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Azad_Stumptown

On view January 14th – February 10th
Reception 4-6pm Sunday, January 18th 

For this series of paintings, Azad Sadjadi made up an isolated world for two luchadores in training.  Michael Smith and Christopher Schank are just a couple of guys from the Midwest, pursuing a life in the ring without a clue on how to get there. Acting here as satires of the overeducated, underutilized youth of America, our “heroes” have big dreams but these seem hauntingly unattainable in a world where coming up with the monthly rent or trying to find a second job are continuous struggles. Goals like home ownership or paying off student loans become as far fetched as a couple of twenty-something guys from Omaha becoming luchadores.  And yet, there is something beautiful and amusing to be found in their pursuit. One could call them modern day Don Quixotes.

Originally from California, Azad Sadjadi has called Portland home since 2006. His work has been shown at Nisus Gallery, Graeter Art Gallery, and Lewis & Clark College among other places.

 

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR
503-295-6144

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On view January 6th – February 2nd
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, January 18th

Give me the bearing to jeopardize the mature period, what, plus technique to that cleaving awful much, to so-so so much, plus modification, sorry Seurats included, and palliation, apart from first and last readings, that might go to whisper down a struck up thing.” Chris Mullins

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3356 SE Belmont Street

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On view December 3, 2014 – January 13, 2015

For the month of December, Stumptown’s Downtown gallery is pleased to present Michigan-based photographer Debbie Carlos. Born in Los Angeles, Carlos grew up in Manila, Philippines. She has since studied psychology at Clark University in Massachusetts and photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been exhibited all over the US, Europe and Asia, and featured on such publications as Time Out Chicago, Anthology Mag, Frankie Magazine, Design for Mankind, Food & Wine Magazine, Design Love Fest, Refinery 29, and Buzzfeed.

Her photos attempt to capture objects at their moments of greatest clarity: In certain light, at a certain time of day, in a certain place. The method is to wander and notice. Moments of quiet strangeness, patterns of light and shadow, minute-by-minute surprises, changes that don’t happen, something askew, something exactly in place, natural and artificial phenomena, are all sources of inspiration, and the subjects for her work.

About the black and white posters which will be on view at Stumptown, Carlos says:

I have always loved the Eames mantra of “Create the best for the most for the least.” Good, beautiful things should be available to everyone. During my time in art school, I began to use the plotters in the architecture department to make quick, large, and affordable prints for class. I loved the rough and textural aesthetic of the black-and-white, half-tone images. Reappropriating for fine art a printing method usually reserved for architectural drawings allowed me to produce striking pieces that were casual, but also bold.

Stumptown Downtown
128 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR
503-295-6144

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On view December 3rd – January 5th
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, December 7th

“I begin a painting with an idea of how I want it to translate in atmospheric qualities and liminality–working from a space of transitory nature. My mark-making often appears organic and elemental with the use of thin layered washes of pigment. Improvisation plays a large role in my studio practice allowing a certain fluidity to remain present within the work. I pull from the experience of living in a city closely surrounded by wilderness and the space that is created from its duality. I desire the work to be evocative of a psychological space without direct specificity– working from a lyrical perspective rather then a literal one. I often use Postminimalism as an aesthetic referencing point along with themes of phenomenological occurrences, pollution, the sublime and esotericism.

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During this past year I shifted my focus from large oil paintings to works on paper. I wanted to explore ways of translating the organic and elemental surfaces I see in my paintings to a smaller scale while adding representational imagery that would not impose on its atmospheric qualities. I made the work for Aeriform Vat while accompanying my partner at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and then while on an extended trip through the Canadian Rockies and down to New Mexico. These works on paper are primarily watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite and pastel, however, a few of the pieces have the photographic process gum bichromate.”

- Amie LeGette

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Belmont Stumptown
3356 SE Belmont Street

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On view November 25th – January 4th
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, December 14th

The Notable Persons series started off as a research project for a large scale multi-figure painting. As I continued to make a list of people I found interesting and inspiring I became hindered by my indecision of who to include in the painting. I abandoned the idea of the painting all together. The project became exclusively pen and ink drawings focused on trying to capture the vitality and personality of these people.  

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To keep the emphasis on their character I set one rule I set for myself; I could not use any pencil sketching to lay-in the drawings. All the drawings in this series are pen and ink only, if I screwed up I had to start over. Some faces were harder than others, some days I felt l was a better artist than others.   I believe my errors are every bit as important as my successes, if not more important. My mistakes are what teach me and have value to me, which is why I have decided to hang many of my “bad” drawings as part of the show.  

- Marcus Gannuscio
www.marcusgannuscio.com

 

For more information about this show or exhibiting your artwork with us, please contact the curator, Wendy Swartz – wendy@stumptowncoffee.com.

Division Stumptown
4525 SE Division Street