May 31-June 26
Reception: Thursday May 31, 6-9 pm
Artist Talk: June 16 @ 2pm
Consu Tolosa is a painter of bright and dynamic mixed-media abstracts, exploring and depicting the complexity of emotions contained in human relationships. She has created “Pleasures + Perils” as a visual exploration of relational and emotional landscapes. In this collection Consu uses color and shape to investigate and depict moments of human connection. Each piece a small window to the inside, a visual representation of the connections we make with ourselves, one another and the world around us. Feelings and relationships show up as a range of hues and a variety of brushstrokes converging, conflating, diverging, and rearranging themselves to mirror our internal landscape. Consu originally trained as an Art Therapist and is interested in the relationship between psychological processes and creative expression. Her art practice is fueled by curiosity, experimentation, discovery and the pleasure of the process itself. She born in Uruguay, Consu calls Portland, Oregon her home.
Helen Kaufman works in clay and identifies her work as carved ceramic. Helen describes it best, “This latest manifestation is expressed through hours in the studio, sculpting, carving, working intimately with the clay as it hardens and challenges me to bring out more and more of its potential. Upon entering the studio, as I uncover the work from the last session, my mind’s eye sees the next step as I reach for the tool that will define the contour…slowly carving, moving more rapidly as the process takes over and leaves my everyday self behind. An hour, two or three pass…challenges me to remember to stretch, relax my arm and shoulder, take a break.Each time I begin a new piece by choosing a size and shape of moist clay. My fingers, hands and sponge begin with a shape, line or opening and one motion leads to the next as the clay takes shape and the form emerges from the solid. As the clay dries I use wire sculpting tools to further define the form. Over time I have experimented with how much clay can be removed from the interior creating a deeply carved, complex three dimensional form.”
Hazel Glass creates layers of intricately hand cut paper. She discovered paper=cut art, most of what she saw was made out of single sheet of black or white paper. Hazel immediately pushed those boundaries, by using color and multiple layers to create interwoven contrast and compositions with depth. Firmly believing that bigger is not better, she finds both the meticulous technical challenges and resulting delicacy of working small too intriguing to ignore. Using an x-acto blade, she hand cuts each layer separately, building them up from a 2D drawing into intricate bas-relief sculptures. Her inspirations range from the meditative symmetry of illuminated manuscripts and Islamic art, to the organic patterns of nature. From textiles and tiles, to sediment strata, rusted metal and weathered wood grain, Hazel strives to reinvent them with nothing but paper. The results are precious windows into abstract worlds. Whether the palette is vibrant or muted, it is an integral part of the work. And while the design is what Hazel’s art is saying, color is the tone of voice through which each piece speaks.
Rosey Covert weaves willow into what she calls woven sculpture. “My first year weaving I tried everything, any class I could get my hands on, and many different styles of weaving. In my second year of weaving I began to learn to harvest and process different plants. In the second year of weaving I explored my way past the delicious hunger to try everything while figuring out what I like and don’t like, into an exploration of what it looks like when I weave from my own imagination and wandering. They begin in circles, overlapping and intertwining. They are made of pathways, they feel like rivers to weave. These sculptural pieces, loosely called baskets, are made from red osier dogwood that I harvested from the Hoyt Arboretum in February of this year. Also the ones I’ve been working on this winter are from the trees in my neighborhood, willow from a local farm and red osier, again after the harvest. Playing with lines and shapes in this organic branch twisting way has been dreamy and wild and sometimes frustrating and wonky.”