Thursday 5th Apr 2018
Put on by Town Hall Seattle, Gage Academy of Art
Mary Ann Peters, a longtime presence in the Seattle art scene, is best known for her explosive, even apocalyptic paintings. She renders abstract and semi-abstract forms colliding and swirling, suggesting earthquakes, deluges, or the creation of new life forms. In the past few years, Peters’ energetic imagination has found a new focus: the migration crisis. Of Middle-Eastern extraction herself, Peters has extended not only her subject matter but her stylistic approach, and her recent works explore displacement from multiple, often unexpected perspectives, producing artworks as diverse as giant drawings, installations, and sculptures made of flour or glycerin. Peters will be joined onstage by realist painter Gary Faigin, who serves on the board of directors at the Gage Academy of Art. Sit in with Peters and Faigin as they discuss the shift in Peters’ work, and how through research, intuition, and gut feeling, her pieces come together.
Mary Ann Peters is an artist whose combined studio work, installations, public art projects and arts activism have made noted contributions to the Northwest and nationally for over 30 years. Most recently her work has focused on the overlap of contemporary events with splintered histories in the Middle East. Her awards include the 2015 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Art, a 2013 Art Matters Foundation research grant, the MacDowell Colony Pollock Krasner Fellowship (2011), the Civita Institute Fellowship (2004) and the Behnke Foundation Neddy Award in Painting (2000).
Gary Faigin is Gage Academy’s Artistic Director and he serves on the board of directors at the Cascadia Museum of Art in Edmonds. He is a leading proponent of realist painting in the Northwest. His book The Artist’s Complete Guide to Facial Expression has sold over 175,000 copies, been translated into eight languages and been reprinted 24 times. In 2014 Seattle’s Frye Museum hosted a retrospective exhibition on his work.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle and GAGE Academy of Arts as part of the Arts & Culture series.
Doors at 6:30PM
-via Town Hall Seattle