Physical Conversation
Sheila Klein + Ries Niemi

April 3 - 26, 2014

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, April 3, 2014

The artists will be present noon to 5pm Saturday, April 5th with other trade goods and travel tales.

Sheila Klein and Ries Niemi are married, and each have their own careers making art. They share inspirations, ideas, mediums, techniques, children, and dinner. Back to back, they launch themselves into different directions. The universe is infinite, their relationship is at the center point, and art shoots off in every direction. Inevitably, there are similarities, and big differences, in their work.

In their second collaborative exhibition at PUNCH, they have physically constructed the words they are speaking to each other, and to the world. Much of the work was made or conceived of while they spend part of each year in Buenos Aires.

Klein has selected some recent works in textiles that form vignettes comprised of crocheted architecture and dark doilies. She has recently installed four bronze sculptures on Bell St. in Seattle. Currently working on civic projects in Baltimore,Charlotte North Carolina, Tukwila and Qatar, her big dream now is a global project to make a contemporary Tabernacle.

Niemi will show clusters of embroidery, metal, paint, and text that are solidifying into books. Beyond the exhibition, he is currently working on a sculpture for Oak Harbor High School, and a steel ping pong table.

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

Next Exhibition:

Cynthia Camlin
(more info)


Sheila Klein + Ries Niemi