Exposure: Power & Vulnerability by Kelly Williams
Nov
1
to Dec 1

Exposure: Power & Vulnerability by Kelly Williams

By harnessing the physicality of my abstract work and blending it with the fluidity of the figure, I am attempting a complicated, multi-layered investigation of the feminine. In the making of this work, I intentionally marred the surface, mined for deep textures, distorted proportions and exaggerated imperfect lines capturing the complexities of what it means to be human and female. I seek to evoke a sense of power and vulnerability in the stance and expression of these figures while simultaneously creating a less ‘pretty’ or perfect version of the exposed body. This allowed me to explore the complex contradictions and juxtapositions of the roles we are bound to, emotionally and historically as well as in the context of current culture. My intent is to shift the historically male gaze of sexualized objectification to the complex psychological experiences of the female herself. We are all uniquely scarred, broken and disfigured with our stories written in our bodies. Yet it is this in this exposure and vulnerability we embody our power and evolve both individually and as a society.

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Liz Thoresen Artist Talk
Oct
28
1:15 PM13:15

Liz Thoresen Artist Talk

Liz Thoresen will be discussing her latest body of work, Anticipate the Unanticipated at Basic Space Gallery, and will take questions. If you cannot make it, know that it will be posted on Facebook Live. 
Come by and see some great art and also meet and chat with the artist.
We look forward to your attendance.

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Anticipate the Unanticipated
Oct
4
to Oct 27

Anticipate the Unanticipated

Basic Space Gallery is pleased to announce Liz Thoresen's featured Exhibit at the gallery for October of 2018.

"The seed for this series was planted while I was a passenger in a car driving through a forest of Ponderosa pines. I have been preoccupied with trees for years but it was only recently that I began to see them as unique sculptures decorating varied and contrasting landscapes.
The pines lined the road that day, in a beautiful haphazard manner, and I was inspired to recreate the sense of an intricate forest network. “Forest Web” became the first of my textured paintings. From there, the process took on a life of it’s own and I went from one painting to another with the common thread being that of heavy texture, strong color, and the theme of nature.
Nature has always been and remains the main source of my inspiration for painting. The intense color and intricate textures of this series leads the viewer through the paintings to explore surfaces and color changes more deeply.
Living in the country, I am reminded daily of natures power and magnificent beauty. I hope to capture some of it’s mystery, vibrancy, atmospheric, and luminous qualities in this series." - Liz Thoresen

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Inhumane activities brought us here : Hobbs Waters
Sep
6
to Sep 29

Inhumane activities brought us here : Hobbs Waters

Basic Space Gallery is proud to present Hobbs Waters collection of artwork, Inhumane activities brought us here.

First Thursday: September 6th @ 5:30 - 8:30

Q&A Reception: September 23rd @ 1:00

Show Dates: September 6th - September 29th

Inhumane activities brought us here is a five piece abstract series surrounding social justice issues. Each painting corresponds with an essay that goes in depth regarding the various topics: Privilege, Racism, Environment, Sexism, and Education. This work took a year to complete from research, exploring the topics, writing, and painting.

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Emergence : L McDonald
Aug
2
to Sep 1

Emergence : L McDonald

Basic Space Gallery is proud to present L McDonald’s latest series of paintings, Emergence.

First Thursday: August 2nd @ 5:30 - 8:30

Show dates: August 2nd - September 1st

The title of my show is “Emergence” and it’s about the process of becoming exposed after being concealed. It’s a “coming out” - not about gender exclusively although that is a factor, but about personhood - about claiming my space as an artist – about overcoming feeling marginalized by age, economic status or lack of a partner, and by gender as pertains to a feeling of inferiority in the art world – as men have been in control for so long and so pervasively. It’s about embracing all the parts of myself, including the shadow side – about accepting the complexities and incongruity of being human. It’s about being unafraid to express feeling and thoughts that might cause disagreement or discomfort to others.

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Take me to a place I've never been before
Jul
5
to Jul 29

Take me to a place I've never been before

In a time of chaos and upheaval, one longs for a quiet place. Not particularly drawn to landscape in my work, these images seem to be what I needed at this moment. “Take me to a place I’ve never been before…” are travels through my conscious and unconscious mind and with no preconceivedidea, they surprised me in their final state. I let the paintings reveal themselves as I worked, following the path to their completion.


Our memories and dreams store rich content of important symbols, metaphor and themes that are available for reconstruction. These paintings are an experience of finding what is important to me right now, a calm and quiet place. Painting is a challenge and a puzzle, a making of something that is visually unique and a process of building up and scraping away to reveal what lies beneath, the hidden history of what went before using the substrate as the arena where the narrative takes place. 

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Aaron Stansberry & Deborah Bridges
Jun
7
to Jul 1

Aaron Stansberry & Deborah Bridges

We will have two of our newest members of the gallery showcasing their work together for June. 
Aaron Stansberry creates rhythmic lyrical, poetic oil and cold wax paintings; creating this ethereal serenity in the subtle shifts of color and mark making.
Deborah Bridges is predominantly a sculpture artist with us and has a few abstracted landscapes of encaustic and oil. 

The works compliment one another and you can easily see them being purchased together to create a modern elegant design in your home! We are excited to be showcasing these artists together and hope you enjoy us on First Thursday in the Pearl District!

