ADAM BURKE + NOELLE BARCE
OPENING RECEPTION; APRIL 4th, 2014, 6-9:30PM
We are ecstatic to announce a double-bill for the spring show featuring these two talented Portland painters.
Drawing on a visual style influenced by classic fantasy artists like Frank Frazetta and other old pulp sci-fi paperbacks, Adam Burke has come to create works that immediately stand out and are easily identifiable as his own. He has done show posters, record album covers and many other commissioned paintings in watercolor or acrylic for many Pacific NW bands.
In his Own Words:
“As a kid, I was introverted, lost in dinosaur books, science magazines, my rock collection and the woods of the Pacific Northwest. To pass time, I’d sit down with a pencil and draw the things I loved, letting my imagination wander. This was a central focus of my young life, and a motivator for much of what I would explore as I grew up. I went to school for art, but as my adult responsibilities grew, I let drawing fall away, and spent less time in the woods. I told myself I’d return when I was older.
Things didn’t go quite as planned. Through a series of events, some beautiful, some heart-rending, all of them profound, I found myself fundamentally changed, and I knew I had to do what I loved. So I started drawing again. And painting again. And being in the woods. I let my imagination go where it would.
My work reflects a love of the natural world and a sense of wonder at the spectrum of possibility. But I also embrace harshness, strangeness and awfulness. Darkness/light/terror/beauty are a part of my art because I’ve had a taste of life’s polarities. A little boy’s imagination, thrown into the big world.”
Perfectly paired with Adam for this double bill, Noelle Barce is stylistically similar to Adam’s work with detailed themes of fantasy and futurism. Working under the moniker Epochal Void, Noelle continues printmaking and illustrating here in Portland, OR.
In her Words:
“Epochal Void is a moment of time which is pure potential. It is existing simultaneously in states of detachment and attachment to personal identity, which is a personal expression of our experience of time. My interest lies in that which exists outside of time. This void is the state which precedes all creation. By nature, it is abstract; we depend upon metaphor to describe it. It is represented as the Fool card in the Tarot. The Fool is numbered zero; it is not completely nothing, but an emptiness awaiting fulfillment. It is the dark, mercurial sea.
I’ve been told that we humans do not create from a void, but rather from chaos, from an amalgamation of environmental factors which surround us everyday of our lives. The experience of void, of being outside of time and space, makes itself available through the creative impulse. It is the ambiguous state of constantly becoming. Even with this awareness, we cling to our money, possessions, territories, identities. Linear time is a construct which fuels the belief that our memories are historical, and that the future can somehow be controlled. It is futile.
Much of my illustrative work employs iconic, mystical imagery, and figures involved in narrative cycles which depict a journey toward, and experience of, awakening. My abstract work explores the concept of futility, of ordered systems and structures breaking down, geometric shapes and patterns falling into chaos. I work mostly in ink, watercolor, colláge, and print, specifically etchings on copper, woodcut relief, and monotype.”
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