Andrea Cote and Etsuko Ichikawa

March 7- April 3, 2009
Opening Reception: March 7, 6-8pm

Tarryn Teresa Gallery is pleased to present  Abstracted Remains, a joint exhibit by Andrea Cote and Etsuko Ichikawa exploring the fluidity between an artist’s conception  and  action. Featuring works on paper and installations by both artists, this exhibit celebrates the “theatrical” process of each artist and explores the theme of the work as the “remains” of these processes. Both Cote and Ichikawa regard their works on paper as “drawings”, but their processes are anything but conventional. The viewer’s initial reaction may dwell on the aesthetic similarities between the work, but further examination reveals that each piece is very distinctly a product of the individual artist.  

For Cote, her work incorporates much of her own being- her hair and occasionally, as in her video presentation, her entire form.  With cuttings of her own hair, Cote ceremoniously and methodically paints, prints, and peels the strands away to create an all-over composition. The markings that remain from her improvised movements are inscrutable, yet layered with meaning. 
Ichikawa uses molten glass, or the smoke or hot air which accompanies it, to draw on paper. Her process marries the intuitive movements of her body with her material, but in the finished product only the abstractions resulting from this process remain.  

Each artist will design an installation congruent to their individual process and statement for the gallery space.  Cote’s installation mixes her site-specific drawings with a video of her performance piece “Cut”.  Described as a “moving drawing”, “Cut” documents Cote cutting and printing her hair.  On the gallery walls, the imprints left from the previously cut hair are archived in paint.  In the middle of the space, Ichikawa will drape a large pyrograph from the ceiling to the floor. Arching slowly over 36 feet, the piece flows fluidly and engages the viewer to examine the space vertically as well as horizontally. Through this joint exhibit, Tarryn Teresa Gallery hopes to engage the viewer in a conversation about the origin of the marks they see in front of them and use the answers to inform their interpretation of each piece.

About Andrea Cote
Andrea Cote is a multi-disciplinary artist living in New York. In her work Cote questions the boundaries that have traditionally divided artistic disciplines, taking on multiple roles using her own body as subject, object, and medium. Her work has been exhibited at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Art Center South Florida, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Photo Buenos Aires.

About Etsuko Ichikawa
Etsuko Ichikawa is a Tokyo-born, Seattle-based visual artist who works primarily with glass and paper in various scales, including architectural installations. Her body of works are examples of creating something tangible from abstract concepts, and psychology has been her primary source of inspiration. Her work has been exhibited and included in the public and private collections internationally, including The Ueno Royal Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and Microsoft.