From the Forest, From the Furrows, From the Field


Just in time for the autumnal equinox, Ford Gallery is excited to present “From the Forest, From the Furrows, From the Field”, a group show inspired by folk horror, a sub-genre of horror in which rural, isolated communities assume their folklore and superstitions to be true, often revealing the continued practice of sinister, ancient pagan beliefs. In some folk horror tales, creatures said to lurk in the woods are very real, hexes and enchantments have genuine effects, and the old gods do indeed grant bounties and bring punishments, but often the community’s rituals reflect only the failings of tradition, and evil in the human heart.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 28th
6 – 9 PM

Participating Artists Include:
AJ Hawkins
Alicia Justus
Alison Grayson
Angela Myers
Arún Joseph Ragan
Caren Rockwood
Dusty Ray
Elizabeth Massa-MacLeod
Elodie Kahler
Erika Rier
Esmeralda Rupp-Spangle
Heidi Elise Wirz
Holly Cappello
Lisa Laser
Liv Rainey-Smith
Lorren Ashley Lowrey
Maria Mangus
Mavis Leahy
Melissa Monroe
Mrrranda L. Tarrow
Natalie Wood
Pip Simon
Ramon Martin
Rebecca Artemisa
Sam Hutt
Tera Stenzel
Trisha Shozuya
Troy Hileman
Woodland Shrine
xochi_pilli

Curated by Mrrranda L. Tarrow

Live music by May Dirt
8 PM

“An experience like crawling on your belly through moist fertile soil with a bone rattle clutched in one hand and a book of faerie tales in the other.”
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On view September 28th – October 23rd

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Chasing Jessie Applegate


Chasing Jessie Applegate, a new solo show at Ford Gallery, is a visual art exhibition of work created by Portland artist Kirista Trask. Through the abstract exploration of place the artist seeks to reconcile her genealogy as a seventh generation Oregonian in relationship to her families long struggle with inter generational trauma. Chasing Jessie Applegate visually speaks to how trauma does not dissipate in its effect but rather can trickle down from generation to generation. Chasing Jessie Applegate will also allow the artist to share the stories of the women in her family visually as often words are out of reach. Generating a visible representation of pain that is often unspoken or invisible. To give pain a place to rest and to allow stories of hope and resilience to stand alone in its place. Chasing Jessie Applegate features twelve paintings that each represent the untold story of a women in her genealogical line. These twelve paintings span eight generations of women, going all the way back to the Oregon Trail.

Opening Reception
Saturday, October 26th
6-9 PM

About the Artist
Kirista Trask translates subtle moments and landscapes into swirling abstraction, blending saturated, opaque colors with translucent washes to evoke moment as an emotional experience. Her work is created using a variety of materials, including acrylic, ink, charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, chalk and coffee, in order to react to the spirit of the location at the moment. These abstract works exist somewhere between presence and memory, giving the viewer a moment for pause. Her best work is done plein air style in stunning locations all over the world and especially in the Pacific Northwest. As a seventh generation Oregonian Kirista finds a deep connection to place and incorporates that into her work.

Kirista Trask was awarded a project grant from Regional Arts Cultural Council which provided the funds for this project.

On view through November 27th.

FACE – Fine Art Cutout Exhibition

Custom faire-style cutouts, as designed by over a dozen local artists.

F.A.C.E. will exhibit roughly 15 large-scale pieces, each designed by a different local artist. Each piece features a roughly face-shaped hole somewhere on the canvas, where you and your pals can join the composition and selfie yourself into oblivion.

CONTRIBUTING ARTISTS
Justine Verigin
Matt Hopkins
Amanda Baker
Keith Henderson
Beth Austin
YouCantSitWithUs
Maddison Bond
Hannah Bearden
Cynthia Reinhold
Logan Welliver
Jamie Middleton
Chaya Bogorad
YaPouring
Kate Straube

Curated By Anya Bogorad

All Ages, though 18+ recommended.

Come for the novelty, stay for the music, “gift shop” (small items table), and of course Little Red’s Bakeshop cookies! We’ll open our door at 6:00pm, and then kick alla y’all out so the artists can chillax and high five at 9:00pm.

Entry for opening night will be $5 at the door – CASH PREFERRED.

