Portland Area Art Events

Last Thursday Opening: March 28, 6-9pm

Clarissa Callesen works with found objects and recycled textiles. Her work is inspired and informed by her choice of untraditional materials. In choosing this medium, it is her objective to explore the margins and to find beauty and value in that which our society has discarded. “My work is grounded in materiality. These items range from deeply symbolic to completely disposable. I search and collect, inspect and experience, touch, and smell, contemplate and see. Looking to the way they communicate, either attracting and complimenting or repelling and contradicting. I like to think of myself as an alchemist using my caldrons of rust and plants to transform the very essence of a discarded object. I challenge myself to look critically at what our culture labels as repulsive, scary, or unacceptable. Finding the beauty and value in the trash on the ground and honoring the fertility contained within messy human struggles.”   

Mar Goman worked primarily in textiles for this show. IIncluded is a series of fabric scrolls which hang from vintage weaving shuttles, whimsical stitched images of dogs and cats, and abstract pieces made of fabric, buttons, and mixed media. “I use sticks and stones, buttons and bones, rusty metal, vintage fabrics and papers, old books, and whatever else I can scavenge. I cut and paste, stitch, draw, paint, stamp, collect, assemble, bind, wrap, nail, drill and carve. My pieces are usually small in scale and done in series. My work is often about the interior journey, our invisible wounds, our common humanity, and the process of becoming authentic spiritual human beings. Making art is one of the things that gives my life meaning.”

FEATURE AREA: Jay Humphreys’ artwork utilizes a variety of mediums. His work includes wood, along with materials such as electrical components, acrylic & oil paint, rope, thread, fabric, canvas. and pulleys.“My work is informed by my father, a now retired electrical engineer. Where it got interesting for me is what forms took shape within the confines of the box, or “frame”.  His work was a solution to a problem, and therein lied beauty. My work is informed by these “problems” and the “boxes” that house them are frames made of wood, which are in turn informed by my own experience as a woodworker.  As an engineer my father valued function over form.  As an artist my work values the opposite. Most of the time my work begins with a frame.  Then there’s a frame that frames the frame, and another frame that frames that frame. Within the center of the piece I create a chaotic focal point of painted concentric circles illuminated by lights.  I’m interested in composition, lighting design, and aesthetics, but most of all form over function.  However, the lights work because a little function never hurt.”