Two artists, two perspectives, one concept. Or maybe not exactly. But there is a sense of twiness in this two person abstract painting show at Waterstone Gallery in Portland, OR.
Waterstone member Kelly Orr chose guest artist MaryAnn Puls to show with her and it is plain to see why. Displayed across the gallery from each other, their work carries on a conversation in grey, blues, and browns. The images reference remnants of walls, The work is both similar in content and different in execution. MaryAnn creates curious shapes that utilize flatness and opaqueness, while Kelly's photo-based work is more transparent and layered. This difference only serves to highlight their separate visions. MaryAnn's work is about observing and constructing mysterious objects that in an alternate universe might be real. Kelly's mixed media paintings seem to speak about tearing away and revealing what is underneath reality. Both are about seeking to understanding the invisible.
Consider attending their artist talk on Sunday, October 19 at 11 am. Their show closes on November 2nd. Waterstone is located at 424 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR. Open Wed-Sat 12-6 pm, Sun 12-4 pm.