Please join us for our “First Thursday” opening reception with the Juventino Aranda and Michael Knutson, January 5, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Join us Saturday, January 7, at noon for our “Saturday After” artist’s walk-through.
Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce representation of Northwest artist Juventino Aranda. The multimedia artist explores issues of identity, social justice and the marginalization of cultures in today’s United States.
GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER (THE CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST), 2015
Pendleton serape, gingham tablecloth, latex paint, resin, 69 x 64 inches
"I am at the intersection of Mexican and American. Not Hispanic or Latino, yet I feel the effects of the Spanish conquest still over 500 years later. A search for self-identity informs my process as it relates to Pre-Columbian Mexico and the social, political, and economic struggles of this late capitalistic American nightmare. From Walla Walla, WA, working the land for low pay has been my family’s history to sustain America’s metaphorical dream." -Juventino Aranda
JUVENTINO ARANDA, ALL IS NOT QUIET ON THE SOUTHWESTERN FRONT, 2011
Pine, OSHA safety blue enamel, stainless steel fasteners, sand 216 x 96 x 108 inches
TIRED, POOR AND YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, 2010
Turn-O-Matic Take-A-Number, 18 x 8 x 6 inches
In works like GUESS WHO IS COMING TO DINNER (above left) Aranda starts with discarded textiles from Pendleton factories, originally woven as blankets based on traditional Mexican serapes. On their surfaces the artist paints swaths of color resembling color field paintings, contrasting high art aspirations with mass-produced cultural appropriation.
Aranda has a bachelor of fine arts from Eastern Washington University. He has exhibited in the past few years at Terrain and Saranac Art Projects in Spokane, Out of Sight and Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, and the Northwest Art Now at Tacoma Art Museum. His work is in the collection of Tacoma Art Museum, and he was the recipient of the 2016 James W. Ray Venture Project Award. The artist lives and works in Walla Walla, WA.
Greg Kucera Gallery is pleased to announce our fourth one-person exhibition by Portland, OR painter Michael Knutson. At first glance, Knutson’s oil paintings and watercolors appear to be computer generated or at least based on complex mathematics. In reality, while a computer is used briefly in the creation of the painting’s structure, the artworks are quite labor intensive and painted by hand.
"Despite my use of the computer as an intermediate process, I am not interested in completing them digitally. The screen, hand-held or laptop, is now the pervasive form in which people perceive images, but I remain committed to making things that are hand-made and physical. My oil paintings are tactile and clearly painted with a brush. My watercolors show the feathering and grain of the diluted pigments."
The paintings are built on symmetrical fields of four overlapping layers of spiraling ovoids. The resulting tangle of hues pulse and undulate, creating illusions of transparency and translucency. In the oil on canvas paintings this is achieved through physical mixture of thickly painted opaque pigments rather than washes or glazes of color. Just as the logical construction of a kaleidoscopic image can result in a intricate design of color and shape, the artist's intelligent and ordered approach to his paintings creates a equally complex mosaic.
SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED OVOIDS & LATTICES III, 2016
Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 inches diptych
SYMMETRICAL FOUR-LAYERED LATTICES #11, 2014
Watercolor on paper, 31.5 x 41 inches
Born in Everett, WA, Knutson studied at the University of Washington (B.F.A. 1973) and the Yale University School of Art (M.F.A. 1975). He has received the Alice Kimball English Traveling Fellowship from Yale, an Individual Artist's grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award from the Seattle Art Museum and Juror's Awards from two Portland Art Museum Biennials. Since 1982 he has been a Professor of Art at Reed College. In 2010 he was included in the Invitational and the Awards Exhibition at the American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York with a painting purchased by the Academy and donated to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. His paintings are also in the collections of the Boise Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, and others.