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By Allyn Cantor

ABSTRACT: LÉONIE GUYER, RUTH LASKEY, LYNNE WOODS TURNER Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery, Reed College, Portland, closes December 5 A commonality brings together the work of three female artists in this exhibition. Léonie Guyer, Ruth Laskey and Lynne Woods Turner all create stark minimal works that are about method, material and the direct manifestation of a sensation. Guyer creates intimate jewel- like renderings on old antique papers. Laskey’s pieces are handwoven using hand-dyed linen, with subtle shifts in tonality created by modulating tinted fibres. Turner’s works blend purity and exactness with the ephemeral, with many pieces also created on vintage papers.

HENK PANDER: NEW PAINTINGS Laura Russo Gallery, Portland, November 4-27 One of Portland’s most distinguished painters, Henk Pander’s latest exhibition continues his trajectory of uncanny works that balance dramatic beauty with devastation and death. Pander’s commanding artworks often create compelling narratives that relate to contemporary events. Several of his new large-scale oil paintings contain skeletal forms hanging amongst an eerie and moody backdrop, while his unconventional still lifes embrace elements of nostalgia and narrative. The artist’s astute combination of poignant subject matter and technical mastery is integral to all of his paintings.

CHRISTOPHER BURKETT: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS, 1980-2010 Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Cannon Beach, November 25-January 15 Christopher Burkett is a traditionalist when it comes to his dedicated approach to printing fine art photography. Nationally recognized for his darkroom mastery and Cibachrome printing, the Oregon artist shoots with a large-format camera and uses 8” x 10” transparencies to achieve the crisp detail and luminosity of his immaculate, light-suffused landscape prints, and uses conventional optical printing to preserve
the integrity of original locale.

ANGELA PASSALACQUA: HONEYED MOON Blackfish Gallery, Portland, closes November 27 Angela Passalacqua’s new paintings are a direct response to the poetry of Pablo Neruda. Visual motifs of moons, dancers, animals, roses and other symbolic objects float together in surreal compositions that allude to dreams and memories. Passalacqua creates subtle narratives in her paintings. Built up in layers that are concealed and revealed throughout her painting process, the works have a tactile, almost archaeological feel, reinforcing an impression of memory while complementing her predominant poetic theme.

BLAKELY DADSON & JOSE GUINTO: PASSAGE Chambers@916, Portland, November 4-December 31 Space, time, immigration, and how ideas travel are the basis for a dialogue between Blakely Dadson and Jose Guinto. Dadson creates paintings and handcrafted shoes to investigate cultural collisions and the redefining of mass-produced imagery and commodity into the realm of fine art. Jose Guinto's pieces are inspired by classics like Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Hieronymus Bosch's Ship of Fools. His paintings question the purpose of narratives that are melodramas of life or death.

Eric Stotik
Lynne Woods Turner
, Untitled (No. 940) (2010), graphite pencil and colored pencil on old Indian paper

Arcy Douglass
Henk Pander
, Measure (2010), oil on canvas

Henk Pander
Christopher Burkett
, Sunrise, Autumn Blueberries Main (1994), Cibachrome print

Eva Speer
Angela Passalacqua
, A Sudden Rose (2010), oil on wood panel

Robert Schlegel
Blakely Dadson
, Ivory Blackness (2010), acrylic

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