Not a return to…but perhaps a new normal?

Perhaps it was naivety, or perhaps optimism, but I had hopes that when we reopened the economy things would be on track to get “back to normal.” Little did I know that normal is a shifting target. Our new normal looks to include physical distancing, masks, barriers between tellers and customers, and even more tribalism dividing our hurting nation. 

I hope future generations will look back on our current situation as growing pains. A time that was filled with trouble and hurt, but in the end made our nation and by extension, the world a better place. I hope that the new normal includes a better version of “justice for all” while giving all due process. I hope that the new normal finds us less willing to be offended and more willing to understand. I hope in the new normal we think before we speak, and listen twice as much.

So, in hope and intention, here’s to the new normal.

From time to time, I work the galleries with whom I display. When things get better, If you are in town, please top by and say hello…

…and if you know of a gallery outside of the Seattle region that might be interested in representing me, please share my site with them.  I’d be keen to explore traditional representation options.

 

Port Townsend Gallery

715 Water St, Port Townsend, WA

Friday, March 5, 11a-1.30p

 

A/NT Gallery, Seattle

Seattle Center, between Key Arena and Intl. Fountain

Friday, February 12, 11.15a-5.15p

Also showing at:

From time to time I am favored with a space at a local business. Thanks to these friends for sharing their wall space:

Spice & Tea Exchange

929 Water St, Port Townsend, WA

 
Parklane Gallery, Kirkland

130 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98033

Guest Artist March-April 2021

Guest Artist September-October 2021

 
Gallery North, Edmonds

401 Main St, Edmonds, WA 98020

Guest Artist November 2021

 

If you are a business and would like to host a temporary exhibit, please email me:

tom@tomsaknit.com 


Artists Statement

Tom Saknit, Redacted Photography™ Fine Art Photography

“Were you there, did you read about it, or might it remind you of a story someone one once told you?”

Our memory of places and events is imperfect…sometimes truer-than-true and sometimes less than faithful. With Redacted Photography™ through color, motion and meticulous deletion I play with images and perception to highlight the imprecision of memory…and the joy of romanticized recollection. 

A mixed media artist in the broadest sense of the term, my work begins with a photograph and through a subtle minimalistic approach, end with an impression. The work is a fugue on my fascination with the unreliability of memory, and the fight for clarity to recall life’s fleeting moments. The work is systematically, unflinchingly subjective, referencing recognizable form at its basic level and inviting the viewer to fill in the lost spaces that punctuate the canvas.

I have always been drawn to unfinished work and the forms that are created in the transformative (and for me, magical) process that lies between concept and creation. The skeleton of a building under construction…the pieces of cloth on a designers table…Gilbert Stuart’s “Washington,” …Leonardo da Vinci’s “Adoration of the Magi.” As an artist I am driven by the challenge to present an image…a memory… with as little information as possible, while still preserving impression and impact.

In the Pacific Northwest , I currently live and work on pieces which I hope will work for you.

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