Music by LuvJonez – https://luvjonezmusic.com/

On view
August 24th – September 20th

Post your photos to Facebook & Instagram with the hashtag #FACEportland

For more information visit https://face.bogmonster.events

Call for entries for FOLK HORROR show at Ford Gallery


Just in time for the autumnal equinox, Ford Gallery is excited to present “From the Forest, From the Furrows, From the Field”, a group show inspired by folk horror, a subgenre of horror in which rural, isolated communities assume their folklore and superstitions to be true, often revealing the continued practice of sinister, ancient pagan beliefs. In some folk horror tales, creatures said to lurk in the woods are very real, hexes and enchantments have genuine effects, and the old gods do indeed grant bounties and bring punishments, but often the community’s rituals reflect only the failings of tradition, and evil in the human heart.

Artists may submit up to three pieces in any medium; we must ask that no single work be larger than 36″ in any dimension. Space for 3D work is limited – let us know if you require a podium or special display requirements. Work must have been completed within the the last three years, and have not already been shown at the Ford Gallery. There is no entry fee, but the Ford Gallery takes a 40% commission on work sold.

If you would like your art to be considered for our promotional materials, please send images of finished work by Sun, Aug 18. Please confirm your participation by Sat, Sept 15. Work is due at the Ford Gallery (2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland) by Sat, Sept 21. 

Send submissions to sara@fordgallerypdx.com

Intrigued, but unsure if your art would fit? For a better sense of the folk horror aesthetic, check out these films and books: The Wicker Man, Midsommar, Blood on Satan’s Claw, Children of the Corn, The VVitch, November, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders, “The Great God Pan” by Arthur Machen, “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson, “The Ritual” by Adam Nevill (and its 2017 film), “The Loney” by Andrew Michael Hurley, “The Owl Service” by Alan Garner

Submissions Due:
Sunday, September 15th

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 28th
6 – 9 PM

The Recycled Rain Project 2019

The Recycled Rain Project is a PNW based invitational art show creating original works using rainwater to raise awareness of water issues.

Since its first show in May 2012, The Recycled Rain Project has been dedicated to its mission to increase awareness of local artists and to engage and educate the community on water issues. 

Each spring a group of Portland artists come together to create original works with collected rainwater. This all leads up to the big event, which takes place the first Saturday in June.

A portion of the sale of all works from RR2019 will be donated to Columbia Riverkeeper.

Over the last seven years The Recycled Rain Project has supported over 100 local artists and have donated over $3,500 to non-profits that focus on a variety of water issues. 

Featuring Works By:
Theresa Andreas-O’Leary
Roberta Aylward
Jane Levy Campbell
Clare Carpenter
Kindra Crick
Nate Ethington
Jenn Feeney
Marilyn Joyce
Karl Kaiser
Jody Katopothis
Thérèse Murdza
Jesse Narens
Kelly Neidig
Amy Ponteri
Candace Primack
Maryann Puls
Quin Sweetman
Sara Sjol
Nanette Wallace
Laura Weigle
Jon Wippich
Karen Wippich
Zeratha Monique Young

OPENING Saturday, June 1st from 6-9 PM

On display through June 30, 2019.

For more information visit: therecycledrainproject.org

Under Pressure: One of One

Featuring new monotypes by:

Ahuva S. Zaslavsky
Fritz Koch
Jemila Ann Hart
Jenn Feeney

OPENING

Saturday, April 27th
6-9 PM

Under Pressure: One of One is a group of Portland based printmakers that has been working together for over eight years. In 2019, we founded the Under Pressure: One of One collective in order to foster a supportive community and space for our printmaking process. Our mission is to create, encourage, collaborate and exhibit together.

In the monotype process there are limitless possibilities. Works are created by applying ink to a smooth plexi plate, manipulating the ink using tools and our signature techniques, and then running the plate and paper through a press which transfers the image to the paper using pressure.

