March 5 – March 29
Artist Reception: March 7, 5 – 7pm
Substrate: The ground upon which stuff is built.
Also, substratum: The material of which something is made
and from which it derived its special qualities.
A group show where artists utilize a variety of media to explore their impressions and expressions of substrates. Artists include Marilyn Joyce, Mary Ann Puls, Shawn Demarest, Liza Jones,
Susan C. Walsh and Kathleen Ryan.
Artist Statement ~ Marilyn Joyce
One definition of substrate is the ground upon which something is built. Since my work is inspired by what is experienced on my walks over a variety of terrain, the substrate literally becomes the land that I walk on, and the layers beneath. In further exploring the concept of substrate, I was drawn to a fundamental place within my art practice of drawing on paper. The paper is the foundation upon which the marks, thick and thin layers of material, form information based on the graphite and charcoal – a back and forth dance that creates a tactile quality. In these drawings, the material itself took precedence over the image, with one drawing informing the next.
Artist Statement ~ Susan C. Walsh
One definition of substrate is that it is the foundation for a work of art – the base and material with which art is created. It can be a source of humble beauty by itself.
As an artist who makes signs, I use letters and numbers as substrates. They are the building blocks of words and I often design them in ways to create the image of the business I am making the sign for. Over the years, I have come to appreciate how beautiful the forms and shapes of letters are in their own right. These woodblock prints celebrate some of the letters and symbols of the English alphabet.
Susan C. Walsh
The woodblock plates themselves are substrates for the prints. I have put together the blocks in pairs, printed them, and then framed the plates as works of art.
The physicality and the relief carving of the woodblock plates tend to steal the show for me.
Artist Statement ~ MaryAnn Puls
MaryAnn Puls creates non-representational art: paintings, drawings and objects. She uses a provisional approach and expressive combinations of repurposed materials and substrates: pencil, paints and collage elements. Each piece records spontaneous impulses and thoughtful arrangements. It follows its own script and leaves traces of an unknown visual language with results that are strangely familiar, attractive and quirky all at once. Everyday visual stimuli, words and an arm-chair interest in natural science create constant fodder and themes in her work.
MaryAnn Puls lives and works in Portland, Oregon and was recently awarded a professional development grant through the Regional Arts and Culture Council.