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ISIS FISHER
Entanglement

April 1st – May 5th, 2015

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Departing from her usual watercolor medium, Isis Fisher presents Entanglement, a collection of black and white drawings, at Stumptown Downtown.

“These works focus on interweaving forms, organic pattern, and varying, uneven symmetry.  Although the lines are clean, the symmetry is often distorted which gives it a very human element.  In these drawings, I use the juxtaposition of various textures and patterns to create a tapestry of interlocking imagery, smaller forms creating a larger image.  Often when I begin a piece, I have no pre-conceived notion of the outcome. I allow the work to develop gradually and spontaneously.”

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Isis Fisher is a self-taught artist from Maui, Hawaii who now lives and works in Portland, Oregon.  Her first exhibition opened at Breeze Block Gallery in 2010. Since then, she has shown in many small venues and galleries both in Portland and Hawaii. Most recently, she showed her first collection of black and white drawings at the Flaming Lips’ gallery, The Womb, in Oklahoma City. Entanglement is her first time showing at Stumptown Downtown.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Downtown)
128 SW Third Avenue
Portland, OR 

JG_3 On view March 10 – April 6th
Reception 4-6pm Sunday, March 22nd with music by Jonathan Sielaff (of Golden Retriever)

John Gnorski was born and raised in Virginia and lives and works in Portland. He writes and plays music with the band Houndstooth.

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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 March 3rd – March 31st

Michael Rutledge makes work about himself. He makes work about the places and people in the world that provide him with a great sense of feeling. He makes the artwork that he would like to see hanging at home, which sometimes makes letting go of it difficult. Until its finished, he doesn’t usually think too much about what he’s making or why he’s made it.

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

Belmont Stumptown
3356 SE Belmont Street

maria.joan.dixon.1On view February 25th – March 31st, 2015
Opening reception 5-7 pm Sunday, March 1st

For Medicine Paintings Vol. 1, her second solo exhibition at Stumptown Downtown, Maria Joan Dixon documents the gorgeous and luminous worlds she has seen in her most recent visions and dreams. Mixed with a bit of what we know as physical images of our space and universe, her paintings express the ‘as within, so without’ aspect of our surreality.

Maria Joan Dixon is a born and raised Portland painter. Having taught herself acrylic painting since childhood, she has recently moved on to oil paints. Her work was previously exhibited at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and in Portland, OR at Breeze Block Gallery, Sugar Gallery, and Stumptown Downtown. Dixon is a staple of Portland identity, having created album covers for Adrian Orange, Valet, Swan Island, and Eternal Tapestry and murals for Rad Summer, The Box Social, and Sol Republic Headquarters.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters
128 SW Third Avenue

On view February 6th – March 9th
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, February 15th

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“I believe that the Universe is one being, all its parts are different expressions of the same energy, and they are all in communication with each other, therefore parts of one organic whole.” - Robinson Jeffers

I have always found myself drawn to naturalist writers: Whitman, Thoreau, Jeffers, Abbey, Snyder. Through them, engrossed with an idea of monism, traveling from city to country, my computer screen to vast expanses of landscape. Feeling comfortable with each.

These photographs are of the Painted Hills, Oregon. Shot in the new year, no one around for miles. The stillness was intoxicating.

They are printed on bond paper using a plotter — a large format printer mainly used to produce architectural prints. While I enjoy the textural aesthetic of the image using this method, I am also drawn to marrying an image of a natural creation, with a method typically reserved for man made constructions.

- Evan Kinkel

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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 February 5th – March 2nd
Reception for the artist 4-6pm Sunday, February 8th

Megan uses materials to satisfy tactile, practical and spiritual needs. It is in working with materials that she is connected to their origins, their possibilities and their limits. At the same time Megan explore these themes for herself.

“Civilization seems in general to estrange men from materials, that is, from materials in their original form. For the process of shaping these is so divided into separate steps that one person is rarely involved in the whole course of manufacture, often knowing only the finished product. But if we want to get from materials the sense of directness, the adventure of being close to the stuff the world is made of, we have to go back to the material itself, to its original state, and from there to partake in its stages of change.”

“… for creating is the most intense excitement one can come to know.”

- Anni Albers (1899-1994) Bauhaus Weaver

 

Belmont Stumptown
3356 SE Belmont Street