PERIPHERAL : FEATURING WORK BY SOPHIE LEE
November 3, 2011 6:00pm - November 29, 2011 5:00pm
Pearl Gallery & Framing 1017 NW Davis St. Portland, OR 97209
Pearl Gallery & Framing is very pleased to host
Peripheral, an exhibition of the work of Sophie
Lee. Painting calligraphic-style, incorporating
pods and seeds from the natural world into her
work, she expresses in simple strokes a life
both optimistic and rooted in a long cultural
history, with composition intended to remove
the clutter and offer a sweeping line of focus.
Lee directs our attention to details that are all too easy to overlook.
This show is a collection of Sophie Lee's exquisite paintings based on her Peripheral series and includes original acrylic paintings on glass, acrylic paintings on canvas, original ink drawings and a unique media of natural elements (seeds and pods) curated into shadow-boxes and embellished with acrylic paint on glass. Captured life-cycles combined with perfect brushstrokes are simple yet mind-bogglingly magnificent works of art. You won't be able to buy just one, or will you?
Sophie Lee's first solo exhibit: l'arabesque 2007 was held in Taipei, Taiwan, where she was born. She is a world traveler who first studied design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, a private college in Los Angeles dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries. Lee then focused on fine arts at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and upon graduation moved to New York where she spent several years designing book covers for St. Martin's Press.
Through an exploration of the natural environment, Peripheral captures the perfection of botanical life. With a keen focus on our environment, Lee reveals eternity in the world around us. Many of the natural elements she chooses to encapsulate are common in the Fall season, when trees and most plants shed their coats in the rain and chill of the air. These elements imply a cycle of renewal. Her brushstrokes represent a sweeping line of time for us to appreciate, if we only can cast our eyes to see and take in what surrounds us.
Stop by opening night November 3rd and sample some Deschutes Beer and meet the artist. Show runs through the month of November.
1017 NW Davis St. Pearl Gallery & Framing 503.274.9878
the time btwn tht n when u wake up can b really long or just a mere few hrs, but the anesthesia screwed it all up for u, cuz it's all lost. to me, it was just a mere flash. i woke up, n someone has already gone into my body n removed the little eggs. i don't even feel where the incisions were. then the pain starts. o yes, tho my mind has no recollection of wht happened, my body sure felt it, hard. the drugs n pain killers wears off n the insides of ur body is screaming out at u. someone has invaded in interior landscape i had held so sacred n closed to myself. every movement i make, i can feel the bruise from inside-out. i'm bloated n i hv to walk around like an old lady. no running or sudden movements. u realized how much of ur core muscles r taken out. when u use it, it's affected. even trying to sit up, u can feel the bruise inside n the pain. the simplest coughing or laugh, even speaking louder take a toll out of ur core. every twist n turn of my torso, i can feel the shift of my tummy, like someone has shaken loose my insides. altho the dr tells u tht it's a simple procedure, but they never tell u how much recovery time it takes. i had thought, ok, going home now n by sunday, i'll b fine again like normal. but no. i don't think so. nothing is going to b normal...
ther were 15 btw, then yesterday they say, only 2 fertilized. n we'll hv to wait n c if they survive til wed for the transfer. cross my fingers. it's tough to keep a positive attitude but am gonna try. this time til wed, the waiting to find out is dragging. longest wait of wondering ever.
wait, i was just going to write about the strangest feeling i had about the experience of being in a surgery. i digress. guess i'm just rambling on now. the fresh thoughts i had this morning upon waking is now a jumbled mess.
this video by vanessa marzaroli of blind, is what i've always envisioned my paintings would b like animated. one day, i will get around to do this... luv this. this article on the theory of new media art is also very interesting, talking about the time in-btwn.
n no, i didn't steal these from the squirrels. i collected most of these from the curbside n street sides. or from areas without squirrels such as parking lot, where they'r often crushed by the cars or ppl passing by. humans, do most of the damage anyways, to these acorns. whenever i walk past trees with these acorns falling off, it's normally the gardeners, city maintenance crew tht blow these off n cart them off as trash.
anyhoo. i'm having a lot of fun collecting these acorns. they r so beautiful. it's fascinating tht it began as these tiny bulbs with scaly shell, then the seed grows from inside n creates an opening thru the bulb. it continues to grow n expand until it's bigger n the bulb is now a cap to the actual nut. the color chgs too from tan to green to tan then darkening to dark brown as the acorns we often seen illustrated. hopefully, i'll hv enuf 4 a larger frame for my series. i guess this 1 will hv to b called, peanuts?
