EMBRACING CHANGE IN ART
Art on Broadway traditionally starts each new year with a group show, including a single piece from each of the Beaverton gallery's 22 member artists.
The show always revolves around a different theme. This year's theme is "Change," and the 22 works are as varied as one might expect.
Some artists tackled change in their subject matter, like in Donna Sanson's mixed media painting "the towers fell and the world changed," which depicts a scene from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Others approached change through their medium, like Dianne Erickson, who used the combination of hot and cold wax for the first time in her encaustic painting, "Exploring Space."
Artists Michael Kelly, Sam Hingston and Beate Scheller all addressed change in their own ways as well. Here's a closer look at their work, process and inspritation.
Michael Kelly, 'Self Portrait'
Michael Kelly tends to create a new self-portrait at the beginning or end of a new series. It's his way of experimenting with new styles and materials, and figuring out what he's going to do next.
"All the self-portraits I do are approached differently," Kelly said. "I don't have a certain way of approaching — I respond. That's how I draw and think."
When he heard that the theme Art on Broadway's 2018 group show would be "Change," Kelly decided to use a fountain pen — an unfamiliar medium for him — to tackle a well-known subject matter.
"Fountain pen ink is different from graphite or charcoal," he said. "A fountain pen reacts to the paper quite differently."
In Kelly's artist's statement for the piece, he references a line penned by Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder from the song "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town," which goes, "I changed by not changing at all."
"That line has always struck me," Kelly said. "It's a very cerebral statement — what could it mean? It could mean everything else around him is perceptively changing, and he's the same person."
Sam Hingston, 'King'
Sam Hingston is known for creating sculptures that are reminiscent of nature. He's in the process of completing 100 different flower sculptures with bright colors, and he's done jellyfish and sea shells as well.
So for the "Change" exhibit, Hingston went a different route, creating a chess piece out of an old lawn mower he found on the side of the road.
"This is an old lawn mower, and that itself was a very different way to do a piece, because typically I have exactly in my mind what I want to do, and then I put it all together," Hingston said. "Whereas with this, I started with this lawn mower, and then I had to figure out something to do with it."
The lawnmower's blades are the focal point of "King." Inside of the blades, stainless steel poles lean in the opposite direction, creating a concentric circle effect. It's industrial, but it still evokes movement and life, like many of Hingston's nature-inspired pieces.
"Initially, it was destined for the landfill, sitting by somebody's trash can," he said. "But I was actually quite taken by the curves of the blade. So originally I had intended to take it apart — but once I started taking it apart, I realized how it was all so well-attached, so then I switched gears and decided to see if I could come up with something out of that piece there."
Beate Scheller, 'Journey of the Stages'
Beate Scheller turned 50 in 2010. She marked the occasion by finishing a series of 50 lithograph prints — all different versions of the same etching.
"When I turned 50, I printed 50 etchings. It's really time-consuming, but that's how I wanted to explain the journey. I call it the 'Journey of the Stages,' because it's also a journey of my influences through time. When I did that" — Scheller pointed to the first of the four displayed lithographs — "maybe I had never thought already about this," she said, pointing to the last one. "It's always constant, the change."
The scene Scheller portrays started as a simple doodle. She uses mostly abstract shapes, but they created an architectural, landscape effect.
The artist gave individual titles to each different lithograph she choose to show in the "Change" show.
"The first one is called 'Explore,' because I was just starting to explore the piece," Scheller said. "And then the last one is called 'Over the Hill,' because I was finally done with the piece. Also, that was the year I turned 50 — which, it's not 100, but you could say it's halftime."
SEE FOR YOURSELF
There will a group art talk 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Art on Broadway, 12570 S.W. Broadway St., Beaverton. All are welcome.
The show runs through Sunday, March 3. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.