The Seni Horoscope Re-Imagined
February 24, 2018 – May 13, 2018
The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni—an Italian oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Year’s War. The Seni Horoscope cards were used for divination, as well as a guide to spiritual pathways. In this body of work, Bredimus has re-imagined a version of those historic cards, a visual mixture of pictographs and portraits, with iconic and mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card – not only to be viewed as artwork, but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding man’s position in the universe. The museum installation includes 72 individual pictographs set in a cathedral ambiance. Bredimus , continues to draw with his signature tattoo ink on drafting film. A quiet female portrait emerges from a central mystic icon such as a ship, crown or nature symbol. Each piece is encased in a wood pediment fenestration, which complements the parallel visual conversation in the reading of the cards.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
February 16, 2018 – May 13, 2018
Matson pushes the boundaries of weaving in this exhibition of textiles and ceramics. Her woven surfaces can be read as paintings or drawings. In this exhibition, she has literally painted paper before its weaving. Matson uses un-spun Japanese paper yarn with a cotton/linen blend or alpaca/linen warp on her jacquard loom. The relationship between handmade weaving and the ceramics in this exhibition also reflects her long career in textiles as the molds used to make the many ceramic forms were inspired by the discarded cones and cylinders that yarn is traditionally wound around. Human connections to textiles and clay reach back millennia. For Christy Matson, this is the first time that she will have her textile work exhibited alongside cast porcelain forms. Thinking of her life in an urban center, she clusters these many forms together but sees them also in relationship to the wide Pacific Ocean just outside the Lane Oceanview Gallery at the Museum.
Time and Space: Abstractions from the Permanent Collection
February 16, 2018 – May 6, 2018
This selection of over 35 paintings and sculptures from the Museum’s permanent collection explores the multiple visions possible when artists are not focused on portraying the physical world and instead create new visions for our imaginations to explore. The time span of this selection includes works across the span of the 20th century from 1923 into the 21st century through 2007. Artists represented include June Harwood, Lorser Feitelson, Helen Lundeberg, Bettina Brendel, Karl Benjamin, ceramics by Wouter Dam and Peter Shire, works in wood by Connie Mississippi and Hayley Smith, as well as a new gift to the collection, a screenprint by Laddie John Dill.