Jeff Leake And William Kendall: New Work
Gallery 114, Portland, OR - Nov 7 – Dec 1
Long before the Rorschach test, philosopher David Hume talked about how people see shapes in random and natural patterns, revealing more about themselves than about the world. Jeff Leake is interested in symbols and how they differ from spontaneous behavior. He paints surreal landscapes on cloud-shaped canvases. William Kendall meshes traditional design principles with the raw energy of graffiti. His “ghosting method” allows images to arise by chance as he layers his paint. Kendall discovered art making in his 30s and still shows a refreshingly joyful approach.