Last week was the opening reception of our Spring Exhibitions here at Light Grey Art Lab - thank you for everyone who was able to stop by and support the shows! Arboretum, The Flush of Spring, Resurgence, and Campfire Comics & Stories is now on display through April 20th! You can view all of the pieces on the Light Grey Shop and online galleries here!
The Arboretum Exhibition includes the work of 70+ illustrators, designers, and creatives from around the world. Each artist took on subjects of botany, the history of tree species, enchanted forests, mythology, and designed garden spaces. Along with the original pieces, you can read about the research and inspiration behind these botanical explorations!
"The graceful, expressive shape of weeping trees is usually an unnatural growth pattern that comes from mutations cultivated by human intervention. Propagated via grafts, the seeds of the weeping elm produce non-weeping children." Wenting Li
"While in England, I got the chance to see old yew trees. These massive trees are thousands of years old. They're trunks are wide and hollow with dirt. Their branches stretch like heavy limbs reaching for the dirt. Each one has lived a time longer than I can imagine. And each one is poisonous. The only part of the yew tree that doesn't contain alkaloid toxins is the flesh of its red berries. It's surreal that something so majestic and old can be so deadly." Niky Motekallem
The Resurgence Exhibition is all about themes of renewal, emerging after the long winter, change, and growth. The show features the work of ten illustrators through screen prints and riograph prints, embroidery, and archival prints.
The Flush of Spring is a show about renewal, energy, and flux, and the spirit. Our lives, too, exist in seasons; they ebb and they flow, energy enters and exits, we experience true beauty and true pain. This show features makers whose work is itself fluid, active, poetic, and experimental.
And it was a huge honor to feature the release of a brand new local anthology. Campfire Comics and Stories is a risograph-printed anthology zine published by Dennis Madamba and Kyle Harabedian that features work by fourteen international artists. Each artist takes a turn telling a story around the campfire. The theme is “Based on a True Story” and artists comics feature intimate moments, conversations over tea, train rides, and memorable personal narratives -- a lovely collection of illustrated stories.