If you are in the PDX area, you need to check this show out. Judging from the previews, David Rice has elevated his game to new heights.
The preview opening occurs tonight from 6-9pm. The exhibition opens tomorrow.
Antler Gallery - 2728 NE Alberta St, Portland, Oregon 97211
Here's a write up taken from Antler Gallery's Facebook page:
Antler Gallery could not be more thrilled to welcome back Portland artists Lisa Ericson & David Rice. We will also open a new series of scuptures by Danny Samuels who is showing with us for the first time in Room 2.
Lisa Ericson is showing with Antler Gallery for the third time, following her sold out shows in 2015 and 2016. She has a way of combining her flawless technical ability with her knowledge of design and an incredible imagination in a way that feels truly unique to her. These combined experiences and talents result in immaculately rendered surrealist paintings which are underpinned by strong concepts and excellent composition.
Ericson first became known for her photo-realistic renderings of “mouser-flies” (rodents with butterfly wings) and subsequently paintings of fish whose sprawling fins act as habitats for smaller species in need of protection. Her technical skill is beyond compare. The depth of her feeling really shines through in these gorgeous depictionss of supernatural beings which look as though they could be photographs taken on a night safari or deep-dive.
David Rice returns to Antler Gallery with a new series of work, “Campgrounds”.
We are thrilled to be showcasing this latest body of work by Rice, his third feature show at Antler Gallery following his hugely successful previous exhibitions “Two Creeks” and “High Alpine”.
Where previous series have focused on the cohabitation of people and nature through different perspectives this new work is concerned with exploring the notion of dwellings and how that can represent many different things to different people.
Architecture and man made objects are a prominent element in these new paintings, intertwined with more recognizable imagery which includes wildlife, portraiture and textile patterns.
In the past couple of years David has built a strong following of admirers and collectors who eagerly anticipate his technically flawless new offerings. His work continues to evolve, adding levels of complexity both in terms of composition and ideology.
Danny Samuels who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio is a multi-media sculptor. In this new series of personal work, Into The Bayou, Samuels is exploring themes of decay, erosion and the inevitability of change over time. His architectural sculptures capture the atmosphere and aesthetic of the bayou while simultaneously allowing for expression of his own artistic style.
Samuels has worked at prominent animation studios such as Laika Entertainment and Disney. He has also worked as a model maker, fabricator, and sculptor for stop motion animation shows like Robot Chicken and other T.V. specials.
We will host a preview opening reception on July 26th from 6pm as well as another reception as part of the Alberta Arts District’s renowned Last Thursday Art Walk. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.