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Putting Things in Their Best and Proper Place

Sep 26 – Nov 16 2013

Artists:

Mira Kamada, Suzan Fant, Joseph Pentheroudakis, Bruce Savadow

Photo Gallery

ABOUT THIS EXHIBITION

Bruce Savadow finds the subject matter for his photographs while walking with open mind and eyes in such places as the Hoh Rainforest and the Leach Garden in Portland.  His focused attention to berries hanging from a branch, clover ground cover, and ferns elucidate inherent patterns and designs in nature.

Joseph Pentheroudakis’s graphite and colored pencil grid-like drawings of lines within tiny squares read as exercises in both subtlety and structural integrity. He works to “bring out the order and beauty of lines—their inner lives and the complex, expressive webs they weave.”

Mira Kamada’s grid-like paintings of circles that pulsate with color have their structural roots in music, and in her experiments in visualizing rhythm while playing the clarinet. She writes, “After a struggle with counting, clapping and foot tapping, it occurred to me that I might grasp these patterns if I visualized them… Would my brain create new connections between musical patterns and visual patterns?”

As Suzan Fant builds her abstract collages and sculptures, “the focus is always on color and pattern, on light and movement… During my conjurings, a particular rightness presents itself.”

These four artists share an appreciation for beauty, and even pleasure, in order—whether it is the natural “order” created by a pattern of leaves or the “rightness” that results when shapes and color fall together in rhythm. While describing her work, Suzan Fant shared a quote from Eudora Welty, which inspired the title of this show: That’s what I really love doing—putting things in their best and proper place, revealing things at the time they matter most.