Last night, Hard L christened its walls with 26 local women artists. We packed the space for three solid hours which ain’t bad for our first gallery exhibition! Valentine’s Day 2013 will go down in the herstory books!
Here is a peak at some of the work we had the honor of exhibiting for one night only.
Hope you enjoy!
♥ The Gals of Hard L
Abarbanel & Gamboa Design
For this piece in Hard L, we selected the window wall of the gallery to create an architectural intervention. Window Study developed out of our study and consideration of the function of a window.
Our firm, Abarbanel & Gamboa Design, houses residential architecture and design projects, as well as our conceptual collaborations. In addition to our design collaboration, we are both individual practicing artists.
-Kathryn and Maria
My Mother Would Kill Me
120 color print from negative
I consider myself a hobbyist, not a photographer. I take pictures simply for the pleasure of it. The way the world looks through the lens is captivating. I only shoot film, and probably always will. I’m old school like that.
The Urn Project: Black Urn
Reconstructed black suit coat
Born in the Midwest in 1965 and raised along the Wabash River in the small town of Perrysville, Indiana (pop. 500), Christine grew up at the edge where dense woods met open fields. She could choose either the intimacy of Maples, Sycamores, Elms or the forever flatness of fields of corn punctuated by the sporadic dot of tree, cow or farmhouse. This diverse spatial densities as well as the utilitarian forms found in the country has strongly informed her creativity. After graduating architecture school at Ball State university in 1989, Christine moved to the beautiful and lush Emerald City of Seattle. Since coming to the Pacific Northwest, her work has also become informed by the elegant form/line design of the Native Americans, the simplicity and humor of Scandinavian design and the humble wabi sabi nature of Asian art and design.
Eve Cohen is a visual artist and costume designer who crafts figures from parade trash, nature’s detritus, and household refuse. Her work has been displayed in a variety of settings including Souvenir Gallery in Ballard. She is a founding member of the post-vaudevillian performance troupe the Rollvulvas (Blue Arts; Belles Bloom). As a designer and performer she has been a frequent collaborator with Vodvil Theater (Shades of Parkland; Sea Saw; Her Phantom Limb ) and Vodvil Film (Bachianas No. 5). She was nominated for her costume design in Janice Findley’s production of The Skriker in 2012. Her upcoming animate-sculpture project Tabernakkle will explore characters inspired by early 20th century Americana.
“I am a painter and portrait artist.”
Big Fuckin’ Hands, Series 2: Grab
Acrylic on board
“Ellen Forney’s black-and-white hands on red backgrounds are big and fucking. The largest paintings are shorthand for sex acts (a fist gripping an index finger); the smaller ones are individual portraits of friends’ hands miming actual sexual acts. What a difference there is between the broad comedic shorthand and the surprisingly quiet, intimate gestures. We stand in the gap, a little embarrassed, a little turned on.” - Jen Graves, The Stranger
By perpetually exposing and disguising herself, Erin Frost’s intimate self-portraits examine themes of identity, fantasy, and the construct of self. Told through stills and forbidden glances where the artist is at once obscured and revealed, these transformative vignettes erase the boundary between what happens behind and in front of the lens. Her recent multi-media work continues this reinvention; destroying, accumulating, and altering fragments to reconstruct a new whole.
serigraphy and water color
Limited Edition Record Cover
Painted plaster, CD
Wynne Greenwood is a queer feminist artist who works with video, performance, music and object-making to practice culture-healing. She also teaches performance and video through workshops and after-school programs.
Self Portrait #4
ceramic, mixed media
I quit making art eight years ago. The figures in this exhibit are part
of a large cast of doll-like sculpture I created from 1997-2005 in the
Midwest. Exhibiting these figures has always been and extension of
performance art for me. I feel quite different from the woman who created
them, yet they continue to express so much on behalf. It’s great to let
them breathe again.