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January 2012

Jeremy Okai Davis
It Makes the Man

Jeremy Okai Davis was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 14th 1979. He moved to Portland, Oregon in January 2007 in hopes of new inspiration. He attended The University of North Carolina in Charlotte and received a BFA in Painting and a BA in Graphic Design. His work is a reflection of his life and concerns, sometimes taking a pop spin in a direct response to the media he is fed, albeit willingly, and at other times, a more intimate portrait based approach.

In his work, color use and fidelity to his subjects make them feel alive, but without being too literal. The work feels really light at first glance, but on closer examination of text and posture, the work is full of conflict, an exploration of the contrast between the shiny, smiling exterior that is frequently presented on the surface and the inner, self-conscious, status obsessed mind state that so many of us endure beneath it all.

Opening reception is 6pm-8pm Sunday, February 12th.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
3356 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR
M-F: 6AM-9PM / S-S: 7AM-9PM
TEL: 503-232-8889

Curator Contact Info:
Wendy Swartz
503-729-0822

Amy Kuttab
Living Cartography

To make these images, I observed and drew particular events, people, animals, plants, and surrounding environments as they are, imposing no fixed stillness on them, to map levels of movement within the predetermined frame of paper, wood, or canvas. Images that move beyond the frame are not drawn, and the form is created by the accumulated loose marks based on the movement of the subject, as well as the slight changes of my own physical position. This method evolved from an attempt to draw my father, a man too restless to be a traditional model. The result of the drawing session was a much more pleasant experience, and an image that felt far more honest and interesting.

The subsequent layers on vellum or paint act as intuitive color and emotion based on the memory of the time spent observing and drawing. The final images combine the perceived with the imagined and remembered. –

Opening reception is 4pm-6pm Sunday, February 19th.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
4525 SE Division Street
Portland, OR
M-F: 6AM-7PM / S-S: 7AM-7PM
TEL: 503-230-7702

Curator Contact Info:
Wendy Swartz
503-729-0822

 

 

 

RUTH LANTZ
Shifting Meridian

On view February 1st – February 28th, 2012
Opening reception First Thursday February 2nd, 6pm-8pm

In her paintings, Ruth Lantz explores the indeterminacy of visual encounters. Commingling abstraction and representation, she uses combinations of improvisational techniques and process driven decisions to distill the act of looking through a veiled understanding. The body of work for Shifting Meridian sources a collection of pinhole photographs to investigate the continual translation and fracture of a viewing experience – leaving the paintings hovering in the ether of an undetermined state.

Ruth Lantz, originally from Chicago, received her Masters in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and currently lives and practices in Portland, OR.  She is an adjunct professor at the University of Washington, Vancouver and employed by the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Image: Fenestra (detail), 2011, acrylic on canvas over panel, 72″ x 72″

The Portlandia-perpetuated clichés about Oregon’s most populous city are, in fact, mostly spot-on: Grey skies blanket earnest, crafty, foodie types obsessed with coffee. But perhaps it’s the lack of distracting sun that inspires residents to such industrious creativity. Though the indie scene of Portland is legendary, this artisanal vibe extends to food, drink, clothes, and housewares. And nowhere are they more florid than in the downtown Portland district. Spend a leisurely afternoon shuttling between old-school institutions and the new kids on the block and you’ll leave exquisitely fed, nattily dressed , and above all, highly caffeinated.

STUMPTOWN COFFEE ROASTERS
The most scenic of this local fave is in the lobby of the Ace Hotel, where you can beautiful-people-watch and get your joe fix. 1026 SW Stark

 

COLLISION
Artwork by Pattern People


Surfaces collide and reflect in the newest work from print studio, Pattern People. Inspired by parquetry, natural textures and fibers are inlaid within geometric compositions creating intricate, layered imagery. Opposites attract as soft knits gain structure, while marble and wood take on a quilt-like effect.

Pattern People is a Portland, Oregon based surface design studio founded by Claudia Brown and Jessie Whipple Vickery who came together with a shared love of pattern and adornment. Bringing a modern touch to the rich history of surface design, the studio creates prints and illustrations for fashion, beauty and interiors clients. Projects range from hand painted murals to beauty packaging for companies such as Estée Lauder, Stussy and Nike.

Their work has been featured in publications including Simply Pattern by Viction:ary, Monocle Magazine, and Print & Pattern by Laurence King.

Opening reception is 6pm-8pm Sunday, January 8th.

You can visit their website here: Pattern People
Check out what Marjorie Skinner wrote about the show on the Portland Mercury’s Blog,
Mercury on Design.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
3356 SE Belmont Street
Portland, OR
M-F: 6AM-9PM / S-S: 7AM-9PM
TEL: 503-232-8889

Curator Contact Info:
Wendy Swartz
503-729-0822

DARIUS KUZMICKAS
Camera Obscura: Outside In(n) + Ocean Pinholes: Sunset

On view January 5th – January 31st, 2012
Opening reception First Thursday January 5th, 6pm-8pm

For his first solo exhibition at our Downtown cafe, Kuzmickas shows photographs from his latest project, Camera Obscura: Outside In(n). Here, hotel rooms and apartments were converted into Camera Obscuras (literally translated as “dark, vaulted chambers”), each becoming a pinhole camera of its own. Capturing the loneliness of an inhabited space flooded with the accouterments of the outside world, Camera Obscura is an interpretation of our visual perception and of how we assimilate information from our urban cityscape. The exhibition also includes his work Ocean Pinholes: Sunset, which offers a new and evocative interpretation of the sunset picture cliché.

Pinhole photography (or the camera obscura) is a heavily intuitive process concerned more with creating a mood than delivering an image wrapped in the trappings of reality. Simple in theory, the process, predating modern photography, is quite tricky. What isn’t left to luck is owed to plenty of practice, precision, and experimentation.

Originally from Lithuania, Darius Kuzmickas currently lives in Portland, OR. He often shoots with medium & large format pinhole film cameras thus allowing his viewers’ imagination more room to impart its own story.

You can see more of his work on his website: www.kudaphoto.com.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-7pm / S-S: 7am-7pm
TEL: 503-295-6144

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