Artist Reception: First Thursday, September 5, 6-9 pm // Artists’ Talk: Saturday, September 21, 1 pm // Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 am-5 pm
As an artist and a scientist by education and sensibility, Lynda Ater makes art that combines abstracted biologic forms with the dynamics of color interaction. At her day job she used a microscope to examine cell samples from patients for signs of cancer. The abnormal cells are visually fascinating, having variable shapes both subtle and extreme. By taking these microscopic forms out of the lab and presenting them anew—in paint on canvas—Ater gives them a different life, one of playfulness and intrigue instead of sickness and dread.
The images comprising the patterns are highly simplified versions of the microscopic cell forms. Ater’s compositional choice for the paintings is inspired by her admiration for traditional American quilting craft. The small triptychs evoke fragments of quilt-like patterns, while the drawings in the exhibition, done in charcoal and white conte crayon on tinted paper, highlight the images without the interference of color.
Encircled by Lynda Ater
In Urban Fragments, Rory ONeal’s photos continue his exploration of the urban landscapes found in large cities (New York and Portland), capturing bits and pieces of the city that go unnoticed, with the intent of making the viewer aware of their unique and special beauty. In his recent work, ONeal has ventured into the use of long exposures at night.
This exhibition features black and white large-scale photographs presented in archival pigment and silver gelatin darkroom prints.
PDX Foggy Night Train Tracks by Rory ONeal