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EXHIBITION: August 4 – 27, 2022
Linda Hodges Gallery is proud to present Alfredo Arreguin in his 12th solo exhibition at the gallery. Recognized as one of the originators of the Pattern and Decoration movement in painting, Arreguin continues to garner accolades for his intricately designed and brilliantly colored oil on canvas paintings. Concurrent with the exhibition is his museum show, "Arreguin: Painter from the New World," at Museum of Northwest Art (La Conner, WA) through October 9th.
Alfredo Arreguin has a long and distinguished list of accomplishments. In 1979 he was selected to represent the United States at the 11th International Festival of Painting at Cagnes-sur Mer, France, where he won the Palm of People Award. In 1980 he received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the arts. In 1988 Arreguin won the commission to design the poster for the Centennial Celebration of the State of Washington (the image was his painting Washingtonia). In 1994 the Smithsonian Institution acquired Arreguin's triptych Sueno (Dream: Eve Before Adam) for inclusion in the collection of the national Museum of American Art. A year later, in 1995, Arreguin received an OHTLI Award, the highest recognition given by the Mexican government to the commitment of distinguished individuals who perform activities that contribute to promote Mexican culture abroad. In 2007, Arreguin was invited to show his work in the Framing Memory: Portraiture Now exhibition, at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. In 2008, Arreguin was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts from the, University of California Riverside, Riverside, CA. More recently, in 2013, he was given a one-person traveling exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art at Morelia, Mexico; and an exhibition at Palacio del Conde Luna in Leon, Spain during the summer of 2014.
Born in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, Arreguin developed as an artist in Seattle, where he has resided since 1958. He received a BA in fine art and subsequently, an MFA from the University of Washington.
In her second solo exhibition with the gallery, “Equal + Opposite,” Ilana Zweschi continues to explore a kind of linguistically sophisticated form of abstract painting. She bases her work on texts she sees as having societal significance by inputing words as raw data into an algorithm that defines her “painterly actions.” What we the viewer sees are beautifully constructed abstract forms that glow in saturated colors.
Zweschi achieved an MFA in painting and printmaking from the University at Albany, and minored in mathematics at Skidmore College. She is an Instructor at Cornish College of the Arts and an adjunct faculty member at North Seattle College. Zweschi showed in the 2016 and 2017 “Out of Sight” exhibitions in Seattle, and has exhibited with SOIL and Glassbox Gallery.
"The text I use to base the algorithms on have become much more important and focused. I once chose any text that seemed personally poignant, but over the past few years I switched to texts that have societal significance and power to declare some lives less valuable than others. This theme has become all too important in recent years and its harmful effects can be seen throughout history too. Making this change meant I was opening up the concept to something much larger than myself.
"I start by dismantling one of these harmful texts by rearranging the letters into alphabetical order. There is some poetry in keeping all of the same parts that have the power to cause destruction and then by the simple act of rearranging them, they become inert and meaningless.
I then input the raw data of the text into the algorithm and run it through a series of "if/then" rules I assign based on the structure and grammar of the written words and receive an output of painterly actions. I love that this process takes something emotional and seemingly uncontrollable and makes it logical and empowering.
"I have had a visual evolution naturally develop through all of this time painting. The long strings of color have begun to gain bright popping brush strokes at their peaks, as if they were catching the light. This makes for shorter and louder staccato-like crescendo moments that dance around the painting like confetti.
"Additionally, I have worked through finding an individual voice for the small paintings. In the past they were more like mini versions of the large paintings. But since quarantine, I have been able to make them their own series without needing to reference the large paintings. They almost start to feel like figures filling a container of space while maintaining decorative, satisfying textures of transparent brush strokes. And they are finished with more minimal but equally powerful moments of crescendo color."
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316 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104-2506
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Established in 1983 in the historic Pioneer Square district of Seattle, Linda Hodges Gallery showcases prominent West Coast artists. The gallery’s mission for forty years has been to foster outstanding and fresh talent and to maintain a commitment to the vibrant Seattle art scene. The gallery is a member of the Seattle Art Dealers Association (SADA).
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