Monthly Archives: January 2004

Erika Kohr & Margaret van Patten

Erika Kohr, sculptural glass
Margaret van Patten, intaglio prints
January 29-February 24
Opening Thursday, January 29, 6-9 pm during
“Last Thursday Artwalk”

Margaret van Patten is a printmaker who combines various intaglio and drypoint techniques to create uniquely personal prints. Making prints is very much a process oriented art form for her, and she uses this to her advantage by working directly on the surface of the plate and letting each mark respond to the previous mark. Using a wealth of diverse symbolism and metaphors (such as birds, insects, clothing, body parts, letters and numbers) van Patten creates multiple layers of meaning. She actively works to create questions about the relationships between oftentimes disparate elements. van Patten has been a part of Inkling Studio, a Portland cooperative print studio for the last ten years.

Margaret van Patten “Paper Doll” intaglio print


Erika Kohr’ focus for her sculptural glass work is the human form as viewed through the clothing that would be draped upon it. The forms that will be displayed are full bodied women’ red dresses, adolescent girls patterned dresses, toddlers and men’ black slacks. Along with these apparel pieces she will be showing glass canoes, anatomical hearts, and a glass tree stump; giving the clothing forms greater context. Kohr’ glass sculptures intend to stand as ghost images of a moment in the life of an individual as well as attempting to create narratives that describe the human experience. Some of these pieces are free standing pedestal pieces while others are wall mounted with steel armatures.

Erika Kohr “Formed of Fire” sculptural glass