Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Living in Style


"Have noting in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." - William Morris 

This is our Living in Style booth in participation with the Bellevue Collection. We view many things as art, including our collection of vintage paintbrushes as well as our custom vintage motorcycles. Artwork on view by Cheryl Ekstrom, JD Hansen, Stallman, Erik Hall, Jeff Peters, Daniel Ochoa and neon by Dylan Neuwirth.  Contact the gallery for more information.  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Studio Location

The Studio is a multi-use facility for Hall Spassov Gallery. The 2500sqft space is home to a full wood shop, painting studio, custom vintage motorcycles and over three hundred works of art from as far away as Barcelona and as close as Seattle. The space is located three blocks South of the gallery in Old Bellevue and is open to the public by appointment. 

Featured Artist

September 2015 Exhibition:  STALLMAN 
'Rhythm of The Heart' Stallman 

By Claire Hanser 

Artist duo Jason Hallman and Stephen Stum have gained recent notoriety for their distinctive canvas-on-edge sculptures, and they continue to find ways to innovate within this unique medium. In their most recent body of work, color takes the spotlight; however, in a bold new move, these pieces (including Rhythm of the Heart) bring fiery sensibilities to the foreground. Charcoal, embers, molten metals and smoke come to mind when we consider this abstracted sculptural cardiogram. Never predictable, always changing, its rises, falls, and twists invoke both the medical and the emotional “rhythm” of the heart.

The story of each Stallman piece is as crucial to its appreciation as its design; the two artists (partners in business and in life) work on each tableau together. Filling it in from the sides toward the center, they unify their intentions by meeting in the middle. Their work is, at its core, about collaboration and partnership—between colors, between people, between humans and nature—and their innovative technique renders each piece a collaboration of mind as well as body. Each Stallman work is a tandem journey across the panel, where the viewer’s eye becomes a third collaborator, following the evocative sojourn of canvas ribbon from right to left and back again.

In Rhythm of the Heart, Stallman employs an organic/industrial conflation. In this undulating composition we could as easily see a river lit at midnight by a harvest moon, a vein of shimmering gold in the depths of a coal mine, or the time-lapsed vista of a darkened highway. The palette certainly brings fire and metal to mind, but may hearken also to flesh and charcoal, to the hard-worn surface of a tarnished vessel, the dirt of eons rubbed away to reveal the gilding underneath. In Rhythm of the Heart, we find the shimmer of audacious beauty in the tangles of a dark grey vortex; a hopeful gleam that tantalizes us from deep in the shadows.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

You Might Live, You Most Certainly Will Die.

We maintain that a successful piece of art conveys the message it was meant to convey and that a successful artist is, indeed, trying to say something with their art.  That is to say that if one creates a piece of art that was meant to convey fear and that fear is never felt by the viewer then that art is not successful.  Of course it is more complicated than that.  It relies heavily on the viewer’s personal experience, education and open-mindedness.  

Does it need to have broad appeal or reach just one person?  Are its meanings varied?  Deduction of these questions leads me to believe, and I whole-heartedly do, that an artwork is successful if it cannot be ignored.  It does not have to be loved or believed.  It may be hated or even feared.  The inability to disregard the art becomes the measure of the art’s success.  It’s even better when it calls into question the very personal choices we make for our own lives.  It is in this place that we have found the success of Dylan Neuwirth’s work titled You Might Live, You Most Certainly Will Die.

The gallery in Seattle did not have ideal windows to display traditional paintings.  We tasked ourselves with finding artwork that would come to define our Seattle gallery and us.  It would make relic of the traditional sign and speak to our personal beliefs.   After meeting with Neuwirth it became clear to us that he was the right artist to produce such a piece. You Might Live, You Most Certainly Will Die, is a reminder that focusing intently on personal choices, pursuing passions and embracing risk are necessary in ones comfort with the inevitable and as such represents our gallery and our purpose perfectly.

The neon sculpture hovers permanently in our window in Seattle.  The piece was mounted on a custom lathe and plaster backing that the artist and gallery collaborated on.

The lathe plaster boards and mounts.

Interior view.  Neon sculpture by Dylan Neuwirth, "Imagine a Relaxing Email" 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Thank you Seattle Magazine!

Bellevue Art Gallery Opening Second Location, in Pioneer Square

A Bellevue-based gallery dares to cross the great divide
Brangien Davis  |   July 2014   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION

Amy Spassov and Erik Hall in their Bellevue space. They’ll open a second gallery in Pioneer Square this month

While we applaud the sudden wealth of delectable restaurants opening willy-nilly in Pioneer Square, it’s refreshing to learn that there are also some non-food-focused efforts entering the mix. Exhibit A: Hall Spassov Gallery (319 Third Ave. S; a contemporary gallery that has operated in Bellevue since 2006. In July, the gallery opens a second location in the building formerly occupied by Grover/Thurston Gallery. Bellevue-based husband and wife Erik Hall and Amy Spassov, both artists themselves, represent approximately 30 emerging and established artists, including local painters Francesca Sundsten and Alicia Tormey. The gallery will debut in the neighborhood with User Profile (7/3–7/31), a group exhibition that reveals the gallery’s aesthetic, which Hall describes as straddling the line between visually pleasing and “challenging.” The duo is excited about being in the midst of so many other galleries (the Bellevue space is in the heart of the shopping district) and the loyal First Thursday crowds. “Seattle has a built-in curiosity about art that will drive our foot traffic,” Hall says. But what about the new commute? “People act as if the bridges are the Great Wall of China,” he jokes. “I guess we are going to find out what nomadic invaders of the Ming Dynasty were up against.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Seattle Location

Behind the scene shots at our second location in Seattle's Pioneer Square. On June 1st we took over the space formerly occupied by Grover Thurston Gallery, located at the corner of 3rd Avenue South and South Jackson Street. Since then, we've been working hard at making some changes; putting our stamp on it so to speak.  If you are familiar with the space you'll recognize the updates that have been made and we're very excited to show you. Come for a visit on July 3rd for our grand opening during the First Thursday Art Walk. We'll introduce you to our new digs, as well as our talented roster of artists during our first group exhibition in Seattle titled, User Profile. 

Day one. 
We shook hands with Richard Thurston and Susan Grover who ran one of Seattle's most respected galleries for over two decades, received our keys and the space officially became ours that day.

Day 3, demo. We took out the desk, amongst a few other things.

Day 5, building new walls

The essentials 

Framework built for the new rotating wall 

Rotating wall installed

Day 14 and counting...