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ThursdayDec 07

MICHELLE GRABNER, ANNE CRUMPACKER GINGHAM | ENSO

At Upfor Gallery

Thu, Dec 07 to Sat, Jan 27

show

Preview Wednesday December 6, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
First Thursday opening December 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

THE WORK
Gingham | Ensō places recent paintings by Wisconsin artist Michelle Grabner in conversation with wall-hanging sculptures by Portland artist Anne Crumpacker.

Since the 1990s, Grabner has used domestic fabrics as source material for painting, printmaking and sculpture, questioning the opposition between fine art and craft. Grabner favors crochet and gingham patterns from which she can create abstractions that are recognizable and familiar. Grabner has said that she hopes to “…reinvigorate some of the power struggles between burlap and linen, the loom and the stretcher, and concepts of labor and work, dichotomies most recently leveled by the free market’s objective to bring diversity to market.”

Anne Crumpacker’s Ensō works flow from long traditions of using bamboo in Japanese art and crafts. Crumpacker, who received her Masters in Fine Arts from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, uses different widths of crosscut bamboo to form sculptural representations of the ensō (円相), a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. 

EventMICHELLE GRABNER, ANNE CRUMPACKER GINGHAM | ENSO
DateThursday, December 7, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, January 27, 2018 (All day)
LocationUpfor Gallery Map
Address929 NW Flanders St, Portland
More Infohttp://www.upforgallery.com/