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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | November – January 2015/16

By Allyn Cantor

MARK R. SMITH: THE SILK ROAD NEW PAINTINGS Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Nov 5-Jan 2 In this exhibition, Mark Smith examines the historic trade route, The Silk Road, and the illicit online website that bears the same name. His labour-intensive pieces include repurposed textiles and appropriated images taken from screen shots of the darknet marketplace. Like Smith’s other works, patterning continues as his conceptual framework. Here, geometrically designed fabric compositions create a continuous visual circuit similar to the look of a computer motherboard.

LUCINDA PARKER: YOU LOOK AT THE PAINTING TO SEE THE MOUNTAIN, AND YOU LOOK AT THE MOUNTAIN TO SEE THE PAINTING Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, Nov 5-28 Northwest veteran Lucinda Parker continues to base her dynamic abstractions on natural forms. This exhibit draws on the many facets of Mt. Hood, an iconic viewpoint on Portland’s eastern horizon. Volumetric shape and texture, physical attributes of painting, remain central in Parker’s canvases where the subject matter meets her signature palette of warm, earthy tones. Parker’s bold gestural images engage both geometry and landscape. Through this abstract vocabulary, she reflects on the powerful geological structure through paintings that are both formal and also sentimental.

JEFFREY CONLEY: CLOSE TO HOME Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, Oct 21-Nov 28 Jeffrey Conley creates a balanced simplicity through his photographs of landscape subjects. The Corvallis, Oregon-based artist has created meticulous platinum palladium prints that are subtle yet moving, and also give reverence to the natural world. Conley combines pristine wilderness shots and notions of still life with an eye for abstraction in these quietly captivating scenes that pay homage to the craft of traditional photography. The elegant black-and-white images hold a warm integrity, and exude a luminous and meditative spirit.

ROBERT R. DOZONO: GARBAGE PAINTINGS AND OTHER WORKS Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Nov 3-28 Dedicated to conservation, Robert Dozono uses consumer waste as his medium of expression for the environmentally themed paintings in this exhibit. Employing trash and other found objects to create surfaces in relief, these asymmetrical-shaped canvases with dense textures expose human excess while also giving a nod to cycles of growth and decay. In particular, Dozono reflects on the loss of a giant oak that resided on his property near his home where he’s lived for over 35 years. A series of lyrical drawings depicts the familiar 156-year old felled tree with sensitivity.

CHRISTOPHER MATHIE: NEW COASTAL PAINTINGS White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Nov 7-Jan 5 Washington-state painter Christopher Mathie has developed a personal language of high-energy painting that oscillates between pure abstraction and images of coastal landscapes from the Pacific Northwest. The artist’s emotional canvases use a vibrant palette, complicated colouration and bold confident brushwork, that give his intriguing renderings a spirited warmth. In this exhibition of seascapes, the artist distills his subjects to their most essential lines and organic forms, building layers of pure colour, texture and movement into highly activated surfaces.

Mark R. Smith
Mark R. Smith

Lucinda Parker
Lucinda Parker

Jeffrey Conley
Jeffrey Conley

Robert R. Dozono
Robert R. Dozono

Christopher Mathie
Christopher Mathie

 Sun, Nov 8, 2015