Dan Gluibizzi | Together we follow
Fay Jones | New Work
Liz Tran | Elation Station
March 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018
Russo Lee Gallery hours: Tuesday Saturday 11 AM—5:30 PM
EXHIBITION & ARTIST INFORMATION
The Russo Lee Gallery is pleased to present Together we follow by new gallery artist Dan Gluibizzi. Gluibizzi paints frolicking figures from our digital cosmos, utilizing photography from the amateur and selfie-sourced Internet. This exhibition, predominantly comprised of images from social media, highlights both the open possibilities and dark edges of online community life. Gluibizzi’s analog rendering of sexual, nude, or semi-nude digital images employ line and subtle washes to transform the mundane into the charmingly erotic. He creates works on paper that are often hand cut, and break the boundaries of traditionally framed spaces. For many of these images, it will be the first and only time, excepting their origins in the real world, that they will exist outside the digital realm, lending the quality of uniqueness to that which is actually replicated. Once the images are on paper, they begin their own real-world life, a second life.
While living and working in Portland, Oregon, Gluibizzi has an international reputation. He has illustrated for the New York Times and has earned critical commentary from Wired, Juxtapoz Magazine, White Wall Magazine, The Observer, Print Magazine, Beautiful Decay, Cool Hunting and New American Paintings. His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Portland, San Francisco, Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, Copenhagen and New York.
Fay Jones returns to Russo Lee Gallery with New Work. A major artist of the Pacific Northwest, Jones will present both large scale and small paintings, all works on paper. In Fay Jones’ world, donkeys, elephants, clowns and people of all ages share a surrealistic stage, creating their own performative circus-like tableaux. Influenced by her roots in surrealism and growing up surrounded by poets and writers, her subject matter alludes to comical and unpredictable narratives. Her imagery is symbolist and dreamlike. This intuitive approach directs the viewer into ambiguity to consider juxtaposition and plot while making myriad ethereal references.
The Office has been a year-long curatorial project which began in April 2017. Our final exhibition for this series will be Elation Station by Seattle artist Liz Tran. The shapes in Elation Station illustrate a rollercoaster of emotions, with each peak representing the highest high and each valley the lowest low. Bright in color and loose in the application, these mixed media works, bordering on the psychedelic, function for the artist as year-end visual graphs of a tumultuous 2017. Tran has completed multiple projects and installations, including work at the Seattle Art Museum, VH1 Save the Music Foundation and the Brain Project Toronto.