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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | June – August 2015

By Allyn Cantor

MEL KATZ: ON AND OFF THE WALL Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Jun 6-Aug 23 One of Portland’s most noteworthy and influential artists, Mel Katz is best known for large-scale sculptures of vibrant geometric forms with clean, abstracted contours. An art educator at Portland State for 32 years, Katz was initially trained as a painter, and has worked with a variety of materials in both two and three dimensions during a career lasting 50-plus years. This retrospective chronicles Katz’s Modernist style of polished forms and playful, curvilinear shapes, a signature element that runs through his artistic oeuvre.

ARVIE SMITH: TIGHT ROPE Mark Woolley Gallery, Portland, May 16-Jul 12 Throughout his long, distinguished career, Arvie Smith has explored such poignant matters as racial stereotypes, oppression and atrocity with an approach that challenges perception and raises awareness. Smith’s vivid, energetic paintings unravel these difficult societal subjects through storytelling, satire and humour, which make his powerful work accessible. The 30 new paintings in this exhibit continue a dialogue about injustice, with witty, colourful renderings of exuberant characters that are both lyrical and critical

AI WEIWEI: CIRCLE OF ANIMALS/ZODIAC HEADS: GOLD Portland Art Museum, Portland, May 23-Sep 13 Ai Weiwei, the renowned contemporary Chinese artist and activist, has addressed a range of social and political topics in his multidisciplinary artworks. This series of gilt bronze sculptures represents animal symbols from the traditional Chinese zodiac, inspired by the 12 heads originally located at Yuánmíngyuán (the Old Summer Palace, or Gardens of Perfect Brightness), an Imperial retreat built outside Beijing in the 18th and 19th centuries that was destroyed and looted by Anglo-French troops in 1860. This series engages Ai’s ongoing themes of cultural heritage, reparation and authenticity

GORDON PARKS: SEGREGATION STORY Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Jun 3-28 In September 1956, Life magazine published a series of 26 colour photographs by Gordon Parks. The photo essay, “The Restraints: Open and Hidden,” documented everyday life for an African-American family, the Thorntons, who lived near Mobile, Alabama, under Jim Crow segregation. The majority of the photos from this assignment were thought to be lost, but 70 colour transparencies from the project were rediscovered in 2011. This exhibit shows limited-edition reprints of 12 of these rarely seen colour images, which are on loan from the Gordon Parks Foundation

ROLL HARDY Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Jun 4-27 Roll Hardy’s paintings are inspired by neglected man-made places such as old industrial sites, abandoned factories and the worn surfaces and broken shapes found in such environments. In his newest pieces, more impressionistic choices are evident in the detail he captures in his dark, moody subjects, with figurative elements introduced into the complex compositions. By bringing human characteristics into otherwise abysmal scenes of decay and destruction, Hardy’s new works suggest a conflicted sense of hope.

Myra Albert Wiggins
Mel Katz

Nancy Lorenz
Arvie Smith

Dean Hanson
Ai Weiwei

Colleen Plumb
Gordon Parks

Roll Hardy
Roll Hardy

 Mon, Jun 8, 2015