when i hold my kitty, i feel a lot of love n cuddliness for her.
but... when i think about the possible invasion of a creature tht will take over my body (like aliens), feed off me, chg me, grow inside me, n then rip me apart so it can come out n take over my life... hmmmm. i shudder a bit. n maybe. maybe, this is why it hasn't happened for me, this whole baby thing. i just hadn't n cudn't wrap my mind around this whole thing. i guess ths is wht i need to work on, the inside of me need to feel like a vessel...
well, something to chew on anyway.
then i turned 39 n got married. life plans sort of took a different turn when 1 has a partner who gets a say in my life now too. so we've been trying to hv ths baby. it's not too encouraging to learn tht altho i'm healthiest 41 (now nearly 42) yr old around me, my eggs r still 40+ yrs old... n that is, i guess, old. nothing like such a news to show u ur age, no matter how u look or feel.
so now it's aug turning into sept, i can truly feel what ppl used to say, "the clock ticking away"
damn, this used to b no big deal to me. age wasn't an obstacle at all. it was just time passing, but i didn't really hear the ticking sound of the time b4 now. it's all very depressing to kno tht as i'm trying, my body is just not cooperating. so now, we'r gonna do the ivf procedure. tho it's always been something i thought i'd draw the line at, i just hv to give it a try, just to kno for sure tht i tried everything possible. it's gonna b a painful process. very nervous abt the needles n various drugs i hv to take n insert n the schedule of each item. then, ther isn't even a guarantee successful outcome! it's all a waiting game. it's been a long waiting game, ths past yr. i feel as if i've been put on hold, in a way. every month, ther is an expectation n a let down. so tiring. i just want to kno if it's happening or not! anyhoo. so i will start this cycle and if this doesn't happen, then we r moving on. no more treatments n no more tries. finito!
on lighter note.
we'r all set for block island at the end of ths month. kirk will fly home for a few days while i go ahead to nyc. then we will meet up ther n enjoy our 1st anniversary on b.i. can't wait to share the island with him. it'll b fun.
hopefully, the November show in portland OR will b a way for me to connect with ppl more. maybe i can then put 2gether something for sf's gallery in the fall too. until then, i'll just keep painting.
Dear art working friends –
I know many of you have been eagerly awaiting the news concerning the 5th Annual Hundred Valleys Exhibit results. Tom Browning, this year's juror had 176 images to choose from. Those whose works were selected are listed below. If your name is not on the listing, keep working, keep submitting, never to be discouraged, "beauty IS in the eye of the beholder".
Here are some words from Tom Browning concerning his efforts to put together the exhibit.
"Judging such a show is based on several aspects that I consider to be most important in producing a painting or sculpture. Not only is the overall aesthetics of a piece important, but such things as composition, originality, drawing, and the handling of the medium are all important … Not everyone can agree on one judge's decisions, and that alone is important for all participants who submitted work to understand.It is just one person's opinion, but I hope that what I have to offer as a professional artists is acceptable and understood by most. I appreciated the opportunity to view everyone's work, and they should all be congratulated for being willing to undergo the scrutiny of a competition such as this. Hopefully no one will be discouraged from doing so in the future. It is more important for every artist to continually be a student and strive to make the next piece of art better than the last. Respectfully, Tom Browning"From my heart, congratulations to everyone for submitting, often a difficult step to take once you have conquered the artwork itself. I will be emailing those who have been juried in a contract for the exhibit that will need to be signed and returned. Remember, do not, again, do not make any changes or adjustments to the accepted pieces! Just make sure they come in signed.
