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CORE 2024 
Exhibiting compelling art created by local artists!
Gallery Hours:
Wednesday - Saturd
ay 12 - 6
and by appointment

Solo Exhibitions

through June 29, 2024

Pioneer Square Art Walk & Artist

Reception:

 June 6th from 6-8pm

With generous support from 4Culture, CORE gallery has weathered the challenges of the pandemic. Our door remains open and walls filled with innovative art created by local artists! Thank you 4Culture!

CORE Gallery Artists

BOOK(s) OF LIFE

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Žanetka K. Gawronski

I am interested in what is often overlooked, yet with a second glance is revealed to be precious. There are moments in a day that quietly slip by without notice, the time in-between memories. These quiet, in-between moments are filled with possibility and are large enough to contain the imagination. I hope to evoke a sense of quiet reflection in the viewer, perhaps tickling past moments they may have forgotten.

 

This body of work brings together years of experimentation, a delicious mix of materials, and my love of paper into stories captured over the last year. I wanted to create paintings that were portable, that fold into hardcover books to be carried with you and read again and again. It was truly delightful sculpting these paintings!

 

I appreciate you and the many stories you have safely folded inside, I hope these books tickle your memory and imagination. As the saying goes, one picture is worth a thousand words.

 

 

In loving memory of Judy, who saw the magic in everyone and John, a poet who put words to it all.​​​​ 

 ​​Pictured: The entire collection of, BOOK(s) OF LIFE

REMNANT

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Paul D. McKee

Paul D. McKee  fabricates art out of remnants. Scraps from previous creations, mementos from the past, and debris from consumer culture are transformed into works that range from minimally formalist to deftly referential. Take-out containers serve as molds for Hydrocal casts or are pressed onto reused paper to create subtly dimensional prints.  

 

McKee’s works of art are both memento mori and offerings of renewal and repurpose.   

 

The accumulation of life experiences over the last ten years — including a bout with cancer, the witnessing of unnecessary death, moving his mother out of her home of forty years — have led McKee to consider what is lost and what remains. But the art is not entirely elegiac. Overtones of liberated tinkering infuse the installations, prints, and stand-alone sculptures. McKee is making what he wants to make, combining objects and media and fragments in unexpected ways that depart from his previous bodies of work. What lives on, however, is a wry sense of humor, a fusion of visual pleasure and conceptual play, and an interchange of reality and theatricality.  

 

McKee has long been interested in blurring the lines between the real and the ideal, the familiar and the unfamiliar, often in order to expose heteronormative visions of home life and gender, representations of the American dream long exclusionary for the gay community. In his current work, McKee adds ideas about time, remembrance, ecology, and consumerism. From the frames around his prints, to the assemblages of wood scraps and plaster objects, McKee uses donated and found materials, along with vestiges and leftovers from his previous practices.  

 

Artistic, industrial, and everyday detritus are combined with items infused with memory and meaning. And all of it becomes new. There is often a juxtaposition — or formal fusion — between what should be discarded and what might be recreated, what is “real” and what is simulated. McKee’s beautifully spare and texturally rich works of art keep us wondering what endures, what can be transformed or replicated, and, ultimately, what remains.   

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