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"Artist Jason Stauffer Curates Three-Man Show Exhibiting a Northwest Sense of Adventure"
2008-08-07 until 2008-08-30
La Familia Gallery
Seattle, WA, USA United States of America

Rogue artist Jason Stauffer was the recipient of a 2008 PONCHO artistic merit award with work from his first Seattle exhibition at La Familia Gallery. This August, Stauffer will present his first curated show exhibiting the work of three artists related by careers executing commercial art work. The yet untitled show: What these artists-by-day do at night in their personal studios. Each developing his concept for a minimum of 8 years, these artists are ready to end their hiatus from the exhibiting world. The show opens August 7, 2008 and runs until August 30, 2008.

In February 2008, Jason Stauffer solidified his reputation presenting his second public exhibition in Seattle at La Familia Gallery. Titled "Purpose," his show humorously examined social assumptions and expectations of how objects and people are anticipated to function. His bold and agressive work caught the attention of the city, and his play on the audience physche caused enough intrigue for La Familia Gallery Director Lanae Rivers-Woods to try something new. Thus, she passes the keys to the gallery over to Stauffer to see what kind of show he can put together.

With a history of working for companies producing commercial art, Stauffer has deep-rooted connections to some of Seattle's most creative minds. Working daily to output art, these men arrive home at night to toil in their free time--to be set free of the confines of the commercial world. Andhi Spath, Michael DuDash, and Robert McDonald will all three exhibit in Stauffer's yet untitled show.

His expectations are high, and Stauffer has no doubt that these men are putting together a show that will "blow Seattle's minds." He says, "These artists are working to maintain their sanity--they're going to show Seattle art that's never been seen."

Building these relationships for over 20 years, there is no doubt Stuaffer has a handle on the work of his peers.

By day, Andhi Spath illustrates realistic area types, and developing his method for ten years, he (by night) "thumbs his nose" at his dayjob while fracturing images in a way he describes as surrealistic.

Michael DuDash is ready for a come-back show. Working with black and white airbrush, his "electro-micorscopic" perspective reveals bioengineered animals yeilding camera lenses and microphones as he plays with the ideas of paranoia and Big Brother watching us. His take is tongue-in-cheek while causing his viewers to question the possibilities of technology and government inquiries. Alongside these two-dimensional works, DuDash presents three sculptures exploring politics.

Robert McDonald is working to make abstract sculptures. He has developed his method for eight years, and now feels completely expressive creating steel and sometimes wood frames that are covered with hand-sewn synthetic material, painted, and internally illuminated. His motivation is experimentation in his personal style.

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