Monday, December 28, 2009

Form/Space Atelier Program For January 2010

Form/Space Atelier Program For January 2010

Show Title: The Water Poet

Show Duration: January 8-February 7, 2009

Opening Reception: January 8, 6PM, as part of the Belltown ArtWalk

John Monson exhibits new acrylic on canvas abstract seascapes and other imagery at Form/Space Atelier. This exhibit marks Monson’s first solo show at Form/Space Atelier and his second exhibit overall with the gallery. John keeps a garret–looking studio overlooking a wooded knoll in bucolic yet picturesque Fall City, where he also works out inventions, owning several patents. The title of the show refers to another John, English poet John Taylor (1580-1654), who assumed the sobriquet "The Water Poet" because Taylor for a long time was a waterman on the Thames. John Monson's visual poems of water reference the title. About his own work, Monson says; “I received my BFA from Western Washington University. Awards include top honors in ten juried art competitions. I draw heavily upon natural, organic forms, and move easily between realism and abstraction. I like to establish a dialog between carefully worked realism and impulsive, organic forms. This broad and inclusive integration of diverse styles reveals my belief that art plays a role in creating our worldview. Hopefully my work reflects a view that is not exclusive and fragmented, but rather more complete, more tolerant and integrating.”

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sam Birchman Exhibits At Form/Space Atelier December 11- January 3, 2010

Sam Birchman exhibits oil on canvas paintings, well-drafted, with figuration and other imagery. This is the fourth exhibit of Sam Birchman’s work curated by Paul Pauper, dating back to 2007. Sam Birchman returned to Seattle after spending months in New York City recently. About his own work, Sam says “I live and work in downtown Seattle. I received my BFA in Studio Painting from the Evergreen State College in 2004. I am mainly interested in faces and figures. I find that I need to have a living being in my paintings in order for them to feel complete, whether it be a human, an animal, or just a suggestion of one or the other. I prefer my spaces to be somewhat undefined. The setting is less important to me than the interaction between the figures on the canvas. The process of painting itself is what I truly enjoy, from stretching and priming the canvas to applying paint and seeing what happens and how I respond to it.” Sam keeps a studio in the Vain Hair Salon Building, along with Form/Space Atelier-exhibited artist Michael Lane and others. Sam’s father is artist Fred Birchman, represented by Francine Seders.
October–November 2009
Wright Exhibition Space (Group Show), Seattle, WA
May 2009
Café Verite, Seattle, WA
March 2008
26 Brix, Seattle, WA
December 2007
Angle Gallery, Seattle, WA
July 2007
Form/Space Atelier, Seattle, WA
June 2007
Form/Space Atelier (Group Show), Seattle, WA
January 2007
Caffeine Café, Seattle, WA
July 2006
JAS Cabinet Shop, Seattle, WA
April 2005
Le Voyeur (Group Show), Olympia, WA
May 2004
The Evergreen State College Gallery 4 (Senior Thesis), Olympia, WA

Juliette Fretté Exhibits At Form/Space Atelier March 13-April 4, 2010

Juliette Fretté exhibits her original paintings March 13-April 4, 2010 at Form/Space Atelier, 2407 1st Avenue, Seattle. Vernissage for the exhibit is March 13, 8PM.
The organizing principles for this exhibit originate with exhibit Curator Paul Pauper, founder and Director of Form/Space Atelier. Pauper's prime organizing principle embraces the idea of curating artists first, and the the marks artists make secondarily. As this precept applies to the upcoming exhibit of Juliette Fretté's paintings, Pauper began thinking in terms of an exhibit by a feminist artist timed to coincide with International Women's Day March 8th. His research into artists defining themselves as feminists led him to data about Juliette Fretté. As more was revealed during the initial inquiry, it became evident that Juliette Fretté would be the only artist capable of fulfilling the entire vision being espoused by Pauper for an exhibit by a feminist artist. Additionally, Pauper's curation has been associated indivisibly with artists who use figuration, found in imagery of the paintings of Juliette Fretté, and in other aspects, notably Fretté's career as a model, as it applies to the curation scheme of this exhibit.
As research deepened and broadened, Pauper established contact with Juliette Fretté, and Fretté became an equal partner in the process of building the finalized organizing principles for the March 2010 exhibit. Specifically, Pauper and Fretté established the number of Fretté's art objects that could be most effectively exhibited, details regarding exhibit systems, framing the artwork, the potential for Fretté to create artwork in situ while in Seattle (Fretté is currently based in California), and moving the artwork and packaging and promotion of the exhibit. Artist and Curator made every effort to nurture a synergistic approach to building the exhibit.
As the organizing principles were established, Fretté and Pauper began to think in terms of establishing a narrative to support the exhibit. Pauper interviewed Fretté, included below. Additional corollary narrative is being written and will be available by the time of the exhibit March 2010, packaged together with archival materials such as previous interviews and the artist's parallel narratives regarding her artwork.

Pauper: What inspires your paintings?

Fretté: I find that the painting 'itch' often gets me going in terms of creating a new piece. In terms of what inspires me, I would say that certain events in my life can definitely influence the images that materialize. As every painting is entirely improvised, the end result is always a surprise. Otherwise, I would say that my work has spiritual and otherworldly muses :)

Pauper: What does painting make you feel?

Fretté: Painting forces me live in the moment unlike anything else. I find that painting is actually an addiction for me -- once I begin a new piece, it usually demands my attention until every detail is fully expressed.

Pauper: Who do you respect as an artist?

Fretté: I love the work of several artists. Growing up, my favorite artist was Ora Tamir, whose work is spiritual, passionate, and surreal. But my taste is relatively broad and I also enjoy the work of the celebrated pinup artist Olivia de Berardinas.

Pauper: Have Any Heroes in General?

Fretté: Heroes? Well, there are a lot of people that I respect, including every inspirational figure from Oprah to J.K. Rowling to Da Vinci to Barack Obama (and maybe Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Pauper: Can You Think of Any People Who Need Cultural Enlightenment?

Fretté: Everybody! We all need to constantly immerse and enrich ourselves with culture, innovation, creativity, and progress.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Form/Space Atelier Supports The Punk Rock Flea Market Which Supports The Low Income Housing Institute

Paul Pauper, Dickensian Carny Barker and Curator, Form/Space Atelier