(above – Mark Dean Veca, Sven Davis, Paige Prendergast & Michael Murphy)
After months of planning and panel wrangling, the Space//Form group exhibition at Portland’s Breeze Block Gallery opened last week. The group show features 110 artists, each making work thematically linked to Architecture and the environment on a 10×10 inch wooden panel provided by Ampersand – the principal sponsor of the exhibit. Curated by Arrested Motion‘s Sven Davis, each of the paintings was hung in a controlled grid, with the paintings placed randomly as they were unpacked.

Installations by Mark Dean Veca and Michael Murphy complimented the principal array of paintings. Veca’s cave-like mural on the rear wall drew in visitors from the street and his arrangement of cleverly named diamond forms – Inc. Blots – spilled out onto the side wall and into the main body of artwork. Michael Murphy’s hanging sculpture hung at the front of the gallery and mesmerized viewers as they entered – many double-taking as they caught the reveal of the anamorphic sculpture in true alignment of a 5 foot tall portrait of Chuck Close made from over 5,000 popsicle sticks. Murphy also created another eye-catching sculptural work for the exhibition in the form of his 10×10 panel – entitled Twist, another 3-dimensional popsicle stick assemblage resembling a huge red claw protruding from the wall, but revealing a perfect heart shape when viewed directly from the front. Murphy and Veca’s installations wowed the viewers of the exhibition and it was a pleasure to see so many engaging with the work.

Ahead of the opening, Nike’s CEO Mark Parker came by for a quiet viewing before Portland’s busy first-Thursday crowds filled the space all night along with many of Portland’s vibrant artistic community.

With so much artwork to see in this exhibition, we’ll bring you a focus on some of the work shortly in part 2 of our Space//Form opening coverage.

Mark Dean Veca, Mark Parker, Sven Davis, Paige Prendergast

Breeze Block Gallerinas & Gallerinos – Samhara, Paige, Conrad, Marilena, Britta & John

Dana Brown, Sven Davis & Paige Prendergast

Mark Dean Veca & Josh Keyes

AJ Fosik, Stephanie Buer, Sven Davis & Blaine Fontana

Josh Keyes & Lisa Ericson

Mark Dean Veca

Josh Keyes

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