Philippe Hyojung Kim

Ryan Wise

Michael Stone

August 5-27, 2022

Exhibit Sponsor:
US Bank

Main & Mezzanine Galleries:
Underpinning – curated by June T Sanders
Dez’Mon Omega Fair, Philippe Hyojung Kim, Coco Spadoni
opening reception: August 5, 5-7pm

This exhibition asks: How does queerness meet form? And how may we manifest this articulation in fluid space and with a sense of possibility – rather than a fixed position, gender, or reality? It taps into a mode of expression that forgoes widespread demands for visibility in mainstream culture and instead responds in affect. Through a collection of clear and unique voices threaded through a common dialog and encounter, we address broader concerns surrounding visibility, censorship, materiality, poetics, and lived- bodily experiences.

Eveleth Green Gallery:
Landscapes and Legacy
Laura Wise and Ryan Wise

After many years of living in the Yakima Valley, Laura Wise began to more deeply appreciate the wide-open skies and the simplicity of a raw and re-ducted landscape. She began to marvel at the beauty of the changing weather and moods of the seasons reflected on the hillsides of the high plains desert, the twisting textures of the sage brush and the strength of the plant life and its continuing survival in these harsh conditions. For her it was a metaphor for life experiences and her work eventually incorporated a personal autobiographical narrative along with the landscape. These works symbolized the storytelling of key points in her life in a surrealistic tapestry of events and personal symbolism.

Born near the Hanford Reservation, where both her parents were employed shortly after World War II, Laura’s family later moved to Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Central Washington University in 1978 with degrees in Fine Arts and Secondary Art Education, and finished her education with a Master’s of Fine Arts from Arizona State University in 1980. Then she taught high school art for 21 years at Toppenish High School.

Ryan Wise creates paintings as a contradiction to the current status of a deeply overwhelmed and increasingly complex world. His paintings are meant to be a reprieve from the bombardment of information we get about daily world discord, brought to us through the technology that is continually creeping into our lives.

Hailing from the fruit capital of the Pacific Northwest, Yakima, Washington, he is the youngest son of artists and grew up with a deep passion for making and sharing art. Ryan attended Boise State University where he earned both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and his graduate teaching certification. His undergraduate emphasis was in Painting and Art History.

Hallway Gallery:
The Eyes of Youth that still exist in my Soul but not in my Body
Michael Stone

From the beginning of his career, Michael chose to use photography in a non-traditional manner, by combining it with sculpture, painting, upholstery, plastic, and other media. His images are created through the eyes of the young person who still exists in his soul but not in his body. He plays with toys and other objects on his computer and struggles to present them in a way that reflects his knowledge of the world as an adult. The images are colorful and happy in a child-like manner, but to him; they represent the darker issues of current times. Things are askew in the pictures, as in the world. Michael has no desire to be blunt about what he presents, but wants the viewer to walk away in thought.

Michael was raised in Los Angeles and spent summers on the beaches of Southern California. He has had work exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the Cherry and Martin Gallery and has had several photographs purchased for Washington State’s Art in Public Places Program. By way of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Michael currently resides in Roslyn, Washington.