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On view at Division February 6th – March 31st, 2014

Stumptown is pleased to present an exhibition of new oil paintings by Hickory Mertshing. Hickory Draws upon the symbolic detritus of the American West, both literal and mythic. His paintings combine elements of playful remnant kitsch amid narratives of impermanence, waste and potential violence. Sculptural in their arrangement, Hickory’s canvases imply the compositional horizon of desert and forest floors.

Hickory Mertshing lives and works in Portland, Oregon. He received a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 1996 and has worked extensively in sculpture and metal fabrication. Since 2005, he has worked exclusievely with drawing and oil on canvas. His paintings have been shown widely and are in several private and corporate collections.

For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (wendy@stumptowncoffee.com)

Division Stumptown

4525 SE Division Street

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On view January 22nd – March 4th
Opening reception Sunday, January 26th, 4-6 pm

Shawn Creeden’s current work is an investigation into the tools and techniques employed by human beings in our attempts to gain control over the natural world. Since the era of Manifest Destiny, millions of miles of barbed-wire fence, arbitrary boundary delineation, privatizing property, guns, hunting, trapping, resource exploitation, the introduction of domestic livestock and the eradication of predators and wild competitors all led directly to the settling of the American West.

Through meticulous large-scale hand embroideries, drawings, sculpture and installations, Creeden explores these methods of domination, the underlying motivations and the mythos that develop around them. In Marks of Control, Creeden gives us a rare glimpse into his working process, placing new sculptural experiments beside preparatory drawings beside his labor intensive textile pieces.

B. 1981, Newport, RI. Shawn Creeden attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and has exhibited across the US, including in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Richmond, VA and New Bedford, MA. His books are held in the collections of the Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University and The Museum Library at The Museum of Modern Art, NY. He has partaken in Artist-In-Residency programs at Epicenter in Green River, UT and ACRE Projects in Steuben, WI. Creeden currently lives and works in Portland, OR.

For more information, please contact May Barruel (may@stumptowncoffee.com)

SYASOn view January 6th - February 3rd
Opening reception 4 – 6 pm Sunday, January 19th

It is not a shocker that with all the creative and talented folks here at Stumptown that their children would inherit it – whether through guidance, encouragement or just a good ‘ol natural knack.

Artists:

Lila Armbrust / Lauren Baker / Francis Cornell / Jacob Daniel / Theo Daniel / Viggo Daniel / Lillian May Hooper / Poppy Jassmond / Isabel Kirbach / Moses Kirbach / Holland Lounsbury / Karen Lounsbury / Saylor Jane Manning / Mason Matthews / Lydia McCarthy / Mia Mossefin / Shelley Mossefin / Esma Mszewski / Greta Mszewski / Rita Overby / Orin Wiley Pitts / Angus Sorenson / Ava Sorenson / Phoenix Spier / Rowan Spier / Emma Ulrich / Ezrah Weiler / Juniper Weiler / Lucien Wick

ICELAND- EXPOSURE FIVEOn view January 8th – February 4th
Opening reception TBA

Envision an Icelandic winter. It is dark, vast, gritty and tempestuous. With as much as 20 hours of darkness a day, you lose your sense of time during the long nights. The total absence of light is especially evident in remote northern towns, like Skagaströnd, where the surrounding mountains and fjords block even the slimmest sliver of sun on the horizon. Life seems to slow down during the long hours of solitude. This body of work, ARTEMIS, has its roots in the internal disorientation Ali Gradisher experienced during January and February 2013 at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

It is not uncommon to find large animal bones strewn about Iceland’s rugged terrain or washed up on the beach. For Ali, the bones seemed to be symbolic of a particularly guttural and keenly alive part of life that is characteristic to Iceland. She chose to magnify and play with bone motifs to express her impressions of Iceland’s wildly elemental and exposed landscape.

The cyanotypes in ARTEMIS commemorate a season of making, process and storytelling. Each of these cyanotypes were created in reaction to the one made before it. Because Ali abandoned traditional cyanotype processes and chose instead to paint, not print, with the chemicals, these pieces are evidence of both external and internal landscapes. What you see in this work is symbolic of place, remoteness, darkness and wild grit. As a result of the experimental processes harnessed to create each piece, this work questions the basic constitution of a cyanotype.

ARTEMIS was funded in part by a 2013 Professional Development Grant through the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, OR.

We’re beyond excited for our friends over at Ace Hotel opening the doors of their latest outpost in LA in the coming days. We also can hardly wait for the rebirth of the United Artists Theater, a noble building with a storied past. For the theater’s opening on Valentine’s Day, well-loved space rock band Spiritualized will perform its critically acclaimed album Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space in its entirety, accompanied by a full orchestra and choir. (For the record, when the Artists Theater originally opened in 1927, it debuted with My Best Girl starring Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.)

The hotel cafe and restaurant LA Chapter will serve up Stumptown coffee, if you need yet another reason to get there as soon as doors open to the public January 13.

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