Andrea Benson, Portland group show
intentional and unintentional interconnectedness
Andrea Benson, Ken Hochfeld, Todd Griffith, Bonnie Meltzer
325 NW 5 (between Everett and Flanders)
Portland OR 97209
hours: Wednesday – Saturday 1:00 to 6:00
OPEN HOUSE WITH THE ARTISTS 4:00 to 7:00 Thursday, September 16
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Andrea Benson’s figurative mixed media paintings use multiple layers of encaustic and drawing to focus on gesture, stance and a state of mind that is both personal and cultural. In a tattered and constantly generating world where everything is enmeshed and entangled they explore a point between confusion, entropy and repose.
The very nature of Bonnie Meltzer’s work is an entanglement. She uses “very mixed media” to describe her sculpture which connects multiple techniques and materials (painted wood, found objects and crocheted wire) into one piece.Crocheted wire, a primary technique she uses, is a deliberate and structured knotting in itself but it often ties the disparate elements of a piece together visually and stucturally. In this series she has explored the taming of everyday tangles — hair; phone cords; thread; head and heart; and past and present.
Todd Griffith’s knot paintings and drawings from his series “Transitions and Patience” show controlled chaos. The knots appear to be in nice neat bundles, but on closer inspection the order is illusionary. The string is tangled, and more often than not is escaping from its confines. For Griffith, the knots are metaphors for the confusions, stresses and emotions one faces. The title is apt for this series. Patience is as necessary a character trait for navigating change as it is for unraveling a knotted ball of yarn.
With the series “Threads”, Hochfeld captures a personal interpretation of nature’s lyrical grace and mystery in found and somewhat created, fanciful circumstances. He imagined these photographs of vine entanglements and branches as visual equivalents to short verses, each with its own particular melody, created with expressionistic brush strokes of reality and imagination. To common scenes of what we otherwise interpret as disorder and confusion, he perceives as a sense of balance, rhythm and continuum, as seen through open windows of photographic frames.
You can see “Entangled” through September at Anka Gallery, 325 NW 6 in Portland, Oregon. To see more about the “Entangled” go to the project website.