Gallery has organized an exhibition of work by 14 young Native American
artists, most in their 20s. Many of these artists have studied with
older masters, and the work looks very accomplished and (at first)
strong graphic quality of formline drawing translates easily into
many media, from the carved wood rattles of John Marston and the
silver jewelry of Jay Simeon and Dan Wallace to the carved and painted
boxes by Moy Sutherland.
drawing also translates easily to other graphic, non-Native media.
We've seen so many beautifully designed and brilliantly colored
serigraphs (silk-screen prints) from Native American artists that
it, too, almost seems a traditional medium. Well-known local artists
Marvin Oliver and Preston Singletary, among others, have used glass
to extend the range of formline media.
this show, Nuu-Chah-Nulth artist Moy Sutherland shows both skilled
woodcarving and serigraphs. Non-Native artist Frank Woll contributes
a riveting three-minute animation, "Cosmology of Scale,"
based on formline drawing. He writes, "I'm amazed at the ability
of this Northwest Coast art style to stand steadfast and with such
integrity of form under the light of modern technology." Woll
states that the form is revealed to be "of a fractal math,"
and for all I know he may be right.
of the artists are Native Americans from more remote tribes. Susan
Pavel, for instance, is a Hawaiian married to a member of the Skokomish
tribe. She has studied with Skokomish weavers and exhibits several
pieces here, including a classic Salish vest.
you're in the forest and you hear a noise and you're sure you're
being watched, it's probably Bukwus, a sort of wild man. In this
show Cherokee artist Sean Hinton exhibits an unnerving Bukwus mask
and rattle. Take a good look at them: You'll remember them on your
next camping trip.
Spirit: Young Contemporary Artists of the Northwest Coast. At Stonington
Gallery, 119 S. Jackson St. Through July 31. Hours: Mondays-Fridays,
10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30-5:30 p.m.; Sundays, noon-5 p.m.
home is in Pioneer Square, at 119 South Jackson Street. We more
than doubled our space, and joined the many galleries currently
located in Pioneer Square - Seattle's traditional art district.
We anticipate that the extra space will give us even more opportunities
to bring you outstanding exhibits of Alaskan and Northwest Coast