Seattles relatively new Bonfire Gallery hosted the opening of their new show. ‘ARTRUMPS – Resistence and Action’, this past Saturday evening. The modest sliver of space was packed with work by 35 different artist from all over the place, although predominantly Seattle. A particular favorite is shown above, a series of 6 articulated Cheetos figures which stride in a floaty fashion when the little handle is cranked. I apologize for not making note of the artists name, I guess I make a poor blogista, but all the more reason to return this week.
Same with the author of this ornate flocked orange sculpture. Some artists whose names I do have though, reading off the press release, include Buster Simpson, Ann Gardner, Roz Chast, Ellen Sollod, and Liza Von Rosenstiel. The gallery owner, Bill Gaylord, was one of the principals for GGLO, a prominent local architecture firm. Think of him as the first ‘G’. I was cheered upon hearing that a new gallery was making an appearance whose owner is obviously passionate about bringing artists together to make social statements.
The show was a wonderful outpouring of resistance-type statements, but one feeling that it left me with was just how hard it is to distill the moment that we’re in after the election of Trump. The show just scratches the surface and it’s hard for the modest scale of the pieces to capture the enormity of the peril. But perhaps that goes without saying. I recommend that people make time to see the show and support what Bonfire has done here.
The show is running from now through June 2, 2017. Open noon to five, Wednesday through Saturday. Location is in Seattles Japantown blocks, in the same building as the historic Panama Hotel: 603 S Main Street, Seattle, WA 98104