October 31 - November 30th 2002
Please refer questions to Jeffrey Moose, 206.467.6951 or email@example.com.
Portland artists Lillian Pitt and Ken MacKintosh, will exhibit masks and sculptures in ceramic and bronze and silver jewelry in Jeffrey Moose Gallery, 1333 5th Avenue, on the second level of Rainier Square in Seattle from October 31st through November 30th. A reception for the artists will take place on Friday, November 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 PM
"Messenger Telling Earth About Sky"
Steel and Bronze
Ms. Pitt, a recipient of the Governor's Award of the Oregon Arts Commission in 1990, is known nationally and internationally for her Raku and Anagama fired ceramic and bronze masks and "Shadow Spirit" totem images based on traditional symbols and spirits of her Columbia River ancestors. Recently, her repertoire has expanded to include monumental bronze sculpture, sometimes reflecting the theme of Salmon migration. One recurring image, "She Who Watches", is based on a Columbia River petroglyph which represents the last of the Woman Chiefs. This image is seen in mask form, in etchings and in the faces of clay and silver jewelry.
Her work has been exhibited and reviewed in the U.S., New Zealand, Germany and Japan. In addition to the Oregon Governor's Award, Pitt's work has been commissioned by numerous museums and organizations and is in several collections, including the University of Washington's Burke Museum, the Sapporo City Hall, Sapporo, Japan and the prestigious Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ. A traveling retrospective of Ms. Pitt's work was launched in 1999 at the Museum at Warm Springs on her native reservation in Oregon. It is scheduled for exhibition at other Native American museums nationwide.
In 1999, Ms. Pitt began a collaboration with foundry owner/artist Ken MacKintosh that continues in this show. The two were chosen to craft a series of 15 bronze panels celebrating Salmon for the US Army Corps of Engineers. The works were installed at three tribal fishing sites, including the famed cliff-side site at Celilo. The two have completed other projects including works for the Portland Light Rail System and a Seattle Arts Commission funded bronze entitled "The Salmon Offering", displayed by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Hiram Chittenden (canal) Locks in Seattle and dedicated to the memory of legendary United Indians of All Tribes Foundation founder Bernie Whitebear. This work is on permanent display at Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle.
As the founder of Clan Chattan Foundry, Mr. MacKintosh has engaged in a variety of personal artistic endeavors and collaborations with architects, engineering firms and other artists. His background at Portland State U. had him studying sculpture with J.L.Hansen, who taught him the art of casting bronze. He started building his own foundry in 1989. By 1998 he was producing enormous stainless steel commissions and in 2001, in collaboration with another artist and an architectural firm, he completed sculpture to adorn a seventy foot high "Salmon Run Tower" in a downtown Vancouver, WA park. The style of Mr. MacKintosh is an unusual, surrealistic combination of figurative and abstract elements, not unlike the look and feel of Yupik masks from the Alaskan coast.
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