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 Back  Vignettes | Oregon | September – October, 2012

By Allyn Cantor

DESIGN WITH THE OTHER 90%: CITIES Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Aug17-Jan 5 Organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum this traveling show comes to Portland with two exhibit venues – the other section is on display at Mercy Corps Action Center. The principle focuses on innovative design concepts to aid rapid urban growth settlements all over the world, addressing the quality of life in informal population centers. Proposed projects like alternative housing design, low-cost clean water, transportation solutions and innovative infrastructure and planning are meant to create solutions to the challenges of everyday problems.

AARON YASSIN: BEIJING Chambers@916, Portland, Aug 2-Sep 22 Built from images of iconic buildings in Beijing, Aaron Yassin’s latest exhibit of photomontages includes mesmerizing interpretations of architecture that spans hundreds of years. His kaleidoscopic style of mirroring and repeating a photograph into seemingly infinite abstractions gives a sense of skewed perspective and disassociates the final composition from the initial source imagery. The exhibit also includes a video piece titled REM, which was created from images of the China Central Television Headquarters building.

MARY JOSEPHSON: ONCE UPON A TIME Laura Russo Gallery. Portland, Sep 6-29 For her new body of work, Mary Josephson expands upon reoccurring motifs of stylized portraits and vivid scenes that express the human experience. The long-time Portland artist depicts people and characters through story-like arrangements that suggest rich personalities. Known for her colourful and metaphorical figurative paintings, Josephson has also utilized other media to create her vision. This show includes recent glass tile mosaics and lush dense embroideries also rendered in Josephson’s spirited style of personal narrative.

DAVID SELLECK Blackfish Gallery, Portland, Sep 4-29 David Selleck’s whimsical world of biomorphic objects and somewhat architectural spaces seem part formal and part whimsical. His paintings are surreal conglomerations drawn from oddities and absurdities that swirl through daily life. Filtered through Selleck’s artistic lens, both humour and psychology materialize in the offbeat personality of his compositions. An indirect reflection on the state of contemporary affairs, Selleck’s interpretations of life are warm and quirky, while the alternative reality of his paintings seems quite serious.

THE BODY BEAUTIFUL Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oct 6-Jan 6 This exhibit of Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture comes to the U.S. from the British Museum in London, which has one of the most comprehensive collection of antiquities from the Classic world – ranging in date from the Greek Bronze Age around 3200BC to the 4th century AD in the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine. Pieces on exhibit, drawn from this rarely travelling collection, portray the human body in exquisitely carved marble sculptures and other thought-provoking art objects with figurative depictions.

Digital drum in a 90% city
Digital drum in a 90% city

Aaron Yassin
Aaron Yassin

Mary Josephson
Mary Josephson

David Selleck
David Selleck

The Body Beautiful
The Body Beautiful

 Tue, Sep 4, 2012