Basic Space Gallery is a fine art gallery located in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District galleries. The gallery has been in operation since late 2013, and is owned and operated by artists, Christopher Roberts and Kenneth Saylor. Their desire to spotlight emerging and established artists whose voices are deeply felt in the community, is evidenced with their irretrievable love of art, this city, and the people who call it home. Through their invite-only Spotlight Artist program, they showcase a new artist whose local to the area, to have their work featured for the month and are provided mentorship by the owners. This is one of the small ways the owners feel that they can give back to the city and community whose helped them achieve their vision of owning an art gallery. They also have established local artists, who have been deeply involved in the art community of Portland for many years. Basic Space Gallery has also just recently expanded in representing Pacific Northwest artists as well.
They hand-picked some of Portland's best to showcase their work alongside them. Artists are chosen for their ability to story tell through visual references and for their spiritual connection to the work they make. That is what is to always be expected at Basic Space Gallery: a powerful emotive story. Currently the gallery showcases a featured exhibit, which are all brand new works by that featured artist, and shows the remaining represented artists alongside their work. Artists’ also give an artist talk where you can learn more about their process and inspirations behind their newest body of work. The gallery also holds poetry readings, known as FUSE, to accompany the artwork every few months. All of the artists’ works are very different in style yet tell a cohesive deeply felt story through the curatorial process. The gallery is open 7 days a week, and participates in the First Thursday Art Walk every month, where you can see the opening receptions of many great galleries in the NW Portland area. You can visit the gallery during their business hours and by appointment as well to see their vision come alive.
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