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Receiver, a two-person exhibition presented by Johansson Projects, features works by Aili Schmeltz and Katy Stone and takes its name from the idea of active and cooperative exchange.
The works and practices of Aili Schmeltz and Katy Stone move between individual and collective experience, tying personal stories to shared landscape. The formal proximity of these two artists is loosely apparent, as each focuses on the relationship between color and material to push flat surfaces to the fore. Aili uses the narrative mediums of cloth, dyes, and thread, while Katy uses laser cut aluminum or acrylic, and the sculptural advantages of relief and shadows. Each artist in her practice intimately communicates an awareness of nature and our place in it.
The organic motion of waves, of wind, and traces of topographies are the hallmarks of Katy Stone’s stylistic idiom. Her space-activating configurations are built with amassed gestures, evoking both the aerial and the terrestrial amalgams of the sky, the water, and the land. Her works in Receiver represent moments of convergence, growing, reaching, and becoming, as they materialize the energies of nature.
Aili Schmeltz’s patterned, dyed, and batiked fabric works communicate complexity and unrestrained energy. The pieces presented are living stories of those deeply rooted to the land. Her CA Women series is taken from her research of trailblazing women, and commemorates place and cyclical time in a grouping of smaller scale works the artist considers “devotionals”. The stitching in these works resembles meandering lines of mycelium and rivers, flowing and stretching in perfect harmony with the substrate, while also referencing the detailed and meditative process of traditional “women’s work.” The larger shaped canvas forest paintings bring form into focus, while allowing compositions to be more wild and organic, a requiem to nature as much as letting go of control.
Offering up the opportunity to examine how we receive and process visual and aesthetic data, Schmeltz and Stone act as expressive translators, each leaving her personal imprint on these unique mediums as metaphorical bridges to the viewer.
Receiver runs from March 4 - April 23, 2022, with an artist reception on First Friday, March 4, 5-8pm. Johansson Projects is open Thu-Sat 1-5pm and by appointment.
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Aili Schmeltz is a sculptor and painter that splits her time in between Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, CA. She studied at UCLA, earned her MFA from the University of Arizona, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She has exhibited nationally at galleries such as Edward Cella Art and Architecture, ACME, Commonwealth and Council, and Pasadena Museum of California Art in California, Friedman Benda and Jen Bekman in New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson; and internationally in cities such as Berlin, Tokyo, Barcelona, London, and Zurich. Schmeltz has been awarded grants such as the Pollock Krasner Grant, California Community Foundation Grant, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Residencies attended include the Bemis Center, Sculpture Center, Vermont Studio Center, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica (Venice, Italy), Espronceda Center for Art and Culture (Barcelona), Takt Kunstprojektraum (Berlin), and Babayan Cultural House (Cappadocia, Turkey). Aili is the Founder of Outpost Projects and teaches at Otis College of Art and Design.
Katy Stone has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, Vienna, and at museums including The McNay and the Boise Art Museum and alternative spaces including Suyama Space in Seattle. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions across the US including Flow, Just Flow at the Harnett Museum of Art in Richmond, VA, Art + Space at Project4 in Washington, DC, Other Worlds, at the Jacksonville Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, FL; Earthly Delights, at Mass Art in Boston; and internationally at The Chengdou International Biennale in Chengdou, South Korea. She has been reviewed in many publications including Artweek, New Art Examiner, Sculpture Magazine and Art in America. Her commissioned public artworks include projects for the GSA's Art in Architecture Program, Washington State Arts Commission, The City of Seattle, Cleveland Clinic, Michigan State University, and corporate clients including ConocoPhillips and Microsoft. Stone received her BFA in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking from Iowa State University, and her MFA in Painting from the University of Washington. She lives and works in Seattle.
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