Abstraction / Construction

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Soil Gallery
Seattle, WA
2000

Abstraction/Construction included 17 local and national artists in an exhibition of abstract painting and sculpture – specifically, art that does not distort or deconstruct a real image but rather uses the physical and conceptual material inherent in the studio practice to assemble configurations of meaning. The meaning behind this collection of work was specific and yet somehow unnamable. These abstract artists transcended ideology and made work that is personal and poetic, sometimes funny, perverse, and even weird.

Abstraction/Construction included mid-career artists such as University of Washington Painting faculty, Riley Brewster and Denzil Hurley, as well as Julie Shapiro and Bill Brayton of Massachusetts and Gerard Mosse of New York. But the show primarily showcased younger emerging artists. Some were local artists such as Jenny Carcia, Esther Mast and Noah Simblist while other national artists included Brandon Larson and Carrie Shield from Chicago, Daniel Subkoff from New York and Brian Jones from Virginia. While most artists are painters, many work from painting toward sculpture and installation such as Jeff Miller, Tyler Cufley, Dylan Mosley, Sebastian Leclercq and Sean Vale.

Three writers (Stacie Cassarino, Steven Haruch, and Sarah Roberts) were invited to write a poetic response to the artwork in Abstraction/Construction. This work was featured in a small catalogue in conjunction with the exhibition. There was a reading held of these poems and other examples of the poets’ writing entitled Abstraction Construction: Writers Respond at the Richard Hugo House.

Artist List

Bill Brayton
Riley Brewster
Jenny Carcia
Tyler Cufley
Denzil Hurley
Brian Jones
Brandon Larson
Sebastian Leclercq
Esther Mast
Jeff Miller
Dylan Mosley
Gerard Mosse
Julie Shapiro
Carrie Shield
Noah Simblist
Daniel Subkoff