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‘gathering evidence’
an art open 12/07/2017, first Thursday
@ Peter Miller Books.ArtShow_PeterMiller_f


Intervals at Johnston Architects, Seattle, Washington

Intervals: urban/rural


When I see the landscape, I am always drawn toward the edges. These places of transition are not beautiful in a traditional sense; they are frequently places of work and utility. They are the approach roads to the important place, whether the large skies and vast expanses of eastern Washington, the waterfronts we hold dear, or the elaborate beauty of a big city. The edges are at the flank, occupying the center of attention only by accident and not very comfortably. At the approach roads, we only pass through on the way to somewhere else.

Along those edges, the agrarian and the utilitarian speak a similar vernacular, in architecture and in landscape. The viewer of “Urban/Rural” may see, as I do, the similarities among the works rather than some of the obvious differences. Rural agricultural communities often echo the complex and seemingly contradictory natures of large cities; they straddle both the pastoral—the fertile earth, and the industrial—the grain silo, the railroad siding, and the warehouse. Similarly, the spaces at the urban edge may often be those leftover places where nature creeps in: a wild garden growing in a disused parking lot, birds nesting in a shipping yard. In that way, “Urban/Rural” can be viewed as a contrapuntal exhibition, where two different melodies are sounded together; musical intervals present.

My natural tool is the pencil or the crayon; the single line and the limited palette require the artist to tell the story of that place with a crisp economy. Color, temperature, movement, and character are evoked in a few, swift strokes. For me as an architect and illustrator, the drawn line evokes the honest nature of a place, expressing—literally—weight, value, and tone. These media—the pencil and the crayon—capture the loose realism of the edge places which then dissolves toward abstraction.11831745_10206584348081094_6735179265560295765_n copy


This is 1 of my 3 artworks accepted into the 2015 Roslyn Art Festival.

Hope to see you there.

The goal of the Roslyn Art Festival is to promote art and artists, encourage appreciation of the historical qualities of Roslyn Washington and support local businesses. During the weekend festival, artisan/art booths will be open in the Roslyn Warehouse. A new component of the Festival is a juried show culminated by a Saturday night wine tasting and award reception in a downtown Roslyn location. During the Art Festival weekend, there will be musicians and Try-It Art stations in downtown Roslyn. The Roslyn Arts Festival (RAF) is a project of RTown Community, a non-profit corporation. Proceeds from fees and commissions will be used to plan and promote future art events in Roslyn.

  • Show Hours: Saturday, Aug. 22, 11am – 6pm & Sunday August 23, 11am – 4 pm
  • Saturday Reception & Wine Tasting: 7 pm to 9:30 pm