Capitol Contemporary Gallery February Exhibition

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  • Thu, Feb 6, 2020 - Sat, Feb 29, 2020


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Capitol Contemporary Gallery invites you to a reception for February’s new show of artwork featuring
John Taye and Karen Bubb. The opening reception will be on First Thursday, February 6th, from 5-9 pm
featuring wine from Vizcaya Winery. The show is free and open to the public and will run through
February 29th.

John Taye
John Taye received a BFA from the University of Utah, and an MFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.
He has lived in Boise since 1975, when he began teaching art at Boise State University. He retired in
2008, and keeps busy in his large backyard studio. Taye has exhibited in many juried, invitational and
one-man shows throughout the country. His work has been featured in a number of national
publications, including Sculpture Review, American Artist, and Fine Woodworking. Taye enjoys still life,
landscape and figure painting, as well as sculpture in wood and bronze. He says that “going back and
forth between 2-D and 3-D keeps my creative life interesting and challenging.”
Regarding his paintings, Taye says, “I enjoy the wide-open spaces, farm fields and country roads of
rural Idaho—the less glamorous parts of the state which have a subtle kind of beauty. I look for
compositions that are a little off-beat, like the ones in this show. I paint small plein-aire studies in the fall,
and work indoors the rest of the year.
“I’ve had a love affair with still life painting since my student days. Everything you can ask for visually
can be found in a good still life painting. Recently, I’ve begun experimenting with dramatically
changing the scale of simple objects. To me, they almost take on a sculptural presence when seen this
“Making things out of wood has been a part of my life since my boyhood. I enjoy the hands-on, tactile
feel of wood, and the use of hand tools to shape it. I like the challenge of translating soft drapery,
natural and man-made forms into a different material. Left in its natural color, light and shadow can
play over the wood and emphasize the three-dimensionality of the forms. At other times, painting the
sculpture seems more appropriate to achieve the effect I want.”

Karen Bubb
Artist Statement: Memory—losing memory, gaining memories, and the changing nature of memory—is
an underlying theme of this recent body of work. The materials are primarily encaustic (hot, pigmented
wax), with some collage, pen and ink, and gouache mixed in. The works are inspired by readings with
a spiritual channeler, hypnotic past-life regressions, ancestry research, and material experimentation. It
is my hope that the artwork evokes in viewers their own deep connections to themselves and their
history, and what it means to be human in this world.
Bio: Bubb is a visual artist who works primarily in encaustic painting (hot wax), is represented by Capital
Contemporary Gallery and is a member of Boise Open Studio Collective Organization (BOSCO). Bubb
is the City of Boise's Cultural Planner in the Department of Arts & History. Prior to the role as Cultural
Planner, she was the Public Arts Manager, developing and running the program for 19 years. She is cofounder and board member of Surel’s Place, an artist-in-residence program in Garden City, Idaho, a
board member and director of the Alexa Rose Foundation (which provides grants to individual artists to
pursue their creative practice), and a board member of the Mitchell Family Foundation (which gives
grants to non-profit arts, environmental, and social service organizations). Bubb earned her MPA and a
Graduate Certificate in Community and Regional Planning from Boise State University in 2008, and a
BFA from University of Oregon in 1990. She is currently a PhD student in BSU's Public Administration and
Policy program, with a focus on cultural studies. She teaches Design Thinking and Creativity for BSU's
honors college and Executive MBA program. In 2012 she was honored with the Idaho Governor’s Arts
Award for Excellence in Arts Administration.