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First Thursday Art Opening on September 5

Posted by Sarah Mitchell | 28 August 2013

PCS is proud to launch its 2013–2014 visual art program curated by Elizabeth Spavento. This yearlong series will focus exclusively on works on paper by artists from Portland and Seattle. Join us for a First Thursday opening celebration on Thursday, September 5, as we celebrate the work of Alyson Provax and Samantha Wall. This free event is from 6-8 p.m. here at the Armory!
On view from Sunday, September 1, to Friday, November 1, Wall and Provax will present new and never-before-exhibited artwork.

Beginning Again - Alyson Provax
A graduate of PNCA’s Printmaking program, Alyson Provax blends letter press, collage and painting to create text-based monoprints that draw attention to the way that time is discussed and experienced. For her show at PCS, Provax responded to Fiddler on the Roof by exploring time on a large scale (think epochs, not years), attempting to locate phrases and images that simultaneously expand and contract. In Way back when, Provax alludes to the process through which memory records and reassembles the past as the letters on the paper, straddling legibility, look as if they were bleeding through the page from behind. Embarking on a new beginning within her own work, Provax has created some of her first text-less works of art specifically for this show, providing inspiration for the exhibition title, “beginning again.”

Interdependence - Samantha Wall
Though just two years out of PNCA’s MFA program, Samantha Wall is one of Portland’s most promising artists. Her artistic skill is unparalleled by many of her peers (and perhaps by some of her teachers as well). In fact, her drawings have already earned her a prestigious Joan Mitchell Award, and in the past two years she has exhibited in Portland, Seattle, New York and Sienna, Italy. Portland Center Stage is pleased to present Wall’s never-before exhibited works in conjunction with The Mountaintop, a play that explores Martin Luther King Junior’s last day on earth. The drawings in this exhibition are selected from Wall’s “Shame on Me” series and explore how the artist negotiates racial identity in the context of historical and personal history. Wall’s impeccably drawn figures, located somewhere between the hyperreal and the mythological, become a locus for charged conversations about race and identity.
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