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

PSA: Provides Support through Art

Ford Gallery presents PSA, a community exhibition, curated by Lindsey Oldani.
PSA is a Public Service Announcement that Provides Support through Art.

Opening Reception

March 25th
6 – 10 PM
Live Music (TBA/TBD), Silent Auction + Spoken Word Performance

PSA is a Public Service Announcement that Provides Support through Art. In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness month and in response to recent federal action to defund the Violence Against Women Act, this group exhibition is our way of acknowledging this major social issue. PSA provides a showcase for local artists who believe in the importance of a community that actively addresses sexual violence, while also raising money for a local organization that serves survivors daily.

The event will include a community showcase and art exhibition by local women, spoken word performances from our rich community of oral artists, and the 10×10 donation project. Our #10x10Project supports the Sexual Assault Resource Center (SARC Oregon), a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote social justice by eliminating sexual violence in our community through education, support, and advocacy. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each 10″ by 10″ piece will go directly to SARC.

Wisdom and Light
by Quire 2015 24”x40” Acrylic enamel paint on canvas, Plexiglass and birch panel

I Thought I’d Be Taller
by Amy Ponteri 2014 42” x 30” Acrylic + ink on unprimed canvas

All Roads Lead to You
by Amy Ponteri 2014 52” x 34” Acrylic + ink on unprimed canvas

Anne Marie
by Nicole Williford 2016 60”x60” Oil on wood

Spring Mandala
by Aimee Skaer 2015 26"x 32" Acrylic and Screen print collage on Canvas

Summer Mandala
by Aimee Skaer 2015 26"x 32" Acrylic and Screen print collage on Canvas

Fall Mandala
by Aimee Skaer 2015 24"x 24" Acrylic and Screen print collage on Canvas

Winter Mandala
by Aimee Skaer 2015 28"x 28" Acrylic and Screen print collage on Canvas

Tales in the Dog Park

Saturday, March 18th
1 – 3 PM

Join us for this storytelling event about the dogs that have curled up in our hearts and meet some of the artists of the Dog Park show.

The Ford Gallery is hosting an early afternoon gathering of listening and storytelling. We’re inviting you to see the Dog Park show and join us with a story about a dog that wags its tail around your house or in your memories. Stories should be 3 – 5 minutes in length and child friendly. Though an informal event, please try to arrive near the beginning.

9th Annual Big 500 Show

$40 Original ART Benefit

500 + regional artists create ART on 8″x8″ wood panels. 5000 + works of ART on display, a mere $40/piece!!!!! CASH/CREDIT/CARRY.

Event begins SHARP at 2pm, Saturday, December 10, 2016.
First Come/First Serve. NO ART will be SOLD before 2pm this day. Show runs through December 23, at Ford Gallery, the main floor of the Ford Building/SE Division.

Gallery hours Dec 11-23, 9am-6pm DAILY.

A portion of the proceeds benefits the Oregon Food Bank. FREE entry with non-perishable food items/Can Food. Proudly, this is our 9th year for this show, which has moved to this location from its high rise galleries at Pioneer Place (2009-2015).

Big 500 is a trademarked show by Chris Haberman Presents, produced by Chris Haberman and Jason Brown (duo of Peoples Art), hosted by Ford Gallery (guest partner, Ross Blanchard), sponsored by Oregon Food Bank, Pabst Brewing, Burnside Brewing, Ford Building, Portland Mercury, KBOO, Hardwood Industries, PoBoy ART frame shop and Chris Haberman Presents. Thank you in advance to the hardworking and dedicated artists, collectors and community of our beloved Portland, Oregon, and its devout appreciation for the creative culture. Go Big 500!! #big500artshow

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Video by Danielle Kirby and Adam Bailey