Thursday, May 20, 2010

Totemic Power

Sculptures by Patricia Mahan
Paintings by David Wien

Patricia Mahan is a found art assemblage artist doing figurative sculpture. Her media are primarily mixed metal, wood and clay. As she describes her artistic process, "Some of the assemblage sculptures come together quickly and easily. Other times weeks and months go by before the right piece brings itself together. What [I] love is finding something and looking at new ways to use it, giving it a new life and purpose with a new meaning. Transforming the objects demands a playful imagination and the constant challenge of opening the mind to see it in a new and different way. When an object begins to develop a presence, a kind of totemic power all its own, that is when we know it’s close to being completed."

Mahan was born in Beirut, Lebanon, of American parents. She studied and performed flamenco dance but. after a debilitating car accident, she turned her talents to visual arts. Her work has been shown in Bordello Gallery and Galeria Atelier and Gallery Zoho in the Fabrica Aurora in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where she has her studio, and in private collections in Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, DC, Toronto, Canada, Seattle, San Francisco, Portland, and Chicago.

David Wien creates original paintings and sculptures inspired by a wide range of ethnic styles, from Native American to Latin American. Animals, birds, humans are all part of a richly patterned universe. His interest lies in exploring art as a spiritual and inspirational nutrient for our lives similar to sunshine, nature, dreaming, and loving.

Wien was raised in Vermont. After completing a BFA in Fine Art with a Minor in Art History at the Rochester Institute of Technology, David took up residence in Chicago, then Grand Rapids, Michigan. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he exhibits in venues such as Paseo and is part of the Together Gallery on Alberta Street.

May 27-June 22, 2010
Opening and artists' reception: May 27, 6-9 PM
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6, Sunday 12-4