Robert McWilliams, Visionary Sculpture
Full Circle’s featured artist for September, 2011 was sculptor Robert McWilliams.
Robert McWilliams, Foundry Wheel, Big Horn
McWilliams works in a stylized manner, combining wood carvings with junk and rusty iron. His work is whimsical and, to some extent, influenced by Native American Art.
Full Circle’s Opening Reception for Robert McWilliams was Sept 2 at Full Circle Gallery, 640 SE Stark, 6 to 9pm. Full Circle Gallery is open Tuesday thru Sat. 11 to 6pm.
Kathryn Cellerini: Drawings & Cogitations
August 2011’s Featured artist at Full Circle Gallery was Katherine Cellerini, with Drawings and Cogitations. Kathryn returned to Oregon for her exhibit of drawings, writings and documentation from two of her series, “Chora” and “Vinculum”.
While the focus of Kathryn’s works is visual art she works from a process that includes her personal body of memory and her studies in psychology. In her series Vinculum we see her exploration of physiological memory. “The idea that we can have very real, visceral responses to objects of memories before we realize why we are having them.”
Kathryn currently teaches printmaking at the State University of New York at Stony Brook while completing her Master of Fine Arts degree.
Full Circle Gallery is a group exhibiting space, within the 640 Warehouse, where artists’ studios, drawing venues, and exhibits coexist. Also within Full Circle can be seen the Kelp wall and pedestal sculptures of Vicky York, the wood pieces by Jim Orman, and abstracts by June Underwood.
Artist’s Opening Reception, First Friday 6 – 9pm, 640 SE Stark Street, Portland Oregon.
Antonia Manda, Computer-Generated Prints
July 2011’s featured artist at Full Circle Gallery was Antonia Manda. Manda, with a degree in art, uses traditional ideas and visual tactics with her computer-generated prints. Her Tree series is a created from lines and shapes, given depth by multiple edges created in Freehand.
Manda is obviously fascinated by the shapes that trees create as their trunk bump into one another. In this series there’s a hint of gothic cathedrals. Although not visible from web-views, Manda’s trees produce depth and sophistication through her use of line embedded into the primary images.
Manda’s other work, like her “swimmer series,” are evocative, through her use of color and line, of watery views. The sense of depth feels visceral, surprising given the flatness that many computer-generated prints provide. Manda’s women-captured-in-trees echo her love of trees, although the women’s captivation could be construed as claustrophobic. Manda refuses to speak to whether she is capturing the feminine side of trees or a darker view of women’s lives.
Full Circle Gallery is a group exhibiting space, within the 640 Warehouse, where artists’ studios, drawing venues, and exhibits coexist. Also within Full Circle this month can be seen the Kelp wall and pedestal sculptures of Vicky York, the wood pieces by Jim Orman, and abstracts by June Underwood.
Bodie Orman, Photographer
Bodie Orman, Bulb
Footprints, photos by Bodie Orman, was presented at Full Circle Gallery in June 2011. Footprints was a selection of pieces by Orman, who is a photographer and Panavision camera man in LA. Orman’s photos at Full Circle feature a group of his still photos for a feature film on which he worked.
Orman has a way of capturing both object and mood in a variety of situations. He shows the contours of a body, the imprints in sand, and the scene in a room with an equally focused skill.
Some of Orman’s work remained at the Full Circle Gallery through July 2011.
June O. Underwood, Wacky Cityscapes
June Underwood’s painting series, Wacky Cityscapes were featured at Full Circle Gallery in May, 2011. Underwood is a plein air oil painter who uses her on-site work to concoct collaged studio paintings. These studio works collect impressions, memories, and visions from the plein air experiences and place them into a larger context.
Underwood is a textile artist as well as a painter in oils; she has exhibited locally and nationally and has been an artist in residence at the John Day Fossil Beds, in Basin, Montana, Beatty, Nevada, and the Petrified Forest National Park. Both her studio paintings and her textile pieces are unconventional, based in reality but skewing toward the absurd.
More of June Underwood’s work can be found on her website, http://www.juneunderwood.com .