Friday, February 12, 2010

Grassland Alphabet

March 4 - 28, 2010

Opening Reception:
First Thursday, March 4th, 6-10 pm
Gallery Hours: Sundays 12 - 5 pm
Closing Reception:
Sunday, March 28, 6-8 pm

At the In House Gallery and Project Space
625 NE Everett St. #106 Portland, OR

These graphite drawings on paper from 2008 are calligraphic exercises - letter-forms constructed from waves and clusters of marks. I imagined a field of wheat attempting to form itself into words, a mute landscape swelling in the wind, blades of grass arranging and aligning themselves. The drawings were a pleasurable labor of repetition, feeling the softness and hardness of individual lines, layered in rhythm, feeling impressions on a surface while leaving residue, the forms bending under the pencil. Quiet drawings, these are landscapes gathered into bundles.


mem said...

I'm in the wheat field!

Stuart said...

Nice to see you at the show. No facebook? I was thinking about your recent experimentation with cutting paper. You're probably familir with the Spatialism movement and Lucio Fontana. He did some interesting things with cutting into canvases. The artist I was trying remember that uses cut paper as a medium is Carlos Garaicoa (Bend City 2008).
Take care,
Stuart Mayer