Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 6pm - 9pm
CoCA Ballard/Shilshole Bay Beach Club
6413 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
This exhibit appears to juxtapose two sides of a Japanese aesthetic; yet it is unclear whether the Japanese influences are intentional . Dick Matthies' sensitive, Zen influenced watercolors on paper evoke wabi (transient and stark beauty), wabi-sabi (imperfect, impermanent and incomplete beauty) or yugen (profound grace and subtlety). In stark contrast, James Weed's bold, anime influenced works on canvas cunningly evoke manga (comics). Weed uses this playful, non-threatening style to comment on the inelegant underbelly of food production systems that feed our obese society. After a lifetime of observing and rebelling against established traditions, Matthies says "my art making practice became very private, a form of Zen meditation. I would hope my art could illustrate an organic stream of consciousness that links abstraction and nature". This exhibit presents a selection of Matthies' "nearly plain air" series of watercolor and acrylic works on paper. Weed says "my paintings allude to factory farmed and animal testing imagery, or to the conditions of visual thinking that those institutions have created and how they affect the practice of painting."
Show runs: August 14 – September 23, 2012