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On view March 5 – April 28, 2014

In the past four years, I have pursued an obsession with quilts. I have traveled across the country and back to study how quilts are made, how they are used, and what they mean. At the end of this touring research, I had made a body of installations using patchwork and quilting techniques, but had never finished a bed quilt.

A quilt is a power object. A quilt is a sculpture and a painting. A quilt is a document of time and labor. A quilt goes to bed with you and keeps you warm, covered, shrouded, draped. I am excited that with this new series of work there is the possibility of daily use. Each piece is hand-quilted and ready for an intimate relationship. In the tradition of re-use, I have cut-up and reconfigured past projects; to settle them in a new permanent home, bound in stitches with a layer of batting.

Eliza Fernand is inspired by craft supplies, relationships, forces of nature, small histories, mysteries, changing landscapes, scraps of things, and the transformation of materials and ideas. She received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2006 and is currently investigating the traditions and techniques of quiltmaking through interactive, collaborative projects. Her work has been shown all over the country, most notably at Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, New York, NY; College of Western Idaho, Nampa , ID; 65 GRAND, Chicago, IL; HATCH Gallery, Oakland CA; and galleryHOMELAND, Portland OR. Fernand is the co-founder and director of Shared Space Studio, a community art space in rural West Michigan.

Please note that there won’t be an opening reception for “Bright Shroud”. The artist is currently living in Oakland, CA and, unfortunately, unable to make the trip at this time. For more information or images, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com

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On view February 25th - April 2nd
Opening reception 4 – 6 pm Sunday, March 9th

There will be an after party hosted by the AUSLAND SCHLÄGE LABEL at the Aalto Lounge beginning at 7PM. It is a cassette release party for RIGAS DEN ANDRE – EPHEDRINE SKIES (Alex created the art for their album).Screen shot 2014-02-25 at 10.41.39 AM

Alex Chiu describes his art as strange and nonsensical. He creates fantasy landscapes using cartoon characters. There isn’t too much meaning behind it all, but it has given him a platform to connect with others. He feels that he has met some of the most amazing and inspiring people through his journey as an artist. Creating artwork has given him a sense of purpose and identity. Alex would like to think that what he creates will help him understand more about himself and the world around him. He hopes that others may be moved by that exploration as well.

Alex currently lives in Portland, Oregon, working as a teacher and coffee barista. He likes weirdo art, burritos, zines, punk music and kung fu movies. To see more of his artwork, please visit his website at http://alexdoodles.com

 

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

 

 

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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