Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A Place to Call Your Own

Paul Pauper's Form/Space Atelier in Belltown has had a series of strong shows over the last few months, and is developing quite a powerful aesthetic. Recent displays have all focused on beautiful yet disorienting imaginary landscapes and metaphysical diagrams. With the gallery in the middle of Belltown, surrounded by buildings in progress which promise idealized homes or ever more unaffordable restaurants, one can't help but make the connection between the hollow promises of progress and Form/Space's cultivation of artwork that forcefully evokes places that don't exist.

The current show, up until March 2, features the paintings of Ryan Molenkamp, who is perhaps best known for his work as the security guard at the Frye Art Museum.

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