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Toccatas and Fugues | Alison Eriksen
May
3
to Jun 3

Toccatas and Fugues | Alison Eriksen

"As an artist and musician, the elements of line, rhythm and movement are primary interests whether in visual or auditory form. Wire, wood, metal—the materials of musical instruments—are my materials in sculpture. Metal and wood conduct sound and respond to touch. Wire conveys movement and rhythm by its very essence.
The sculptures and monotypes in this exhibit are inspired by two different forms of musical composition—toccatas and fugues. The toccata, typically written for keyboard, is usually free-form, determined and frenetic in nature, often displaying the performer’s skill or 'touch'. The fugue involves systematic imitation of a main theme (subject) by different melodic lines (voices) that enter in succession and develop in counterpoint. Both of these musical forms, with their emphasis on line and rhythm, continue to motivate and challenge me as an artist." - Alison

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First Thursday Reception
Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

First Thursday Reception

First Thursday is just right around the corner, we would love to have you join us for the reception, with artist in attendance and drinks provided. Come have a drink, meet the artists, and immerse yourself in art. 

Basic Space Gallery is pleased to announce our newest addition to the gallery line up of Represented Artist, Suzanne Vaughan. On display in April, will be a featured exhibition of her oil paintings in the Shimmer series, one of which is pictured as the cover photo here. 
The artist describes the series below:

"The Shimmer Series is a colorful, atmospheric series which explores themes of optimism, strength and growth. These concepts are expressed through the incorporation of both metallic pigments and a fresh, soft color palette. The metal anchors the piece, acting as a connection to the earth while the light, bright colors radiate up to the sky, taking the mind to that place where inspiration is born. These pieces are a shimmering oasis, a respite from the frenetic distractions of the world.

My personal journey over the last year involved a lot of introspection. I felt the need to withdraw to the safety and comfort of my studio, to find a sense peace and harmony in a world fraught with chaotic events. I painted a balanced and loving world inside each painting, each a part of my vision of beauty and positivity. It’s the kind of energy I want to share with the world - a place of rest and rejuvenation injected with a charge of positive energy and vitality."

The exhibit will open on April 5th and extend to April 29th.
The remaining walls of the gallery will display the other Represented Artists.

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Suzanne Vaughan Feature
Apr
5
to Apr 29

Suzanne Vaughan Feature

Basic Space Gallery is pleased to announce our newest addition to the gallery line up of Represented Artist, Suzanne Vaughan. On display in April, will be a featured exhibition of her oil paintings in the Shimmer series, one of which is pictured as the cover photo here. 
The artist describes the series below:

"The Shimmer Series is a colorful, atmospheric series which explores themes of optimism, strength and growth. These concepts are expressed through the incorporation of both metallic pigments and a fresh, soft color palette. The metal anchors the piece, acting as a connection to the earth while the light, bright colors radiate up to the sky, taking the mind to that place where inspiration is born. These pieces are a shimmering oasis, a respite from the frenetic distractions of the world.

My personal journey over the last year involved a lot of introspection. I felt the need to withdraw to the safety and comfort of my studio, to find a sense peace and harmony in a world fraught with chaotic events. I painted a balanced and loving world inside each painting, each a part of my vision of beauty and positivity. It’s the kind of energy I want to share with the world - a place of rest and rejuvenation injected with a charge of positive energy and vitality."

The exhibit will open on April 5th and extend to April 29th.
The remaining walls of the gallery will display the other Represented Artists.

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Retrospective to Prospective
Feb
1
to Feb 25

Retrospective to Prospective

Basic Space Gallery will be doing a Retrospective of the past feature exhibits we showed in 2017 and doing a Prospective of our newer Represented Artists as well. This is a fun way for the everyone to get a sense of what the styles of works our artists favorite.

Retrospective of:
Liz McDonald
Kelly Williams
Dan Pillers
Karen Cruickshank
Kenny Saylor-Roberts
Jo Grishman
Edyta Salak
Christopher Saylor-Roberts
Laura Black
Alison Eriksen

Prospective:
Dianne Erickson
Deborah Bridges
Liz Thoresen

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Group Exhibit Continued
Jan
4
to Jan 28

Group Exhibit Continued

January will carry on December's group exhibit, featuring the usual line up of represented artists and over 10 additional guests! 
There are hundreds of small to large works on display and will be another fun month to choose from 30 artists work. Also, stop in to see J. Pepin Art Gallery, with another salon style show as well.

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Holiday Shin-Dig
Dec
16
6:30 PM18:30

Holiday Shin-Dig

Basic Space Gallery is a Holiday party that is centered around black and white. Very classic and very simple. We encourage everyone to be in black and white attire. (Polka dots are most welcome to this shin-dig!) 
This should be fun! It is a night for artists and friends to come together, see the exhibit and just enjoy each others company!

Also, we do ask if you can bring materials that will be donated for the homeless community in Portland. We are asking for jackets, socks, blankets, gloves, hats, etc. Think of the people are unlucky this Christmas and will be alone in these harsh conditions. We are working on partnering with the right avenues to donate these materials through as well. 

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December Group Exhibit
Dec
5
to Dec 30

December Group Exhibit

Basic Space Gallery Represented Artists have been given the opportunity to invite an artist in which they would like to showcase a couple of their works for a salon style exhibit curated by artist and gallery Intern, Jalen Miller. The remaining half of the gallery will be a group exhibit featuring works from the gallery represented artists. 

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Guards of Eden
Oct
31
to Dec 3

Guards of Eden

"The style I have chosen to paint in is a cross-over between fantasy and realistic painting. I hope that it places the viewer in a serene and thoughtful moment. Each painting embraces the beauty that surrounds us. I feel that in this short time we share on this little blue planet, we are given a duty. Our job is to take care and delight in our precious gifts from Mother Nature. 
After all, we are all Guards of this, our Eden." - Edyta Salak Statement

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