Naomi Shigeta • Sara Siestreem
Augen Gallery, Portland, OR - Sep 6 – 29
Naomi Shigeta’s show Elements shows cool abstraction where lines like blinds or the teeth of a comb intersecting the plane are the only drama, and where the edge of un-framed paintings is painted to show where it all ends. In Sara Siestreem’s show Black Huckleberry, messy paintings pulse with energy as black battles with color and paint vainly fi ghts gravity. The work channels Basquiat. Both artists use easy-to-understand titles that make their paintings relatable.