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As part of the International Sculpture Conference being held in Portland this weekend, Laura Vincent Design & Gallery is exhibiting the art of James Florschutz.

COURTESY PHOTOS  - Border Town, by James Florschutz, will be on exhibition at LAURA VINCENT DESIGN AND GALLERY through Nov. 2. It is made of salvaged wood and mixed media.

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Laura Vincent Design & Gallery is exhibiting "Accumulation," a collection of sculptures by James Florschutz through Nov. 2.

The public is invited to meet Florschutz from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the gallery, 824 NW Davis St., Portland OR 97209.

"This is a sculptor I chose to bring in while the International Sculpture Conference is held in Portland this year, Oct. 12 through 15," said Laura Vincent, owner and curator of Laura Vincent Design & Gallery.

Florschutz is a Portland-based artist who creates mixed media sculptures from the discarded materials of our society.

He believes these discarded materials have their own language and tell their own stories and that they reveal insight into our culture's perception of the environment.

"Accumulation is a collection of works that investigate the concepts around society's detritus, consumerism and obsolescence as it relates to knowledge and skill in culture," Florschutz writes in his artist statement.

"I accumulate and alter used up materials and assemble them into sculptures. Each sculpture might suggest a tool or a certain application of a tool. They are metaphors for dexterity and knowledge. My use of salvaged materials is not born out of nostalgia for the past. The material itself is a way to emotionally charge the artwork with historical evidence in response to urban sprawl, consumption, place and time."

Florschutz has received numerous awards and honors, among them a grant from the Regional Art and Culture Commission. He is a juried artist for the Oregon Public Art Roster.

Florschutz also received a grant from the Artists Resource Trust Fund from the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and an Artist Creation grant and Artist Development grant from the Vermont Arts Council, plus two fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson Vermont.


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