Kent’s Centennial Center Gallery features two artists

Art on display through Feb. 26

  • Thursday, January 18, 2018 2:19pm
  • Life
Art by Terrell Lozada, Monogramme, a tin-glazed terracotta (faience). COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

Art by Terrell Lozada, Monogramme, a tin-glazed terracotta (faience). COURTESY PHOTO, City of Kent

The city of Kent Arts Commission’s Centennial Center Gallery, 400 W. Gowe St., hosts the work of artists Juan Alonso-Rodríguez and Terrell Lozada through Feb. 26.

The show is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Alonso-Rodríguez is an award-winning, self-taught artist who creates both studio and public art. He serves on the Seattle Arts Commission.

Of his work, Juan says, “Over the years as my images and subjects have changed along with mediums and techniques, I have found that more than anything, humanity is the driving force in my work. The fact that I was born in Cuba, the quick loss of innocence I experienced as a young person in a foreign place, learning a new language, and growing up without my immediate family will always affect my work.

“The politics that have made me an outsider intrigue me since they are almost always present, yet out of my control. The human condition, our fragile existence on this planet, the way we relate, love, isolate, and unnecessarily damage ourselves and the world we live in are fascinating topics. I am influenced by balance, perceived symmetry, architecture, growth and decay, weathered beauty, and the tug-of-war between the natural and the man-made landscape.”

Lozada’s love of language and fascination with words and fonts started early. Her first collaboration with another artist, in the second grade, was an alphabet design based on squares and triangles. The font was immediately popular, widely copied and resulted in a trip to the principal’s office.

In her studio practice, she alternates between sculpture and painting. Her relatively recent exploration of ceramics allows her to combine color and form. She lived in Italy when young and grew up with tin-glazed terracotta, a technically challenging medium. The white base glaze is akin to painting on a layer of dried talcum powder, and the metal oxides used to paint the images are a different color in their raw form than when fired.

Her aesthetic fulcrum is the late 18th century and she’s obsessed with French architecture and interiors of that period. In the 18th century, tin-glazed dishes were often hung on walls. This series is intended to be wall mounted; the plate hangers are hand hammered copper.

Centennial Gallery shows are produced by the City of Kent Arts Commission. For more information, visit kentwa.gov/arts/gallery/.

More in Life

‘Talk to Me’ draws from real life

The view from above was stunning. The cliché says that people look… Continue reading

Kent schools to receive donated musical instruments

Part of Music4Life program; booster club formed

Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission exhibition

Tickets on sale for Museum of Flight’s major exhibition that celebrates the first lunar landing 50 years ago

You’ll want to hang tight when reading ‘The New Iberia Blues’

Your hand is deep in a bucket of crunchy goodness. Without popcorn,… Continue reading

Youth Movement

Chamber Concert with Auburn Symphony Musicians set for Jan. 20

Woman’s large nativity scene collection on display

Margaret Luke, Auburn resident and a member of First Christian Church of… Continue reading

You don’t have to like it, but you will

You don’t have to like it. That’s the way it is with… Continue reading

Our Very Own Nutcracker On Ice

Kent Valley Figure Skating Club performs holiday program Jan. 5

The Apollo 11 Descent Module and astronaut foot trails are visible in the center of this LRO photo. NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
New photo exhibit exposes alien tracks on the moon

Opening Dec. 20, Lunar Focus offers recent images of Apollo landing sites from the observations of NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Prepare to dive into the inner workings of a library

The possibilities seem endless. Row upon row of books awaits you, each… Continue reading

Hillsong United coming to Kent’s ShoWare Center May 30

Christian worship band from Australia