May 5 – June 18, 2016
GALA BENT – Biographic
Artist Reception, Thursday, May 5, 6-8pm
Artist Talk, Saturday, May 14th, 1pm
Biographic marks our fifth solo exhibit with artist Gala Bent. Gala’s intimate drawings layered with graphite, gouache, watercolor and sometimes ink explore questions that arise as the artist ponders the life she inhabits, the larger world around her, and the dimensions beyond. In addition to her 12 new works on paper, the center table holds a selection of Specimens that serve as inspiration in her studio practice – these include a collection of found objects and hand-made sculptures.
The word “biographic” is usually used in reference to biographical texts—stories about a particular person’s life. In this exhibition, I am gleaning primarily from the two root words: bio, which is life, and graph, to write. How does life write when it writes about itself? What marks do its human and non-human counterparts leave behind? How do we read them? – Gala Bent
Gala Bent received her MFA from SUNY, Buffalo, NY, and has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was nominated for the Portland Art Museum 2015 Northwest Contemporary Art Awards, received the CityArts Best of Fall Art Walk Award in 2013, was a finalist for the Neddy Award in painting in 2012, was the recipient of an Artist Trust GAP Grant in both 2008 and 2011, and received a CityArts Grant in 2008. In the fall of 2011, Gala was awarded the Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Bent’s work is in the collection of the Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA, Washington State Art Collection, Seattle, WA, Seattle Public Utilities Portable Works Collection, Seattle, WA, Swedish Hospital, Seattle, WA, Jordan Schnitzer Print Collection, Portland, OR, Taylor University, Upland, IN, Ball State University, College of Arts, Muncie, IN, and Peninsula College, Port Angeles, WA. Currently, Gala is a member of the Studio Faculty at Cornish College for the Arts. Gala and her husband, Zack Bent, both make, teach and collect art. They live and work in Seattle, WA with their three children.