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April 2012

JUSTIN A. KENNEY
Pinch of Space

On view May 4th – June 5th, 2012
Opening reception Sunday May 6th, 5 – 7 p.m.

In Pinch of Space, his first solo exhibition at Stumptown’s Downtown café, Justin A. Kenney explores Portland’s architectural imagery and pushes his audience, by bringing attention to their immediate surroundings, to create a better understanding of their own position in space.

Originally from Massachusetts, Justin A. Kenney is currently attending Pacific Northwest College of Art as a Printmaking Major. His work has previously been shown in solo exhibitions at Great River Arts Institute in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and Diesel, PNCA, & Wieden + Kennedy in Portland, Oregon.

Image: Intentional Hours, 2012, ink and graphite on paper, 30” x 44”

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

THIRSTY SURFER
works by Jason Traeger

The title of this collection of paintings Thirsty Surfer also happens to be my user name on the blogging website Tumblr. Since getting accquainted with the site late last year I’ve become a dedicated, my girlfriend might even call me an obsessed, Tumblr user. I began using the site the same way the majority of its user seem to: as a self-curated photo gallery primarily consisting of images found on other Tumblrs.

Since I began “Tumbling” I expanded from having a single photo gallery to having several galleries. Each one has it’s own unique aesthetic mission or vibe. A photo I love might fit well into Thrifty Herder but to my mind would be out of place on Thrashy Blurter for instance.

In the past few weeks I’ve branched out from working only on these photo blogs and I’ve started producing a written blog titled Jason Traeger. This eponymous blog is where I share stories from my life and place them in historic and cultural context. If you are reading this it is my great hope that while on your computer you take a moment to take a look at my Tumblrs. Thank you.

On view April 4th – May 1st, 2012
Opening reception Sunday April 15th, 4 pm – 6 pm

Here are links to the tumblr pages…
http://jasonotraeger.tumblr.com/

http://thriftyherder.tumblr.com/
http://thrashyblurter.tumblr.com/
http://paintaintpaint.tumblr.com/
http://arthateart.tumblr.com/

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

TERRASCAPES
works by Karl Ramentol

Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.
— BenoÎt Mandelbrot

Pattern is an important visual as well as conceptual component in my paintings. Nature’s design is unified, repetitive, yet somehow also spontaneous. Our thoughts tend to repeat in patterns of thinking. Just as a trees essence shapes its branches, these patterns of thought shape our identities, our future, and even our reality. Spontaneity is constant while I paint. Yet decisions are always made in response to prior decisions. Spontaneity is defined as exhibiting actions, impulses, or behavior that is stimulated by internal processes. In actuality it is impossible to be fully removed from exterior stimulation. By default we are uniquely creative.

Spontaneity is part and parcel to free will. Free will allows us to effect and influence our surroundings either directly or indirectly. This is so because we are all connected to everything at the most microscopic level. In order to affect our environment, thought it turns out, plays a much greater role than action. As the observer effect implies, quantum physicists have found that particles respond to perception. I speak of perception not only in its most obvious form but down to ones perspective and expectations. This suggests our “free will” is expresses beyond our singular selves and into the world which surrounds. Life seems to “branch” unexpectedly no matter how well we try to physically control its course. I suggest control is often confused by indeliberate thought and or misguided action.

True control as it turns out, is not merely outwardly manipulation of our surroundings but mostly, deliberate mental focus. In order for success, a state of joyful equanimity is required. Actually, the state itself is success. Painting has become a vehicle for me to achieve that inspired state.

With emotion as my guide, and using spatula instead of brush, paint is deposited across the canvas to be then buried under new paint with only sections left revealed. Patterns of form and color arise out of the seeming randomness. With each layer, like our memories, the present state informs the next subsequent gesture. In this present is where all our power lies.

On view April 4th – May 1st, 2012
Opening reception is 6 pm – 8 pm Sunday, April 8th.

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

Don’t Die, Dummy

On view April 5th – May 1st, 2012
Opening reception Sunday April 8th, 5-7 p.m.

Daniel Long is very much in the spirit of painting. Channeling his wild visions and feelings into diaristic works, he creates with a sense of immediacy. In a variety of media, Long playfully borrows styles from Classical to Pop and mixes in his own ideas of the contemporary.  With references to historical sources of painting and images from his daily visual field, Long constantly challenges conventional ideas of art, the value of painting, and the relationship of art to the everyday. The body of work in Don’t Die, Dummy celebrates his studio practice and the sense of freedom that Long finds in imagery that makes up certain cloud-like, visual rhymes.

Daniel Long is currently a first year student in the MFA in Visual Studies Program at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is from Memphis, Tennessee.

Image: Big Red and Green with Keyhole (detail)

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