PRESENT / TENSE
Current Paintings Sculptures and Drawings
by Malayka Gormally & Tom Gormally
November 6 – December 21
Spaceworks Gallery is honored to bring this feature exhibit to Tacoma, and we invite you to join us for the opening reception or during regular gallery hours.
Malayka Gormally was born to immigrant and Jewish parents in the SF Bay area and raised during the civil rights movement. In her paintings, Malayka explores emotional strength, connection, and conflict between people of disparate races, generations, and political beliefs. The subjects of her artwork stem from personal observation of activists across the spectrum as well as hate-groups. She is also exhibiting portraits of immigrant women, funded by an Art Projects Grant from 4Culture of King County.
Tom Gormally grew up in a large family in the Midwest as the son of a WWII veteran. He served as a jet mechanic in the Navy during the Vietnam War while disagreeing with the war and protesting against it. Tom creates sculptures which play with scale and incorporate wood craftsmanship, found objects, diverse materials, and LED lighting. In this exhibition, he critiques the current political and social zeitgeist with symbolic references to the founding of the United States and the principles that our country was founded on.
Tom has exhibited internationally for 40 years, including the Katonah Museum of Art (NY), Des Moines Art Center (IA), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (MO), among others. He created site-specific sculptures in Seattle and Belfast, Northern Ireland, for the Horsehead International Outdoor Sculpture Exhibitions. Press coverage includes reviews in Sculpture Magazine and The New Art Examiner as well as BBC TV and BBC radio interviews. He is a past recipient of an NEA award for sculpture and was awarded a 2015 Artist Trust Fellowship. Tom is a disabled Vietnam-era veteran. His website is TomGormallySculpture.com
Malayka Gormally’s paintings are in over one hundred collections nationwide, including the collections of Safeco Insurance, the City of Kent, and the City of Seattle Portable Works Collection. Her portrait clients have included individuals who have been board members at the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Gallery, and the Palm Springs Art Museum. She has exhibited locally and regionally in multiple exhibitions. She completed the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program in 2015 and was awarded a 2017 Art Projects Grant by 4Culture to create portraits of immigrant and refugee women in King County. Her website is MalaykaGormally.com.
A set of Malayka Gormally’s paintings in this exhibit
are made possible by an Arts Projects grant from 4Culture
The Spaceworks Gallery provides a space for contemporary artists and curators working in the Pacific Northwest to host feature exhibitions. Activating a longstanding vacant space, the gallery is operated by Spaceworks Tacoma. Always free and open to the public, the space also holds an information desk for people to learn more about Spaceworks Tacoma’s programs, opportunities, and events.