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
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
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