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Eric Stotik, Untitled

Eric Stotik, Untitled (2013), acrylic on paper [Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR, Sep 8-Dec 13]

Eric Stotik: Fugue

Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College
Portland OR – Sep 8-Dec 13, 2015

Eric Stotik, Untitled

Eric Stotik, Untitled (2013), acrylic on paper [Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR, Sep 8-Dec 13]

Eric Stotik, Untitled

Eric Stotik, Untitled (2007), acrylic on Daniel Smith watercolour postcards [Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR, Sep 8-Dec 13]

Eric Stotik, Untitled

Eric Stotik, Untitled (2013), acrylic on paper [Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR, Sep 8-Dec 13]

Eric Stotik, Untitled

Eric Stotik, Untitled (2013), acrylic on paper [Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College, Portland OR, Sep 8-Dec 13]

Eric Stotik is a rare artist, as equally adept at exhibiting in small, intimate formats as he is in large ones. And when we say “large,” that is no exaggeration. In Fugue at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art, Lewis & Clark College, one of the show stealers is a long, continuous painting that Stotik created over two years’ time and measures 5’ tall by 45’ long. As in much of his work, this large canvas features a mysteriously Surrealist narrative that contrasts nature with man-made constructs, light with dark, and the known with the unknown. In one section, a half-nude woman who is clearly from another time and place looks toward the viewer and away from a masked creature. Further along in the same piece, a modern home crests on what seems like a red dust storm while horsemen look on. Like most of Stotik’s work, these intensely coloured compositions are layered, rambling, epic yet anti-heroic.

Fugue comprises more than this one grand painting, however. The Hoffman Gallery includes two large rooms, which are fully packed with many great examples of Stotik's ingenious imagination and skill. The exhibition is a survey of over 20 years of Stotik’s work, and includes new and old, large and small pieces. The artist describes his work perfectly well when he calls it “insight with a gasp.”

Eva Lake


 Sun, Nov 8, 2015