Melissa Pokorny Kindred Subjects
May 1 to May 31
“The works in this series are made up of elements found in my larger bodies of work. They are all related, each having to do with place, memory, the known, and easily accessible, as well as things that are hidden. The idea of wonder, the making of meaning, and ways of knowing the world are threads that connect these kin.”
Melissa Pokorny is a sculptor based in Urbana, Illinois. She has shown her work in venues across the US, in Chicago, New York City, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, in Urbana Champaign.
Jesse Burke Wild & Precious
April 1 to April 31
“Wild & Precious brings together treasures from a series of road trips traveled with my daughter to explore the natural world. I use these adventures to encourage a connection between my child and nature and to give her an education that I consider essential—one that develops appreciation, respect, conservation, and self-confidence. On the road we talk about the vastness of nature and try to get more in touch with the earth. Together we document the routes we drive, the landscapes we discover, the creatures we encounter, even the roadside motels where we sleep. Wild & Precious reveals the fragile, complicated relationship that humans share with nature and attempts to strengthen those bonds.”
Stephen Hilyard Катюша (Katyusha)
March 1 to March 31
Platform was pleased to present the trailer for Stephen Hilyard's Катюша (Katyusha), a three channel, 28 minute video piece based on material collected at Pyramida, a showcase community established by the Soviet Union in the Svalbard territory in the high Arctic. At its peak Pyramida was home to more than 1000 coal miners and their families. It was evacuated in two days in 1998 leaving a ghost town. Катюша (Katyusha) presents three fictional characters who personify different aspects of Pyramida. The Guide takes the form of a gray sea bird, the Northern Fulmar. As the piece progresses we discover clues to the identity of two Lovers, a ballet dancer and a basketball player. The elaborately painted floor of the basketball court in Pyramida is a central motif, as is the abandoned ballet studio in the northern most corner of the town—once the most northerly ballet studio on earth. Time becomes unreliable as the viewer jumps back and forth uncontrollably between two time periods.
Robert Yoder JAME6
February 1 to February 28
Robert Yoder’s recent work features mysterious typographic forms drawn and painted primarily on tee-shirts or textiles which have been torn or ripped, then thickly covered in layers of oil paint. These works hint at clothing, perhaps even athletic uniforms, while not quite revealing their former selves. “I grew up in the south and ‘came of age’ during the early 1980’s in a very conservative area. Signs and symbols, from clothing, music, etc., took on another layer of meaning for me.”
Robert’s work is in many collections including Amgen Corporation, Boeing Corporation, The City of Seattle Public Art Collection, Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Hallmark Corporation, Henry Art Gallery, Hewlett Packard Corporation, Microsoft Corporation, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Swedish Health Services, Tacoma Art Museum, and Vulcan Incorporated.
Andrew Rubinstein Static Electricity
January 1 to January 31
In Andrew Rubinstein’s new body of work, stripes become stand-ins for filaments as well as for subatomic and cosmic building blocks. In many cases these marks appear to form a pattern and appear to touch, but they ultimately do not. It is with this vocabulary the artist attempts to represent how he marvels that society, and reality as we know it, appear to hold together. In the current political climate the tension between the appearance of order and its potential breakdown is especially poignant. In these paintings, compositions subtly shift between architectural structures, portraits, astronomical imagery, even textiles. The work approaches the heavy issues of the day but in a playful way.
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Andrew received his MFA in Painting from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Since then he has moved around the Midwest, finally settling in Seattle with his wife. Besides being a painter, a worker, and a father of three, Andrew helps manage the family hobby ranch and takes care of all the animals.