This show’s curation is lead by guest curator Dawna Holloway, founder and director of studio e gallery (Georgetown / Seattle).
Taking the arboretum as its inspiration, Tree celebrates the community that sustains studio e. Through an eclectic group of works united by a common theme — “tree-ness”— the show emblemizes their makers’ connection to studio e as both gallery artists and talented friends of the gallery. The contrasting and varied approaches to the subject offered by these 20 or so artists range from new abstract expressionism to color field painting, to conceptual, video work and design, all of them contributing to and coalescing in the ecosystem of Tree.
Tree ecosystems mirror human communities in striking ways. Contemporary forestry research has revealed that, beneath the forest floor, trees are constantly engaged in resource exchanges and other interactions that likewise unite them as an ecosystem of individuals. Trees thrive in community. Via a network of roots, fungal web, and interaction with insects, they communicate information, share resources, and attract help.
Natural science in general is undergoing a similar paradigm shift, from examining organisms in isolation to understanding them as players in inextricably interconnected systems. If we bring this lens to Tree, the web of interconnections that relates these works finds its nexus at studio e.
Having grown from no more than a well-lit space for a showing of the work of friends, studio e’s vitality depends on the artists, photographers, designers, writers, curators, collectors, fellow gallerists, and art administrators-in-training who make it the thriving arts ecosystem it is today.
“The reason trees share food and communicate is that they need each other. It takes a forest to create a microclimate suitable for tree growth and sustenance.
-Tim Flannery, Introduction to The Hidden Life of Trees (2015)
Artists include: James Arzente, Brian Beck, Cat Clifford, Brian Cypher, Michael Doyle, Warren Dykeman, Marilyn Frasca, Damien Hoar de Galvan, David E. Kearns, Paul Komada, Molly Magai, Kate Murphy,Sarah Norsworthy, Tuan Nguyen, Sue Rose, Brian Sanchez, Gabriel Stromberg, Emily Tanner Mclean, Gillian Theobald, and Cappy Thompson.
“Dawna Holloway and her studio e gallery are building a strong reputation encouraging experienced and emerging artists to stretch themselves and their works. The shows that Dawna has curated are passionate and clear examples of strong curation meeting vibrant and vital art. VCA jumped at the chance to collaborate on a topic rooted in an environmental theme that would combine the energies of our great gallery spaces, our 29th annual garden tour, and one of the hottest galleries in the Pacific Northwest. It was an easy idea to say “yes” to.” – Kevin Hoffberg, Executive Directory
First Friday opening: June 7th 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Show run: June 7th – June 29th
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00am – 3:00pm, Saturday 12 noon – 4:00pm
Gallery art walk with tour guide Jim Demetre June 22nd (12pm and 1pm)