Posts Tagged ‘northwest contemporary art’

New Small Works from And Another Thing Series

Sunday, February 9th, 2014
Rhea Giffin_Aha_WB

Rhea Giffin – “Aha”_From And Another Thing Series 11 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ x 1” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_Ever1LoveWB

Rhea Giffin – “Ever1Love”_From And Another Thing Series
4 3/16″ x 3 15/16″ x 3/4″ mixed media

Rhea Giffin_People As Poems_WB

Rhea Giffin – “People As Poems”_From And Another Thing Series 6″ x 7” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_Tell Me About It_WB

Rhea Giffin – “Tell Me About It”_From And Another Thing Series 8 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ x 1” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_HaHaHa_WB

Rhea Giffin – “HaHaHa”_From And Another Thing Series 12″ x 8 1/4″ x 2” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_BlueSquared_WB

Rhea Giffin – “Bluesquared”_From And Another Thing Series 13″ x 13″ x 2 3/4” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_BlueZ_WB

Rhea Giffin – “Bluez”_From And Another Thing Series 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 1 3/4” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_AndAndAndAnd_WB

Rhea Giffin – “AndAndAndAnd”_From And Another Thing Series 6 1/2″ x 5 3/8″ x 1 1/4” mixed media

Rhea Giffin_Heads Together People_WB

Rhea Giffin – “Heads Together People”_From And Another Thing Series 6 3/4″ x 6 3/8″ x 1 1/2” mixed media

 

Dog Sculpture

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
Rhea Giffin-"Halloo Bienvenu!" DOG-18.5x12x23in.

Rhea Giffin-"Halloo Bienvenu!" DOG-18.5x12x23in.

Dog Sculpture

Mindful Navigation: The POA Series

Thursday, November 13th, 2008
"Mindful Navigation" from The POA Series by Rhea Giffin

"Mindful Navigation" from The POA Series by Rhea Giffin

What is it?  It’s a haphazard venture into my own personal “pockets of autism” through dimensional “paintings of apples” and other playful papier mache and mixed media sculpture that loosely illustrates my poem or the other way around.  As an artist, embracing, questioning, sorting out my sensitiivities, thoughts and observations is what drives me.  For this series, Apples serve as a universally symbolic, light-hearted disguised guide for this expedition’s contemplation of complexities of thought, ironies and emotion accompanied by an occasional orange or pear.  This exhibition is in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s Art @ Work program.  Runs January 6 – March 29, 2009, 5-8 pm., Kress Gallery in River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., third level, Spokane, Washington, USA.  For art rental or purchase information, contact Ryanh@northwestmuseum.org A reception will be held on Friday, February 6th in conjunction with Spokane’s bi-annual Visual Arts Tour.  Hope you can attend.

The Poem:

POA (from Mindful Navigation: The POA Series)

 

Paintings Of Apples

Pockets Of Autism, Alphabets and Apples

Stopping, Chewing, Spitting Out or Swallowing.

Swallowing Pieces, Swallowing Whole.

Pieces Of Allegory, Audacity and Anger

Portals Of Adaptation

Practicalities Of Anxiety, Anonymity and Abnormality.

Why be normal?

Parties Of Aardvarks

Promenade Onto Ark

Feast on Provisions Of Ants

Aunts and Uncles

Provide Pieces Of Apples

Pieces Of Apples and Pretext Of Answers

Pretext Of Answers and Presumption Of Altars

Prayers Of At-one-ness

Pourings Over Ambulances

Postdiluvian Attitudes

Pessimism Of Anarchists

Pornography Of Anatomy

Promises Of Ancients

Priests Obscuring Audacity

Portentousness Of Animism

Apples and Amis. Apples and Enemies.

Poisonous and Sweet. Toxic and Sweet.

Pestilence Of America. Apple Pie and What-not.

Perils Of Angst. Poisons on Articulation. Positions Of Altitude. Perils Of Annihilation, Ambivalence. 

Poverty Of Application. Prayers Of Amusements. Poverty Of Artists.

Presence Of Anger. Pockets Of Attitude, Audacity, Abandonment. Pain Of All.

Pachyderms Of Africa and Asia.

Perilous Pretorian Pathways Obstruct. Offering Only Annihilation.

Planetary Pain. Outrageous. Overwhelming. Astounding Apathy.

Predictions Of Avalanches. Pockets Of Pain. Indigestion.

Perplexed, Puzzling, Pondering, Projecting.

Prisoners Of Addiction, Avoidance, Atrocity, Atrophy.

Purging Over-Accumulations, Oppressive Attitudes, Overwhelm, Off-putting Apathy

Possessions Obscuring Action

Pockets Of Articulation, Answers, and Altars.

Pockets Of Autism, Alphabets, and Apples.

Parcels Of Arithmetic. Patterns Of Ambivalence. Peels Of Apples.

Pleas to Openings of Awareness.

Pitiful Offers of Absolution. Pretend Ownership of Autonomy.

Pomegranates Of Awe, Abundance, Amazements.

