things considered temporary and permanent.” –Scott Nelson

Studio Tour Hands-on activity:
During open studios, Scott will demonstrate the process of transferring photo images to glass and other media. Anyone who stops by will be able to take part in the process, and will get to take home a small photo keepsake that they have helped to make.

 

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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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Bestial Mirrors

Wood Cut Prints & Ceramic Sculpture by Kellë McLaughlin

December 5th – January 15th
Opening reception Friday December 5th 5pm – 9pm

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Bestial Mirrors is an elemental exhibition featuring traditional wood cut prints paired with freestanding ceramic sculpture. Kellë McLaughlin is an accomplished sculptor and two-dimensional artist who completes her masterpieces through traditional methods. Her forms are inspired by live models and the corresponding animal imagery is plucked from the internal ether of these subjects. Bestial Mirrors is a sobering reference to our inner animal. Each of these Limited edition prints will be on display at Fulcrum Gallery thusly wrapping up our 2014 year. –Oliver Doriss

Artist Statement:

There is a relationship between animal and humankind that is overt and undeniable. We share innate qualities and characteristics that reveal both the civil and savage nature within beast and man. My work accentuates this relationship not only in its base form but also on an intimate and personal perspective. Each piece reflects an individuals’ introspective persona kelly6_10-19-14that is then displayed in the public eye. Every person creates a bond with a particular beast, whether consciously or not, that is perceived to represent our own persona. We glorify ourselves through the eyes of that animal within, using it to justify our deeds and desires, both condemning and exalting it when we feel the necessity. What I strive to do is bring forth an awareness of the light that we shed on the beast within ourselves, our daemon, and why.

My work has deep roots in mythology and fairy tale, using fantastic circumstances to bring forth truths that can provide guidance as well as elaborate beauty. I look at the way Robert Bly dissects the story of “The Wild Man” in Iron John, a novel about the journey from childhood to adulthood and the circumstances and trials one must go through to become a man/woman. I like to use his method as a template through which I interpret individual stories and scenarios and then apply them to my work. In Bly’s novel, the boy must find a way to embrace the “wild man” before he can ever become his true self. Each piece I create reflects that journey and the wildness inside each of us.

The balance and, at times, war between the civil and savage natures inside our persons and how we use that duality as a mask to the outside world is what my work is about.

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Fantastic Guts

PrintDrawing & Illustrations by Noah Josiah Struthers

September 18th – October 17th

We are but bones and squishy bags of meat, a true collection of Fantastic Guts. Considerable time and space were spanned to produce these works, many of which I don’t feel compelled to explain; the commonalities are evident. However, if one desires a deeper analysis, then look to the cognitive dissonance. It is the connection and disconnection of all of these bits, pieces and tools that we use to get us through. The narratives that we tell ourselves, the physical objects with which we manipulate the world, they all fascinate me. A picture is always just a picture. A pallet with guts and flowers on it is just that; any other meaning placed on it is in your hands. But we must have a narrative, you might say. Well, I say it takes some fantastic guts to not hand you the story. It all means nothing and something depending on how your squish and wires and chemistry respond. Enjoy.  -Noah Struthers

 

About

Born and raised in Tacoma, Noah Struthers is a unique product of this “blue collar” environment. His particular mechanic-laborer experiences were tainted early on by artistic explorations, resulting in a unique hybrid of outsider-illustrator art. His work addresses themes of local identity, mechanical structures, nature, and wildlife. As well this artist, illustrator, and craftsman is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Second Cycle Community Bicycle Shop.

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Noah has received many awards and recognitions. Most recently he was selected for the Tacoma Artist Initiative Program in 2013. He creates regular work for Post Defiance Online Magazine, and the Squeak and Squawk music festival along with many other organizations.

* This show was funded in part by the Tacoma Arts Commission.

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