Ian Krause – Trapographer

Photography – Live Music – Live Painting

Saturday October 21st. 4pm into the evening.

Ian Krause captures the essence and culture of Tacoma’s underground street scene in this one day event. Local photographer  Zachary’s candid and personal photographs showcase contemporary talent throughout the Pacific Northwest. Capturing intimate glimpses of life, at concerts, in the recording studio and in their community. This event is matched with live drawing and musical performance. This event is free and open to the public. We want to meet you and show you who we are. We hope to see you there.

 

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Tacoma Youth Art Show

Original music, visual arts and locally designed clothing

7–11 p.m., Friday Aug. 25, Fulcrum Gallery, 1308 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma

The Tacoma Youth Art Show will feature work from local college and high school artists, whose live music, photography, painting, drawing and creative designer clothing will be on display at the Fulcrum Gallery.

A rich variety of original music will be performed in six sets featuring Gillian Moore, Matthew Harding, Nick Adams, Aidan Jansen, Alex Wark, and bands led by Eli Sankytyl and Elijah Ventures.

Earthling clothing will be on display and for sale, produced by Quinn Carsille, Henry Stewart-Wood and Liam Ayers. Pre Fuk clothing will also be on display and for sale as well as paintings, all produced by Levi Starkweather. Visual artists displaying and selling work include paintings by Sam Hemmert, Sarah Boucher and Grace, and photographs by Sarah Panzer and Isabel Hall. Elijah ventures will feature paintings and clothing; Amara Severance will be doing drawings and paintings.

The Tacoma Youth Art Show is presented by this collaboration of artists. Fulcrum Gallery is a constantly evolving amalgamation of gallery and installation space, fine art retail, as well as an artistic community hub that hosts events.
For more information … text me at 253-347-3176 – Alex

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Artist Mythos

Curator Zachary Sofia of Los Angeles and Seattle presents Artist Mythos his exciting new gallery and concert series in Tacoma. This event showcases the Puget Sound’s best Underground, Fantastic and Pop Surrealist artwork and spans 3 amazing art venues The Fulcrum Gallery,  FEAST art center and The Tacoma Arts Community Center.  Local artist Jeremy Gregory will be featured unveiling new paintings, along with 20 other exiting Puget Sound Area artists.

May 20th 6-11PM: Fulcrum Gallery 1308 Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma, WA 98405 Info@fulcrumtacoma.com. Doors open at 6pm music starts at 8 show ends at 11.
Music from SPRISM, The BeatNipz & Terence Bennett / Video Art by Kris Crews
$8 suggested donation, hors d’oeuvres, beverages with I.D.

Participating Artists: 
Jeremy Gregory, Masha Fikhman, Jeremiah Kjormoe, Jason Sobottka, Larkin, Christoper Olson, Dave Bloomfield, Joseph Brooks, Alexander Halladay,  Bryan K Ward, CASH, Zachary Marvick, Yuri Knighten, Kelsey Vogan, Branden Duncan, Mark Tracy,  Jason Rivia, Don De Leva, Risa Kaneko, Michael Koehler, J. Gordon, Qin Tan, Nathan Barnes, Michael Rives, Angelita Martinez.

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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
Opening Night Gallery

 

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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