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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | Nov/Dec/Jan 2016-17

By Allyn Cantor

BRAD KAHLHAMER: NOMADIC STUDIO Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Portland, Oct 27-Dec 15 Featuring the sketchbooks of Brad Kahlhamer, a celebrated Native American artist who lives and works in New York City, this exhibition includes 50 volumes that exemplify the breadth of his pictorial and material experiments. The artist refers to the sketchbook as a “nomadic studio” where fluid encounters of people, myth, culture and diverse geographies are observed and reimagined with graphic abandon. Kahlhamer’s work blends ethnic and urban street cultural experiences into highly expressionistic artworks. This exhibition also includes over 40 pieces of sculpture, paintings and drawings.

ANNE APPLEBY: BUT THAT WAS THEN PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, Nov 1-26 Anne Appleby’s internationally exhibited colour field paintings offer a meditative view of the natural world. Through insightful chromatic choices, the artist builds layer upon layer of oil and wax into luminous pieces that seek the essence of landscapes. Working in a multi-panel format, a singular work is composed of several individually nuanced hues that play off one another. The artist’s resonant paintings are soothingly minimalist in their quiet colour relationships, which gives voice to her underlying source of inspiration.

ANGELA PASSALACQUA & BARBARA BLACK: LEAVING TROY Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Nov 1-26 Angela Passalacqua and Barbara Black were studio mates in the Troy Laundry Building, Portland’s oldest studio co-op, which closed this summer, displacing dozens of artists due to real estate interests. This exhibit reflects on the loss and excavation of their long time studio space. Passalacqua creates poetic allusions in colourful dream-like narratives that exude a deep sense of emotion. Black uses water-based painting techniques to develop her non-narrative abstractions, allowing chance and the power of the unconscious to come into play.

STRANGE AND WONDERFUL: AMERICAN FOLK ART FROM THE WILLEM AND DIANE VOLKERSZ COLLECTION Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Salem, Sep 17-Dec 22 Beginning their collection in the 1970s, Willem and Diane Volkersz became intrigued with the creative innocence of outsider and self-taught artists. Their impressive collection developed through a hands-on approach of visiting with and documenting many of these artists. The exhibit of over 100 pieces includes American folk artists like Rev. Howard Finster (known for his album cover designs for R.E.M. and Talking Heads), Dilmus Hall, Eddie Martin, Nellie Mae Rowe and many others.

KAVIN BUCK: PASSAGES Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, Nov 3-Dec 30 Kavin Buck reflects on his transition from living in Los Angeles to living in the Northwest in his new body of work. Through formal compositions that are closely rooted in modern and contemporary painting, Buck builds a series of rich abstractions that evoke a shift between the lush verdant environments found in Oregon and the dry arid climate of Southern California. This exhibit marks his first solo show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Brad Kahlhamer
Brad Kahlhamer

Anne Appleby
Anne Appleby

Angela Passalacqua and Barbara Black
Angela Passalacqua and Barbara Black

Strange and Wonderful
Strange and Wonderful

Kavin Buck
Kavin Buck

 Mon, Nov 7, 2016