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First Thursday Sampler

Industrial and rural landscapes, masked men, abstract fleshy forms, and more!

By Anne Adams September 5, 2012

PDX Contemporary Art
Storm Tharp: Holding a Peach

Whether or not you know exactly what you're looking at, Tharp's new (ahem) body of work promises to pique your most elegant and sensual inner perv. Through painting and soft sculpture, Tharp explores a melange of detailed fabric patterns and abstracted fleshy forms. 


Augen Gallery
Sally Cleveland: Winter Greenways

Cleveland's impressionistic depictions of our region's industrial and rural landscapes feature hints of lapsed manufacturing and undertones of isolation and/or desolation, while slightly skewed brushstrokes give the effect of scenes warped and softened by our native wet weather.


Blue Sky Gallery
Phyllis Galembo: Maske

In ancient cultures, the spiritual significance of the mask can hardly be overstated. More than a prop, it becomes the catalyst for conjuring ephemeral other selves and/or spirits. Phyllis Galembo's arresting portraits of African masked men, featured in National Geographic, give observers an obscured glimpse at old rituals of self transformation.


Charles Hartman Fine Art
Anna Fidler: Vampires and Wolf Men

Fidler takes antique Oregon portrait subjects far outside the comfort zone, superimposing her own wild imagination via a psychedelic color scheme and areas where detailed line-work and crisp color delineation mimic heat-mapping or topography.


Elizabeth Leach Gallery
Richard Serra: Etchings

Perhaps best known for large-scale sculptural installations that often feature imposing curved sheet-metal walls, Serra’s minimalist structural sensibility translates to his etchings, which at times mirror the shapes he’s created elsewhere in three dimensions and are often bespeckled with a texture similar to his rusty patinas.


Laura Russo Gallery
Margaret Shirley: New Work

Plant life, when isolated and flattened, stands out as particularly intricate and precise in Shirley's rigorously pristine monochromatic color fields. The edges of real leaves and flowers, plucked out of their element, create a strikingly orderly pattern.



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