Presence

April 7 – 30, 2011

Maura Donegan, David Hytone and Rumi Koshino.


photo: Jyh-Lurn Chang

Maura Donegan is a textile artist whose work plays with the concepts of memory and puzzles. She embroiders individual words on delicate silk organza that together create a sense of fragility and strength. Her unexplained combination of words compels the viewer to sort through them, creating meaning. They are celebrations of the words themselves, an offering of contemplation that invites the viewer to examine them, explore their sound and the associations they bring to mind. These pieces are portraits of the artist, referencing her personal life, her love of words and her cultural history. Donegan hails from Ireland and medium of embroidered was practiced by generations of women in her family. Her work has been shown in exhibitions including the Knitting and Stitching Show in Dublin and Four Embroiderers at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in 2011.

The paintings of David Hytone are vibrant compositions filled with texture and color. Sections of heavy impasto contrast with areas of relative calm. The tactile quality of his abstract, organic shapes gives them an animate quality and distinctly heightens the emotion and sense of movement. The two sections of each painting, the smoother, monochromatic red and the textured area of multiple colors, overlap one another, each altering the nature of the other. This melding of the two sides speaks of the ways in which the nature of something is changed when it encounters something new, how the qualities of each undergo a transformation. Hytone moved to Seattle nearly two years ago after studying art in Minnesota and Osaka. He has had two solo exhibitions in Minneapolis and the show Now and Then, his two person show at Core Gallery Seattle, 2011.

Rumi Koshino is a multimedia artist from Japan now residing in Seattle. Love Letter is a fifteen foot sumi ink painting on paper precariously balanced on handmade sawhorses and depicting the troughs and swells of an endless ocean. In the center of a sea of ¼” brushstrokes is a tiny bridge cut from the paper and folded to hover above it. As with all of Koshino’s work, Love Letter is a self portrait. She stated, ‘The process came from my strong feeling of need for acquiring some sense of ground in my art practice as well as my personal life, which seemed, at the time of making, to be extremely fragile and unstable.  I used the repetitive motion of mark making as a meditative process to acquire some sense of stillness. It became a daily practice in the hope that I will eventually become comfortable with the big emptiness and unknown of my life’. Koshino earned her BFA at the University of Washington and completed her MFA there in 2010. She’s exhibited at a number of galleries in the Northwest, including the Steel Gallery at the Gage Academy of art, Seattle’s Vermillion Gallery and at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in Vancouver, Canada, in Los Angeles and at Gallery Le Deco in Tokyo.  

This will be the first exhibition at Catherine Person Gallery for all three artists.
The show will run from April 7 – April 30.

 

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