Artist Lecture SATURDAY: Mark Tompkins on Mixing Media

Mixing Media: The Rewards and Pitfalls of Doing the Unexpected
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Mark Tompkins, our featured artist in the gallery in February is both an accomplished writer and photographer. In creating art, when you begin mixing media, you begin challenging the visual references of your viewer. Not only does each component need to work, they need to work together – a romance, of sorts. Just as strongly it challenges the character of the artist, particularly their ability to trust. As an artist that mixes original photographic images with dedicated text (varying in length from one line to full poems), Mark will discuss the creative processes and challenges of mixing media as illustrated with these elements. Joins us for a fun, inspiring lecture. Preview Mark’s online catalog of his show here.

Visiting Book Artist Lecture THURSDAY: Tobias Lange

Join us for a fascinating visiting artist lecture:
Thursday, February 19, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

We are very pleased to welcome Tobias Lange to the gallery for a presentation of his work and a discussion of his collaborations as a letterpress book artist. Tobias will be at Portland State University as a visiting artist the week of February 16-21. We are thrilled that PSU is hosting this public event here in the gallery. Tobias comes to us from Hamburg, Germany following his lecture at the CODEX Conference in San Francisco. Click here to preview Tobias’ work at his web site.

Artist Spotlight

Virginia Flynn – Tender is the Knife

This month in our back gallery we are featuring an amazing show of paper cut artwork by Portland artist, Virginia Flynn. Inspired by poetry, her paper cuts are delightful visual stories whose characters come alive and dance across the crisp black paper. Here’s one of the few remaining works in this show:

This slave cemetery has no

headstones, iron fence, or gate.

No witness but

pine needle,

brilliant cardinal,

pink columbine,

salvation light

on a quiet leaf,

and now me,


~Michael Wynn

Flynn was recently featured on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat (see the video here) and just installed four large metal panels for a public art project in the Pearl District.

Be sure to stop by and see Virginia’s show through Saturday, February 28th. In the meantime you can preview a full online catalog of Tender is the Knife here.

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