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Heidi Cody, Julie Green, George D. Green, and Bill Hoppe
An invitational exhibition curated by Lucinda Parker
August 7 - 30, 2014
Non Finito (I am not finished) features four established artists based in the Pacific Northwest: Heidi Cody, George D. Green, Julie Green, and Bill Hoppe. Invited to exhibit by Laura Russo Gallery artist Lucinda Parker, their work is startlingly distinct ranging from pop culture commentary, to virtuosic trompe l’oeil painting, to ceramics exploring personal narrative and the last meals of death row inmates, to delicate abstractions that employ complex color and spatial illusion. With this selection, Parker brings artists with well established national reputations to audiences in the northwest for whom their work is less well known.
Additionally, the show was recently featured on an episode of OPB’s state of wonder, including an interview with Lucinda Parker, which can be heard here.
Join writer Merridawn Duckler (l) and artist Ellen Goldschmidt (r) as they delve into the differences between visual and written narratives in a free form discussion, followed by open mic readings of prose, fiction, and poetry that riff on the images in Goldschmidt’s August show, Interlopers: Unintended Narratives.
Here’s a sampling from Merridawn of what we’ll be talking and thinking about:
Ellen is not putting language onto paper but inviting narrative to arrive out of image. I’m wondering how this affects the viewer and the work. Because language is overt and image wants to resist being pinned by meaning—like rain on glass, we can fling our ideas against it, but they disappear. As Blackfish’s only writer-member I’m interested in the influence—negative and positive—of words in art. To me, language and meaning are inextricable; I’m scared by the idea that they would be separated—totalitarian regimes manipulate language in exactly that way. But I’m also interested in the power image has to excite our narrative impulse. I think it’s a unification of two fundamental parts that make us human: what we see and what we say.
Sunday, August 17, 5-7 pm. Light Refreshments. Free and open to the public
420 NW 9th Ave.