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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | April/May 2017

By Allyn Cantor

AMJAD FAUR: A SCYTHE ACROSS THE NIGHT SKY PXD Contemporary Art, Portland, Apr 4-29 Amjad Faur’s mysterious compositions result from carefully staging large format photography to create elaborate studio constructions of imagery. Working with 8x10 film in the age of digital manipulation and snapshot aesthetics, Faur’s dye-sublimation prints on aluminum are otherworldly in their ambiguity, proposing a narrative that is ultimately subjective. Combining art historical references and sculptural images with satellite photographs that capture the immensity of outer space, Faur suggests a bridge across time.

MERRIDAWN DUCKLER AND GEORDIE DUCKLER | ROBOYAT: OMAR KHAYYAM’S “RUBAIYAT” REIMAGINED Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Apr 4-29 Informed by the famous 11th century poem “The Rubaiyat,” Merridawn and Geordie Duckler, brother and sister collaborators, are concerned with what lasts beyond the ephemeral daily image and current manias of our time and the lineages that keep poetry and visual art alive. The Ducklers bring humour into the installation, which includes a collection of 500 robots, while text, drawings, books and other objects reflect on language, memory and the strands that unite us as humans.

DAN GLUIBIZZI: FRIENDS AND STRANGERS Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, Apr 4-29 This mainstay gallery is curating a new year-long program utilizing the former office space of gallery founder Laura Russo to host unrepresented artists in the region, reflecting a broader scope of today’s vibrant art world. This first incarnation of the monthly exhibition series presents watercolours by Dan Gluibizzi, a nationally recognized artist who has illustrated for the The New York Times. The subjects for Gluibizzi’s soft-toned watercolours are culled from amateur Internet selfies.

GEORGIA GERBER Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Cannon Beach, May 5- Jul 31 Georgia Gerber is known for her life-size bronze sculptures in public locations throughout the Northwest, like Pike Place Market in Seattle and Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. Her distinctive style embodies a reverence for the beauty and grace of the natural world in both animal and human subjects. Gerber sculpts all her work in clay before casting it in bronze; her pieces are created at her own foundry – the first woman-owned and operated foundry in America that she started in 1983 after graduating from the University of Washington.

BUILD: SCULPTURAL CERAMICS Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Mar 16-Apr 29 Curated by Bruce Guenther, BUILD presents the work of contemporary artists that embrace the legacy of Peter Voulkos, the innovative sculptor and teacher who radically redefined traditional ceramics in the late 1950s. Using clay as a medium for spontaneity and expressionism, his work elevated ceramics out of the realm of decorative arts, instigating the Craft-to-Art movement. The exhibit highlights artists who have continued to work in this vein, pushing the limits of materiality to explore the visceral and experimental qualities of the clay medium.

Amjad Faur
Amjad Faur

Merridawn & Geordie Duckler
Merridawn & Geordie Duckler

Dan Gluibizzi
Dan Gluibizzi

Georgia Gerber
Georgia Gerber

Matt Wedel
Matt Wedel

 Tue, Apr 4, 2017