Aesthetic Dysfunction – The Art of Karen Wippich

Ford Gallery is proud to present the work of Karen Wippich!

Karen’s new acrylic works incorporate elements of mixed media collage, creating her own unique stories from bits of found text and imagery.

Join us on November 5th to see Karen’s latest creations and enjoy some light refreshments. Karen’s work will be on view at Ford Gallery from November 5th – December 3rd.

Karen was recently featured on Oregon Art Beat:
http://www.opb.org/television/programs/artbeat/segment/artist-karen-wippich/

Artist Bio

Karen Wippich grew up moving across the US, spending time alone creating characters and fantasies. Most of her adult life has been spent working as a graphic designer. Her design work has been widely published in the US and internationally. A few years ago her focus changed to something she dreamed about as a child, to be a working artist.

Karen’s expressionist acrylic paintings show her graphic influence with figures inhabiting and blending into abstract environments, their bodies breaking into geometric shapes, incised by lines. Her paintings have been shown extensively in Oregon galleries as well as shows in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington State and Washington DC.

Artist Statement

I have often heard that an artist has to have a good story to go with their work. My paintings tell their own story. They are rich in history. Layers of images. Every viewer sees something, their own story, a relative, a friend and that is what I think attracts them to my paintings. If someone asks me what one of my paintings is about, I say, “you tell me”. When I paint I feel alive and free. For a few hours nothing else matters. My hope is that my paintings can make the viewer feel that way too, if even for a moment.

Auxha
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 16"x12"

Chaos in the Streets
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 30”x18”

With These Clowns
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 36”x48”

Peace
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 24"x16"

Whipper Snapper
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 12”x24”

Runner
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 30”x30”

Swingtown USA
Karen Wippich Acrylic / Mixed Media 46”x36”

Happy At Anchor
Jon Wippich! Acrylic on Board 24”x18”

Just Us: Works by Suzanne Vaughan and Fred Swan

Saturday, October 8
10 AM – 5 PM

Into a city filled with 1st Thursdays, 2nd Tuesdays, 3rd Wednesdays, and Last Saturdays comes the changing colors of October and the opportunities that lay at the heart of Portland Open Studios.

The Ford Gallery is honored to present “Just Us,” a show in which Suzanne and Fred will be working and using the space as “studios” during the two-weekend POS event. Join us and this unique opportunity to rekindle the spirit and network of friends that came to life at the recent Pioneer Place Galleries.

*If you can’t make it to the opening a special gathering of Portland Open Studio artists begins later that same evening October 8, 7 – 10 p.m. Grab a snack to share and a friend and join us for this artists and friends event.

Suzanne Vaughan

Colorscape Series - Immersion

Colorscape Series - Sun Burst

Portal Series - Aqua Bliss

Portal Series - Infusion

Colorscape Series - Forest Infusion

Colorscape Series - Red Radiance

Fifth Annual Recycled Rain Project

JOIN US AS WE CELEBRATE FIVE YEARS OF CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION

Saturday June 4 opening gala is kicks off the official show opening. At the opening work from over 30 local artists (all of whom used collected rainwater in their work) will be on display along with kids art made in our Raindrops Program.

The Recycled Rain Project is on display through the month of June. See website for gallery hours.

This year’s project Features Portland Artists:

JEREMY OKAI DAVIS
JENN FEENEY
JODY KATOPOTHIS
KARL KAISER
THERESA ANDREAS-O’LEARY
NANETTE WALLACE

RR 2016 RETURNING VETERANS

RR 2016 is excited to have these past Recycled Rain Project artists back again this year! 

Jessica Brackett, Betsy BustamonteDavey Cadaver, Julie Costello, Kindra CrickNicole CurcioNate Ethington, Carrie Goolsby, Chantel Greene, Chris Haberman, Kristen HamiltonLeah Hugon, Breanna Moran, Thérèse MurdzaJesse Nearns, Dan Ness, Spike Palmer, Hilary PfeiferDi Pinsonault, Matthew Poindexter, Amy Ponteri, Janet RothermelLinda Dalal SawayaSara Sjol, Quin Sweetman, Shu-Ju WangKaren WippichJon WippichRio Wrenn.

Join us for Art, music, food and beverages and a station to paint your own masterpiece with rainwater!

https://www.instagram.com/therecycledrainproject/

“Chance of Showers” by Chris Haberman

“Chance of Showers” is a collection of Chris Haberman’s latest work on display at the Ford Gallery April 30 – May 28.

Saturday, April 30, opening night, join us in the Ford Gallery from 6-8 pm and then downstairs at our underground lair “Mechanical” (Suite B27) from 8 onward for Last Saturday Salon featuring a reading by Chris Haberman.

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.” Summer 2015 Chris completed a large-scale outdoor mural for the City of Milwaukie, OR, in partnership with TriMet for the new Orange Line Train line.

Contact:
Email: chrishabermanart@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/chris.haberman