Over the past 5 years, I have been working from soft focus photographs. I am inspired by transparent, diluted, and surreal figures that are captured within the shadows of dim lit photography. I'm very interested in chiaroscuro lighting and capturing motion. Rather than visualizing a single moment in time, I attempt to capture a series of gestures made by a figure or the intensity of lighting fixtures.
Brian Andrew Coate
I create paintings and drawings, portraits referential to perceived notions of a romanticized past, striving for ambiguity in narrative and implications of unseen sinister forces. This can allude contemporary views of the political, the sensual, or the spiritual, often with the inclusion of objects within the portrait acting as interruption and indictment.
Darkness is the space that remains. It is where we return again and again throughout the cycles of life, in moments of transformation. A place of both birth and death, both terrifying and exhilarating--in a sea of darkness there is no bottom we can fathom. Darkness is unavoidable. Transformation is intrinsic.
Friday, May 6: 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Tugboat Gallery is located above Gomez Art Supply. Elevator entrance at 1410 'O' Street. Questions answered by Gomez Art Supply at 402-477-6200.