Opening First Thursday May 1, 5-8pm, ArtXchange Gallery presents Tender Buttons, a solo exhibition by Laura Castellanos.
Castellanos’ Tender Buttons paintings (from her Urban Visionary series) capture the personalities of a series of characters that range from wistful & tender to sarcastic & mysterious – described by LA Times art critic Peter Frank as ‘escapees from a particularly nasty children’s book’ or ‘a cockeyed Carnival procession.’ What intrigues viewers about Castellanos’ urban characters is the eloquent way in which they are painted, combined with the primacy and irreverence of the subject matter. The grit, glow, and glamour of the paint adds an unexpectedly serious element to the parade of characters who fill the gallery.
Castellanos is a Seattle-based artist who recently exhibited “Borrowed Tribe” at Gallery 4Culture and “Assorted Idols” at the Moses Lake Museum of Art. Her work is part of several public art collections, including the Tacoma Art Museum, City of Seattle Permanent Collection and Seattle City Lights Portable Works Collection. Other highlights include the Bumbershoot Poster, Civic Fence Project (downtown Seattle) and televised features on the Seattle Channel such as "Art Zone" and Town Hall's "Inside Art.” Laura is a Pollock-Krasner and Artist Trust GAP grant recipient.