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February 5 - 28, 2015

THE LAURA RUSSO GALLERY IS PLEASED TO PRESENT:

Jo Hamilton: Whom
Joe Macca, Guest Exhibition: New Works

OPENING RECEPTION:
First Thursday - February 5, 2015
First Thursday Hours, 5-8pm

Join us for artists' talks with Jo Hamilton & Joe Macca Saturday February 14th at 11 am

Jo Hamilton

Jo Hamilton
Plastic Andy Panda - 2013
crocheted recycled plastic bags
26 x 24 inches

Jo Hamilton
Jo Hamiltonís crocheted portraiture is a fascinating combination of traditional technique with contemporary subject matter. A native of Scotland, Hamilton earned a degree in painting and drawing from the Glasgow School of Art. After moving to Portland, she translated her artistic vision into the medium of crochet, which she had first learned as a child from her grandmother. Her subjects range broadly, with an enduring interest in portraiture, ranging from people she knows, to commission subjects, mugshot images, larger than life nudes, and recently, 3-dimensional mannequin-like whimsically masked heads. Each piece is compelling and poignant, informed by the vivid color and complex detail of her process and the rich tradition and contemporary approach to the crochet technique that informs them.


Born in Scotland in 1972, Jo Hamilton has lived in Oregon since 1996. She received her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in 1993. She has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and nationally, including a major 2014 show at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. She is the recipient of grants from Portlandís Regional Arts & Culture Council and the Oregon Arts Commission, was featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting televisionís Oregon ArtBeat, and her work has been written about in publications nationally and internationally

More examples by Jo Hamilton


Joe Macca

Joe Macca
Sebastian
acrylic on panel
45 x 45 inches

Joe Macca
Formal, nuanced abstractions of color, often referencing the natural world, have been a defining aspect of Joe Maccaís work. With this guest exhibition, he continues in that vein, but with a focus on a more monochrome palette. His most recent series of work, Nostalgia, are acrylic paintings of extraordinary subtlety, with charcoals and greys shifting into hints of green or pink or brown. Compositionally, they have an obscured or disappearing focal point, hinting of lost landscapes or the emptiness of a space not yet defined. The paintings seem to enter the misty landscapes of memory and dream states, with their surfaces that invite the eye and mind to lose themselves in boundless spaces. An additional selection of work with a more pronounced range of color will serve as a visual counterpoint to the particularly meditative body of Nostalgia paintings.


Joe Macca was born in Portland, Oregon in 1970. He received his BA from the University of Oregon, followed by his MFA from Portland State University in 1999. His work has been featured in solo and group shows in Portland and across the country, including a 2012 solo show at Marylhurstís Art Gym, which presented both his pristine colorfield abstractions and postcards and ephemera that explored more of the internal complexities of living and being an artist in the 21st century. Maccaís work has been featured in New American Paintings, Artweek, the Oregonian, and the Portland Mercury.

More examples by Joe Macca

Upcoming 2015 Exhibitions

March 5 - 28, 2015
Michael Paul Miller -
New Work
Manuel Izquierdo -
Sculptures from the Estate

April 2 - May 2, 2015
Fay Jones -
New Work
Kim Osgood - New Work

May 7 - 30, 2015
Dana Lynn Louis -
New Work
Michael Dailey -
Works from the Estate