Opening at Anka Gallery
Last night, Transcendent opened at Anka Gallery!
The show features sculptures by Wendy Dunder, garments by Susi Jagudajev Jenkins, and paintings by Anna Solcaniova King and myself.
The art is displayed among a veritable garden of lilies!
For Transcendent, I’m exhibiting most of my Apple Pie series. Though I’ve shown it a few times—once in Portland in 2008 and once in Eugene in 2009—I’ve only ever had one viewer tell me what the series was about and have it match up perfectly my original intentions for the work.
I don’t think that art always has to convey precisely what the artist means it to convey, and I love whatever feedback I’m given about my work, but there was something uniquely satisfying about having the man pictured above tell me that what he got from the show was the same thing as what has inspired it in the first place. He’s third generation American but his French heritage has never been a big part of this identity. Through Apple Pie he has, for the first time, thought of himself as an immigrant.
Of course, the series evolved from that idea and came to include pieces like First American as well, but I still think that if so-called American-Americans would embrace their immigrant background the United States would be a lot better off as a country.
Three of the Transcendent artists: Wendy, Susi, and myself.
Wendy contributed the illuminated sculptures to the show…
...and Susi the dresses.
Here’s Anna with her work…
..and Anna with me!
Graylan kept everyone well hydrated.
My parents came out for the party…
...and they told me they enjoyed the anonymity of an opening where I’m not showing Subjective, a series in which they feature prominently!
I wasn’t the only one with family in attendance. Here’s Susi with her kids.
Baby Oliver was there too. It was his first art opening, and, though he slept soundly through the entire thing, I’m pretty sure he enjoyed it.
Oliver’s dad didn’t get the message that we were making silly faces for this photo.
Then again, with Madeleine around…
...someone is always making funny faces…
...and, as often as not, it’s me!
Transcendent is up at Anka through 30 July, open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 6 PM.
325 NW 6th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209