EXHIBITION: In Retrospect: Gary Nisbet and Karen Kosoglad over 25 years
DATES: April 7– May 1, 2016
OPENING: First Thursday, April 7, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Lisa Harris Gallery, 1922 Pike Place, Seattle, Washington
HOURS Mon–Sat 10:30 – 5:30, Sun 11 – 4
25 YEARS OF WORK BY TWO PROCESS-DRIVEN ARTISTS
During the month of April Lisa Harris Gallery features a survey of work by Gary Nisbet and Karen Kosoglad, both of whom may be described as process-oriented artists. The exhibition spans 25 years of creative impulse, with mixed media works from the 1990s to 2016, staging a fertile dialogue between past and present. A reception for the artists will be held, First Thursday, April 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Working in mixed media on surfaces of paper, reclaimed wood, and canvas, Gary Nisbet deconstructs familiar objects from the home and garden and reassembles them in abstracted, often collaged, compositions of loosely drawn shapes and lively color. Tableware, food, plant forms, and domestic objects are slyly and playfully compartmentalized and juxtaposed, becoming emblems that declare their importance in the rites and cycles of daily life. Also featured in the exhibition are architecturally inspired early works.
As a young artist, Nisbet apprenticed with a master muralist to restore historic landmark buildings up and down the West Coast. The process involved scraping through layers of paint and metallic leaf for days on end, revealing underlying images and “accumulated history”. Nisbet employs a similar approach in his acrylic and collage works. He develops new, highly painterly narratives by applying new imagery and text over aged, layered areas to produce richly textured surfaces. Text, fabric, found objects, and even earlier paintings become source material.
Nisbet’s works are included in a host of prominent corporate collections nationwide; among them, Columbia Pictures, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, and the New York Stock Exchange. The Boise Art Museum, The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Swedish Hospital in Seattle, and the University of California, Los Angeles have also acquired his work. The artist’s work has been featured in Boston, New York, and San Francisco, as well as Barcelona and Amsterdam.
Karen Kosoglad’s mixed-media paintings and collages bridge figuration and abstraction. Intensified line and gestural elements bring freshness and balance to her figurative subject matter. A process-oriented artist, Kosoglad works entirely from live models, exploring rhythm and shape with her organic approach to the female figure. She acknowledges, "there is an illusive truth that I'm trying to capture in relation to the actual form and the balance of the abstract form." Her figures, through being abstracted, become part of the space they exist in, creating a kind of organic geometry. She works in oil, acrylic, wax, and sometimes collage on a variety of surfaces, including wood, canvas, and paper.
Kosoglad received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz where she came under the influence of Donald Weygandt, a colleague of Richard Diebenkorn. She holds a Masters in Education and has taught in the Seattle public schools since 1993. Her work has been privately collected in Boston, Chicago and New York as well as on the West Coast and in Italy.