Gala Bent – The Ether and the Mantle
Diem Chau – A to Z: Northwest Natives

Through October 12, 2013
Artist Reception: September 5th, 6-8pm

Gala Bent, (Over)Reactive Volcano, 2013

Gala Bent, (Over)Reactive Volcano, 2013

The work in “The Ether and the Mantle” can be read as a series of love poems between elements in the earth and those in the air. The timely meetings of these elements on Earth is a crucial part of the story of our genesis as living creatures. Inspired by recent work with a biochemist, and in the spirit of previous bodies of work, in which I have anthropomorphized mountains, water, rocks and air, I have both seriously and playfully engaged with the tumultuous history of life on a chemical/geological level. It is a story of catastrophe and exchange, morphing structures and unlocking of elements in their time, repulsion, attraction and harmony. – Gala Bent

Diem Chau, A-G: Northwest Natives, 2013

Diem Chau, A-G: Northwest Natives, 2013

I consider myself an artist whose medium is stories, especially those passed on from my grandmother to mothers, from fathers to sons.  Coming from a nomadic childhood, what few possessions we had were of necessities.  Among that our greatest value lied in the stories contributed to us by friends and family.  Embedded within them are connections to our past, our culture and an occasional escape from reality. – Diem Chau

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