Collaborations can sometimes produce weird and wonderful results – and if you peek through the windows of Gallery 301 on Puyallup Avenue in Tacoma’s Dome District you’ll get a glimpse into just one such. Tacoma painter and mixed-media artist Becky Frehse has thrown her talents together with Arizona ceramicist Jane Kelsey-Mapel, and the result – a show that moved down this month from Seattle’s Gallery 110 – is a down-the-rabbit-hole Wonderland peopled with endearingly odd folks, creatively clothed and installed.
It’s the cowgirl in the center that grabs your attention. Yeehawingly triumphant, she waves her hat with glee while standing astride a piebald and a brown horse. The cowgirl’s small, but the horses are nearly carousel-size – only they’re just torsos. Dropping down from their bellies are painted single legs rising out of an upside-down table.
That’s the kind of surreality that inhabits Gallery 301 in “Reconfigured.” Read more »