I went to see the Open Painting Exhibition at Brian Marki Fine Art, a juried show curated by Boss Works.
There were emerging and mid career artists from around the country. I was surprised that no Oregon artists made the cut. After thinking about it, I assume that the curator wanted to introduce us to new artists we might not have seen in the Northwest.
For me, the standout work in the show was by Kristin Flanagan, a painter from Texas. I can't find a website for her, so I can't show you what it looked like. Which is too darn bad, because I was captivated by them. I think there were eight small pieces, all white acrylic on a black ground. She pours the paint, then simulates geologic and climate conditions to make the paintings. It is pretty accurate to describe them as looking like X-rays with subtle patterns and textures. I thought that they were cooler than that, like photos of ghosts.
I also liked work by Carlos Guerrero and Michelle Katen. The show runs through June 30th.