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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | June – August, 2012

By Allyn Cantor

DOROTHEE DEISS: AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Jun 7-Jul 1 German photographer Dorothee Deiss documents the site where the Berlin wall once stood in her series As If Nothing Happened. The 160-km strip of land is now mainly a bike path, but the clusters of residences and communities alongside have long existed. With little trace of where the wall once was, Deiss captures the people and environment in the immediate vicinity of the former border zone where common cultures were divided and separated into socialist and capitalist worlds.

STEPHAN SOIHL: KINETIC EXPLORATIONS Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Jun 5-30 Stephan Soihl’s elegant mechanical sculptures are made primarily of translucent plexiglass forms filled with coloured oils and complementary brass hardware; small motors and timers enable these kinetic pieces to rotate thereby gently moving the contained liquid. As a sculptor, Soihl leans towards refined formal considerations of balance between form, colour and material, yet the dimension of time gives distinction to these unusual pieces. For this exhibit Soihl invited guest artists Kaite Chase and Howard Neufeld to each exhibit one sculpture.

JUDITH POXSON FAWKES: NEW TAPESTRIES Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Jun 7-30 The intricately designed tapestries of Judith Poxson Fawkes are dynamic in their sense of movement and rhythmic colour. Poxson Fawkes creates her pieces in linen using inlay and double-weave techniques. The elegantly crafted artworks are beautifully meditative in their structure with surfaces that exude a warm textured depth resulting directly from vibrant interactions of weft and warp threads. The accomplished artist has been exhibiting her tapestries since the 1960s and is represented nationally in many prominent collections.

HEIDI SCHWEGLER: THE KNOWN WORLD Chambers@916, Portland, May 3-Jun 22 Portland artist Heidi Schwegler creates complex personal narratives within multidisciplinary artworks. Over the past two years she has been a tourist in places like China, Iceland, Argentina and Southern California where a disconnect from the familiar presented the notion of perceptual blindness. The Known World is a suite of objects, images and video conceptualizing this theme and Schwegler’s subsequent method of identifying with objects or situations in an unfamiliar environment. The body of work alludes to that which is known but not seen.

REX AMOS: SCISSOR CUTS Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Jun 16-Aug 12 A skilled cutter, Rex Amos uses precision scissors to meticulously cut materials for his tightly-contrived collages. Combinations of clippings from vintage magazines, old posters and random ephemera become quirky satires and exotic images with a bold spirit. This exhibit includes pieces from the last 30 years by this Oregon artist who has been exhibiting regionally since the 1960s. Amos also uses chine-collé techniques; the distinctive pieces are run through a press to unify the disparate collage elements.

Dorothy Deiss
Dorothy Deiss

Stephan Soihl
Stephan Soihl

Judith Poxson Fawkes
Judith Poxson Fawkes

Heidi Schwegler
Heidi Schwegler

Rex Amos
Rex Amos

 Mon, Jun 4, 2012