Monthly Archives: August 2019

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. 

13th Annual Day of the Dead

DAY OF THE DEAD SHOW  (September 26-October 27)
The 13th annual “Day of the Dead” is a loving celebration about taking away the mystique of death with art raging from lighthearted to deeply profound. This year 56 artists were asked to interpret this Latino tradition and make it their own. This show features paintings, ceramics, fabric, wood, embroidery and more. Opens Last Thursday, September 26, 6-9pm with art, live music, public altars, costumes. The show will run through Oct  27.

Participating artists this year:  Diane Archer, Kristen Bennett, Dave Benz, Louise Brewer, Tory Brokenshire, Stephanie Brockway, Nora Brodnicki, Alea Bone, Geahk Burchill, Dayna Collins, Richard Cutshall, Sheri Debow, Gene Flores, Amy Frazer, David Friedman, Mini Giri, Dave Gonzo. Alison Grayson, Dan Hennig, Jen & Iver Hennig, Marcia Jeglum, Janet Julian, Alicia Justus, Melissa Kojima, Lynn Latta, Jackie McIntyre, Irene Lawson, Celeste Le Blanc, Mavis Leahy, Wendy Malinow, Rogene Manas, Maude May, Hickory Mertsching, Amanda Myers, Angela Myers, Lulu Moon Murakami, Beth Myrick, Gail Owen, Dan Pillers, Ron Rogers, Thomas Rude, Layla Schubert, Sara Swink, Consu Tolosa, Orquidia Violeta, Nanette Wallace, Mike Wellins, Anna Wiancko-Chasman, Robyn Williams, Chayo Wilson Steve Winkenwerder, Samyak Yamauchi, Cathi Joy Young, Rachel Young, Noelle Zimmel

ALTARS: We have added another Public Altar to the show. In addition to the altar for remembrance of our family members and friends, we have added a Pet Altar for our pet companions. Bring pictures, small tokens or add to the growing slips of paper available here. Join in the celebration.