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Nov 2021 – Jan 2022 Oregon Vignettes

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by Joseph Gallivan

Jinie Park, Weeping Willow, 2021

JINIE PARK: WINDOWS
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland. Nov 4 – Dec 31

Jinie Park’s paintings on kwangmok (Korean muslin) read like abstract watercolors, as uncertain rectangles layer delicately over each other and colors bleed and fail. Is this Helen Frankenthaler–style soak-stain, or is it Korean ink painting? Park’s works have seductive titles, such as Romance and Other Sense, but their meaning is opaque. She is concerned with liminality (borders) more than soothing decoration. Park often shreds the fabric or cuts it away completely to make windows through which you can see the wooden stretcher.

Rachel Papo, Steam, Berlin, Germany, 2014

RACHEL PAPO: IT’S BEEN POURING: THE DARK SECRET OF THE FIRST YEAR OF MOTHERHOOD
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland. Dec 2, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Rachel Papo zooms in on the subject of new motherhood, building a portrait of postnatal depression. Some photos are just shots of diary entries, including one that could be a suicide note to a child called Noah. Others stare at household objects on cluttered windowsills, sad houseplants, and barred windows of courtyard apartments. The subject is heavy but the variety of forms – portrait, still life, landscape with fi gure, semi-abstraction – keeps it digestible.

Sherrie Wolf, A Few of My Favorite Things (detail), 2021

SHERRIE WOLF: STILL LIFE AND PORTRAITS
Russo Lee Gallery, Portland. Jan 6 – 29, 2022

Prolific painter Sherrie Wolf’s 2020 show at Russo Lee used clear references to art history in her still life paintings, including richly textured drapery, shiny metals and glassware. She opens 2022 with more new paintings, including portraits and other human figure work. Wolf uses a camera to capture form, but the color and light are all her own. A book on Wolf’s art is due out in January, published by the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.