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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | June – August 2014

By Allyn Cantor

MELVILLE WIRE: THE PROCESS OF INVENTION Michael Parsons Fine Art, Portland Jun 4-29 One of Oregon’s foremost early painters, Melville Wire (1877–1966) worked primarily en plein air and is known for his beautifully coloured impressionist landscapes of the early 20th century. This exhibit includes several of Wire’s oil paintings and more than 20 works on paper. Among the drawings here are working studies with his hand-written comments noting colour, atmosphere and unique scenic attributes, providing insights into Wire’s creative process.

GREGG RENFROW: DREAM WITH YOUR EYES OPEN Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland Jun 5-28 Gregg Renfrow is known for his luminescent paintings that layer polymers and pigment on cast sheets of acrylic to create sublime and subtle works that exemplify the innate physical properties of light and colour. For this new exhibit, he expands from single sheets of acrylic into multi-panel pieces. Renfrow has exhibited nationally and internationally since the 1970s, after receiving his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

KATIE TORN: THE END OF FLUTTER VALLEY Upfor Gallery, Portland Jul 3-Aug 2 New York artist Katie Torn builds virtual realities using 3-D rendering tools originally created to produce animation and special effects in mainstream film and commercials. In her fantastical artworks, Torn combines organic and synthetic elements into a universe of colourful plastic-like objects and surreal figurative forms. Through this technological media, Torn reflects on consumer culture in her playful prints and experimental digital videos that underscore the manipulative consumer system of commodification, desire and waste.

RICHARD C. ELLIOTT: PRIMAL OP Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem May 31-Aug 24 This major retrospective of Washington artist Richard C. Elliott (1945–2008) traces his career from the drawings and performance pieces in the ’70s and ’80s to his signature work using safety reflectors in the ’90s and early 2000s. Elliott gained national attention for his use of reflectors as an artistic medium to create intricate compositions that borrow from Native world cultures and Op Art. During the last year of his life, he created computer-generated prints comprising thousands of geometric forms. This exhibit provides visitors with an unusual opportunity to view Elliott’s reflector paintings with flashlights – heightening the sensory experience of his artwork.

FASHIONING CASCADIA: THE SOCIAL LIFE OF THE GARMENT Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland May 9-Oct 11 Exploring the culture of regional fashion, this exhibit looks at the experience of both designer and wearer. Eight Northwest fashion designers and collectives are highlighted, with spectacular finished garments and ephemera that illustrate behind-the-scenes processes. The crafted process is brought forth in this exhibit as a responsible industry alternative, showing how things can be made with care, sustainable sourcing and production.

Melville Wire
Melville Wire

Gregg Renfrow
Gregg Renfrow

Katie Torn
Katie Torn

Richard C. Elliott
Richard C. Elliott

Liza Rietz
Liza Rietz

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