Opening Reception: Friday, September 14th, 6-10 PM
Artist Talk: Saturday, September 15th, from 12-1 PM
Inspired by maps and the natural world that surrounds her in the Pacific Northwest, Claiborne Colombo translates her experiences around place into deconstructed landscapes using a range of techniques and expressions -- intricate lines, guttural marks, bold colors and organic forms.
Working on both canvas and paper, she uses transparent layers of acrylic, graphite, charcoal, and pastels which she applies with both spontaneity and precision. The layers intersect and combine to reveal the stratification of her process without compromising the raw nature of each material.
Claiborne uses colors that flow, vibrate and bounce off one another. They act as a compass, helping the eye navigate through the layered terrain. In play with the swaths of color are more detailed marks. Her marks capture movement, subtle shifts, and drastic divides. Throughout her work, lines and shapes are repeated and transformed, flowing across the expanse. Some of her marks are planned, but at times, her hands work faster than her mind with each mark informing the next, creating an organic and meditative flow.
Altogether, these elements form a dynamic language that guides the narrative of each abstracted map, building a journey full of fluctuations, pauses, crossroads and moments of discovery.
1122 gallery is located at 1122 SE 88th Ave. in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland, Oregon. This is accessible by bike route, as well as bus lines 15 and 72. Please keep in mind this is a residential neighborhood when parking. The gallery is ADA accessible.
1122 gallery is open during openings and events, and is otherwise appointment only.