Snow is an interactive, site specific installation that explores the ephemeral nature of snow in an urban winter wonderland. Co-comissioned by North and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art the installation is up and running right now, head down to SW 6th and SW Alder throughout the month of December and check out new work by Cynthia Lathi, Patrick Long, Adam Sorensen and Midori Hirose.
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Cynthia Lathi’s work resonates with honesty and reflects the beauty and chaos of this world. Lathi combines references to art of past centuries with her own personal visual language. Her work reflects a collective conscience with imagery that is deeply referential of Lathi’s own personal experience and emotions. Her sculpture, drawings and photographs become relics made from real materials, methods and symbols that hope to offer an explanation of reality. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at PDX Contemporary Art, the Laura Russo Gallery, Marylhurst Art Gym and the Nine Gallery in Portland, Oregon. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art where she will have a solo exhibition in April 2009.
Patrick Long is an artist and illustrator, his simple and evocative pen and ink drawings mimic and mirror how we look and live. Through his eyes the hilarity of man is captured in a wry facial expression, the artfulness of a couture gown in the flourish of a sleeve. Long draws the awkward, the under-appreciated, the fashion forward and the utterly mundane with equal reverence . His illustrations have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, National Geographic Explorer, Vouge Nippon, Fantastic Man and Assouline. His work was featured in “Crossing the Line” an exhibition for the Heathman Hotel organized by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery. His famous drawings of “Cops in Love” were featured in Plazm Magazine and in Core Sample, a city-wide exhibition in 2003.
Midori Hirose + Adam Sorensen
Midori Hirose’s work combines the hard edges of geometric shapes with fluid organic forms. On paper, in installations and through sculptural arrangements Hirose’s work shifts scale and surface in a whimsical manner. She uses a bright disorienting palette and juxtaposes careful quilt like patterns over hazed gradients of color. Hirose’s work was recently included in group exhibitions at PDX Contemporary Art and Quality Pictures in Portland, Oregon and was featured in “Supernatural” curated by Arnold J Kemp for the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
Adam Sorensen’s work explores the landscape as subject and depicts the natural world with an intellectual remove. His dark otherworldly scenes suggest the lonely contemplation of overwhelming beauty. Sorensen’s work has been exhibited in Los Angels as part of “High Five: Emerging Art in America”, in the Portland Art Museum’s 2003 Biennial as well as the “Core Sample” exhibition of that year. He was selected as one of ten artists for the annual young painters competition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and was recently featured in New American Paintings. His work has been exhibited throughout the Northwest. Sorensen is currently represented by PDX Contemporary in Portland, Oregon, and James Harris Gallery in Seattle, Washington. An exhibition of new paintings is currently on view at PDX Contemporary Art.