Opening Reception: July 7, 7–10pm
Closing Reception: August 25, 7–10pm
Summer Seven at SoMa, more of an arts festival than an exhibition, will welcome cutting edge creators from Vancouver, Salt Spring, Portland, Bellingham, São Paulo and Los Angeles, and present their work in seven-day solo shows throughout the summer. Every week we will host a new solo exhibit.
The festival will open with the works of Bellingham-based artist Jennifer Gauthier (July 7 – July 13). Raised in Maple Valley WA, Jennifer often reflects on her hometown for inspiration for her mixed media, idyllic paintings. Next, Charlie Edmiston (July 14 – July 20), born and raised in Los Angeles will present a site-specific mural, alongside his ‘material exploration’ paintings. West Coast artist Zandra Stratford (July 21 – July 27) will showcase works that employ her ‘subconscious semiotic’: muted tones punctuated by semi-symbols, almost recognizable repeating characters as though conveying a disrupted signal, or dream-remembered language.
Tristesse Seeliger & David Crompton (July 28 – August 10) will have the only two-person show of the festival. Seeliger works with mixed media, using painting and collage. Since 2014, she’s working on a body of work focused on geometry, territories, perception, and cartography. Using the principles in the mathematics of tiling and patterning, she disassembles and then reassembles maps that concentrate on the shapes, textures, and color to recreate new territories. David Crompton is a visual artist, designer, and photographer born and raised in Vancouver BC. Since graduating from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 1999, his work has been screened and exhibited internationally at galleries and festivals.
Saci Pedro (August 11 – August 17) is a Brazilian artist who has a series based on the experimentation and connections of different materials that can be found in the urban landscape. He will bring Vancouver his Nike's Land series: works in diverse mediums, which explore the iconic Swoosh symbol of the brand, often revisited by the artist.
Finally, the last show will be by Portland-based artist Jeanne Fries (August 18 – August 25). Fries’ work is concerned with the physical and non-physical expression of power dynamics in contemporary society. Her recent work uses interactive technology: the viewer triggers a circuit when getting or receiving a text or phone call when they are within 1.5 meters of the piece, causing a series of LED lights to turn on, thus completing the work. During the closing reception, visitors will be encouraged to interact with her pieces.