Wednesday, October 29, 2008
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Uta Fehlhaber-Smith and Angela S. Gaypresent
BAIT & SWITCH: Tension Between Scene and Unseen [11/6]
Artists Uta Fehlhaber-Smith and Angela S. Gay serve up seemingly contrasting subjects and styles in this exhibit that is part of the city-wide Siren Nation celebration. Exhibit Opens First Thursday, Nov. 6th @ Working Artists Gallery, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
"Bread and Circus" Series by Uta Fehlhaber-Smith, makes up the Bait half of the two-woman exhibit, Bait & Switch. Says the artist about this series:
"The prominence of food at cultural events in this country is a phenomenon that strikes me as very American, and Americana, for me as a European, remain an important theme in my body of work. The magnitude or omnipresence of the food plays an integral part in these events, and this series is meant to be viewed as a satirical comment."
"The work examines ubiquitous food at the following five events: CIRCUS, DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATERS, ART OPENINGS ("THE CHEESE EATERS"), FOOTBALL GAMES, CONCERTS."
The collection of paintings by Angela S. Gay represent an inward look in contrast to the outer view present by Fehlhaber-Smith, and represents the Switch.
"The shapes and space I create on my canvas have so much life, past and present. They have memory, fear, strength, possibility, hurt, love, loss, balance, desire, trust.The contours you see, I think describe me and where my soul has been. Each one different yet still starting and stopping at the same place, expressing new and familiar experiences. The shapes themselves describe me but in the space outside of those lines is where you will find me, grasping blindly for reason and chaos. No one ever thinks to look there.
"The texture seen in my work is the attempt to create emotion that refuses to be contained and thus removes itself from its stagnant place of being 'simply there'."
Working Artists Gallery
2211 NW Front Avenue | Portland, Oregon 97209
November 6, 2008