January 15, 2014
A dear friend of mine, Bonnie Meltzer, has been working hard to protect Portland from coal trains. As part of her fight she is having a show at Portland University and has invite me and Thom Caccamo to show a few pieces with her.
January 13 – February 6, 2014
The threat of hazardous coal trains rumbling through Bonnie Meltzer’s North Portland neighborhood sparked her environmental activism and prodded her to produce a series of artworks about the proposed coal export terminals. Environmental issues have been a long-time theme running through Meltzer’s very mixed media sculptures. Her use of globes and other found objects give her a symbolic, visual and verbal vocabulary in which to frame an idea and interpret the news. In this exhibition Meltzer offers a compelling and even humorous look at the local and the global implications of destructive coal by turning crocheted wire, beads, found objects, and painted wood into sculptural commentary.
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November 20, 2013
It has been a busy summer, now fall is almost over. The days are getting shorter and the light here in Portland seems more yellow with the sun so low in the winter sky. The weather has been pretty mild. The clouds have rolled back in for the rainy season but we have had some beautiful sunny days and some amazing sunsets. Here is one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve seen in a while:
(the picture isn’t the greatest as I was driving when I took it….)
It has been nice to look up at the sky and gain inspiration for my new series of work “Clouds”. While my landscape paintings reflect the subtle changes that happen over a period of time my cloud paintings represent a brief moment in time. I have always been amazed with the world above me. How light can create a mood or a feeling of a place that helps to create a memory that seems timeless. Instead of creating an organic cloudscape, I incorporate a grid pattern. With that my clouds, like my landscape paintings, speak of the effect humans have on the environment.
Here are a few of my new pieces: