In this, our third solo exhibit with Seattle artist, Cable Griffith, we feature a selection of recent oil paintings. These paintings start with a Shibori dye-technique, folding the canvas onto itself, revealing an organic grid from the material’s own dimension. Then oil paint is added over a clear sealant, building off of the dye patterns to further suggest form and space. Through this process, the artist became interested in how each painting had unique physical properties, even before the oil paint was added. Successive painting decisions were built on this foundation, elaborating and continuing to “unfold” something that seemed to spawn from within the fabric itself. The resulting paintings represent a balance between the surface’s undeniable materiality, a longing for wilderness, with a touch of a West Coast utopian fantasy.
Cable is currently a member of the Art Faculty at Cornish College of the Arts, where he also served as Exhibitions Curator, 2010-14. In 2014, Cable was nominated for the Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Portland Art Museum. He received the 2009 Poncho Merit Award, a 2008 Brink Award Nomination, and 2007 4Culture Individual Project Award. His work is included in the collections of the Microsoft Corporation, Swedish Medical Center, Capitol One, Weyerhaeuser, Perkins Coie, The City of Seattle Portable Works Collection, and Washington State Arts Collection. Cable Griffith lives and works in Seattle, WA.