Featuring Samantha Wall, Dan Gluibizzi, Gregory Grenon, and Anne Siems at Scalehouse!
Beginning in prehistoric times and continuing throughout history, artists have had an enduring fascination with representing the human form. This exhibition features four artists from the Pacific Northwest who all use the human figure as the focus of their artistic expression and who, together, present a very eclectic approach to the figure in art.
For some, the figure presents an opportunity to look inward, as with Samantha Wall’s drawings that explore her own multi-racial identity and that of others. Wall’s portraits are less about capturing a physical likeness than conveying a shifting inner psychology or emotional state. Similarly, Anne Siems’ and Gregory Grenon’s paintings reflect on the inner lives of strong women. Often gazing directly at the viewer, these individuals convey strength, determination and courage—prompting our respect and admiration. Dan Gluibizzi’s works look outward, presenting us with a fresh view of our image-saturated digital world. Culled from a wide range of social media sites and selfies, Gluibizzi’s figures seem at once anonymous and still specific. While the work emerges from our obsession with the solitary act of screen swiping, it imparts a sense of human connection, inclusivity and optimism.
The human figure in art remains as varied as the artists who create the work. Through the expression of their creative vision, artists and their work have the power to inform and enhance the way we see ourselves as individuals as well as how we see our place in this world and our collective humanity.