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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

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On view October 22nd – December 2nd 2014
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, November 23rd 

For The Blue Print Series, her first solo exhibition at Stumptown, Arielle Adkin made use of a singular, vintage, damask flower motif. In an effort to simplify the subject to the essence of pure pattern design, she at times tweaked, re-scaled, painted, printed over, drew on, and Cyanotyped the motif. Reminiscent of textile or wallpaper, these pieces hung together expend from simple surface into the realm of a glorious interior where mark-making and the power of artistic gesture reign.

Originally from Albuquerque, NM, Arielle Adkin received her BFA from the College of Santa Fe in 2006. She now lives and works in Portland, OR. More of her work can be found on her website (http://www.distillart.com).

 

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

artist_series_blogStumptown has always been staffed by a crew of artists (just look at Stumptown longtimers Tim Root & Tim Wenzel) so in honor of our 15th birthday on November 1, we put out a call to Stumptown staff across the country to submit original artwork to don the Hair Bender bag cards for the month of November – here is the full spread of submissions. How lucky are we to work among such talent.

From left to right:

(top row) Emily Hibsman, Brent Wick, Steph Ketnick
(second row) Joseph McVetty, Jesse Marvin, Austin Wahl
(third row) Marcie McCabe, Beau Berkley, Marian Miller
(bottom left) Jaime Boddorff