By Allyn Cantor
ERIK STOTIK: RECENT PAINTINGS Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, September 2-October 2 Erik Stotik's small intimate representations focus on the human form and pathos, revealing a darker side of the human condition and raising questions of identity and loss. Enigmatic people in dreamlike settings are beautifully painted in a crisp surreal style creating visual intensity. His skillful draftsmanship heightens the degree of mystery or sense of uncertainty in his subtle narratives. Stotik's work has been widely exhibited in the Northwest and is in the collections of the Portland Art Museum, the N.Y. Public Library and Yale University.
ARCY DOUGLASS: CLOUD Chambers@916, Portland, September 2- October 23 In his new solo exhibition Portland-based Arcy Douglass uses minimal geometric forms to parallel the complexity of natural systems. A digital projection with two wall drawings, Cloud has a calculated number of possible visual combinations an amount greater than the number of cells in the human body yet smaller than the number of atoms on the planet. The work simplifies repetitious cycles into Op Art compositions and the shifting graphic forms evolve over time reflecting a sequence of expansion and contraction.
ALBUM ARTIST PORTRAITS OF ARTISTS, THE ART GYM 30TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION The Art Gym at Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, September 14-October 27 For the gallery's thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition, 28 artists are showing photographs, paintings, drawings and prints of some 180 Oregon artists. With careers spanning more than six decades, artists like Jack McLarty and George Johanson have depicted significant artists from their lifetime while a younger artist such as Marne Lucas has dressed and staged her subjects, mixing elements of theatre and portraiture. Together these works coalesce into a composite portrait as noted by curator Terri M. Hopkins.
EVA SPEER: LANDSCAPING Charles A. Hartman Fine Art, Portland, September 1-October 2 "
landscapes bear witness to the scale of our pursuits. states Portland artist Eva Speer who contemplates the passage of time and our struggle to create a meaningful existence within it. Her new paintings are lush and fluid, acknowledging the geological immensity of time through vast liquid-like "scapes" that are as much about action as they are result. The works point to our relative minuteness within the space-time continuum. Speer defines landscaping as the instinctive actions we perform as a result of life's pitiless repetition.
ROBERT SCHLEGEL: NEW PAINTINGS White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, September 1-30 Robert Schlegel's expressive interpretations of natural and man-made forms possess a tension residing between the representational and the abstract. He is drawn to the interaction of shape and contrasting line found in rural areas where structures juxtapose the landscape. The voluminous painterly forms and studies of light capture an immediacy that provides a sense of place. Blending realism with the more formal attributes of painting, Schlegel's activated surfaces are deep and opulent.
Eric Stotik, Untitled LR180 (empty boat on blue lake) (2010), acrylic on wood panel
Arcy Douglass, Cloud2 (2010), digital work
Henk Pander, Modern Maya (2007), oil on linen
Eva Speer, We Could Have Stayed Home (2010), gouache on paper with xerox transfer
Robert Schlegel, Red Roof (2010), oil on canvas