"Paraphrase"Abstract and figurative works based off phrasings, passages and textual tid-bits
RECEPTION: Saturday, May 16 – June 1 from 6-9pm. Gallery hours are Thursday- Sunday, NOON-6pm.
4 Artist show (Fred Swan, Chris Haberman and Deborah Martin) Featuring poster/print artist, Andrew Ghrist.
This month at the Peoples Art of Portland Gallery is an annual pairing with staff artist, Fred Swan. At 74 years old, this lifetime artist continues to make engaging and beautiful works in encaustic, acrylic, watercolor, plaster and photography. He is joined by painter Chris Haberman for this show with a theme they created together, working from phrasings, songs or quotes, creating jointed work based off the written word. They are joined by sculptor and glass artist Deborah Martin, who has created a “wall of glass” for the show, and FEATURING rare limited edition prints and originals from international poster/print artist, Andrew Ghrist.
“Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it..” – song writer, Lionel Richie, one of the many quotes used in Paraphrase.
Feature Poster Artist: Andrew Ghrist is a painter/printmaker located in Chicago with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work focuses on producing high quality hand-drawn screen-prints that usually have an assortment of different animals in strange situations. He has been heavily influenced by the American art poster creative community, especially the works of Aaron Horkey and Jay Ryan. In the words of Ghrist, “ I love what I do and I am a strong advocate for working hard and getting shit done.”
Paraphrase – Artist Bios: Fredrick “Fred” Swan started working with encaustics and making collages following a significant life event. Having once been a detailed wildlife and western artist, the fluid luminosity of wax and the textural qualities of recycled paper and found objects have become metaphors for his changed perceptions of the world. His encaustic and plaster pieces - hinting of the sharp detail and substance that lies just under the surfaces of our experiences - suggest the balance he is finding between the visual and opinionated clarity he was certain of as a youth and the nuances of his perceptions as he has become older. Swan’s work for ‘Excavations’ embodies stories told through a variety of media and from different perspectives. He has included in the show pieces that suggest loss, fear, hope and wonder; pieces - like stories – that are both old and new.
In addition to the showings of his art work in the Northwest and in Scottsdale, Fredrick is the author of Parentheses: A Memoir of My Life Before, During and After My Death. Parentheses sensitively explores the hope and resiliency of the human spirit released by Stewart and Hobbs Publishing House in May 2014.
Fred is a constant part of Peoples Art of Portland Gallery and has been a volunteer/staff member since 2011, having an annual show since then. He lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Chris Haberman is a working painter, writer, muralist, curator and musician, native to Portland, Oregon. Aside from painting, he has published poetry, journalism and fiction; being awarded the Tom Doulis Fiction award, the Wilma Morrison award for excellence in journalism from Portland State University and is a lifetime member to the Academy of American Poets. All of Chris Haberman’s artwork is created recycled objects, found material from the streets and alleyways of his hometown. A discarded cabinet door or table top quickly becomes the backdrop for an integrated puzzle-poem of figures and text, focusing on subjects like people, politics, the region, pop-culture, media, music, film and literature.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams said in 2009 that “Chris is the hardest working artist in Portland.” Chris’ first curatorship was a show for Adams in City Hall of Portland, Oregon, (Portland Pride, 2007). He has also shown art in hundreds of venues, including “Oregon Art Annual” and is a frequent contributor to local artwalks, school fairs and open studio tours. In July 2012, Chris recorded selling over 10,000 original works since 2001; and he was a feature artist for Oregon Art Beat on Oregon Public Broadcasting and awarded “Portland Artist of the Year” for Barfly Magazine. In Jan, 2011, he and fellow artist Jennifer Mercede won a national artist contest in Las Vegas, competing with artists’ from 10 other cities.
Besides making art, Chris is also a teacher and a fervent freelance curator and arts advocate, coordinating hundreds of Portland art exhibits with regional artists since 2001, founding first a non-profit (Portland City Art, 2009) and then Chris Haberman Presents and The People’s Art of Portland in Pioneer Place Mall (with fellow artist/curator/buddy, Jason Brown, The Goodfoot) both in 2010, to help local artists show their works.
In 2011, he illustrated a book with Oregon television icon, K.C. Cowan detailing a humorous selection of Catholic Saints. In the same year he also completed a 219 wood panel album reproduction for an office mural for record label Kill Rock Stars, and a 100 piece show of about the History of Oregon for Portland State University. In 2012/2013 he completed a 140 foot mural about “The History of Hawthorne Blvd.” for 50th SE Hawthorne on the Eagles Fraternal Lodge funded by a grant from Regional Arts and Culture Council; and currently is the Art Consultant/Curator/Art Department Staff for TV show Portlandia (Seasons 3, 4 and 5). In 2014, he helped present the 15th annual Oregon Art Beat exhibition of 350 artists with Oregon Public Broadcasting, and appeared as a working artist on Ovation channel’s reality show, “One Man’s Trash.” June 2015 Chris is currently working on a large-scale outdoor mural for the City of Milwaukie, OR, on the back of the High School, which will serve as the main art wall for the new MAX transit (train) stop (opening September, 2015) – project is funded by the City of Milwaukie, with help from Tri-Met/MAX. Chris and his life partner (Teresa) and their two spoiled dogs, live and work in Portland, Oregon.
Deborah Martin started young in the arts and went back to school for engineering. During that time she did artistic semiconductor mask design and worked with glass after work. She reached into the depths of her soul to coax her art out and made time to explore and have fun with technology. Ideas and inspiration should be allowed to come from anywhere. She did glass in traditional fashion and also laser cut and water jet kiln carving patterns.
Deborah developed a double layer kiln carve for her tiles. She has skills in kiln carving, cold working, casting, painting with glass, CAD, Laser certified and screen printing with glass powder. Many Bullseye classes were involved. She was drawn to glass by the infinite possible uses of color and light and for the enhanced environment of her surroundings. An open mind, vision and determination are important combined with mentors, and learned and practiced skills.
Deborah lives and works in Oregon