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By Allyn Cantor

ISAAC LAYMAN: FUNERAL Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Aug 1-Sep 21 Seattle artist Isaac Layman portrays seemingly mundane domestic objects in minimalist photographic compositions that are compelling in their detail. He obtains his large-scale works by digitally compiling several photographs of the same image many times. The results have a stunning sense of heightened reality while pointing to an emptiness inherent in domesticity. These immaculately stoic images consider loss and transition in order to negotiate the cycles of existence and acceptance.

ERIC STOTIK Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Sep 5-28 For the past two years, Eric Stotik has been creating an ambitious 45-foot painting consisting of 11 panels. This impeccable work, by an artist known for his smaller-scale representations of mysterious human and animal subjects in dreamlike settings, acts as a continuum where time seems to be obscured. With a Bosch-like sense of surrealism, Stotik’s compelling narration makes one ponder the darker side of reality, inner mindscapes, and the relation of those things to the natural world.

JACOB PANDER and MARNE LUCAS: INCIDENT ENERGY Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, Sep 20-Oct 13  This collaborative effort between Jacob Pander and Marne Lucas uses thermal-based imaging in a multi-channel video installation to capture the essence of human moments within culture and nature. The black-and-white footage reveals brightly lit forms created by the heat of bodies and surrounding objects, while rich blacks are the cold, void spaces. The effect is luminous and captivating, evoking a perception of self that is akin to the ancient energy of stars. During the opening reception, a live performance by choreographer Jim McGinn will be silhouetted against the image projections.

JACOB LAWRENCE: AESOP’S FABLES Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Aug 3-Oct 27 Jacob Lawrence, widely regarded as one of the most important African-American artists of the 20th century, created this group of 23 original drawings for Simon & Schuster in the late 1960s. The collection depicts morality tales from the late 7th and early 6th century BCE by Greek storyteller Aesop. Lawrence’s signature style of bold figuration is pared down to black-and-white narratives of animals, insects and birds meant to teach lessons. The elegant illustrations are accompanied by the stories they represent.

FERNANDA D’AGOSTINO: THE METHOD OF LOCI The Art Gym at Marylhurst, Oct 7-Dec 8 During her 30-year career, Fernanda D’Agostino has completed many installations and large-scale public art projects that incorporate personal, societal and environmental concerns. For this exhibit, she has redesigned the Art Gym into dramatic spaces that elicit inner memory. Drawing from current and past work, this show acts as an unconventional retrospective: the method of loci is an ancient system of remembering points along an imaging journey. D’Agostino’s use of digital and interactive media in combination with sculptural ideas always yields a highly resonant experience.

Isaac Layman
Isaac Layman

Erik Stotik
Erik Stotik

Jacob Pander/Marne Lucas
Jacob Pander/Marne Lucas

Jacob Lawrence
Jacob Lawrence

Fernanda D’Agostino
Fernanda D’Agostino

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