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Artist Talk at Portland Art Museum


Creating space for your own work involves creating space for the work that made a difference to you. This is why artists write essays; they do so to reposition the way we read or the way we respond so that the work they do can be read or seen more clearly.

-- Colm Tóibín, Introduction to What Would Lynne Tillman Do? by Lynne Tillman (p. 14)

Lately I've been visiting the Portland Art Museum and gathering my thoughts about two works in their permanent collection: Man Ray's Cadeau (1921/1972, pictured above) and Men's Formal Hat from Korea's Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). I will be speaking about both works in two weeks as part of the Museum's monthly series, Artist Talks. The series asks local and regionally based artists, designers, and thinkers to address works of art in the Museum's permanent collection and how they relate to their own practices. Please join me for a lively conversation.

Artist Talk and Happy Hour - Linda Hutchins
Thursday, March 12, 2015, 6:00 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Avenue, Portland, Oregon
Advance tickets
are suggested and include social time in the museum cafe following the talk.

— Linda Hutchins, February 25, 2015 / Leave a Comment

Pat Boas Logo in Transformation Chase

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Pat Boas Logo series

Today is the final day of the show Transformation Chase at PCC Sylvania's Northview Gallery, and there will be a 2 pm gallery talk with the artists (Pat Boas, Brendan Clenaghan, Michelle Ross, and David Schell). I wish I could go. I would love to hear Pat Boas's thoughts about the materiality that is so present in her new handmade paper pieces. The highly organic deckle and the surface texture complicate the formal relationship of positive and negative space, and the physicality of the layers plays subtle visual tricks on me. The folds clearly indicate which layer of paper is on top but the cut shapes suggest a reversal and give the opposite illusion. In the white-on-white one, physicality becomes the whole story and I am drawn into the mystery of what might be taking place in that space out of sight between the layers. Oh, and I would go again just for another look at Michelle Ross's show-stopper, Om Chain. Daniel Peabody has a snapshot of it on Instagram.


— Linda Hutchins, February 14, 2015 / Leave a Comment