Portland-based artist, writer and teacher, Pat Boas works with dissected and whole letter forms to create compositions that echo the intimacy of handwriting and the exuberance of graffiti. By concentrating on the formal quality of letters rather than the actual writing itself, the artist entices the viewer along a path that is familiar but not easily followed. In Logo(s), Boas uses the cadence of language to overlap and intertwine letters, creating a visual parcel of jumbled language that cannot be disassembled. The title of the exhibition was inspired by a series of small gouache works on paper. Boas begins with standard stencil letterforms as a basis for what will eventually become written color studies. As in her other series, Boas is drawn to the concept of the logo as an easily recognizable symbol that forms the foundation for gesturally complex paintings.
Portland-based Pat Boas’ work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), the Art Gym at Marylhurst University (Marylhurst, OR), Hallie Ford Museum of Art (Salem, OR), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM) and the Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), among other venues throughout the Northwest. She was awarded the 2012 Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, which honors contemporary artists from the Pacific Northwest. In addition to her visual work, Boas has written articles and reviews for Art Papers and artUS, and was a contributing editor for Artweek from 2002 to 2006. Boas earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and a master of fine arts degree in painting from Portland State University, where she is now the Director of the School of Art + Design and Associate Professor, Art Practices, Mixed Media. Boas’ work has been included in group shows at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.