Accepted art works:
Last Name Title Lora Block Roses Carol Chapel H bar C, Red and Black (It's All Skip's Fault, series) Kat Davis Back Forty Kat Davis Cast of Characters Tommi Drake Fukushima Andrew Duclos A Look of Champions Andrew Duclos A Quiet Stretch fo the River Margaret Dunbar Rainy Pond Jenay M Elder Skye Jasmyn Jenay M Elder Portrait of Perry Giovonnia Ann (G'Ann) Fleissner Visions of Coiled Copper Richard Herr Standing Female Abstract Janet Hiller The Test Of Gold Janet Hiller Heat Wave Don Jenson China Rockfish Quillback Don Jenson Pair Morgan Burton Johnson Night Guide Maggie Junkins Highrock Mountain from Rocky Ridge - Rogue Umpqua Divide Wilderness Dale Kurtz Rig to Cast Karen Lawson Orchid In Paradise Jeanne Levasseur Winds of Change Jeanne Levasseur Melancholy Skies Todd Milton Mandeville A Blanket of Roses Renee Manfred Wet Land Trail Renee Manfred Collision on the Reef Kyall McGee Weatherly Creek Homestead Kyall McGee The Beautiful Singer Hope Carter Meados Koi Hope Carter Meados Out To Pasture Judy Nigh Inside the Storm Judy Nigh Winter Romance Mary Oleri The Source Vinita Pappas Sunny Day in May Renee Richardson Behind You Nancy Watterson Scharf River Breath Life Joshua South Rippen Rooster Joshua South Chimera Darci Spetter Bucking Appy John J. Spetter Alfa Centennial J.M. Steele Full Moon Rising Gena Lee Tharp Percheron Power Joren Traveller Just Resting Katie Veeninga Rhubarb Judy Waller En Pointe Judy Waller His Classics Catherine C. Wayne Tides Out Catherine C. Wayne Sunflower Garden Catherine C. Wayne Make Lemonade Sandy Whetzel Grape De Menthe Richard Worthey Nature's Carography Carol Young Apple Blossoms Paul Zegers Hart Mountain October Afternoon
Rumi also talks of light n shadows r the dances of life
It's a dance from the heart, extending outward to the pt o the fingertips, the tilt of the head, turning of the legs, angle n twist of the torso... The wt of each step wih intent.
I, am also a dancer
I dance becuz my body is inspired to move
In turn. While I paint, I'm also dancing. The paint is an ext of my inner dance, becoming my visual dance. What is presented here is a record of the moment/ movement. ...
O the sun is so calling me
But.... I need to paint too. It's amazing to hv natural lite in the studio. I can c clearly the colors I'm applying n mixin up
O but the outside is calling me....
still, i'm willing to put it out ther.
we shall c wher this leads.
i should try to get myself out ther, even if i get rejected (ths weekend, the portland rental sales gallery rejected me) blah. is ok. i will find someone out ther tht likes my work. until then, i will keep working n posting it online to find my connections.
this year, i'm finally getting my act together a little more. i don't care as much if my submissions went nowhere. i don't care if i'm getting rejected. i will just keep submitting my paintings to places here n far away to c wher it clicks. tho i don't have a ton to say, politically or socially, i'm just saying, b aware, by sharing my art with ppl out ther who might also c what i c or become aware of their surroundings, while enjoying some beauty?
below is a show i missed out on last year, but i will send it out tmrw. we shall c wher this 1 goes.
i'm also submitting a few pcs to the museum rental sales gallery. cross my fingers ther.
i've also created a more organized website of my art. finally decided on a site name, barking owls. this way, ther's a spot just to c my work n progress. n i can track of my work's whereabouts too.
|kissa et moi|
So I thought instead o playing my addicting game o bejeweled while our plane is sitting on the runway, waiting to park at the gate, I thought I might chg it up 4 once n write a brief note.
I'm flying back from England to pdx, w a transfer here in washington d.c. I've been away since mid-Jan I think? Flew to TPE for Vic+erica's engagement party. Including a side trip to Osaka w K then I took the hsr to meet up w tony, frank, chris n her boyz at a ski resort north o Tokyo. It was so much fun skiing w my family again. N I didn't go too fast n out o control like last time w tony n frank on bear mtn. Strange as it sounds, being too fast, since I'm normally the last 1 in the group trying to catch up to ppl. Maybe I hv improved? Or I'm seeing better somehow?
In line now going thru security again, after clearing customs. I had the sandwich from flt n the dog sniffed me out so I had to go thru scanning n such. Bummer, was planning on eating tht. Wht is left over were junk stuff I don't eat.
Ths is crazy traveling I hv to complain. It used to b so easy to fly somewhere. 1 didn't hv to take off shoes n all these no-fly items n crazy making. It doesn't even really stop anyone who r real terrorists to do wht they wanted if they had t intent! Just made traveling difficult n no longer romantic.
O so back to updating my recent life...
Last summer I got married in Hawaii.
b4 the wedding trip, we were consumed with the planning, etc. didn't hardly spend time doing much else. it was a constant thought on the edge of my mind (ours)...
then chris/tyler/calvin/myself spent a week in Oahu together, soaking up sun,
kirk arrives to do a weeklong trip on the Big Island w/us which near the end, we got to visit with the nyc crew,
here's eugene's HI fotos i'd like to include.
tks to jimmy (i hv not received the fotos just yet) + eugene, our wedding was well documented.
