Rose, Muddy Road (detail), 2.5” x 2.5” from an 8” x 10.75” inkjet print on photographic paper
Alan Rose and John Redman, showing at the 12×16 Gallery in April 2013, could not be more dissimilar artists. Rose’s hard-edge cartoon drawings and Redman’s amorphous painted surfaces, allow us as viewers the experience of engaging with two unique and serious artists. This refreshing show is neither stagnant nor repetitious.
There might even be some daffodils!!!
April 4 – 28, 2013
First Friday Reception: April 5, 6-9 pm
Artists’ Reception: Sunday April 7, 2 – 4 pm
8235 SE 13th Ave. No. 5
Portland, Oregon 97202
Thursday – Sunday 11-5 pm
Alan Rose is a painter who uses an offbeat point of view to depict human relationships. It may come as no surprise to those who are familiar with his paintings that he has had a lifelong interest in cartooning. In fact, during his first year at the (now defunct) Chicago Academy of Fine Arts, Rose’s major was in cartooning. He switched to painting when he transferred to The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Over the years he has continued to pursue both painting and cartooning, while striving to keep the two disciplines separate. In recent years painting has been winning the creative struggle, but his “lowbrow” cartooning might still be a sentimental favorite.
The current retrospective, “The Lowbrow Years’” represents cartoon work from 1973 to the present. The show includes magazine-style gag cartoons, graphic stories, and more recent digital work.
Once again Rose entices us with his humor and agreeable color palette and where the cartoon might “jolt”, the color soothes.
Member 12×16 Gallery, Sellwood, Portland Oregon
“What does the material at hand want to do?” asks John Redman in his studio.
Redman typically works with acrylic washes over smooth or textured grounds. The artist creates various conditions for the materials to interact and reveal their hidden nature with the resulting forms echoing what is seen in the natural world.
Oregon native John Redman received his MFA in sculpture from Portland State University in 1976. Redman, in 1998, embraced two-dimensional media with which he is still involved.
At first glance, Redman’s work might seem “busy” but as one lingers with each piece, space opens and invites the viewer to relax, as in FP#13.
Redman continues to explore organic forms that result from nature’s inherent properties. Experimentation, observation, evaluation. New work is generated from the old. The cycle repeats. And the question of allowing the materials themselves to speak remains John Redman’s challenge and joy.
He has exhibited in galleries throughout Portland and vicinity.