Ann Wåhlström | Currents

Scott Fife | Cardboard Kingdom

Traver Gallery

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EXHIBITION: Nov 12th – Dec 22nd, 2022

Ann Wåhlström | Currents

Traver Gallery is pleased to welcome Ann Wahlstrom to Traver Gallery for her first solo exhibition with us. Currents, the show's title, alludes to Wahlstrom's inspiration for her exquisitely designed soft vessels. She says of her work, "My work is organic and fluid. I play and experiment with various patterns, first with charcoal and paper. Following the shapes of the objects, I try to interpret the movement of water around stones and plants. By using a combination of classic coloring techniques including murrine, cane, and bit work, I transform my drawings into fluid vessel forms and stone-like pieces."

Wahlstrom is a Swedish artist and designer with a rich background in both glassblowing and design. She studied at the Glass School in Orrefors before coming to the United States, where she was introduced to studio glass at the Pilchuck Glass School. Later she attended the Konstfafk School of Art and Design in Stockholm and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. Wahlstrom has been a designer for Kosta Boda and is represented in museum collections internationally. She is currently based in Stockholm, combining her creative glasswork with freelance design.

The artwork for this exhibition was made this spring with the expert assistance of Tacoma's Museum of Glass hot-shop team.

Scott Fife | Cardboard Kingdom

Traver Gallery is excited to welcome Scott Fife back to the gallery for his second exhibition, Cardboard Kingdom. For his new show, Fife presents a series of large-scale and improbably intimate portraits of large, mythic beasts; animals whose character and history animate our folktales and fill our collective imagination. Built by hand using cardboard and glue in his Vashon Island studio, Fife's remarkably detailed and tactile sculptures invite us to contemplate the potent relationship between human and animal realms. He says of this new body of work, "Physically beautiful; we endear these animals with many meanings. But they are predators and prey in a brutal world. These are portraits of individuals as they are in nature, balancing survival."

Born and raised in the panhandle of Idaho, Scott Fife follows in the footsteps of Pop Art artists from the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on American pop culture and its inherent dichotomies, he turns icons of everyday life into exaggerated and improbable expressions of physical structure. Using archival cardboard, nails, glue, and paint as his sculpting materials, Fife employs humor, myth, and a haunting romanticism to construct his oversized figures and fantastical portraits of infamous and influential people. Fife says of his process, "Early on, I was drawn to the friendly playfulness, and sense of alchemy cardboard gave me – giving an everyday disposable thing preciousness. The sense of a mock-up or study with markings gives a very visible record of the process for the viewer. So, my making is a simple process: direct, using glue and screws with a screw gun, holding layers together as the glue dries or runs down the surface, easily changed, adding or subtracting. None of the process is hidden. My making is a simple and direct process. I hold the layers together as the glue dries or runs down the surface, easily changing, adding, or subtracting; I intentionally expose my process.”

Traver Gallery

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ABOUT THE GALLERY: For more than 40 years, the Traver Gallery has served as a theater for the visual arts, providing space for artists to explore their ideas and share their discoveries with the world. We are dedicated to representing artists at all stages of their career — emerging, mid-career and established — our focus is on artists who work with materials in unique and innovative ways. Located in the heart of downtown Seattle, Traver Gallery is one of the country’s premier exhibition spaces for contemporary studio glass, painting, sculpture, and installation art.

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