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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | April-May 2011

By Allyn Cantor

HOLLY ANDRES: THE FALL OF SPRING HILL Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, April 6-May 1 Through lush, large-scale colour images, Portland photographer Holly Andres draws on her childhood memories as the youngest of ten siblings by using authentic props and thrift store clothing to recreate a stylized feeling of the era when she came of age. In The Fall of Spring Hill, Andres recalls heroic acts performed by mothers striving to protect their children. These attractive images blend fact and fiction to capture threshold moments of ongoing melodramas, and seem to depict scenes from a larger story.  

TOM CRAMER: OREGON LANDMARKS Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, May 5-28 Known for his meticulously carved, painted and gilded wood reliefs, Tom Cramer, a native Oregonian, uses iconic locales throughout the state as subjects for a dual exploration of painting and woodcarving. Cramer’s paintings are rendered in a pointillist style brought to life with a brilliant palette. The intricate carvings reveal nuances of imagery within highly activated surfaces filled with dense patterning.

SEAN HEALY: UPSTATE Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, April 7-May 28 Through a series of sculptural installations, Sean Healy reflects upon the history of his hometown, Brasher Falls, located in upstate New York near the St. Lawrence Seaway on the Canadian border. Brasher Falls was once the thriving site of several manufacturing plants – including General Motors and Alcoa aluminum – before they were down-sized or relocated. Healy sees the transformation as a metaphor for personal aging and changes in professional identity, and shows how communities can become intertwined with local industry.  

KENTREE SPEIRS: DEPARTURES Blackfish Gallery, Portland, April 5-May 1 Kentree Speirs, who creates abstract landscapes as a method of expressing his deep relationship to the natural world, is inspired by the raw beauty and drama of untamed wilderness. The Portland artist spent 16 years immersed in mountaineering and wilderness backpacking travels before completing a BFA in 2006. He balances an expressive handling of paint with subtle organic forms that reflect alpine environments, and seeks to capture stillness and movement and the tangible and intangible. His provocative assemblage of rich, vibrant colours creates a heightened sense of reality.

MITCH DOBROWNER: STORMS Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, April 7-May 1 Inspired by classic photographers like Ansel Adams and Minor White, Mitch Dobrowner highlights scenes in nature in his dramatic black-and-white photographs. For Storms, Dobrowner travelled more than 19,000 miles through fourteen states in pursuit of extreme weather conditions. The series began while he was shooting thunderstorms across the Great Plains in an area known as Tornado Alley, and records looming clouds, fiercely beautiful thunderstorms, stark bolts of lightning, pounding hail and gusting winds.

Holly Andres
Holly Andres

Tom Cramer
Tom Cramer

Sean Healy
Sean Healy

Kentree Speirs
Kentree Speirs

Mitch Dobrowner
Mitch Dobrowner

 Tue, Apr 5, 2011