Today, the Linda Hodges Gallery is debuting two really great shows for the First Thursday Pioneer Square Art Walk. In the upstairs BLUR Gallery, a space for emerging artists, is Mya Kerner's Moved By Stone, which is pictured above. In the main gallery, paintings by Patti Bowman will be featured in Spatial Orchestration. Both artists deal with space, environment, and landscape in very different but very interesting ways. And, lucky for us, both shows are housed within the same gallery.
Bowman's paintings are encaustic, meaning they are made using hot beeswax to which colored pigments are added. This gives her work a kind of sheen, a different heavier, thicker quality that's distinct from acrylic. She mostly paints cityscapes that are simple in shape but construct a world. As someone who loves to explore Seattle on foot, there's an experiential quality to her depictions of the city—but on second thought, perhaps it's not our city but a city—that feel real, like snapshots of it passing right before you on your way to wherever you're going.
Kerner brings viewers out of the city and into nature. Her mountain-scapes (a word I have created just now) exist in a non-space, a space outside of what we can experience and inside of what we know. Kerner, whose birthday is today (!), has a background in permaculture and hails from a lineage of Eastern European foresters, both qualities which have influence on her approach to painting her mountain-scapes. Her work is tranquil, your eyes easily moving through the rock, the moss, the trees.
Linda Hodges Gallery is open today from 6 to 8pm for the First Thursday Art Walk.