This exhibition of young new artists is made possible by a generous grant from The Carl and Hilda Morris Foundation. Josh Arseneau paints vignettes of the urban figure. Washington artist, Anna Daedalus creates fairy tale fantasy within the photographic format. Timothy Scott Dalbow’s abstract paintings take their subject matter from the surrounding landscape. Anne Glynnis Fawkes’ paintings of exotic places include a twist of fantasy. Inspired by an interest in biological processes, Eric Franklin creates glass sculpture lit from within.
A Portland native, Anne Glynnis Fawkes graduated with a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1995. Currently, she is a candidate for the degree of Doctor of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong in Australia. The work in this exhibit shows her interest in archeology as well as contemporary perspectives of the Mediterranean landscape. Following in her parent’s artistic footsteps, Glynnis creates watercolor and acrylic paintings of long lost exotic places taken from actual archeological sites in Cyprus. Some of these enchanting works are made into pop-ups enhancing their 3-dimensional illusion.
Originally from Texas, Eric Franklin graduated with a BFA from Arizona State University in Tempe in 2000. He also studied at Pilchuck Glass School, Washington in 2002 and 2004. His sculpture is created out of glass filled with neon or argon gas that produces a light of its own. Starting from glass rods the shapes are flame worked and, while fired in a kiln, a vacuum pump allows just gas inside. The forms are reflective of biological processes and take on spinal or sea-creature references.
Josh Arseneau graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2004. Originally from Missouri, he spent time in Nevada, Oklahoma and Utah growing up. An early encounter with a full-size reproduction of Georges Seurat's, La Grande Jatte at the public library in Oklahoma made a big impact. This type of fantasy world taken from a perceived reality is the basis for his work. He creates images that document through interpretation of people and events from direct and second hand experience. Using his imagination he displaces the figures from their original context resulting in what becomes a personal history for the artist.
Timothy Scott Dalbow graduated from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1998. He received a technical assistance grant from the Regional Arts and Culture Council in 2001 and has shown his work in venues around Portland. His easy painterly style takes it subject matter from the landscape around him. And his vibrant use of color and abstraction of form recalls an earlier 20th century abstract tradition.
A third generation artist, Anna Daedalus creates photography crafted as film stills of fairy tales in a modern world. Her repertoire is drawn from classic folktale themes and virtues retold in a more ambiguous way opening up the world of literature, dance and cinema. Shot with a slow film these designed tableaux are made into c-prints or digital prints with almost no manipulation visually. Inspiration comes from spending time with nature on the French River in Ontario, Canada.