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Seven

RICHARD SPEER
Friday August 15
Charles A. Hartman
134 NW 8th Ave.
 
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. 

Where: Charles A. Hartman
Phone: 287-3886
Address: 134 NW 8th Ave.

 
 
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