Current exhibition

   
Graham Shutt, "White Cup 000a", 2015, archival inkjet print, edition 1 of 3, 6 x 6"

Graham Shutt, "White Cup 000a", 2015, archival inkjet print, edition 1 of 3, 6 x 6"

Laura Swytak, "White Cup", 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"

Laura Swytak, "White Cup", 2015, oil on canvas, 16 x 20"

Jordan Wolfson, “Still Life with White Cup”, 2015, oil on linen, 14 x 12"

Jordan Wolfson, “Still Life with White Cup”, 2015, oil on linen, 14 x 12"

Brian Blackham, "A Cup", 2015, oil on panel, 16 x 12"

Brian Blackham, "A Cup", 2015, oil on panel, 16 x 12"

Fred Birchman, "The Inference of the Cup", 2015, mixed media on paper, 41 x 12.75"

Fred Birchman, "The Inference of the Cup", 2015, mixed media on paper, 41 x 12.75"

Kathy Liao, "Cup 1", 2015, collage on paper, 7 x 8"

Kathy Liao, "Cup 1", 2015, collage on paper, 7 x 8"

Amy Huddleston, "Night Cup", 2015, oil on linen, 14 x 20.5"

Amy Huddleston, "Night Cup", 2015, oil on linen, 14 x 20.5"

Judy Nimtz, "Caffè", 2015, oil on panel, 9 3/8 x 7"

Judy Nimtz, "Caffè", 2015, oil on panel, 9 3/8 x 7"

Kenny Harris, "White Cup on Green Wall", 2015, oil on panel, 8 x 6"

Kenny Harris, "White Cup on Green Wall", 2015, oil on panel, 8 x 6"

Kimberly Clark, "White Cup with Cotton Branch", 2015, oil on paper, 10" x 10"

Kimberly Clark, "White Cup with Cotton Branch", 2015, oil on paper, 10" x 10"

Sarah Bixler", "White Cup", 2015

Sarah Bixler, "White Cup", 2015, oil on canvas, 15 x 16"

Anne Petty, "Cup and Book", 2015, oil on vellum, 14 x 11"

Anne Petty, "Cup and Book", 2015, oil on vellum, 14 x 11"

Matt Klos, "Perched (white vessel 1)", 2015, oil on panel, 13.5 x 13.5"

Matt Klos, "Perched (white vessel 1)", 2015, oil on panel, 13.5 x 13.5"

Elizabeth Ockwell, "White Cup with Shards", 2015, pencil & watercolor on paper, 22 x 30"

Elizabeth Ockwell, "White Cup with Shards", 2015, pencil & watercolor on paper, 22 x 30"

David Campbell, "A Few of My Favorite Things 1", 2015, oil on linen mounted on board, 14 x 14"

David Campbell, "A Few of My Favorite Things 1", 2015, oil on linen mounted on board, 14 x 14"

Bill Sharp, "White Cup with Spoon", 2015, oil, 36 x 18"

Bill Sharp, "White Cup with Spoon", 2015, oil, 36 x 18"

Cable Griffith, "White Cup, 64 Views", 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24"

Cable Griffith, "White Cup, 64 Views", 2015, acrylic on canvas, 24 x 24"

Bob Schlegel, "White Cup with Jar", 2015, mixed media, 14 x 10"

Bob Schlegel, "White Cup with Jar", 2015, mixed media, 14 x 10"

Caroline Kapp, "Upwards / Downwards" (diptych), 2015, Giclee prints, unframed, 10 x10” each

Caroline Kapp, "Upwards / Downwards" (diptych), 2015, Giclee prints, unframed, 10 x10” each

Laura Hamje, "Cupboard", 2015, oil on panel, 2015, 10 x 8"

Laura Hamje, "Cupboard", 2015, oil on panel, 2015, 10 x 8"

Evelyn Woods, "White Cup #2", 2015, oil on board, 11 x 14"

Evelyn Woods, "White Cup #2", 2015, oil on board, 11 x 14"

Dean Fisher, "Suspended Still Life", 2015, oil on panel, 16 x 34"

Dean Fisher, "Suspended Still Life", 2015, oil on panel, 16 x 34"

Joe Crookes, “White Cup”, 2015, archival inkjet print 1/8, 10.5 x 8”

Joe Crookes, “White Cup”, 2015, archival inkjet print 1/8, 10.5 x 8”

About "Observing Observing (a white cup)", September 12 – October 31, 2015

At Prographica, we’re curating a show about “… how artists who observe, observe.” The title implies, of course, that, somewhere along the line, artists who use recognizable imagery, work from direct observation when creating their art. This show is about that observation.
 
Because the show is about “observation”, we have selected as a thematic constant, the “white cup.” Why a white cup? Because it is ubiquitous and carries no emotional baggage.  It is the “observation” that is paramount, not the cup.
 
As source material a white cup is not difficult to paint.  But, it is damned difficult, to make interesting. And, so, it is a challenge of a peculiar sort. A challenge analogous to that of a film actor in an all-important scene, where there is a close-up, no action, and no dialogue. For an actor, such a scene takes some considerable talent to pull off and make interesting. For an artist, too, it takes considerable talent to pull off and make interesting the observation of a white cup.
 

Curated by Eric Elliott, Michael Howard & Norman Lundin.

Artists included in the exhibition are: Brian Blackham, Fred Birchman, Sarah Bixler, David Campbell, Kimberly Clark, Joe Crookes, Dean Fisher, Cable Griffith, Laura Hamje, Kenny Harris, Amy Huddleston, Carrie Kapp, Matt Klos, Kathy Liao, Judy Nimtz, Elizabeth Ockwell, Anne Petty, Bob Schlegel, Bill Sharp, Graham Shutt, Jordan Wolfson & Evelyn Woods. 

Cable Griffith is shown courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle.

 

Opening reception: September 12, 2015, 2 - 4 pm