Exquisite Corpse (Benz & Chang), Nanette Wallace & Karen Wippich) and William Hernandez

MAIN GALLERY (August 29-September 22)
ARTISTS TALK: September 14, starting @ 2 pm

Exquisite corpse is a collaborative drawing approach most famously used by surrealist artists to create bizarre and intuitive drawings. Each collaborator adds to a composition, only being allowed to see the end points of what the previous artist contributed. This show features collaborations between artists Karen Wippich, Nanette Wallace and Dave Benz. 

Karen Wippich While working on these exquisite corpses, Karen Wippich meditated on groups, calm toes, and the together painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, “The Candid Head of Canby.” Particularly, the way it creates absentmindedly through a lens of fingers. The exquisite corpse is then a comment on the new brilliant experience!

Nanette Wallace While working on these exquisite corpses, Nanette Wallace meditated on kitties, dark women, and the small monotype by Käthe Kollwitz, “The Strange Ink of Mt. Hood National Forest.” Particularly, the way it dreams frequently through a lens of roller skates. The exquisite corpse is then a comment on the new powerful experience!

Dave Benz (Benz & Chang) While working on these exquisite corpses, Dave Benz meditated on faces, possible experiments, and the brooding painting by Paul Klee, “The Puffy Frown of Headquarters.” Particularly, the way it called directly through a lens of machines. The exquisite corpse is then a comment on the new miraculous experience!

FEATURE AREA (August 29-September 22)

William Hernandez Portland-based, Peruvian artist William Hernandez returns to Guardino Gallery with Poetic Translations II a second collaboration and creative response to a suite of poems about relationships and memory by Portland writer Christa Kaainoa. Hernandez’s newest body of work was born of his desire to investigate the universality of connection – the profound impact and importance of relationship and love. These series of paintings evoke universal stories of love, longing, death and inspiration. Hernandez finished some pieces in his travel to Peru this summer adding a special touch with his roots and a special inspiration of his town. William Hernandez is a Portland-based painter whose artwork creates a bridge spanning his past traditions and memories to his life today as an artist, family man and Peruvian living in the Pacific Northwest. His surreal subjects and graphic, illustrative style create layered narratives infused with lingering emotions from whimsy to melancholy.