What does it mean for a work of art to be beautiful in 2019? That question was posed to the artists who applied for this exhibit. The theme is challenging--in part because the contemporary art world has dubbed beauty a dirty word. Dave Hickey tried to rescue it from the onslaught of art criticism with his collection of essays in The Invisible Dragon in the '90s. The three artists Park, Ross, and Kim took up Gallery 114's invitation to challenge that critical taboo, and they reassert in their own ways the place of beauty in art. These artists presented individual work based in a powerful and moving quality embedded in a strong aesthetic, a key criterion in their selection.
Special Event--Panel Discussion
Saturday, April 13, at 6:10 pm
In conjunction with the exhibit, the gallery will have a panel discussion,"Beauty in Contemporary Art," on April 13th. Panelists Mark Andres, Daniel Peabody, Amy Bay, Tamara English, and Kendra Larson will discuss how beauty has been marginalized and will present different perspectives on its necessity and complexity.
A painter and a photographer explore the longings, hopes
and passions of the decorated and tattooed human figure,
For March 2019, Gallery 114 presents InkBodySkinPaint+Fire, a joint show featuring the decorated and tattooed human figure, featuring painter David Slader and photographer Owen Carey.
The theme for the show was sparked by a remark that the figures in Slader’s paintings were tattooed. Carey picked up on that thread, creating a series of intimate portraits of people whose body art is their personal journal, expressing their intimate stories, traumas and yearnings.
The artists will host a preview reception at 7:00 p.m on March 6th. The show opens on First Thursday, March 7th, 3-9:00pm, and runs through March 30th. Gallery hours are Thursday – Sunday, noon-6:00pm.
Each of Carey’s models has a personal story of perseverance and is available for interviews.
Three special events are scheduled during the run of InkBodySkinPaint+Fire.
Risk/Reward will present an experimental performance during the show’s First Thursday opening, March 7, 2019. Tattoo-clad performers will pose as live art models while telling stories of the inspirations behind their tattoos, lending a living, beating heart to the works on the gallery walls. Performance happens intermittently between 6:30-8:30pm.
The Importance of Being Frank, a one-person performance by Rusty Tennant – Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre Ensemble and a featured model in InkBodySkinPaint+Fire – explores the theses that Shakespeare was gay. Tennant takes their audience on a fast-paced exploration of the mysteries surrounding the greatest playwright of all time on Saturday, March 16 at 4:00pm. (Donations accepted.)
The Invisibility of Visibility, literary readings by members of the Street Roots vendor community, will take place Tuesday, March 26, 6-7:30pm. Sponsors include Street Roots, Gallery 114 and the Pearl District Neighborhood Association.
All events take place at Gallery 114, located at 1100 NW Glisan, Portland, Oregon, and are free to the public.
Please see also: www.davidslader.com
Pat Bognar, one of the photographers in this show, remarks that Portland is both special and ordinary, and "like other ordinary places, it can be quite extraordinary if people take time to really look around them, especially the common places and neighborhoods where people live and work."
In Gallery 114's October show, gallery artist Jeff Leake and guest artist Kanani Miyamoto explore the complex ways we express cultural ideals and our relationship to the environment in "The Effect of Small Things." The show runs October 4 through 27, with a First Thursday opening reception for the artists, 6 to 9 pm. Gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday and 3 to 9 pm First Thursday.
In September Gallery 114 presents two artists who explore what they call dueling perspectives--perspectives with personal, psychological, historical, and cultural dimensions. Curtis Settino offers new acrylic portraits on recycled wood, along with wire sculptural work, showing individuals in some state of interior conflict. New gallery member Don Bailey, painter and mixed-media artist--and member of the Hoopa tribe who grew up on the Hoopa Valley Reservation in California--shows work with dueling perspectives on Indian lives.