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Michelle Ross
The Empty-Full

New paintings
October 5 - October 28, 2017

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The Empty-Full by Michelle Ross includes new paintings that explore compositional geometries and materiality. Inspired by the 1960s writings of Lygia Clark, Ross ponders concepts of social transformation, human invention and expression, and their connections to modernist forms.

Ross’ use of materials and formal compositional investigations reflect her intellectual pursuits. Surface tensions and abstract geometric shapes energetically activate the space inside the paintings through her use of thickly layered viscous paint, traces of fabric, magazine paper, spray painted shapes, and graphite markings.

Evocative titles like We Wake Up, Slipping Slope, and Slippery Silver Linings reference the artist’s interest in activation and transformation. Ross adds unexpected interventions to the series including pops of color and textured layers of paint, which further convey the artist’s exuberant dedication to experimentation and discovery.

Ross received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR) and her MFA from Washington State University (Pullman, WA). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Ross was named a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. Her work is held by a number of collections including the Rhode Island School of Design Special Collections (Providence, RI), Willamette University (Salem, OR) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). In 2011 she received and participated in the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.

 


Hinged Upon
oil, Flashe, spray paint, canvas, plasticized canvas, chalk, graphite on pa
2016-17
68 x 62 inches

 
 
Slipping Slope
Slipping Slope
oil and graphite on panel
2017
12.5 x 10 inches

 
 

Chicken Little
oil, spray paint and graphite on panel
2017
15 x 12 inches

 
 

We Wake Up
magazine paper, spray paint, oil, digital print on polyester, graphite
2017
12.5 x 10 inches

 
 

Curtain Call
oil, spray paint, graphite, cut tacks on panel
2017
15 x 12 inches

 
 

Lamplight Surprise
magazine paper, spray paint, oil, graphite on panel
2017
13 x 10 inches

 
 

Slippery Silver Linings
magazine paper, flashe, oil, spray paint, graphite and traces of fabric on
2017
13 x 10 inches

 
 

Slippery Slope (pink moon)
flashe, oil, spray paint and graphite on panel
2017
15 x 12 inches

 
 

(Not) My Circus
oil, spray paint, brass tacks and traces of fabric on panel
2017
15 x 12 inches

 
 

Turtle Island
oil, spray paint, chalk, graphite on linen
2017
24 x 24 inches

 
 

The Symbolic Order
oil, chalk, graphite on recycled drop cloth
2017
24 x 24 inches

 
 

Definition on Blue
oil, spray paint, graphite, chalk on linen
2017
24 x 24 inches

 
 

Hook, Line and Sinker
oil and chalk on recycled drop cloth
2017
24 x 24 inches

 
 

Full Frontal
oil, spray paint, chalk, graphite on canvas
2017
24 x 24 inches

 
 

 
 

 

 Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503.224.0521

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