Victoria Haven’s abstract ‘painted drawings’ operate as containers and frames that provoke the negative space of the central ‘void’ through a manipulation of 2D space that belies a fixed state. The metallic paint intensifies a perceptual vibration by creating another layer of reflection and refraction that allows the drawings to oscillate. In contrast to Haven’s abstractions, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART will exhibit literal drawings of rocks and cairns by artist duo Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen. The rock images are made with pigments derived from wolf lichen goo and ground igneous rocks. The dripping and drying of the sediment in the pigment creates the cracks, divots, and shadows in the rocky surfaces. In addition, we will show drawings by Nancy Lorenz. Her painted and collaged drawings are inspired by the sea and sky, and an aesthetic Lorenz developed living in Japan while she was a teenager. In Paris, Lorenz was commissioned to make work for the Alain Ducasse restaurants and a Chanel store. Kristen Miller’s drawings are meticulously stitched with sewn on minute glass beads, depicting landscapes and abstract compositions that employ light as a material. American Native, Marie Watt’s glass bead wolf drawing rolled into glass beaker.
Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen