“PROGRAPHICA” makes its mark at BC Gallery

Prographia. Sirous SeifalianBellevue College has always been a good place to showcase art from its alumni but also from the community surrounding the school. “PROGRAPHICA” is an art gallery in Seattle that specializes in contemporary drawings, photography and other works on paper. One of their main objectives seems to be “what can we do on paper and how can we manipulate it?” Their unique art – ranging from traditional realism to abstract – is definitely one to check out. And BC has the privilege of hosting a little snippit of some of their finest work, by some of their finest artists. With one such artist as our very own Dale Lindman: full time instructor who teaches drawing, design and painting here at BC.

Last Wednesday, the Gallery Space in D-271 shared its latest exhibit in their opening reception (complete with free pastries). With media ranging a wide variety of mediums – graphite, paint, ink, digital print, cibachrome, charcoal and more – and even a mix of mediums, each piece definitely brought its own flare. There were many overlapping themes in the exhibit that it was difficult to pinpoint one particular theme – urban landscaping, body language, simplicity and fill-in-the-blank type of pieces. And though there was an overlap of a grayscale and metallic feel overall, the pieces were definitely something different and new.

From now through Feb. 6, the gallery space will continue to host its dynamic pieces from PROGRAPHICA. Such pieces include a giant ink drawing of a baby that looks realistic enough to be a photograph, and a digitally-rendered landscape of a checkered room with a floating cube in the center. The Gallery Space is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Sunday from by appointment. It’s art that you just have to see for yourself; interpretations that only you can make for yourself.

And for anyone who wants more, there’s much more. PROGRAPHICA has their own website “Prographica Fine Works on Paper” (prographicadrawings.com), which includes all the artists as well as their biographies, news about upcoming exhibits and directions to the gallery that sits about a mile and a half away from Capitol Hill. It even includes news of other exhibitions by the associated artists. They’ve even got their own Facebook page. Norman Lundin – PROGRAPHICA’s gallery director – is also Professor of Art Emeritus at the University of Washington; his work included in collections in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC.