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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | February/March 2017

By Allyn Cantor

ERIC STOTIK: SET Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, Feb 2-25 Well-known Portland artist Eric Stotik continues to elucidate his unique surreal vision in a world of small-scale artworks with dark, moody undercurrents. Stotik’s meticulous style and unwavering imagination deliver a captivating yet cryptic intensity. The exhibit comprises many intimate works on paper, such as an intriguing set of macabre portraits painted on found Airgas tags (from natural gas deliveries) and a series of provocative renderings on Urdu text blocks, as well as richly toned paintings on wood panel, cotton and book board depicting eccentric subjects of nature and humanity.

ANNE HIRONDELLE: SMALL REVOLUTIONS Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Feb 11-Apr 30 During her long and prolific career, Anne Hirondelle has pushed the boundaries of the ceramic medium from functional pottery and sculptural vessels into lively abstracted and deconstructed forms. The nationally recognized Northwest artist studied at the University of Washington in the 1970s under Robert Sperry, one of the region’s most innovative ceramic sculptors. This exhibit includes work from the past six to eight years, as Hirondelle explores unglazed surfaces and concepts of openness while integrating elements of light and colour into her elegant clay sculptures.

HAP TIVEY: SOMETHING LIGHT Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Feb 2-Mar 11 In this new exhibit, Hap Tivey revisits aspects of his early work, in which he created immersive, room-sized installations using fields of light and subtle perpetual activity. A pioneer of the Southern California Light and Space Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, Tivey displays an interest in light as a viewer-engaged medium. The artist’s knowledge of physics, as well as time spent in Japan studying at a Zen monastery, contribute to the transitory qualities and mythic leanings of his experiential light sculptures.

MAGDA BIERNAT: ADRIFT Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Feb 2-26 Magda Biernat looks at the effects of global warming through images of abandoned hunting lodges in the Arctic alongside the melting ice formations of Antarctica. Her visual interconnection of the North and South Poles is an eloquent survey of these two rapidly changing ecosystems. “Although most of my photographs are devoid of people, I like to think that they express a great deal about the imprint humans leave on their environment.”

JOHANNES GIRARDONI: RESONANCE PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, Feb 1-25 Johannes Girardoni is a Los Angeles-based artist whose reductive investigations focus on intersections of light, materials and human perception. This installation of 12 cast-resin sculptures is first experienced as colourful round art objects hanging on the gallery wall. Utilizing digital media, viewers can further engage with the art through a downloadable app that turns the colour and light of each wall disc into sound. Resonance asks larger questions about our relationship to personal technology and at what point the “art” itself is perceived.

Eric Stotik
Eric Stotik

Anne Hirondelle
Anne Hirondelle

Hap Tivey
Hap Tivey

Magda Biernat: AdriftMagda Biernat
Magda Biernat: Adrift

Johannes Girardoni: Resonance
Johannes Girardoni: Resonance

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