The end of the year is always a time for reflection, looking ahead to the fresh start that January brings.
Slash & Burn, the new exhibit open at Kirkland Arts Center through Jan. 30, takes the concept of renewal and applies it to art — both in subject matter and in technique.
Slash-and-burn is an agricultural method that involves cutting and burning off all vegetation on a plot of land to regenerate the earth. The processes of devastation, deforestation and erosion give way to fertility and renewal, allowing new crops to grow. In Slash & Burn, artists give birth to new creations by harnessing the same destructive power of flame and blade: soot and char as media, the heat of burning, cauterizing or melting; and cutting, slicing, sawing and tearing as creative acts.
The eight artists featured in this show — Celeste Cooning, Joy Hagen, Deborah Kapoor, Brenda Mallory, Naoko Morisawa, June Sekiguchi, Suze Woolf and Ellen Ziegler — demonstrate a wide range of responses to the Slash & Burn theme: from austere, organic, calm and cerebral to rich, geometric, buzzing and sensual, with many stops in between.
To bring Kirkland Arts Center’s visitors inside their artistic worlds, the artists featured in this show will be offering free demonstrations of their techniques at two events in January. “Burn,” taking place Jan. 7, 6 - 9 p.m., will illuminate heat-related methods such as encaustic, while “Slash,” taking place Jan. 28, 6 - 9 p.m., will showcase the cutting arts.
Slash & Burn will be on display through Jan. 30, 2016 and the KAC Gallery is open Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.