Breeze Block Gallery presents in Gallery 1: Order of Operations: A Two-Person Exhibition by Erin Murray & Tristram Lansdowne And in Gallery 2: Four Fish of the Apocalypse: A Solo Exhibition by Greg Eason Curated by Sven Davis Breeze Block Gallery Portland OR. 6 February 2014 – 1 March 2014
Breeze Block Gallery is proud to present Order of Operations; A Two-Person Exhibition of all new work by Erin Murray & Tristram Lansdowne in the Breeze Block Gallery 1 space.
For this new series of work, Erin Murray has crafted a series of bespoke shaped panels from plywood to which she mounted paper to the surface. Her work has traditionally detached the buildings and structures she delicately renders in graphite from a landscape context by isolating them within a negative space, lending a surreal quality to her work. For Order of Operations, she has further removed the building from it’s typical landscape realm and has allowed it to be read as a singular entity or body—something with which one could potentially empathize. This vague anthropomorphism is further elaborated with titles derived from the goofiest of suggestions from a baby names generator smartphone app. Through the empathetic impulse, Murray presents our own humanity within her work; a sense of humble absurdity combined with idealism and guileless hope for the future.
Tristram Lansdowne harmonizes nature within the built environment. His landscapes present a surrealist future vision of a concrete realities. Using watercolor as his primary medium, Lansdowne addresses the nature of buildings and landscape as meaningful reflections of our humanity. Each structure, no matter how humble, teems with embedded information about our cultural history and human habits. His work seeks to chase the quiet moments where a building transcends its functional purpose and can seem almost human. For Order of Operations, the imposition of order on the world, be it architectural, natural or horticultural is referenced by Lansdowne as he investigates the idea of re-enactment within our built landscape; how we reuse forms over and over again in an effort to naturalize our environment, but which inevitably results in varying degrees of absurdity.
Breeze Block Gallery is proud to present Four Fish of the Apocalypse, an all-new solo exhibition by Greg Eason in the Breeze Block Gallery 2 space.
In his latest body of work Four Fish of the Apocalypse, Eason uses religious and apocalyptic imagery to deconstruct The Book of Revelation - Chapter 6 of the King James Bible. The four monsters responsible for the apocalypse are described in the text as salmon, cod, mackerel and haddock.
Greg Eason’s practice deals with a formal and conceptual dissection of space. His meticulously detailed and characteristically sparse drawings and paintings isolate and monumentalise narrative fragments and translate this into a microscopic frame. Objects become rendered as intricate miniature components within a vast negative space, creating an uneasy sense of depth and scale. Objects are also presented as symbols, eggs and skulls are recurring motifs. The ideas explored within his practice comment upon mortality, spirituality, life, nature and the history of mankind.
Both exhibitions open at Breeze Block Gallery on Thursday 6h February 2014 from 6-10pm. Tristram Lansdowne and Greg Eason will be present at the opening.
About Erin Murray Erin Murray was born in Philadelphia in 1979 and currently lives and works in that city. She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2001. Her work draws on the built environment to empathically explore themes of humanity. Recent solo exhibitions have been at Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia, and The Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Wilmington, DE. Her work has been included in recent group exhibitions at Vox Populi Gallery in Philadelphia and Salon Zurcher in New York. In 2012 she was awarded the West Collects acquisition prize and joined the artist's collective Vox Populi. You can find her work published in New American Paintings, Tabletop Zine, and Dirty Laundry Magazine.
About Tristram Lansdowne Tristram Lansdowne was born in 1983 in Victoria, British Columbia and currently lives in Toronto. He studied visual arts at the University of Victoria and at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. He has exhibited across Canada and in the U.S. Recent exhibitions include Ecotopia at the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery, Empire of Dreams at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Contained at the Boston Centre for the Arts, and 60 Painters at Humber College. He was a semi-finalist in the 2011 RBC Painting Competition and in 2013 his work was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada.
About Greg Eason Greg Eason is a London-based artist whose work deals with a formal and conceptual dissection of space. His work is often built with a pencil and strong narrative elements. He was born in 1985, and graduated from Norwich University College of Art in 2009. Greg was selected to exhibit at the AAF Recent Graduates’ Exhibition, London in 2009, and has since exhibited in various group shows and art fairs in London, and internationally, including New York City, Brussels, Glasgow, Leuven, Amsterdam and Singapore.
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