YOU'VE GOT A SMILE LEFT IN YOUR HANDBradley Rubenstein and Ian Toms, Winter 2012
Bradley Rubenstein's drawings exhibit a darkness cloaked in nostalgia. For him, youth is equally a time of great promise and latent potential. References to Kouros sculpture, scientific diagrams and microscopic organisms arise as his drawings straddle these conditions and offer no solution. Liberated from any specific source, ideas are free to self-generate while simultaneously self-reflect. Bradley Rubenstein is an artist and a writer in New York City and has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting and The Pollock-Krasner Award. He has shown at Exit Art, MOCA Detroit, Provincetown Art Museum and Galerie Oliver Schweden, Munich. This is Mr. Rubenstein's first show on the west coast and SEASON is honored to bring his drawings to Seattle.
Ian Toms' sculptures and paintings outwardly reflect a dark and sinister ideal with their flirtation towards the societal fringe. The work goes beyond this single context with a universal value that explores and exploits our mechanisms of denial, most notably around the taboos surrounding death and violence in contemporary society. His work obliquely addresses the nature of tenderness and the unavoidable hesitancy to embrace it. Ian Toms was born in Aurora, Illinois and resides in Seattle Washington. He received his BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle and has been in numerous group shows in Washington. SEASON is honored to show this new body of work.