c DG House 2019 "In the Summer Wind"
The Blackbird: Anew
A Raven Inspired Invitational
To celebrate our 7th anniversary, we are featuring new interpretations of our favorite bird by Judy Arledge, Georgia Mann, Maryann Eikens, Larry Blackwood, Brenda Wolf, Cheryl Brown, DG House (pictured), Jennifer Ogden, Bill Ryder, and Dennis Althoff.
S E N E S C E N C E
p h o t o g r a p h y
If every photograph is a self-portrait, these images illustrate my appreciation of the cycle of life.
I am a wanderer, and this body of work is a departure from how I tend to photograph. I enjoy having some discipline to my practice, and over time I have gravitated toward having a specific project in mind. It might be capturing the graphic nature of architecture, or observing the unlimited variations of water.
This work is a collection of images based on one distinct subject, which is leaves in transition.These leaves were found while exploring Lopez Island. With each individual leaf, the colors and textures, pushed out at the end of their life cycle, are unique, subtle and brilliant.
The medium I selected for printing was rice paper. It is sturdy, but also has a fragile quality to it that allows the light to penetrate the work.
I have attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and was able to broaden my education by assisting at the school for a number of years. Over time I have become more engaged in the community. My work has been displayed twice at Market on Front. Additionally, interior images of the abandoned Mercantile I captured were selected to be placed in the hotel built on that site.
Jordan Porter, born 1987, is a native of Whitefish, Montana. His interest in art was cultivated from a young age using a wide range of mediums. For most of his twenties producing art took a backseat to various outdoor pursuits, leading to many memorable experiences amongst the landscapes of North America. With a great appreciation for his natural surroundings, Jordan's interests combined, blossoming into a passion for painting. He finds inspiration daily while making the most of the mountains, rivers and trails he loves.
"The magical moment as alpenglow fades behind a frozen forest after an unforgettable powder day. A beautiful brown trout rising for a bite from the surface of the local stream. Familiar warmth as the summer sun rises behind a vast expanse of alpine peaks... As an artist, it is my goal to transport the viewer into these special moments and share the experience in realistic and surreal paintings.
Not only do I capture the tones and lighting
of my subject matter, but I place importance on specific forms which breathe life into the landscape. Asymmetrical shapes and appealing geometric compositions are a main focus in my work.
Using mostly traditional techniques,
I build up layers with knife and brush,
usually working on multiple paintings at once. The relationship between oil painting materials and the natural environment they are sourced from is a subject of exploration in each of my works. I am intrigued by the way pigments, often derived from the environment being portrayed, are mixed and arranged to capture the imagery at hand. It is a recombination of the natural world to commemorate a special moment in time and space. My work has been inspired by many painters, both contemporary and historical."
4 Ravens welcomes Bozeman artist Sarah Angst to her first exhibit in Missoula. Angst’s newest works will be on display in a show called TRIPTYCHS: Small Studies in Paint & Print. The exhibit embodies many of the themes Angst has dreamt of working on for years including, landscapes, butterflies, and sailboats. The concept of the triptych has allowed her to explore each topic a little deeper. Three related images lined up together are a fun way to reflect on how each image plays off the others.
Sarah creates her original linoleum block prints one at a time. Each image is hand carved, hand printed, and hand painted in an attempt to evoke the calm comfort of life’s simple pleasures. Her prints display the effortless beauty in everyday subject matter and their crisp black outlines make her vibrant colors really pop. Angst loves printmaking, as it allows her to explore a variety of imagery, yet her aesthetic is striking and unified enough that her designs always look cohesive together. This show features several unrelated themes displayed in groupings of three.
Sarah Angst’s artwork had always resonated with people. Her quaint and familiar images often evoke nostalgic feelings or cherished memories.
on display through August
JOE AND MARLYS BODDY
Critters and Characters
c e r a m i c s c u l p t u r e
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