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Katherine Bradford "Magenta Nights"

  • Adams and Ollman 209 Southwest 9th Avenue Portland, OR, 97205 United States (map)

Katherine Bradford | Magenta Nights

Adams and Ollman

April 27, 2018, through June 6, 2018

Opening reception: Friday, April 27, 2018, from 6-8 PM

Adams and Ollman hours: Wednesday—Saturday from 11 AM—5 PM


Adams and Ollman is pleased to announce Magenta Nights, an exhibition with Katherine Bradford, the artist's third with the gallery.

Katherine Bradford’s bold paintings depict ships, swimmers, divers and superheroes–iconic imagery that the artist has used over the course of her career. These figures appear against transient, ephemeral grounds that toggle between the representational space of dark sky or ocean waters, and abstract fields of color. The undefined vastness of the canvas becomes an intentional place for imagination, as the paintings convey a personal universe of Bradford’s own making, a universe populated with hard-won symbologies, and filled with the artist’s deep interest in the materiality of paint.

On view in Magenta Nights will be new works, united by a shared color palette and sense of wonder, that feature figures, androgynous and in a state of suspension, riding, wading, gazing, or floating. Through dreamlike layers, Bradford's forms are intuitively reduced to highlight the elements in which she is most interested. Discerning visual choices temper the grandiosity of painting’s legacy. With a sensitivity of line, form and texture, her figures remind us of the vulnerability and comedy simultaneously inherent to the human experience.

K. Bradford: Works on Paper, a publication focusing on the artist's intimate gouache and collage works along with a new poem by Eileen Myles, accompanies the exhibition.

Earlier Event: March 1
Zun Lee "Father Figure"
Later Event: March 2
Yellena James "ARISE"