About "Eric Beltz: New Skies" + "Fred Stonehouse: Silent Treatment", July 5 - 28, 2018, Opening Reception: First Thursday, July 5, 6 - 8pm
"Eric Beltz: New Skies" + "Fred Stonehouse: Silent Treatment", July 5 - 28, 2018, Opening Reception: First Thursday, July 5, 6 - 8pm
Prographica and Koplin Del Rio Galleries are pleased to announce joint solo exhibitions: New Skies by Eric Beltz and Silent Treatment by Fred Stonehouse. This marks the third solo exhibition for Eric Beltz and the eighth for Fred Stonehouse at Koplin Del Rio . The installation of new drawings by Beltz is the artist's debut exhibition in Seattle. Fred Stonehouse had his first solo exhibition in Seattle in 2001 and his work was included in several group exhibitions at Prographica Gallery.
New Skies is a collection of recent graphite on Bristol drawings by Santa Barbara-based Eric Beltz that further builds on his obsession with the cycle of the moon as it waxes and wanes across the ever-changing sky. Rendered with a rich pattern of triangles, diamonds, hexagons, and circles these drawings offer a visually dynamic field that re-creates the awe and wonder of gazing into the unknowable vastness of space. Beltz explores cosmic weightlessness, mind-bending reflections, and pattern as a way to conjure up the magnetic forces between planets, moons, and stars. For the first time in this ongoing series, the artist renders the starry night sky both as dawn breaks and the forests horizon line enters into the picture plane. Even the intensity of the summer sun can't hide a daylight moon from Beltz's keen eye and tightly focused pencil.
In Beltz's pattern-based work, there is an equal wealth of embedded knowledge and symbolism. These drawings are meticulously constructed of tonal grids referencing Colonial American cross-stitch samples and quilting. Under close observation, the black and white drawings vibrate and create phantom colors that play with optical perception.
"I have not used color in my work for 10 years but have stumbled across a method to make my grayscale palette bleed chromatic hallucinations, says Beltz.
Beltz received his MFA from UC Santa Barbara where he currently teaches drawing in the Department of Art. His work has been featured in Art in America, Juxtapoz, Flaunt Magazine, and others. His work has been shown in galleries and museums across the United States and is held in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Museum of Art (MN), Nerman Museum (KS), the Progressive Collection (OH), and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (CA). Eric Beltz has been exhibiting with KDR since 2012.
Silent Treatment is a group of paintings and works on paper which serves as a materialization of the artist's unique perspective of space between language and active communication. For the artist, growing up in a family with many deaf relatives, the idea of silent speech was not an oxymoron, but an organically understood reality. The often half-formed figures in Stonehouse's latest work weep, bleed, sweat and send words into the ether, never quite achieving direct connections. Residing in an amorphous state of becoming, or dissolving, their efforts to reach each other conceptually are analogous to their difficulty in achieving physical form.
Says the artist, "I have had a long and abiding concern with non-classical forms and the idea of awkwardness and narrative as a vehicle for psychological honesty."
Very much as in a dream, the narratives of Stonehouse's work suggest the mythic as seen through the lens of the everyday, powerfully influenced by surrealism, theology, outsider and folk art, underscored with wit and brutal psychic exposure.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Fred Stonehouse earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he now teaches. His work has been shown in numerous galleries as well as several museum group exhibitions, including recent shows internationally in Germany and Italy, and nationally at The Laguna Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock, San Jose Museum of Art, The Art Center in Wisconsin, and the Cincinnati Art Center in Ohio. He currently resides just outside Milwaukee. Stonehouse is the recipient of many prestigious awards including The Joan Mitchell Foundation award, the Wisconsin Institute of Visual Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts, Midwest Fellowship award. Fred Stonehouse has shown with KDR since 1997.