First Friday Reception: May 1st, 6-9pm
Ten Feet Tall is a group show by a small, eclectic group of practicing artists who are currently bachelor of fine arts students in digital art at the University of Oregon’s White Stag campus in Portland. Their styles vary greatly, but they all utilize the pixel as an emerging and viable art medium. The students’ work merges traditional and digital points of view in such a way it creates a new dialogue that might have otherwise been veiled by the status quo.
Daniel Strong’s pieces start as striking sketchbook drawings of animal forms and end up being vectorized, laser cut pieces of Plexiglas and wood that only hint at their more traditional beginnings. Daniel has a beautiful way of subverting nature in such a way that it makes you question what is natural and what isn’t.
Travis Bachmeier’s work combines photographic, digitally drawn, and hand drawn aspects. These elements come together in pieces that speak of the complexities, and often shortcomings, of modern society through imaginative scenes.
Lindsay AuCoin’s has the uncanny ability to make the intangible tangible. She revels at the prospect of giving physical form to common concepts, thoughts, or sounds. Be it a conversation, a joint popping, or mere beeping, Lindsay will find a way to make a beautiful piece of art from what was once an ethereal abstraction.
Mackenzie Schubert’s elegant drawings of iconic superheroes form organic, flowing patterns as he lays down multiple images, one top of the other. The repetition of form associated with his pieces reference both the process of mass printing as well as the distillation of comic character design throughout time.
Sarah Moore’s work delves into popular culture’s attraction to “cute” character design. Her charming, simple characters arouse the indulgent, maybe even hedonistic, side of her viewers by alluding to the purities of childhood and nature.