It seems hardly possible that Charles A. Hartman Fine Art has been around for seven years. To celebrate the lucky-seven milestone, Hartman is featuring seven artists per week for seven weeks in a row. His first batch is highlighted by perhaps the single most jaw-dropping art object exhibited in Portland in the last six years: a wall sculpture called Award
by Eva Speer. It looks like a bed covered in a grid of soft pillows, but it’s actually hard wood, glamorously gilded with 24-karat gold. The contrasts between quotidian object and opulent material, and the illusionism of softness contradicted by the reality of hard wood, make for a glorious mind-twister of a piece. It’s a miracle this work isn’t in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum or in the showplace home of a savvy collector. Other highlights of the show are an insouciant photograph of a raccoon by Corey Arnold, an artist from whom we normally get images of fish, not marsupials; and Space Ships
, which depicts an armada of floating ships. The latter work is by artist Blakely Dadson, who will make his Hartman solo-show debut in September. Through Aug. 23.
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