Plain Air, September 16-18

Posted on September 12, 2016, 1:23 pm
2 mins


Image courtesy of Anne Couillaud

For this weekend only, September 16-18, a variety of artworks will inhabit the nooks, crannies and greenery of a private backyard in Seattle. Titled Plain Air, the exhibition riffs on the tradition of “en plein air,” or painting in the open air, propagated by the Barbizon School and Impressionists in the nineteenth century.

Anne Couillaud, an independent curator and writer, organized the exhibition. Plain Air brings together the work of nine artists from Seattle, Vancouver and New York, including Julie Alexander, Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, Nancy Brooks Brody, Matt Browning, Dawn Cerny, Neal Fryett, David Horvitz, Francesca Lohmann, and Rob Rhee. The exhibition invited each artist to respond either to the site or the title of the exhibition. This allowed for their works to pollinate with the outdoor setting and with each other in order to generate new ideas and connections. From the exhibition’s press release:

Each of the works embrace the physical and spiritual dimension of the place. Plain Air is meant to be a moment of convergence, a time when our senses are solicited, a time when the consciousness of the place is temporarily activated, bringing different readings to it as well as participating in its history.

A visit to Plain Air over the weekend offers an excellent way to close the end of summer and enjoy thoughtful and well-crafted artworks outside the realm of the white-cube.

Plain Air

When: September 16, 5-8pm, September 17-18, 12-6pm

Where: To RSVP and receive directions to the exhibition’s location, please email plainair1 (at) gmail (dot) com


David Strand is a writer and aspiring curator based in Seattle.