July 19 - August 31, 2019
First Thursday Art Walk:
August 1, 5-8pm
Thursday August 15, 6-8pm
(talk starts at approximately 6:30pm)
Friday & Saturday, 12-5pm,
First Thursday Art Walks: 5-8pm
and by appointment.
“Value of the Earth’s natural life, and our relationship with place, are common threads throughout each of our practices, which in turn have primarily informed the material choice”- Second Growth.
Second Growth is comprised of seven artists of varied practice and discipline, including Tonia Arehart, Kite Arner, Lalitha Bandaru, Lindsey Champlin, Sam Kuniholm, Matt Soma and Joe Wilkinson. All artists work together as Studio Assistants at Seattle based artist, John Grade’s Studio.
Together they explore the potential outcomes of working together. Seam was created through a process of exploring the intersection of divergent perspectives, and it is as much about this journey as the completed installation.
Seam examines form and space through the deconstruction and reconfiguration of recycled plastics. In the installation, discarded consumer grade plastics knit together with a seemingly endless thread of steel are used to create a swaying landscape within Method’s space.
Second Growth is seven artists working collaboratively to discover new ways of making by learning from the distinctly individual approaches of each other’s creative process. Seam was created through a process of exploring the intersection of these divergent perspectives and it is as much about this as the completed installation.
Value of the Earth’s natural life and our relationship with place are common threads through each of their practices which have primarily informed the material choice. In the installation, discarded consumer grade plastics knit together with seemingly endless thread of steel to make Second Growth’s swaying landscape.
Tonia Arehart is a Seattle based artist whose work serves to communicate her distinct understanding and experience of the world around her.
Her work includes processes of assemblage, painting, and sculpting. She favors earth based plasters, wood, paint, ink and natural found objects utilized to create sculptural wall hangings as a medium for the ideas and stories she wishes to convey.
Outside of her practice, she is the owner of an interior finish business, works with other artists, fabricates for John Grade Studio and works as a conservation technician at the Seattle Art Museum Sculpture Park.
Artist Kite Arner’s work focuses on collection and bronze casting.
They are interested in the relationship between that which influences the development of the self and of shaping an object. Kite has a deep appreciation for the beauty found in living nature and is particularly fascinated by the effects natural forces have on animals, plants and their environments. Their work currently explores these interests through experimenting with archival practices and examining the influence material and process have on the ceremony of remembrance.
Apart from their own practice, their work at the Grade Studio, and with Second Growth; Kite is a shop technician at Bellevue College in the sculpture and three-dimensional design studio.
Lalitha Bandaru was born and brought up in India and now lives in Seattle, Washington.
She is interested in concepts of urbanity and its effect on ‘land’— encroachment, displacement, dislocation and the bereavement of its identity. Using sculpture and imagery as tools, she focuses extensively on amplifying this unsettling yet very existent ‘shift’ in her work.
Lalitha graduated with a MFA from Chelsea College of Art, London and received her BFA from Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore. Apart from working as a fabricator at the Grade Studio, she is also a faculty member at the Kirkland Arts Center and continues to pursue her artistic journey from her home studio.
Lindsey Champlin is an interdisciplinary artist, trained in metalwork, and is a recent arrival to Seattle.
Her work explores concepts of identity, perception, relationship and the subtle systems that exist around us and in us. Her processes are deeply rooted in research and often involve strategies of distillation and recombination.
She is currently experimenting with working collaboratively in the interest of discovering new perspectives on making.
Lindsey holds a BFA in Studio Art from the College of Art and Design at Texas State University. In addition to her practice, Lindsey works for John Grade Studio doing research and fabrication.
Artist Sam Kuniholm’s work concentrates on kinetic sculpture, found object art, and functional design.
He is interested in exploring the intersection of fine art objects and functional design objects essentially seeking to justify the existence of nonfunctional objects in a world that favors function. His work draws from geometry, patterns and structures found in the natural world.
Sam holds a BA in Art from Willamette University and has worked for John Grade Studio since 2013 as a fabricator in addition to maintaining his own practice.
Matthew Soma is a sculptural artist who specializes in kinetic sculptures.
He is interested in patterns that occur in the natural world and his love for nature informs his work in subject form. The process of his work explores the temporality of material life and often includes the documentation of systems that have a single functional occurrence resulting in a photographic or ceramic artifact as the record. He is a strong advocate for the environment and primarily sources and repurposes recycled material for his work.
Matt holds a BA in Studio Art from Willamette University and has worked in a variety of fields. He currently works for John Grade Studio in addition to maintaining his own studio practice.
Joe Wilkinson works primarily in clay producing sculpture and wall installations.
His work draws on inspiration from cosmology, astronomy, geology, and biology and seeks to shift the perception of patterns and systems observed in the natural world through the introduction of human intervention.
Joe has worked in numerous fields in his extensive career including a term in the United States Air Force. He received his BFA from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MFA from Michigan State University. He is a recent artist in residency at Pottery Northwest Seattle and currently he works as an assistant to John Grade fabricating and installing large public sculptures.
METHOD is fiscally sponsored by Shunpike! Shunpike is the 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths in sustainable success.