We are passionate about our work and in sharing our techniques and methods with each other. We see monotypes as a bridge between printmaking and painting, and we love the playful quality of this printmaking method.

https://www.instagram.com/underpressurepdx/

Ahuva Zaslavsky

Ahuva S.Zaslavsky (1975-) was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010. Ahuva is a Printmaker and Painter. She graduated from The University of the Negev, Israel with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences. Her art practice began when she moved to Portland at the CE Program at PNCA and at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

Coming from a diverse cultural background and having pursued studies in Psychology, Sociology and Literature, Ahuva is constantly seeking to understand the relationship between human behavior, the individual’s motivation to be and create, and their interaction with the world, society and culture. She is dealing with identity questions of the subject in a group and as an individual.

Ahuva’s current theme is movement and rhythm of the individual in private and public spaces, the expression within those psychological and mental spaces, and the ways to express these in two dimensional form.

ahuvasz.com
@ahuvasz

Fritz Koch

Fritz Koch creates monotypes that celebrate and reflect the spirituality of landscape, particularly that of Central and Eastern Oregon. His work is a meditation on textural landforms, geologic juxtapositions, and atmospheric perspective. The work is presented as a medium for the observer to vicariously commune with nature, and to find comfort in the familiarity of real or imagined spaces.

Koch was born in Detroit, Michigan and received his BFA from Michigan State University, and now makes his home in Portland, Oregon.

Koch is a member of Flight 64, a non-profit, cooperative print studio in Portland, OR, and is a returning printmaker at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, in Pendleton, OR. He has exhibited at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Flight 64, Bite Studio, Crow’s Shadow and others. He also co-curated and installed Reflections on the Columbia River Plateau, a traveling exhibit of monotypes produced at Crow’s Shadow, coordinated through Pacific Northwest College of Art.

fritzmakesart.com
@inkerator

Jemila Ann Hart

Jemila is often drawn to landscapes in the prints that she creates. She uses landscapes to capture and investigate states of mind, nuances of her own emotional life. While the landscapes that she chooses to depict are often beautiful, they hint at human impact and the seen and unforeseen consequences of our intentions and our delusions on the environment and on each other. These subtle environmental themes question the inequitable distribution of the natural world for the sake of progress, question the squandering of our abundance and question the drive to expand, colonize and use the earth’s resources to depletion. There is much to be learn from paying attention to the landscapes around us, she feels, they hold the history of our humanity and tell stories about our relationships; our relationships to ourselves, to others and our relationship with the planet.

Jemila was born in Michigan, but has lived in many places including Washington State, Yemen, Niger and Alaska. She currently lives with her partner Jeff and their two aged cats in NE Portland. She has a great appreciation for the perspective that comes from traveling, seeing new places and glorious new things.

Jemila received her BS in Biology and Anthropology from Lewis and Clark College and recently completed her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. Jemila currently works as a community based social worker in Public Housing communities in Clackamas County, is a member of Flight 64, a non-profit collective Portland print studio and returns regularly to workshops at the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, Oregon to expand and deepen her skills in monotype printmaking.

@jemilahartentertainment

Jenn Feeney

Jenn Feeney’s prints are monotypes which are one of a kind prints, also known as the painterly print. They are created by applying ink to a smooth plexi plate, and then transferring the image to paper by means of pressure through a press. Jenn enjoys the chemistry of the inks and solvent and the effects created by using tools to remove and add ink, layering color over color, texture over texture. While she can anticipate what will happen with the print, she is surprised and thrilled each time the print is revealed. Her works have been described as organic, underwater scenes or other worldly, microscopic views.

Jenn’s childhood was spent around a commercial print shop, so being a printmaker was inevitable… there’s ink in her blood! By chance, when she joined the working world, she ended up working in print – first as corrugated and then in business print and promotions, which is still true to this day.

In addition to printmaking, Jenn also paints in both acrylic and oil on canvas or wood. She is involved in the Portland art community and helps organize and participates in group shows and fundraising events regularly. She is an honorary member of Bite Studio in SE Portland and a returning printmaker at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts in Pendleton, OR.

jennfeeney.com
@inkplatepaperpress

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On View April 27th – May 29th

Made Home


Join Ford Gallery and Curator Mad One for a showcase of Portland’s own mad talented street art & mural artists!

