Thank you to all who attended the opening reception of my solo exhibit last week. It was great fun to have you there to see my work, enjoy the great food by Lizzy Caston and dance to the jazz of Jumblehead. I was so happy and honored to have so many folks show up. Thank you!! And, thank you Sushuma for taking all of the great pictures.
You can read about this work on my exhibitions page.
"Taking Shape: New Works by Roberta Aylward"
An exhibition of art presented by Red E Cafe Gallery in North Portland.
Red E Cafe Gallery: 1006 N Killingsworth Ave., Portland, OR
Exhibit Dates: February 9 - March 8, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 9 from 7-10 p.m.
Throughout this work I use shapes to express and configure personal narratives into observable forms. My paintings, collage and paper assemblage are unified in a curiosity of how shapes hold meaning. My process begins with assigning shapes to various feelings, dreams and experiences. This visual vocabulary is scrutinized, altered and presented in the abstract, creating an opportunity for new meaning and definition to emerge.
Experimentation is the backbone of my creative process. I traditionally use acrylic paint on paper or birch panel. For this work, newly introduced materials of canvas and brown kraft paper have been pivotal as they play multiple roles: as both the process and the final piece. Cut-out paper shapes, previously used as models in my paintings, now represent a reconfigured narrative on their own. Paintings on canvas hang without a substrate, taking stories of shape into a new landscape of form.
I hope to see you at the opening reception!
Please join me February 9 at Red E Cafe for the opening of my new exhibit entitled "Taking Shape".
Friday, February 9 from 7-10 p.m.
Red E Cafe
1006 N Killingsworth Ave.
Cafe Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
February 9 - March 8, 2018
It's late October and I'm resuming my studio practice after some time traveling in September and earlier this month. I am noticing some new ideas "materializing." The material of canvas is new for me. I have painted on canvas in the past but not in a long while. After thinking about it for months I finally purchased some raw canvas. Hanging it up on the empty wall is bringing me much joy. I love the folds and the texture and the color. You may also notice my crumpled and painted kraft paper on the floor. I am ready to start cutting more shapes out of paper as I continue with exploring my visual vocabulary.
Here are four pieces I began in late August after a visit to Arizona. I had arrived home with these ideas about space and sky, grubby layers of "ore-elements-geology-earth-sediment" and a palette in my head of oranges, blacks and tans. I wrote about veins of turquoise, starry skies, white veils of clouds and pools of water. I jumped right in and started these paintings and then left them alone for more than a few weeks.
Now in Portland the leaves have turned vivid shades of orange and red and we have had a string of perfectly sunny days. I just put these four paintings up on the wall of my studio and they surprised me with their uniformity (as if they are all one piece). They remind me of the ocean and of rusty freight liners- much more aqueous than the desert where from which they were born. They are in an in-between state like the season. I will confront each one separately over the next week or so and see what happens.
from left to right: "six", "anchor" and "three", acrylic on paper, 11x15 inches, 2017
This year I am excited to be participating in Season 3 of PDX-CSA (Portland Community Supported Art) along with nine amazing artists: Marilyn Joyce, MaryAnn Puls, Sarah Fagan, Daniel Granias, Gina Rios, Stan Peterson, Carolyn Hazel Drake, Alyson Provax and Heather Lee Birdsong.
Each year, PDX-CSA offers the opportunity for art collectors to support the creation of new artwork by providing artists with funds upfront. You can pre-buy works by any of the ten PDX-CSA artists or choose a set from one of five pairs of artists and receive a discount. This year I am paired with Marilyn Joyce who creates multi-layered collage inspired by her daily walks. Together our similarly inspired work can be seen and purchased on the PDX-CSA website.
Dear friends! My studio will be open this Saturday, March 4 between 10am and 5pm. A selection of my paintings from "Inquiry Abstraction" at The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Salem are back in town before heading off to RiverSea Gallery in Astoria. I also have some smaller collages and works on paper to share. I hope to see you this Saturday!
Roberta Aylward Studio
Saturday, March 4, 10am - 5pm
I am excited to be a part of "Inquiry Abstraction" at The Gretchen Schuette Gallery at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. See my work online here. Also exhibiting are Robert Tomlinson of Catskill, New York and MaryAnn Puls of Portland. The exhibit will be up through February 10, 2017. Come and hear me speak about my work on Wednesday, January 18 during the reception from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
**Note gallery hours: Tuesday from 9:30 to 7pm, Wednesday from 8:30 to 4pm, Thursday from 9:30 to 2pm and 4 to 7pm. If driving from Portland you can send an email to Kay at the gallery: firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the gallery is open or to have the gallery open for you at an alternate time. Thank you, Kay!
Buoy studies, acrylic and collage on paper, 10x13 inches. These compositions explore the relationships of objects to a threshold—and the implications of existing above or below the surface.