Tacoma, Wash. – New in the Large Gallery in March is Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-B-A-Start, an exhibition of new work by Seattle painter Cable Griffith that embraces the influence of early video game imagery, systems, and themes. The exhibition includes drawings, paintings, sculpture, and an interactive video game/painting collaboration with Brent Watanabe.
Griffith has noted: “Influenced by modernist painting and early video game imagery, my recent work explores the connections and potentials of both. … Notions of play, practice, improvisation, and exploration add an additional narrative to the relationship of symbols, actions, and reactions.”
Cable Griffith earned his B.F.A. from Boston University in 1997, and received his M.F.A. in painting from University of Washington in 2002. After graduation he began teaching first at University of Washington, then at Pratt Fine Arts Center, and Kirkland Arts Center. In 2007 he became exhibitions director at Kirkland, and in 2010 became gallery and exhibitions coordinator at Cornish College of the Arts. Additionally he was named the Neddy at Cornish Associate Program Director in 2011. Griffith is a member of the artist-run Seattle gallery SOIL.
Griffith has had solo exhibitions at SOIL, as well as OK Hotel Gallery, Some Space Gallery, and MPSR Gallery in Seattle. He also has exhibited in group shows at SAM Gallery; Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Wash.; Pratt Fine Arts Center; and at galleries in Pittsburgh and New York. In 2008 he was nominated for The Brink Award at the Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, and in 2009 received a merit award from PONCHO.
On view in the Small Gallery is You Are Here, an installation of a new series of work by Puget Sound Professor of Art Michael Johnson. The exhibition encompasses a group of three-dimensional drawings, a melding of Johnson’s sculptural practice with technology. The series of six sculptural drawings, titled A Systematic Account of Random Movements, is based on the collection and processing of random GPS data within a predetermined controlled construct. The images are developed using computer-generated visual code that is then used to program a CNC milling machine. The resulting works will be suspended from the ceiling so they can be read simultaneously as drawing and sculptural objects.
Michael Johnson currently teaches sculpture at Puget Sound and has been on the faculty since 2001. He received his B.F.A. in sculpture from University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and his M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati. During the 1995–96 academic year, he lectured and worked at the Academy of Fine Art and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, as a Fulbright Scholar. He also has taught at Baylor University, Texas, and University of Delaware, where he received the prestigious Excellence in Teaching award.
Johnson has participated in one-person and invitational exhibitions at Seattle Art Museum and Foster White Gallery, Seattle; The Aronof Center, Cincinnati, Ohio; Masur Museum, La.; Martin Museum, Texas; Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Delaware Art Museum; Grounds for Sculpture, N.J.; Gallery Gerulata, Slovakia; and Izu-Kogen Art Museum, Japan. Johnson also served the sculpture community as an executive member of the board of trustees for the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, N.J., for six years.
A public reception for these exhibitions will be held on Wednesday, March 13, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the gallery. This reception is free and open to the public; both artists plan to attend. Gallery talks by Cable Griffith and Michael Johnson will be scheduled during the run of the exhibition.
Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the art department and a cultural resource for both the university and the community at large, exhibiting work by noted regional and national artists. Exhibits and talks are free and open to the public. Please note the gallery will be closed March 18 to 24 for Spring Break.
March 13, 5 to 8 p.m., Kittredge Gallery
Gallery Location: University of Puget Sound, N. 15th St. at N. Lawrence St., Tacoma, WA
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Photos on page: Top right: Side-scroll World 2, by Cable Griffith; Above left: A Systematic Account of Random Movements, by Michael Johnson; Above right: Return to the Source, by Cable Griffith.