Brian Hanna: Bricks
Steel Door Art Gallery, Portland, OR - Sep 21 – Oct 22
Brian Hanna’s Lego art comes out of his former life in construction management (that part of construction you can do in your loafers, as they say). The Portlander uses pop culture subjects (like Samuel L. Jackson playing Jules in Pulp Fiction) to easily draw the viewer in, but the textures make the works as disconcerting as a Chuck Close portrait. As well as living celebs such as Madonna and Johnny Cash, he riffs on Air Force One Nikes and Babe Ruth, with a Warholian sense of the image as an endlessly tradable commodity.