ART TALK 7 PM
Sat. Feb. 24th, 2018
6:30 to 8:30 PM
BEA GARTH & JORDAN CLARK
The Gallery @ Cerulean
1439 NW Marshall Street, Portland, OR 97209;
503 308 9137
This will be your last chance to see both the artwork and meet/listen to Bea Garth and Jordan Clark speak about their paintings and what brought them to it before the show ends on Feb. 26th, 2018.
The artists’ bold, playful and elegant use of color, line and shape draw the viewer in to their deeper more subtle psychological aspects despite their very different styles (Garth surreal/figurative, Clark bold/gestural geometrics).
Come and see the art, meet the artists and hear their “art talk”!
Plus enjoy the fine wine and food at the wine bar with its sleek, comfortable couches in the Cerulean’s beautiful high ceilinged building — creating a truly aesthetic art experience.
Feb. 1, 2018 Art Reception: Bea Garth and Jordan Clark
The Gallery at Cerulean
1439 NW Marshall St.
Portland, OR 97209
OPENING RECEPTION: Garth & Clark
FIRST THURSDAY, February 1st @ 8 -11PM
LOCAL ART + LIVE MUSIC + POETRY READING
Our February show presents a beautiful example in uniting the figurative and the non-objective, with artists Bea Garth and Jordan Clark. The eclectic jazz fusion group Climate Strange will be performing and there will be an intermission poetry reading by Bea Garth!
Movements of line echo the exaggerated angles of limbs. Abstract textures and shapes find parallels in the vibrant patterns of tapestries and the flatness of bodies. Colors call and are repeated.
“My figurative artwork explores the narrative of human feelings and expression on canvas, paper or clay. I am obsessed with discovering the nuanced meaning of body language and what that implies. I am also compelled to play with both plasticity and structure of the human form as an expression of my native over-flexibility plus a severe childhood injury.”
Garth creates figurative, dream-like visionary narrative art. She focuses on complex inter-communication in landscape, water and interior settings. The daughter of two anthropologists in the Pacific Northwest, her work reflects her early exposure to Native American and World Art. Her artwork also expresses her interest in eros, psychology, ecology, dance and metaphysics.
“I think about the zig and zag, the dotted line of the pass; where the players are going in relation to the ball and where they’ll meet, where they won’t. It’s kinda like seeing something before it happens, but there’s only chance and then consequence.”
Clark makes paintings and drawings that reflect the experiences of being in a new place. Through recording and responding to found objects and landscapes, he develops a language through the manipulation of materials. Part of this response and interpretation are shown in the evidence of physical engagement of surface, body, and paint—as a layered form of visual journalism.
Clark was born in 1983 in Dubuque, Iowa and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. In 2015, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with a concentration in painting from University of Wisconsin-Stout. In 2017 he received his MFA in Contemporary Art Practice from Portland State University. Clark currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Interview with the artist: http://www.orartswatch.org/jordan-clark-the-painters-spaces-inside-and-out/
(Work on display ay The Cerulean from Feb. 1 – Feb. 26th)
Bea Garth past Art Events:
I will be participating in the Clark County Open Studios this November 11th and 12th, 2017:
Here is the url: http://www.ccopenstudios.org/portfolio/beatrice_garth/
You can find the general information of what Clark County Open Studios is about, the artists involved (including me) and an art map here: http://www.ccopenstudios.org
This info. includes instructions on how to get to my Open Studio! My address is 6816 N.E. 17th Ave., Vancouver, WA 98665.
I will feature both painting and ceramics.
The following image is of an unfired vase I recently completed:
I had six paintings in the exhibit “New Beginnings” featured along with the work of 9 other artists at the Trianon Theatre Art Gallery at 72 N. 5th St., San Jose, CA 95112. The exhibit closed November 18, 2015. http://www.trianontheatre.com
The following painting of mine was one of the pieces in the exhibit “New Beginnings” at the Trianon Theatre which I helped organize, promote and co-curate with David Eisbach.
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 I had a booth in the Solstice Art Fair put on by the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, CA. Below is a picture of me getting ready for the art fair a few days ahead of time–with my cat Keiko on the prowl!
I had two paintings in the “Plastic Paralysis” exhibit at Studio Bongiorno in Santa Clara, CA, June 12 through July 10th, 2015 curated by Robin Lysne.
Below is my painting “What Did We Eat” for the June 2015 exhibit “Plastic Paralysis” at Studio Bongiorno:
Studio Bongiorno was at 500 Lincoln St., Santa Clara, CA 95050. They recently closed.
April 11th, 2015 I participated in the “Eye Tea” exhibit at the Citadel, 199 Martha St, San Jose, CA with my piece below entitled “Watching The Watchers.” The exhibit featured the work of more than 40 artists on the effects of social media on both the individual and the world. It was a magical night! Hopefully more of this kind of exhibit exploring the ramifications of our changed and challenged world will pop up elsewhere.
I created and co-curated “Healing The Planet, Healing Ourselves”
Nov. 7-Dec. 5th 2014 at Studio Bongiorno, 500 Lincoln St., Santa Clara, CA 95050
with a Poetry Night: Nov. 15th, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM, Cafe Discussion: Nov. 21st 7:30 PM-10:30 PM, and a Holiday Art Boutique: Nov. 28th and 29th, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
This piece of mine below entitled “Empathy” was at the “Healing The Planet, Healing Ourselves” and “Holiday Boutique” exhibits
“Imminent Terrain” exhibit poster, with featured artists, Sept. 13 through Sept. 27, 2014 “Imminent Terrain” exhibit:
Bea Garth with 13 other artists at The Citadel Gallery, 199 Martha, San Jose, CA
Curators: Al Preciado and Joe Rodriguez
Below is “The Wild Ox,” gouache painting by Bea Garth copyright 2013/14 which was part of the exhibit “Imminent Terrain.”
I had a one woman show called “Circle of Tenderness” at Cafe Pomegranate from May 15 through June 28th, 2014.
Below is my painting which inspired the show: “Circle of Tenderness”:
Chris Arcus and John Kurtyka performed experimental jazz to an appreciative crowd.
I had several pieces at Studio Bongiorno at 500 Lincoln St., Santa Clara, CA at the “Enchanted, Valentine’s Art Exhibit,” Feb. 1st through Feb. 24th, 2014.
“At The Gallery,” mixed media drawing by Bea Garth,
copyright 2006 was featured in the Enchanted exhibit.
On March 23rd, 2013 I was part of a group show called “Seed” put on by the “Heart of Chaos.” The event was held at 199 Martha Street in San Jose, CA near Fifth
The concept of the show was to have each artist present a written paragraph on what “Seed” idea or event inspired them to become an artist. There was a photo of each artist too, along with one artwork by the artist.
The painting I submitted for the show (which you can see below) is called “Secrets.”
Lynn Rogers and I (Bea Garth) created and curated “Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts” poetry events at the Camden Community Center in San Jose–with help from Daniel Yaryan, the progenitor of the SWBG series. The first such event was on March 28, 2013 with the topic : “Exploring the Beat Spirit.”
The guest poet was Howard Pugh along with an anecdote by one of the original “On the Road” Beats, Al Hinkle. We had another Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts eventApril, 23rd,2014. Both events were at Camden Community Center, Union Ave., San Jose, CA.
My painting below (“Entanglement, or The Vase”) was used to help publicize the March 28, 2013 event: