- Courtesy of the artist and Bherd Studios
- ONE THIRD OF AN ACRYLIC AND AEROSOL ON CANVAS TRIPTYCH BY JOHN OSGOOD Two Places at Once, at Bherd Studios
For five years, Bherd Studios has worked to support and promote Seattle artists, and now the gallery has published a book that solidifies all that effort. It's called Look Up Here, and I recommend getting a copy (image on front is by Carlos Aguilar). There's an exhibition of all 33 artists featured in the book at Bherd through April 27.
Bherd is a special place. It's pronounced "be heard," but if you say it like "bird," owners Michele and John Osgood are okay with that, too. (Birds have turned out to be a theme for several artists associated with the gallery.) Michele is the friendly, collaborative, and organized gallery director, and she also maintains a blog devoted not only to Bherd happenings but also to "urban and contemporary art" across the Northwest.
John is a talented painter who can create compelling surfaces containing mythic but relatable characters. He creates both studio and street works that blend graphic-influenced figuration and atmospheric abstraction. And he paints collaboratively, with artists like CASH and others.
It involves monsters and robots and low riders and rainy streets and animals with naked-lady bodies. It involves characters like the artist Marty Gordon, a former minister whose collages are layered with references to holy books as well as outer space. Some of the painters who show at Bherd work loose and flowing (Kate Protage, Chris Sheridan), while others are tight as Dutch masters (Ego, Joe Vollan).
Look Up Here has four days to go. Coming up next at Bherd is Vignettes, featuring Kellie Talbot, Siolo Thompson, Osgood, and CASH, opening during The Big One annual PhinneyWood Art Walk on May 11 and 12. See you there.