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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | June – August 2016

By Allyn Cantor

MICHAEL BROPHY: FOREST AND CLEARING Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Jun 2-Jul 2 In this new exhibition Michael Brophy revisits earlier themes of the forest and clearcuts, which had been a strong focus in his work about 10 years ago. Brophy’s large-scale oil paintings are immersive, faithfully rendering the Northwest in grand scenes that show both old growth trees as well as ominous portrayals of tree stump graveyards. In some of these beautiful articulations of place, modest figures create a powerful sense of scale while recalling the overarching effects of human industry on the environment.

RYAN PIERCE: DUSK IS THE MOUTH OF NIGHT Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Jun 2-Jul 16 This new exhibition is a continuation of Ryan Pierce’s ongoing series Terra Incognita, which looks at the links between natural history, exploration and conquest. His large-scale paintings are alluring in their colour and mystery, depicting an amalgamation of still life objects and unearthly environs that are wrought with symbolism. We don’t know exactly what is happening in these surreal narratives, yet they are undoubtedly dystopian. Many of Pierce’s scenes evoke stories of exploitation, while others depict museum settings destroyed by storms and flooding associated with climate change.

MARC BOONE: PACIFIC PORTALS, ARCANE IMAGE Imogen Gallery, Astoria, Jun 11-Jul 5 Northwest artist Marc Boone keeps his main studio on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula; his paintings mirror the primordial geology of the Columbia Pacific region where the confluence of water, land and sky are in ever-changing grandeur. Distilling his compositions into essential forms rendered as deep earthy impasto textures, Boone’s “portals” act as emotive recollections of moments when a plethora of natural elements inseparably converge. In these somewhat abstract paintings, Boone’s glimpse into tidal ebbs and flows reflect the enigmatic process of observation and creation.

DAVID SELLECK: COUCH PAINTING Blackfish Gallery, Portland, May 31-Jul 2 David Selleck’s imaginary world employs humour and wit to tell stories that are just outside the viewer’s reach. The artist draws from the weirdness of daily life he encounters, seeing his work as an escape valve from “this too serious world.” Filtering the state of contemporary affairs into finely crafted paintings, Selleck devours news, photos, ads and other detritus from our media-saturated culture as a daily standalone practice of creating 30-minute collage drawings. In turn these become the basis for Selleck’s quirky paintings.

RANDALL DAVID TIPTON: NEW LANDSCAPES Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Jul 9-Sep 24 Randall David Tipton paints non-traditional landscapes based on Oregon locations that the artist visits often. Vibrant colour choices point to the transcendental qualities of nature, while painterly gestures are balanced with quiet moments of gentle hues and ethereal space. Tipton works in both oil and watermedia and has been exhibiting his paintings for over three decades. He studied under Richard Diebenkorn in 1985 in the Master class at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Art.

Michael Brophy
Michael Brophy

Ryan Pierce
Ryan Pierce

Marc Boone
Marc Boone

David Selleck
David Selleck

Randall David Tipton
Randall David Tipton

 Thu, Jun 9, 2016