Beth Cullom: Gallery On Demand

Claire Reiner
Posted on November 12, 2013, 8:00 am
3 mins
Eva Pietzcker's mokuhanga Cape Flattery

Eva Pietzcker’s mokuhanga “Cape Flattery.” Image courtesy of Cullom Gallery.

Although Cullom Gallery’s physical space unfortunately closed earlier this year, Beth Cullom’s schedule of “Pop Up” showings has allowed her beautiful collection of works on paper and traditional woodblock prints to still reach the public. Held around Seattle from Paccar Pavilion to the Polar Bar, these mobile showings allow attendees—and passersby—to get a close look. The “Pop Up” showings work in the model of private dealers but are accessible. The most recent show (at the time of publication) was held on October 29 at the Polar Bar and featured works by Eva Pietzcker, Robert Hardgrave, Juliet Shen and Mugi Takei. The next mobile showing will be held on November 14 at the Olympic Sculpture Park’s PACCAR Pavilion, featuring new work by Ryohei Tanaka and Keiko Hara.

Cullom’s focus on works on paper allows her to be more agile and put on shows that would be impossible for those working with large sculptures and framed canvases. The works range from traditional to contemporary and often show a meeting between East and West. Eva Pietzcker’s woodblock prints pair the Japanese aesthetic and craft with landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. These works are often designed simply, using silhouettes of the landscape to evoke peace and serenity. The restricted palettes of these works contribute to the elegant simplicity of Pietzcker’s work. The landscapes of these locations become shadow-like—a refined silhouette of the detailed reality. In Pietzcker’s piece “La Push,” the rocks of the coastline dominate the artwork, bridging the overarching naturalistic theme of Pietzcker’s work by becoming a character or figure in themselves.

Robert Hardgrave, an artist previously featured on Vanguard Seattle for First Thursday, uses ink and gouache on mulberry paper to create pieces with immersive color. Hardgrave’s previous show at Cullom Gallery, Manifestations, presented works with harsh geometric lines and floating colors—many reminiscent of Kandinsky. Hardgrave’s pieces unite geometric structure with the fluid softness of the gouache medium. The mulberry paper acts as an absorbent background, facilitating the rush and blur of inks—such as in “Madonna & Child”

Robert Hardgrave and Eva Pietzcker are only two examples of the skilled artists represented by Cullom Gallery. Beth Cullom’s devotion to the art world and her desire to enable interaction between artwork, artist and the public is inspiring. The “Pop Up” showings offer a unique experience for both seasoned collectors and art admirers. For more information regarding Cullom Gallery’s mobile showings, visit www.cullomgallery.com.

Claire Reiner
Claire Reiner is a writer, artist and recent graduate from the University of Washington’s School of Art with a major in Art History. She is interested in recent art movements and subcultures (1950s, 60s, 70s) and how they have shaped present perceptions and practices of art. She grew up in Southern California and moved to Seattle in 2010. She is quite influenced by the unique geography of both places and enjoys hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Reiner covers visual art exhibits in Seattle and seeks to contribute to a profound and positive artistic community, as well as encourage people to come out and experience art moments for themselves. Reiner is also the Executive Assistant for VanguardSeattle and handles any press related needs.