JOE THURSTON
August 2 - September 1, 2007

The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Then, Quite Suddenly, We Were
Simply No Longer Anywhere
, an exhibition of paintings by Joe Thurston.

Then, Quite Suddenly, We Were Simply No Longer Anywhere is a series of relief paintings,
exposing Thurston's labor-intensive process. Each panel reveals a highly
textured plane, hand-carved for hours, and creates a tactile quality beneath its vibrant
painted surface. Thurston's newest body of work functions as both micro and macro;
as aerial views imitating cosmology, and as flat panels functioning as form and pattern.

Born in Portland, Oregon in 1970, Joe Thurston is a graduate of Marylhurst University.
He has shown his work regularly throughout the region, in exhibits such as Fresh
Trouble
, curated by Jeff Jahn in 2005 and The Modern Zoo in 2003. This is
Thurston's first solo exhibition with the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.