A new show of work is on display this month at Wheelhouse Coffee in downtown Seattle. Located 2 blocks away from the glass Amazon bio-domes, (still under construction) at 2113 Westlake Ave. The show features 8 pieces, both wall sculptures and glass painting, most of which relate to the water, immersed figures, and the color blue.
Wall sculpture pieces on display at Wheelhouse Coffee
The walls in the wedge shaped cage are somewhat limited, with most of the work mounted on the far back wall. A few earlier pieces are included, seen only once in a show on Phinney Ridge a year ago. Expect a few small additions as I finish two small drawings in the next week.
‘Built Figure – Descending’ – R Williamson; 2016
‘Lilies/Water Woman’; R Williamson 2017
‘Water Man’ – painting detail; R Williamson 10/17
I’ll be opening a new coffee house show in Seattle later this week. ‘Water World’ will feature some new pieces as well as several recent pieces that have been previously shown. Showing on the skimpy walls of the Wheelhouse Cafe, for the month of October in Seattle at 2113 Westlake Ave.
This posting shows details of two of the new pieces, back-painted glass pieces done using recycled windows. These continue the loose theme of imagined figures in water portrayed in both paintings and wall sculpture that has I’ve been exploring off and on for the past year or so.
‘Water Woman’ – painting detail; R Williamson 10/17
Ospedaletti Umbrellone, watercolor sketch, 2014
A few more watercolors and drawings, all from Italy. Most recent of these are from the summer of 2014. Working small, working fast …
Ospedaletti – Vecchietta Seduta; pen sketch; 2010
The Mugello – Campestri view (cloud shadows); watercolor sketch; 2014
Sorrento Swimmers; colored pencil; 2010
Brewe Layman – Mount Vernon painted alley signage
Standing on an extension ladder, roasting in the sun as I painted the signage art on the exterior of the new offices of Brewe Layman, I had to field the constant questions from pedestrians below about the nature of the ‘new brewery’. They looked disappointed when I explained that Brewe Layman p.s. is was a law office.
Brewe Layman – interior reception mural wall
The interior wall awaits the addition of some pin-mounted dimensional letters. Both of these pieces are 100% hand painted using Golden Brand fluid acrylics. Modern Masters ‘Dead Flat Exterior Varnish’ used as the top coat on the outside panel adds UV protection for the pigments as well as pulling together all the different sheens, rendering them unreflective and slightly aged, as befits the district. This is in the charming old town area of Mount Vernon, Washington, the country seat of Skagit County. The mighty Skagit River slides by half a block away.
Original mock-up of Brewe Layman exterior proposal
Original mock-up of Brewe Layman interior lobby proposal
Frontispiece photo by Joshua Scott
In a visual profile of architect Rafael de Cardenas in this weeks NYT Style magazine, in a tiny blurb he references Edmund Burke’s 1757 ‘A Philosophical Enquiry Into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful’, stating that he regularly references Burkes rules of the sublime in his work. OK, what’s he talking about.
Scurrying to the pithy Wikipedia entry, it describes how in 1757 Burke defined the distinction between the two – to quote: ‘In short, the Beautiful is what is well-formed and aesthetically pleasing, whereas the Sublime is what has the power to compel and destroy us.’
Got me right there at ‘compel and destroy us’, kind of startled me during morning coffee. Have to follow up on this assertion.