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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | June/July/August 2017

By Allyn Cantor

ANNA FIDLER: ETTES AND ESSES Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, Jun 1-Jul 15 Anna Fidler has created her own visual language with an exotic style that layers painted washes, colored pencil, and pastel into dream-like iterations with seductive linear textures and pointillist detailing. Her otherworldly paintings, some of which are fairly large for works on paper, have a visionary quality. This new exhibition draws on historical female activists and wartime heroines. The title references suffixes, -ette meaning to make something smaller or imitative, and -ess, which denotes the feminine.

CHRISTOS KOUTSOURAS: VENETIAN RED FOR DESPINA Imogen Gallery, Astoria, Aug 12-Sep 5 This August the Imogen Gallery celebrates its five-year anniversary in the vibrant arts community of Astoria – a place where the confluence of the Columbia River and the Pacific Ocean has inspired many individuals. Christos Koutsouras, an internationally recognized artist from the Greek Island of Samos, has been creating moody process-oriented paintings in the town for nearly seven years. For his third solo show at the gallery, he focuses on one of the last remaining net sheds, an iconic building on Astoria’s waterfront that speaks of a bygone era and the lore of the fishing industry.

MICHAEL PAUL MILLER: WILD OLYMPIA Russo Lee Gallery, Portland, Jun 1-Jul 1 In his new exhibition, Michael Paul Miller portrays the pristine environs of Olympic National Park on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula in artwork that explores notions of preservation. In the series of circular paintings, reactionary areas of negative space interrupt the traditional landscape imagery – a compositional device that evokes the dismantling of an idealized or utopian vision of nature. These depictions move away from Miller’s epic paintings of post-apocalyptic scenes, yet beckon a closer look at humanity’s overall treatment of our remaining grand wilderness, pointing to the intertwined notions of survival and hope in the face of decay and destruction.

NATHAN OROSCO: BLUE JAGUAR Blackfish Gallery, Portland, May 30-Jul 1 For his first solo show at Blackfish, Nathan Orosco creates mixed-media sculptures and drawings with imagery loosely inspired by the jaguar, an animal that once inhabited large portions of the Americas, but has reached the brink of extinction in the US due to hunting and habitat loss. Orosco’s reflections on the subject take on the form of “altered state” portraits in concrete, bronze, glass, and other media; his work wholly engages the physical energy of raw materials as an expressive concept.

BEHIND THE BEYOND: PSYCHEDELIC POSTERS AND FASHION IN SAN FRANCISCO, 1966-71 Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Jun 3-Aug 27 This summer, the Hallie Ford is transformed as a remembrance to the late sixties when a counterculture revolution in San Francisco was reflected in the art, music, and fashion of the time. The show includes posters, garments, historic photos, and other ephemera, as well as a variety of lectures, films, and gallery talks taking place throughout the summer. This primary exhibit is complemented by Pop Art and Op Art prints from the 1960s that reveal the influential role of these movements on the development of the psychedelic style.

Anna Fidler
Anna Fidler

Christos Koutsouras
Christos Koutsouras

Michael Paul Miller
Michael Paul Miller

Nathan Orosco
Nathan Orosco

Bob Schnepf
Bob Schnepf

 Mon, May 29, 2017