Friday, February 10, 2012

February 11 Vernacular Photography Painting and Sculpture

Mak Katz and Henk Pender are late career Portland artists. Katz was in the booming art world of New York City in the '50's, relocated, going on to influence several generations of Portland art students with his minimal organic sculptures. Henk Pender grew up in the painterly world of the Netherlands. Coming to Portland with his family, he has used old world techniques to attack realism in portraits and landscapes with an edge. He is known for his oils. This current work are accomplished watercolors, where the transparency of the medium allows the white paper beneath to glow through the image. The artists both speak informally today at the gallery before their works. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 11AM Free

Vernacular photography is democratic and anonymous. It's a postmodern condition. And it is powered by nostalgia in a visual culture evolving, rapidly, inevitably. Ampersand has created a niche for collecting and republishing vernacular photography. Tonight they sponsor a talk by Tyler Whisnand: Vernacular Photography: collecting, publishing, curating & communication. Whisnand arrives to Portland from the Netherlands, where he curated and published photography books. At Apmersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 7:30PM Free