Pleas to Ponder Poetry Of Apples and Pockets.

Paintings Of Apples and Acronyms.

Paintings Of Apples and Ponderings.

Parings. Pairings. Pear Rings Of Apples.

©2008Rhea Giffin

American Style Reviews “500 Chairs” Book

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

I am honored that my art chair, “Dali’s Darlin’ Ziraffe” is featured in the May 2008 Lark Book publication, 500 Chairs: Celebrating Traditional and Innovative Designs  (page 45).  The book is indeed, “eye candy,” as are all of Lark’s 500 series publications. 

Click here to see American Style review (pdf)

By-the-way, this chair is available for sale or rental through The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture’s Art @ Work Program. Contact Ryan Hardesty, ryanh@northwestmuseum.org

Northern Lights, Inc. – POAC Satellite Gallery

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

September 16, 2008 – January 15, 2009, Northern Lights, Inc., Sagle, Idaho, a satellite gallery for Pend Oreille Arts Council (POAC) http://www.artinsandpoint.org Exhibit features the works of Northwest Papier Mache Artists’ Guild members:  Sherri Ballman, Lisa Conger, Rhea Giffin, Leata Judd, Judy Minter, Larry Thomas www.rheagiffin.com/nwpmag.htm

Taylor-Parker Motor Co. – Sandpoint, Idaho

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

June 20 – July 27, 2008, The Northwest Papier Mache Artists’ Guild http://www.rheagiffin.com/nwpmag.htm  makes its debut in Sandpoint, Idaho for Artwalk I at Taylor-Parker Motors along with art quiltmaker, Sheila Mahanke Barnes.  The reception was fantastic and we were told by several sources that the town was abuzz with enthusiasm the entire five weeks.

"Thelma Goes to the Beauty Parlor" by Sherri Ballman, "Halloo Bienvenu!" by Rhea Giffin

Sherri Ballman’s “Thelma Goes to the Beauty Parlor” made the front cover full-legth full-color of the July 17, 2008, Vol.5 issue 29 of Sandpoint Reader, and an article about the guild by by reporter Tala K.K. Wood.

Click here to view original article (pdf)

Note:  The photo within the article features mixed-media marionettes by Betty Gardner.  Also note that my last name giffin, was mis-spelled. The correct way has no “r”, and all reference to “Carry Thomas” should be “Larry Thomas.”

Unfortunately there is not an on-line version at this time. Here is a transcript of the article:

Artwalk Goes Vehicular

by Tala K.K. Wood

for SPR

Paper Mache. Most of us have had the misfortune in our elementary days to have dipped our hands into that gooey mess and either loved it or hated it.

I am of the latter.  Anything that squishes between my fingers is not worth touching in my view.

But if you stop by Taylor Parker in the next few weeks, you’ll see why I have a sudden new fondness for the gunk.

The car dealership, a long-time participant in ArtWalk, are hosting the “Paper Mache Artist’s Guild.”

At first I assumed that it would appear as my disastrous sculptures from second grade would, but with creative titles and decidedly less science-leaning subjects.  But then I walked in.

You would never know these magnificent creations were made of water, flour, glue and old newspapers.  They went from pretty to unique to down-right weird.

The first time I saw the green dachshund with giant red spots and a rat-like snout, I thought his beady eyes were following me.  When I looked at him a second time, I thought he’d moved.

After scaring myself into heart-attack country, I crawled back out and away from stationary yet uncannily life-like dogs.

I moved on to pleasanter things, like “Flying Jolie Girl” by Leata Judd, in which a blue girl with wings and a dreamy expression sits on a winged blue horse with red eyes that almost seemed out of place.

I also spent some time looking for eye-candy, like “Going with the Flow” by Judy Minter, a pretty piece that had wild rainbow waves and silver-gold coral, and “Charity Changes our Perspective: by Carry Thomas.

I stared at the last piece, “Charity,” for a long time, trying to understand the title.

Finally, I understood what the turtle carrying a chair on its shell was supposed to symbolize – note to the artist: pray forgive me if I’m wrong, I am merely a member of the generation raised by the internet – the chair, decorated as it was with a sea, and islands, and even a sky, was the world, and the turtle was carrying the world on its back, much like the Native American myth.

The turtle, which in a generalization, could be called “lowly” is transformed into something grand, something that allows the rest of us to live, by “holding the world.” In its generosity, it provides for us all.

After that puzzle of a piece, I moved on, only to have my eyes drawn to an intriguing figure of a dark woman with a blue bird on her shoulder.

Her eyes were pensive, and she was cradling a huge heart-shaped crevice in one hand. Inside the heart, was an abacus-like design, with large blocks that can are turned to show different sides. The title, “Anyway,” suits Rhea Griffin’s sculpture exactly.

Each block has a semi-negative situation, and the other side tells you to keep doing what you’re doing, “anyway.”

For example, “Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway.”

I can’t do justice to this incredible exhibit, but I can at least beg you to go and see it.  Don’t have time? Do it anyway.