Featuring Work By:

Mad One – @onemad1
Bose One –
@throwingbose
Voxx Romana –
@voxxromana
Rosie G. –
@rosieg777
Lea Barozzi –
@leabarozzi
Andria Robbins –
@pdxandria
Pamgood2 –
@pamgood2
Dump la rock –
@dumplarock
Erik Abel –
@abelarts
Brenda Dunn –
@pinupbrenda

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, March 30th
6 – 9 PM

“The curation of local artists for this exhibition was really fun! The array of styles, processes and design separate each artist from one another in so many ways, but all in the name of art.

The majority of these artists you can see street side or within a gallery setting across Portland and beyond.

This exhibition has a wide selection of artwork styles which will consist of but not be limited to illustration, abstract, stencil, print making, screen printing, mixed media etc… all focusing on each artists specialty craft and medium of choice.”
-Mad One, Curator

On View Through April 24th.

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Unreality

The world around us, twisted, shifted and transformed through the minds of four artists. Join us for an exhibition of surrealist works by these talented local painters!

Featuring works by:
Sam Arneson
Jennifer Griffo
Ali Schlicting
Tyler Schlicting

Opening Reception
February 23rd, 6 – 9 PM

On view February 23rd – March 27th

The Habitual and The Novel: Magic


Please join us for a night of poetry, art, food and drink as Ellen Petruzzella and Lindsay Martin show their work in the exhibition: The Habitual and The Novel: Magic, at the Ford Gallery on Saturday, January 26 from 6 pm to 9 pm. Poetry Reading begins at 7 p.m. Please find more details below.

Opening Reception
Saturday January 26th, 6 – 9 PM
Poetry Reading at 7 PM

Gather. Retain. Modulate. Materialize. Share. The Habitual and The Novel: Magic showcases Ellen Petruzzella and Lindsay Martin’s thesis bodies of work created at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Both revel in sensory experience, image, and poetic memoir. Their practices focus on transforming the everyday into the extraordinary with material and perception. This work exists in partnership with the fated and coincidental alignment of material and time, of body and spirit.

Ellen Petruzzella focuses on building relationships and understanding through material and sensory encounters. Lindsay Martin uses painting to create a poem via imagery, searching for a new visual language from place and experience. She grapples with place, pulling it apart and putting back together to form new potentials, the casual and the wonderful, in the present. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, this show seeks to share stories via poetry, object and image to create something new and thus, creating something magical.

Artist Statements

Ellen Petruzzella
My interdisciplinary work explores intimacy and knowledge, provoking curiosity regarding the unity of mind, body, and environment. I explore exchanges of understanding and trust through perception, corporal comprehension, and intuition. Investigations of the senses and habitual patterns allow for a vivid experience of the present and a connection of people and place through discovery and attention. I design sensory experiences, which promote slowness, require physical presence, explore preferences and aversions, and question what is biological instinct and what is cultural construct. Through conscious experience of physical self, we access the unconscious space between the known and the felt.

Lindsay Martin
I want to map out the world through painting by turning. The turn is not transformation, yet. By turning, one is slowly changing a situation, viewing a slightly altered perspective. A transformation happens after many turns; when I arrive at a location, my place transforms from home to beach. My work focuses on the wonderful subtle movement, the leap before home to car, car to gas station, gas station to highway, exit 5, rest stop, diner, beach. Place is both general and detailed, it is permanent and temporary; place is a fluid illusion. Painting emerges as material algomation of the body’s translations of memory. I am curious about comparing the psychological perspective of interior, exterior imagery and the symbolism of architecture. These challenges are met with the language of painting and ideas of expansion in painting through material. Paintings are poetic anecdotes, an escape window, a doorway to the past, a barrier between interior and exterior.

On view through February 21st

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Ford Gallery Annual Holiday Show & Mixer!

 

Ford Gallery celebrates our beloved Ford Building artists and makers this December!

Join us Saturday, Dec 8th for an opening celebration and mixer,
featuring the artists and makers who call Ford Building their home!

Alexandria Levin
Amy Ponteri
Annamieka Davidson
Arletha Ryan
Christopher Scott
Claire Browne
Dan Kvitka
Jan Rothermel
Kenneth Sellen
Midge Williams
Nicki Beiderman
Ryan Imogene
Sara McCormick
Sue Friesz
Thérèse Murdza

Opening Reception & Mixer!
Saturday December 8th
6-9 PM