PDX CONTEMPORARY ART
Wes Mills’ drawings are inspired from daily experiences and the belief in things unknown. Although deeply personal and visually spare, the work shares a universal instinct of mark making. Mills builds his subtle arrangements of organic forms in graphite and powder pigments— materials he chooses for their inherent quietness and delicacy. Seemingly simple marks bind pieces together.
Mills’ work is in the collections of Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles, CA), Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY).
Jeffry Mitchell’s tragicomic universe imbues his drawings with an exuberant pathos that is emblematic of his larger practice as a sculptor and installation artist. Mitchell explores a visual language wherein the big animals within his retinue—cartoonish elephants, bears, tigers, and eroticized men—exist alongside bunnies, roosters, and flora that teem together in both paradox and earnest dialog to explore the big themes of love, loss, shame, desire and vitality. Dissolving well-behaved taxonomies and hierarchies in favor of connection and cross-pollination, Mitchell embraces his embellishment of symbolic motifs as a kind of folkloric lingua franca that readily transposes both fear and erotic energy to produce a canny beauty and ethos of shared becoming. (Fionn Meade, Tyger! ,Tyger!)
Mitchell’s work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University (Cambridge, MA) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA).