I-5 Connects: Prographica at Koplin Del Rio: A Seattle Exchange
Exhibition Dates: January 12 – February 16, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, January 12, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm; Saturday: 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
Public Contact: 310-836-9055
Koplin Del Rio is pleased to introduce a gallery exchange program with Prographica in Seattle, WA. A fifteen year professional relationship between directors, Eleana Del Rio and Norman Lundin has resulted in a collaborative exhibition venture between their two galleries.
A discussion began when Prographica opened its doors in Seattle in 2010. The gallery represented nationally recognized and emerging artists with an emphasis on artists of the Northwest. As Prographica grew, it developed a unique exhibition model similar to that of a repertory theatre, wherein the work of gallery and invited artists is showcased in rotating thematic shows. With this model came the opportunity to share gallery artists with KDR and build careers in both locations.
The affiliation will further manifest itself in January 2013, as KDR announces I-5 Connects, a program featuring regular exchange exhibitions between the two galleries. While each gallery will continue to maintain its individual identity, the collaboration will function as an annex, building upon the expansion of two distinct programs.
The debut exchange exhibition will feature the work of 17 artists that are represented by Prographica in Seattle:
Kimberly Clark – Her work features oil and watercolor landscapes painted in the Washington Park Arboretum and from her Ballard studio window. In these works, which make clear Clark’s overarching interest in color, she observes and records the effects of seasonal light on foliage. Clark studied at Moore College of Art and Design (BFA, 2001) and Brandeis University (Post-Baccalaureate certificate in painting, 2009). She currently lives in Seattle where she recently completed an MFA in painting at the University of Washington.
Steve Costie – His work consists of abstractions spring from the urban landscape viewed either in silhouette or from above. Heavily worked graphite blocks press against more linear elements and into the scrubbed surface of the paper suggesting the weight of the built environment on the land. Costie is a Seattle artist.
Ellen Garvens – Photo collage ink jet prints by Garven will be on display. Garven has a M.F.A from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Science in Art from the University of Wisconsin, she currently lives and works in Seattle where she teaches at the University of Washington School of Art.
Tamblyn Gawley- The show will include several of Tamblyn Gawley’s small graphite drawings depicting woodland foliage. Gawley earned her MFA from the University of Washington this spring. She received her BFA from Daemen College in Amherst, New York (2009). Tamblyn lives and works in Seattle.
Philip Govedare – Landscape ink drawings by the artist will be part of the show. Govedare has had more than twenty solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, Govedare is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia (MFA 1984) and currently teaches at the University of Washington.
Laura Hamje – Works in gouache on paper combining architecture with landscape exploring the visual connections between natural and manmade structures. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Washington, currently lives and works in Seattle.
Michael Howard - Wood-framed, turn-of-the-century houses set on small city lots provide the subject matter for Michael Howard’s watercolor paintings. Howard spent several years teaching in Milwaukee where these works were made, and they convey a distinct sense of place as well as a defining formal geometry that is characteristic of the artist’s work in general. Howard, who is a native of Tennessee, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (1988) and completed his graduate degree in painting at the University of Cincinnati (1991). Michael lives and works in Seattle.
Caoline Kapp - Archival digital prints will be on view. Her process begins with a wall projection which she then photographs, responds to graphically, rephotographs, and finally merges multiple images to make her prints. Caroline Kapp is a graduate of the University of Washington (MFA in photomedia, 2007) and Cornish College of the Arts (BFA, major in photography and minor in painting/drawing, 2000). Caroline lives and works in Seattle.
Carolyn Krieg - Altered photographic images focus on animals she has encountered in her travels. She uses color and image layering and manipulation to describe both the animals and settings and situations in which they find themselves. Carolyn studied at the American College of Paris and Portland State University and is based in Washington State.
Dale Lindman - Lindman often produces small mixed media works on paper in addition to his large, densely worked, and labor intensive paintings. Lindman has lived and worked in Seattle since he received his MFA from the University of Washington in 1982.
Norman Lundin – Seattle based painter and Director of the Prographica program. Lundin is known for his studio interior paintings and his atmospheric landscapes. Lundin studied in Oslo, and has a B.A from The Art Institute of Chicago and an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. Lundin lives and works in Seattle.
Sean McElroy – Mixed media on paper works dealing with social, political commentary. McElroy received his MFA degree from the University of Washington in 2011. He holds an MA degree in Studio Art from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Classics from Brown University. McElroy lives and works in New York.
Elizabeth Ockwell - Architecture is the focus of Elizabeth Ockwell’s work, she travels frequently and most often uses European architectural sites as her subject matter. A selection of graphite, charcoal, and water-based media studies of Austrian, German, and French buildings will be featured in the current show. Ockwell is a graduate of the University of Washington and received her MFA from Northwestern University. She also studied painting at Kölner Werkschulen in Cologne and Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany. She currently lives and works in Chicago.
Anne Petty – works in oil on canvas as well as watercolor, she depicts her subjects in the mundane tasks of daily life rather than in set studio poses. Petty received her BFA from Missouri State University (2005) and her MFA from the University of Washington (2009). Petty lives in Seattle and teaches at the Gage Academy of Art.
Laura Swytak – Works in oil on canvas primarily in still life and interiors. Laura has a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art and an M.F.A. from the University of Washington, Seattle. She lives and works in Southern California.
Kathy Vargas - These hand-colored, multiple-exposure photographs speak to Vargas’s continuing interest in familial and cultural memory. Kathy Vargas was born in San Antonio, Texas and received her MFA, with a concentration in Photography, from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1984. Kathy Vargas lives in San Antonio and teaches at the University of the Incarnate Word.
Evelyn Woods – Works in charcoal on paper, she begins with a dark ground which she moves into with eraser and sandpaper to introduce the lighter elements needed to define space and subject matter Woods received her MFA from the University of Washington in 1993 and graduated from Central Washington University in 1979. She lives and works on Whidbey Island
For further information or photos, please contact Ronald De Angelis at (310) 836-9055.