Featured Artist: FRANK HOWARTH

Art and art gallery enthusiasts alike are generally accustomed to seeing an artist’s finished pieces.  Most of the time, we do not get to see the process behind creating the works of art that we so admire.

Frank Howarth is a Portland-based architect and woodworker, who creates videos that not only document his process, but also explain the decisions he makes at each step along the way.  Howarth’s videos are interesting and involved; sometimes pushing 20 minutes in length.

Frank also creates stop-motion videos, in which he digitally removes himself completely from the image, giving his inanimate tools and materials an anthropomorphic spirit.  Check out the video below, in which his shop ghosts make him a carver’s mallet:

This is just a small sampling of the videos Frank has created over the years.  You can check out more of Frank’s work on his Youtube channel.

Featured Artist: JACKSON POLLOCK

The end of the Second World War brought about a significant shift within the art world. Although Europe remained the epicenter of art and culture, America was beginning to emerge onto the global stage.

World War II saw the migration of many European artists to the relative safety of the United States.  New York City quickly established itself as a cultural powerhouse and a uniquely American movement emerged. Abstract Expressionism employed innovative tools and techniques in the process of painting. Leading this movement was Jackson Pollock. Best known for his “drip” or “action” paintings, Pollock would utilize floor space in lieu of the traditional easel, allowing him a new perspective of the canvas.

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Pollock’s techniques emphasized exaggerated body motions, reinterpreting the classic trope of the brush as extension of the artist. A stroke became a splash and every mark on the canvas was physically connected to the process of its making.

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JACKSON POLLOCK
No. 5 (1948)
Oil on fiberboard
96 x 48 IN

Pollock’s eccentric process and original techniques not only brought into question the process of painting, but also critiqued traditional figurative representation. The large scale canvasses create a direct correlation to the body of both the viewer and the artist. Through his innovations and originality, Pollock remains a central figure in the history of art.

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JACKSON POLLOCK
Greyed Rainbow (1953)
Oil on linen
72 x 96 IN

There’s a Party in My Paints! Opening Reception

The opening reception for “There’s a Party in My Paints!” featuring Canadian artist Zac Kenny was fantastic! 

An evening of great company, Steamwhistle, and art! art! art!

Thank you to everyone who came out to admire some great work! “There’s a Party in My Paints!” is showing at Navillus Gallery until 1 November 2014. Be sure to drop in before it’s gone!