Arborous Ouroboros: Within Trees by Nikolos Ayers
Dec
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Arborous Ouroboros: Within Trees by Nikolos Ayers

First Thursday Artist Reception / Show Runs Dec 1  - 18th

Artist's Statement:

"Arborous Ouroboros: Within Trees", a new body of work from Nikolos Ayres, is a collection of paintings, monoprints, and rubbings made from tree stumps and wood slabs. Ayres sometimes makes his pieces in the forest at the site of a clear-cut. He also collaborates with local Portland arborists at Urban Timber Tree Service to glean slabs from trees they have removed for homeowners. Ayres carves, sands, burns, and brushes the slabs in his workshop before making his prints and rubbings. His pieces show the lifetime of the trees from the inside. Weather patterns, levels of health, events in history, atmospheric conditions are all apparent in the images made from direct contact with the growth rings in the wood. Blending dendrochronology with visual art, Ayres' pieces serve as a sort of memorial, visual records of a lifetime, symbols of impermanence and the eternal cycle of death and rebirth.

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Impressions of Color by David Prouty
Sep
1
6:00pm 6:00pm

Impressions of Color by David Prouty

First Thursday Artist Reception / Show Runs Sept 1 - 18th

David's Artist Statement:

The question David is exploring in this series is, "How does the "light" outside his studio window play with the pure spectrum of color between land and sky, day and night, fantasy and reality?"

The paintings created in this series, "Impressions of Color", were created by the subconscious mind. The reflections through the studio windows allow David to 'chase the light and color' of the spring and summer hues. David's subconscious impressions captivate an expression of wonder. 

David believes that art should always make one feel something: Something that is unexpected, raw, and natural.

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Work by Edith Casterline
Nov
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Work by Edith Casterline

First Thursday Artist Reception / Show runs Nov 5th - 15th

Artist Statement

My work primarily depicts imaginary life forms: plants and creatures that populate a possible future, neither utopian nor dystopian, showing beauty while hinting at the opposite possibility. The life forms are the result of an altered environment, whether intentional or not: mutant/bio-robotic/engineered. Many of the pieces incorporate mazes, tangles or other visual pathways to engage the brain and help the viewer get lost in the art.

Evident in the aesthetics and the nature/future themes, I am influenced by Japanese art including textiles and ceramics: it is rarely conscious emulation, but instead a seeping through into my dreamscape what I absorbed when I lived in Japan as a child & teen.

The meticulousness/obsessiveness of my approach is balanced by the intuitive aspects of creating. I particularly appreciate it when people have a strong emotional response to my work while simultaneously connecting to its analytical side. 

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Theo Montgomery
Aug
6
to Aug 23

Theo Montgomery

Saturday August 15th 6-10pm / Artist In Attendance / Live music by Savage Nightingale

 

ON DISPLAY: August 6 - 23, 2015

Artist Statement:

My art is not inspired by a specific thing or person or act. Rather, when I initially commence painting, it is like striking the first note or chord of a jazz composition that leads me to compose the next, and the next. I paint, and the painting inspires my recollection of reality, which is a continuous memory of what was; an internal autobiographical movie. Where some are moved to create concrete things like animals or mountains, my personal expression of beauty is exhibited through my work, with lines, colors, shapes and textures.

Theo M

 

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