Amy Bernstein's "Soft Mechanics" is an oil on canvas painting measuring 26x30-inch that debuted at the 2015 exhibition Testable Predictions at Portland's Carl and Sloan Contemporary Gallery.
Hailing from Atlanta, Bernstein is a Portland-based painter who is currently in residence at Aryeles Creative Center in Finland. Her works can currently be seen in Portland at Nationale but she has also shown here at The Art Gym, Littman Gallery, Car Hole Gallery, Worksound, and at the Portland Art Museum of Modern Art as part of PICA’s TBA Festival.
"I struggle with elements of restraint and freedom, the traits required to be good in the world, to know when to speak and when to celebrate silence. I believe these minimal paintings to be compiled of small moments, to embody notes on existence. As whole works, they vacillate between the histories of philosophy, art, and design, searching for the space in which they will take questions further. They hope for beauty, but are often simply attempts at depicting the unexamined. "
Thank you to our donors Nationale & Amy Bernstein
Carson Ellis' work "Untitled (Orlando)" is a framed 13½x13-inch watercolor on paper.
Ellis, who now lives on a farm near Portland, is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott Honor award-winning picture book Du Iz Tak? and the best-selling children's picture book Home, and the illustrator of many books for kids, including bestsellers Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, and The Wildwood Chronicles. She is also known as the award-winning creator of album covers for the band, The Decemberists.
Gregory Grenon’s “Blond Woman Leaning in Striped Dress” is a framed oil-on-glass, 31x22-inch painting.
This work represents Grenon’s concentration on the faces of women with special attention on hands and gesture. Originally from Detroit, Michigan where he was a working artist in the Cass Corridor—a place where artists made art and did not talk about its origins—Grenon moved to Portland to find his deeper and more hopeful voice. He says growing up in an emotional world led him to incorporate the emotion of his life into the life of his paintings.
One of the best-known Pacific Northwest artists, he has had one-person exhibitions throughout the region as well as in New York, Chicago, Boston and New Orleans. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University; the Portland Art Museum; the Seattle Art Museum; the Tacoma Art Museum; the Boise Art Museum; and New York Public Library.
Thank you to our donors Russo Lee Gallery & Gregory Grenon
Mary Josephson’s “The Wild Within” is an oil-on-wood, 36x30-inch painting reflecting the artist’s activism as expressed in a desire to balance urban industry and growth with the protection of humanity, wilderness, and wildlife.
Born in Biloxi, much of Josephson’s childhood was spent in the desert communities of the American Southwest where exploration of this desert terrain led her to the revelation that people and things may not always be as they seem. She considers the love of color and form, which has permeated every aspect of her life from earliest memory, to be a powerful weapon and tool.
Josephson studied in Paris at the École National Superior des Beaux Arts before receiving a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art. She has been exhibiting her work since 1983 including shows at the Portland Art Museum, the Oregon Health Sciences University, the University of Austin in Texas, and the Bellevue Art Museum. Prominent collections include Safeco, Microsoft, Oregon State University, Legacy Emanuel Children's Hospital, Tacoma Art Museum, and the Portland Art Museum. Commissions include work for Southern Oregon University, the Tigard Public Library, Catlin Gabel School, Portland Fire and Rescue in conjunction with the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Oregon Food Bank, Multnomah County’s Juvenile Justice Center, and the Arnold Rue Community Center.
Thank you to our donors Russo Lee Gallery & Mary Josephson
Artist and curator Kristan Kennedy's piece "T.O.N." is a framed, 12x9-inch piece composed of gesso and acrylic incorporating elements of glass and wood.
Kennedy has shown nationally and internationally including many appearances in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Further afield, her work has been seen recently at the Torrance Art Museum (CA), Soloway Gallery (Brooklyn), and at shows in Copenhagen, East Hampton, Miami, and Mexico City and has been featured in many publications including Art in America, ArtForum, and Contemporary Art Daily. For more than 10 years, Kennedy has served as the Visual Art Curator of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). In that role, she been described as a "national treasure" and enjoys a widespread reputation for superior scholarship and innovation.
"I started to imagine covering up .... drawings with amoeba like shapes, like throwing a drop cloth over a couch with an insipid cabbage rose print on it, not because you were about to paint the room, but because it was the most economical way to achieve blankness. You still knew the couch was under there — its shape told you everything you needed to know. I just started to trust my instincts and in the end it wasn’t that abstraction couldn't stand on its own (we have the canon of art history for evidence of that) but that it could."
Thank you to our donors Fourteen30 Contemporary Gallery & Kristan Kennedy
Evan La Londe’s “Untitled” is a 41x11-inch framed silver gelatin print exploring the intimacy between an object and its shadow.
La Londe, a Portland photography artist, has had work shown recently at Schneider Museum in Ashland (OR); at Swell Gallery in Boise; and in Portland at Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Rocksbox Contemporary, Fourteen30 Contemporary, Lumber Room, PDX Gallery, White Gallery, and Autzen Gallery at Portland State University; at LxWxH Gallery in Seattle; and at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles. La Londe is an instructor of photography at Portland State University.
"One of the first and most critical elements of La Londe’s work that we discover (and we should clarify that we are studying photographs created with physical pieces of film imprinted in the physical “room” of the camera) is that the works are vitally concerned with the phenomenology of vision and sense perception, in both intimately comparative forms, and in more immersive totalizing inquiry takes shape within spaces or fields of sense experience that La Londe describes as both “inside the camera and in the world at large.” La Londe’s creation of photographic space takes shape through a series of visual “stages” condensed and pressurized within the final photographic object. Unlike many contemporary photographers, La Londe restrains himself from exposing the nuances of his artistic process in performative form, allowing temporal density to resonate within the final image like a faraway star imparting visual substance. " - Stephanie Snyder, John and Anne Hauberg Director and Curator, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College.
Thank you to our donor Evan La Londe
Artist Joe Thurston’s “#8(f) (That There Are No Heroes Here Does Not Mean That There are No Heroes Anywhere), Chalk, bone char, charcoal, dry pigment, graphite, wood filler, cork, glue, birch, hand written letter” is a 23x25-inch unframed piece.
Joe Thurston is an interdisciplinary artist engaging with ideas of personal identity, consumer culture, and social norms. His art has been featured in solo shows at Elizabeth Leach Gallery and Tourell Toomey Fine Arts, San Francisco. Thurston has completed large-scale public art installations for the University of Oregon, Stanford University, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Washington State Arts Commission. His work has been reviewed in publications including Artforum, ARTnews, Art Ltd., and Visual Art Source. Thurston has received awards from Americans for the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Regional Arts & Culture council. He lives and works in Portland.
"The reasonant indexicality of the works' geometries suggests histories of exchange. And in fact the accompanying text reveals that the works contain objects we cannot see, such as eyeglasses, letters, and older paintings by the artist. These objects emerge as specters of personal value and connection as soon as their invisible presence is revealed, and though they are just inside each container, they somehow seem uncomfortably far away." -Stephanie Snyder, Artforum.com
Thank you to our donor Joe Thurston
Throw your very own party to see your hometown favorites the Portland Trail Blazers take on the Houston Rockets on Thursday, March 30th. You’ll watch them in style from your very own luxury suite at Moda Center. Includes 12 tickets to the suite for the game and 4 parking passes in the Garden Garage. You’ll also be able to spend time with ACLU of Oregon’s Executive Director David Rogers at the game and hear the latest from the ACLU front lines. Grab your favorite Blazers gear and some friends to come root the Trail Blazers and the ACLU to victory.
Thank you to our donors Hanieh & David Spisak