We are pleased to announce our first one-person exhibition by Northwest artist, Dan Attoe. The exhibition will consist of works on paper and oil on canvas paintings.
Attoe’s work is born from his practice of doing a drawing every day. These drawings are then used as reference material for larger drawings, paintings, and neon sculpture. The subject matter is derived from daily meditation practice and spontaneous improvisation. This automatic drawing style of working results in images and text floating or stacked in the composition, creating dreamlike juxtapositions and contexts.
At its foundation, this daily process is about maintaining a certain amount of flexibility and sensitivity – the idea being that if I make something only for myself each day, it will be inherently more honest and less edited than a more polished, finished product would be. My hope is that this practice will allow for growth and change.
Because my drawings usually have more than one image on them, they allow me to play with the relationships of the more finished, tonal drawings to one another and to the cartoons and text. For me this allows a layer of exploration into the imagery that my paintings don’t. My process is both about the pursuit of, and examination of the meaning of this imagery. –Dan Attoe
Dan Attoe was born in Bremerton, WA. He received a BFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and an MFA at the University of Iowa, Iowa City. The artist has had one person exhibitions in the US and across Europe including at Witte De With, Rotterdam, Netherlands and Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain. He has also participated in group shows throughout the United States and Europe. Attoe is also one of the founders of Paintallica, an artist collective that has presented performative installations across the country. He lives and works in Washougal, WA.