Reception Wednesday Nov. 15th, 5-7 p.m.
In "Latent Home" Christopher Paul Jordan's carved paintings and immersive virtual installations archive fragments of Tacoma's landscape. Reassembling neighborhood memories through rolls of unprocessed film from 2007, Jordan uses a series of collaborations with his teenage self to investigate the construction of belonging in an era of redlining and mass displacement. Describing the exhibition as a "long distance phone call with the past", Jordan experiments with optics, aerosol and stereoscopic collage to survey his childhood home while questioning traditions of consuming and documenting the environment.
The exhibition “Guardians, Warriors, and Allies” explores how Gustavo Martinez comes into peace with his inner demons. Martinez tells stories through his work that embody powerful imagery, history, and figurative forms that connect to Mesoamerican imagery and personal identity. These are artworks with the presence of a guardian-warrior seen as an ally to aid Martinez in the process of quieting his mind to allow positive thoughts that are free of fear to guide him in times of darkness.
Michael Johnson, UNTITLED (BLUE), 2017, PLYWOOD, URETHANE PAINT, 80" X 102" X 36"
Exhibition Reception Friday, Nov. 3 5–6:30 p.m.
Liberal and Phenomenal are two exhibits affiliated with the inaugural NW5 Painting Colloquium. Linda Besemer (see image), The James Irvine Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Occidental College, will be the colloquium's keynote speaker.
Liberal features work by the five painting professors who teach at the NW5 colleges: Michael Knutson (Reed College), Richard Martinez (Whitman), Cara Tomlinson (Lewis & Clark College), James Thompson (Willamette University), and Elise Richman (University of Puget Sound).
Phenomenal involves five painters, Eric Elliott, Anne Gale, Emily Gherard, Ron Graff, and Jan Reaves, whose work exemplifies painting’s phenomenal potential to represent and reveal subjective experience through its shared language.
Opening Reception September 6 5-7pm
Through gallery exhibitions and artist lectures focused on expanding students exposure to core issues in contemporary art, Kittredge Gallery serves as a teaching tool for the Puget Sound Art & Art History Department and supports the liberal arts curriculum of the university as a whole. With its history of strong exhibitions by regional and nationally recognized artists, Kittredge Gallery also contributes to the broader cultural community of the Pacific Northwest.