SOIL Gallery

Vessel: Three Viewpoints from Contemporary Mexico

Rene Almanza, Isauro Huizar, Alexis Mata (Ciler)

Curator: Moises Himmelfarb
Made possible by the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle.

Start             6.1.17
End               7.1.17
Reception    6.1.17, Thursday, 6-8 pm

Vessel is a sample of Mexico’s diverse contemporary visual arts scene. Through the work of three artists, Vessel showcases three very unique worldviews. Ranging from technical excellence to conceptual complexity, the work of Isauro Huizar, Rene Almanza and Alexis Mata (Ciler) seems to scream and whisper at the same time.

Almanza’s 1001 drawings series is a never-ending project originally shown at Gerrish Fine Art in London, featuring 1001 ink drawings. His nervous and expressive pen is reminiscent of Egon Schiele or an early Lucian Freud. The multiplicity of pieces displayed in the gallery is an open invitation to loosing oneself in his virtuosity, the complexty of his characters and the simplicity of his line.

Huizar has the ability to smuggle very powerful messages through subtle, soft colors. His work ranges from objet trouvé to intervention in public spaces and intervened photography. Alongside select photography works Huizar is creating an installation piece involving the re signification of used objects as a part of his exploration of color, things and space.

Ciler’s practice implies disfiguration and manipulation of existing images. Through collage, drawings, and installations, he wrings out found images and positions them as visceral glosses, in order to talk about death, violence, beauty and the constructed environment. His showcased collection in Vessel is called “happy people”, this is an exercise of commentary with a dark sense of humor where color defiles vintage print in an effort to reflect on superimposed emotionality, historic memory and the longing for authenticity in a world of plastic formalitites and war.




In the Backspace: Guerrilla Ceramica

Christopher Buening

Start             6.1.17
End               6.30.17
Reception    6.1.17, Thursday, 6-8 pm

In 2016 Christopher received an Arts Projects Grant from 4Culture to install a kiln in his studio so that he could mount a series of pop-up street installations done in ceramic. Every weekend in April 2017, he put a new installation in a different Seattle park. Times and locations were published only on social media the day before and people were encouraged to take pieces from the installations so they would slowly disappear. For his June show at SOIL, expect artifacts and photographs, some stories about how the project went, and new ceramic work.

This work would not have been possible without generous funding by 4Culture!


Upcoming Exhibitions

Anissa Amalia, Christopher Paul Jordan, Ellen Xu, Gee Wesley, Isa Benn, Jueqian Fang, manuel arturo abreu, mario lemafa, Natalie Ball, Sabella D'Souza
July 6–30, 2017

2017 SOIL Auction – Thank You!



The auction was a big success!
Thanks to all the generous artists who donated work, the hard-working volunteers, our sponsors, and everyone who came to help make this year’s event the biggest yet!