The Shape of the Problem II | 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Group exhibition - Selected gallery artists and friends
September 1 - October 1, 2011
First Thursday Reception: September 1, 6 - 9 pm

The Shape of the Problem II, a selection of artwork from the gallery’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition, aims to examine relationships and issues that have faced artists throughout the decades, from exploration of self-expression, to formal concerns, questions about identity, optimism, accumulation, exuberance, and deconstruction. By exhibiting work by prominent historical artists of the last century such as Henri Matisse, Hans Hofmann, and Fred Sandback, alongside contemporary artists such as Sarah Cain and MK Guth, this exhibition seeks connections between the past and the present. What do the artists of the 1950s and 60s have in common with the artists of today? What endures? The Shape of the Problem II includes many artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the last three decades, celebrating the past, present, and future of the gallery, the Portland art community, and its relationship to the art world at large.

Participating Artists:
Victoria Adams
Peter Alexander
Louise Bourgeois
James Brooks
Jaq Chartier
Russell Crotty
Richard Gruetter
Zach Harris
Sean Healy
Hans Hofmann
Malia Jensen
Lee Kelly
Isaac Layman
Robert Mapplethorpe
Richard Serra
Mark R. Smith
Al Taylor