Mark n maggie r now in process o divorce.
Matthias n Cat no longer an item
Pakin/jenn has jason who is 1 now or just past?
I'm talking w diane a but these days, progress! I hv yet to c her in person but it is still progress, cuz I do miss us.
Vic popped the question to Erica, just b4 our wedding
I still live in portland
Chris's family moved to Shanghai
Tony has taken over running o co in tw
Vic has quit
I quit the catalog too now, just keeping the lunar book project n small things upon request I guess.
Vic's engaged.... it was amazing fun engagement party
He's finishing grad school n maybe moving to Sha for a yr or two to work? Maybe? Well, not til after the wedding ths summer.
The last 1 in the family! It was such a fun party. Tony n frank were totally wasted. It felt more like a wedding banquet instead.
While I've been away, mark's moved to TPE for a yr to study chinese n get his residency.
So many chgs in ppl's lives
Anna n simon r back in London
ShAntony r back to tpe in tienmu now with their child
Rodney is in Singapore w Starr
Eve's baby is totally cute
Niko n laurent no longer together
Abi & Horia were married just b4 us n moved to Dubai
Mike lee is abt to hv a baby
Nanci's sisters r all engaged
Celvyn n Nancy's tied the knot in DR
Matthew n Judy got married, tho I cudn't attend the wedding since we had other plans for kirk's bday around same time.
I did attend scott's wedding in Ithaca.
Camil n Candice were married just b4 us
So did Patricia
Roman is 1
Sophie's in school
Ther's another sophie born to cindy & boyd
My name is now quite popular in the US
Fiona is growing up fast
So r all my little ones, not so little anymore really.
The floating pcs hv settled
who is next?
In a yr's span, so many things has chg'd. It continuous to flow forward whether 1 wants it or not. N I like to spend time visiting frnds to catch up. It was nice to c nicky, although I hv to say, if it wasn't cuz I was nearby already, I'd rather not b in England during ths time o the yr. Just too gray n cold n wet! I mean, ther's no diff here vs pdx! Travels in the winter sh b to somewher warmer. Still it was good to catch up w/Anna n nicky n sander n eve, TPE crew in uk!
Paris was always great n I got the chance to practice it, I think I sh go back to alliance francaise to cont w my classes. I manages to meet up w johann but missed tristan. Walt n jeff were just in Paris b4 our arrival. Too bad, else Paris wd b such a blast w them! Was fun for me to try to navigate riding the bikes thru town some days.
Niki gave me a fait-main guide book n I got to explore a little differently ths time. I shopped a lot while I was ther cuz things here just seem to fit me. it was the SOLDES too! Caught the tale end o it. Chris was supposed to come too, bt in the end chg'd her mind abt coming. I wish she came tho. It's not last few yrs tht we really spent a lot o time in the same city n got the chance to kno the grown up version o ourselves better. It's amazing to hv a sister, best thing ever.
I also feel I need to sound time w all my little ones. But it's nit easy when they r so far away n not in the same parts o t world. I also really need ti spend more time w my parents. ESP since I haven't been really good abt it. They r getting older n older ea day, ther's such a distance too. I'd luv to b nearer n do things w them more often. Tho I think being on vacation w them is easier than everyday life, cuz they're less distracted n more relaxed.
I think my mission in life is just to float n flow n visit w ppl!? Haha, j/k. I need to hv a job o sorts. Ptg is just my meditation n well, prob won't b famous or at all til long after I'm gone. Or ever at all. Who knos? It's just tht some days I feel useless. Humans r raised to hv a job n feel useful. I'm lucky not hv'g to worry too much but still at times, I just feel as if I hv to hv something more meaningful? But then again, why b producing things tht just go to waste in ths world o objects n desires? Don't hv any real answers here, just pondering. Rambling on n on.
Am looking forward to being home w kissa n k. Ah, just realized tht they r both Ks. Rest n regroup n go back to Hawaii in 2 weeks! Now tht is somewhere warm. Can't wait. Sorry kissa, u r gonna hv to go stay w maha again. I'm a bad mommy.
K is waiting
Sean us talented artist
Calvin writes well
They r all amazing n such gems
Ths trip traveling w flat calvin has been gr8. (this links r the fotos taken) I realized how much I'd like to share w them the places I've been n it's beauties. I did travel down memory lane w K by going to Lyon n Vienne w him. Too bad we missed diane n Alu since they'r till in tw
Am mostly caught up now... The battery's dying anyways, so gotta save the last bits o juice for in cases. Abt to land soon too.