SOIL

April 22, 2013, 8:30am

Painting Restraint: Julie Alpert’s Boundary at SOIL

Seattle artist Julie Alpert has a penchant for pushing ideas between the second and third dimension.  Her installations often merge large scale, graphic murals with physical objects to create immersive, painted mashups that exist somewhere between contemporary surrealism and a utopic built environment. In her newest set of watercolors at SOIL, Alpert distills her hyper-saturated scenes into seventeen modest paintings that stretch and contract within their postcard-sized confines. The painted mounds seep across their surfaces, building an intricate collision of techniques and mediums within the smallest of spaces.

Listed under: Review, Seattle

October 19, 2012, 8:25am

Luscious Darkness: Ellen Ziegler’s Body Double

The darkness of Seattle’s upper latitude slips quietly into place as soon as summer ends, the long afternoon light exchanged for gray afternoons and early sunsets.  A number of the city’s October exhibitions reflected these seasonal transitions with darker tones and a more sinister subtext, including SOIL’s Teeth, Gallery 110’s Urban Martyrs and Roq la Rue’s Pureheart.  While less outwardly macabre than others, Seattle artist Ellen Ziegler brings both physical and psychological darkness into play through her latest series

Listed under: Interview, Q&A

September 21, 2011, 6:21pm

Strange, New Islands by Bluhm and Griffith

For SOIL's latest show, Islands, Seattle artists Susanna Bluhm (NAP #53, 67, 91) and Cable Griffith are creating mystical terra firma. Strange, new islands, populated with references to Guston, early video games, and feminism, are all tied together with a unified of palette of blues, greens and grays. Where Griffith is tight and controlled, Bluhm is loose and expansive.

Listed under: Review, Seattle

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