Blair Saxon-Hill

“I have never wanted to be an artist that keeps doing what works.  I have always wanted to turn the dial a little more,” says Blair Saxon-Hill. She has made gestural gouache paintings that masterfully amplify the fewest brushstrokes. She has made moody collaged prints of and on the black and white pages of aged books that document Modernist sculpture, and sculptures that echoed or responded to those forms. And more recently, she has combined objects and images into assemblage and collaged sculptures with an aesthetic that embraces the age and patina.

Ronna Neuenschwander

Ronna Neuenschwander’s current works of composite and mosaicked figures ask questions around the enduring human practice of crafting objects after our own form. What did these objects mean to those who crafted them hundreds of years ago? What function(s) did they perform? And what do they do today? Neuenschwander’s figures are both critical and humorous, making microcosm of melting pot, combining multiple ethnicities in a single figure, enhanced with ceramic shards from myriad sources.

Brenna Murphy

Brenna Murphy has for years explored the mystic aspects of cyberspace through web-based explorations. More recently, Murphy has exported some of the formal aspects of these as images and laser cut acrylic forms. She calls the forms glyphs, and thinks of them as a kind of language, and of their arrangements as labyrinth-like “hyper-dimensional circuit[s].” As she is exploring image and form, arrangement and movement as a meditative tool for herself, she invites the viewer to approach the objects in arrangement in the same manner.

Elizabeth Malaska

One can’t study Elizabeth Malaska’s painting without finding a juxtaposition of traditional technique selectively deployed with more abstract gestures, creating a dynamic and recognizable style.

Jim Lommasson

Jim Lommasson engages in long-term photographic projects that demonstrate human resilience in the face of profound and acute challenges. These projects—documenting the experiences of boxers, former soldiers, refugees—report out to the public in exhibitions and publications

Aaron Flint Jamison

In 2015, Aaron Flint Jamison had solo exhibitions at his galleries, Miguel Abreu in New York and Air de Paris in Paris. The year ended with work that had been originally shown in his 2014 exhibition at Artists Space, now in a Whitney collection exhibition, Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner. Jamison has never had an exhibition in Portland, with regional shows limited to a young conceptual artist’s dorm room in Salem and Open Satellite in Seattle where he cloaked the previous exhibition in a layer of bamboo veneer.

Michael T. Hensley

For Michael Hensley’s most recent series of paintings, he threw every available material into the mix, including house paint, spray paint, pencil, collage, crayon, paint pens and even dirt from the garden.

Laura Heit

In Laura Heit’s Two Ways Down, shadows and hand-drawn animations played across the walls in an installation that combined projection and almost lace-like intricate figurative cut-paper sculptures (human figures, towers, ladders, arches) on turntables, the projections and reflections bent by a clutch of cut glass forms. The result is that the viewer feels she is in inside of a film.

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