Remaking (and partnering with) Nature: Sculptor John Grade’s Big Vision
Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 7:30 pm
Impact Hub, Pioneer Square
ArtTalk with Gary Faigin, Artistic Director, Gage Academy

Visitors to the Seattle Art Museum can’t miss John Grade’s largest sculpture to date: an enormous wooden structure in the shape of a tree, over a hundred feet long and hanging from the lobby ceiling. Grade has made his mark on the region, literally and figuratively, with art that recreates, and sometimes coexists with, the natural world. He has assembled large teams of helpers to build structures that are then intended to degrade and return to the environment. His wooden tower at MOHAI is taller than the building, weighs 11,000 pounds, and took 10,000 hours to assemble. We’ll look at images of John’s work, and find out what drives him to take on such colossal projects.

Landscape Painting as Self-Discovery: The Edgy Art of Susannah Bluhm
A Conversation with Gary Faigin
Capitol Cider Performance Space
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 6:30 pm

For most other landscape artists, the announcement that they plan to spend the next few years visiting and painting every state that voted for Donald Trump would be a stretch. But the brash, decidedly contemporary interpretations of the outdoor environment that Susannah Bluhm creates are both highly personal, and imbued with narrative content. Her trademark mixture of the representational and the abstract gives her wide latitude to include a variety of suggestive visual cues, and the mix is always changing. We’ll talk to her about the way her style has evolved, and how her new, very topical project fits into her larger body of work, and where it’s taken her so far, both literally and figuratively.

No Refuge: Artist Mary Ann Peters explores the Migration Crisis
Thursday, April 5, 2018, 7:30 pm
The Summit, 420 East Pike Street
ArtTalk with Gary Faigin, Artistic Director, Gage Academy of Art

Mary Ann Peters, a longtime presence on the Seattle art scene, is best known for her explosive, even apocalyptic paintings in which abstract and semi-abstract forms collide and swirl, suggesting earthquakes, deluges, or the creation of new life forms. In the past few years, this energetic imagination has found a new focus: the migration crisis. Of Middle-Eastern extraction herself, Peters has extended not only her subject matter but her stylistic approach, and her recent works explore displacement from multiple, often unexpected perspectives, producing artworks as diverse as giant drawings, installations, and sculptures made of flour or glycerin. We’ll talk to her about the shift in her work, and how through research, intuition, and gut feeling, her pieces come together.

Observing the Observers: Klara Glosova Casts a Fresh Eye
A conversation with Gary Faigin
Capitol Cider Performance Space
Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Stranger Genius Award nominee and Gage instructor Klara Glosova may paint the familiar – soccer parents on the sideline being a recent, and notable example – but she brings a decidedly unfamiliar perspective to her subject matter. Growing up in Eastern Europe, she is both fascinated and amused by our local rituals, clothing, and practices, which she interprets using painterly tools from the modernist toolkit (expressive paint and colors, written language, freeform compositions), while remaining true to representation as her core language. What sort of balancing act does her work entail, and where is it heading?