Seattle has a lot of artists who work with recycled materials. One of our all-time favorites, Ross Palmer Beecher, has been making art out of recycled materials since 1980, yet she continues to inspire us with her ingenuity, craftsmanship, and wit. Her ability to find new ways to reuse stuff other folks throw away was on display this summer at Greg Kucera Gallery.
My Palette by Ross Palmer Beecher, 2009
23 x 16 x 2 inches
Two of our new favorite pieces from this recent show are “My Palette,” made out of tins, paint brushes, paint tubes, and enamel paint, and “My Palette #2.” The former takes the traditional shape of an artist palette and incorporates the traditional paints and brushes in a fresh, recycled-artist-kind-of-way, creating a sampler of some of her techniques and materials. “My Palette #2″ is made out of spray cans, paint tubes, and foil, arranged in a traditional multi-pieced star quilt pattern. It is this juxtaposition of the traditional images and the non-traditional/unexpected materials that never fails to excite us. More Ross Palmer Beecher HERE and HERE
My Palette #2 by Ross Palmer Beecher, 2013
46 x 38 inches
Another fabulous Seattle artist that works with tin is our friend Jenny Fillius, who had a solo show at Gallery4Culture back in the beginning of June. The Stranger described her work as “energetic, wall-mountable tin sculpture pieced together from salvaged metal pieces (toys, religious iconography, advertisements). It sometimes looks like it was made by a junkyard savant in a delirium.” We regret to admit that we managed to miss seeing this show in person, but we can attest to the fact that Jenny knows what she is doing, and she does it with craftsmanship, intelligence, and humor. See more Jenny Fillus HERE and HERE
Lastly, while we are posting about shows in Seattle that we are sad to have missed, we need to tell you about our friend and mentor Barbara De Pirro, whose work was in ”Vorfreude” with Katie Miller at Method Gallery this summer. Barbara’s current medium is reclaimed plastic bottles, which she transforms into elegant, organic shapes.
Vorfreude is a German word meaning “the joyful anticipation of future pleasures.”
“Vorfreude” explores the anticipation of growth, transformation, and renewal in life through the installations of Katie Miller and Barbara De Pirro … De Pirro examines renewal through using reclaimed materials. The resulting relationship between each installation is the process of transformation, exploring the expected potential of materials, their lifespan, and connection to their environments. The audience is linked with the exhibition as they observe its transformation and await the final event.
Metamorphosis by Barbara De Pirro at Method Gallery, 2014
Our next chance to view Barbara De Pirro’s work will be September 5 – October 12, when it will be part of the group show “Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants” at the Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma; this time, Olympia Dumpster Divers vow to be there! More Barbara De Pirro HERE and HERE