Jessica Bonin
& James Reisen

August 1 - 31, 2013

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, August 1, 2013

Using hand-painted backdrops and handmade objects, #SHITJUSTGOTREAL creates a participatory playground for the imagination where people can invent their own reality. Playing off of society's self-indulgent addiction to self-promotion through social media and simultaneously illuminating technological media's inherent misrepresentation of reality, #SHITJUSTGOTREAL encourages the viewer to be an active participant in the artwork...to pick up the props, take a photo with their smartphone, and render their own version of the story. By uniting all of the work with a common hashtag, #SHITJUSTGOTREAL participants collectively create an ethereal body of photographs that exists outside the gallery walls.

Jessica spent her childhood looking over her mother's shoulder and emulating her as she painted, drew, carved, sculpted, and sewed.  She views art making as a daily endeavor, expressing and funneling the trials of life through the creation of artwork in every medium imaginable. Jessica's process is a marriage between tidy technical impressionism and raw intuitive mark-making.  She is fascinated by the artifacts and images of our culture, and how that culture transforms, confines and defines us.

James grew up on the shores of the Puget Sound, beachcombing, whittling, and enjoying the natural environment.  James' fascination with collecting discarded objects has, over the years, become a full-blown obsession. His garbage mosaics reflect his respect for arrangement and composition while trying to convey the overwhelming weight and power of waste in our modern world. His imitations of simple everyday objects are a study in the careful and conscious fabrication of the useless and obsolete.

James and Jessica live in rural Edison, Washington, where they run an artist collective called the Lucky Dumpster and play in a band called the Daffodils.




Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Cara Jaye
(more info)