With Halloween fast approaching and some fun new events just around the corner, October is shaping up to be an action-packed month here at Xylographilia!
Coming up next in Portland, Oregon is my solo show at Redux located at 811 E Burnside St., #110. Redux specializes in handmade local art, jewelery, and accessories produced by independent artisans and fair-trade import companies from around the world, and they’re regular participants in the popular First Friday Art Walks on Lower East Burnside. The opening night reception of my show is set for October 3rd from 6-9:30 PM, so if you’re in Portland I encourage you to stop by, join us for a drink, and enjoy some art! In keeping with the Halloween spirit, the Redux show will feature an assortment of seasonally appropriate original woodcut prints including bats, rats, spiders, and more of your favorite creepy-crawlies. Since the show runs through November, we’ll also be offering a selection of small prints, magnets, and everyone’s favorite harbinger of Christmas doom: Krampus!
Rogue Gallery Show
Then on Friday, October 17th, the opening reception of Beasts of Lore will take place at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, located at 40 S. Bartlett St. in Medford, Oregon. Founded in 1960, Rogue Gallery & Art Center aims to enliven the Medford community through visual art. In addition to offering art education classes for children and adults, Rogue is considered a premier space for exhibiting artists, attracting regional artists and visitors from within the Medford community, Southern Oregon, and Northern California. I’m excited to be displaying my work there for the first time!
The reception will run from 5-8PM, and Beasts of Lore will be on display through November 21st. This show’s contents were inspired mainly by the imagery found in medieval bestiaries: illustrated volumes popular in the Middle Ages depicting both real and mythical animals. The creatures depicted in these books, in addition to being natural wonders, were intended to represent human virtues and vices. The illustrations were highly stylized, often to the point of being unrecognizable, and were typically accompanied by a passage of text explaining the moral or pitfall it stood for. I’ve taken some creative liberties by naturalizing my renderings of each animal and incorporating imagery from a wide variety of traditions and cultures.
Zompire Film Fest
In between the Rogue and Redux shows, the 2014 Zompire Film Fest will kick off at Portland, Oregon’s Clinton Street Theater—located at 2522 SE Clinton St.—on October 11th and 12th. Zompire, an offshoot of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, is an opportunity for independent horror filmmakers to showcase their finest undead films. Zombies, vampires, and other assorted ghouls are just a few of the horrors you can expect to encounter at this festival. (Note: Independent films are often unrated, so you may wish to consult the line-up if you plan to bring children.) Between films, you can stop by Artists Alley for a selection of some of my most ghoulish work.
Enjoy the fall colors, and I look forward to seeing you soon!