Gallery 101

Upcoming


Nov
1
5:30 PM17:30

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

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Sean Muhl was an artist, a writer, and a world traveler. When he died of a brain tumor on November 1st, 2012 he left behind a lot of himself through the artwork that he made. The Day of the Dead show will be a showcase of Sean Muhl's creative force through the painting, photography, poetry, memoir, and charcoal portraiture that he has left behind.

And while this show will be held on November 1st, 2018, 6 years to the day after his death, this was not the original plan for the show. When Sean's brother Shannen Muhl, owner of Gallery 101, invited two of Sean's best friends, Nick Stiles and Tyler Shilstone to put on a First Thursday show at his gallery, November was just the next available opening he had. It wasn't until months later when Tyler and Nick decided to check the date that the first Thursday of November fell on that they realized it had been scheduled on The Day of the Dead, the 6 year anniversary of Sean's death. Then it was obvious that this was no longer Tyler or Nick's show. This is Sean's show. For the first time all of Sean's creative works will be on display in one space. 

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Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

A State Beyond the Static

Erik Sullivan

 Currently we are experiencing an overwhelming rate in which we as a human race are advancing in science and technology. Due to these experiences it has become impossible for me not to become fascinated with the questions revolving around the complexities and controversial attempts of defining the conscious self.  I find myself consistently captivated by how the subconscious mind is conditioned through our social, political, and economical experiences, and how heavily they influence our actions, thoughts, and emotions. Yet most often, the subconscious mind goes unrecognized and unchallenged, and we accept it despite its conflict with the conscious mind set.  Through the creative process I have been able to better understand the distinctions between these two very different states of mind and how to influence and manipulate them. Although my work varies in mediums and content, there is always a rooted emphasis on challenging the viewer with thought provoking visuals to engage and investigate their own identity and awareness of thought patterns.

Currently we are experiencing an overwhelming rate in which we as a human race are advancing in science and technology. Due to these experiences it has become impossible for me not to become fascinated with the questions revolving around the complexities and controversial attempts of defining the conscious self.

I find myself consistently captivated by how the subconscious mind is conditioned through our social, political, and economical experiences, and how heavily they influence our actions, thoughts, and emotions. Yet most often, the subconscious mind goes unrecognized and unchallenged, and we accept it despite its conflict with the conscious mind set.

Through the creative process I have been able to better understand the distinctions between these two very different states of mind and how to influence and manipulate them. Although my work varies in mediums and content, there is always a rooted emphasis on challenging the viewer with thought provoking visuals to engage and investigate their own identity and awareness of thought patterns.


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Aug
2
5:30 PM17:30

Art for the Pathological by Greg Traw and Justin Taylor

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Greg Traw

“This show is an amalgam of my obsessions running through an Ampeg SVT-Classic and a wall of cabs with 18” woofers.”

 

I long for an open collective understanding and blending of tangible and intangible experiences.  My art is about creating imaginative systems of subjective logic that reside somewhere between empiricism, poetry and poker.  Each work is an inquiry into any number of ideas I am obsessing about at any given time.  It is not my intention to provide a discerning understanding of a singular idea but how a series of ideas interact and correlate with each other in often messy contradiction.   I hope to entertain, enlighten and pose honest questions from the revered to the reviled.  The possibilities are so infinite.  By expressing an amalgam of haphazard ideas through art, my wish is that viewers will begin to deconstruct what we normally perceive in new, creative ways.  To visualize and hack into their own realities.  Let the opulent, absurd circus sideshow begin…

www.nohheechul.com


Justin Taylor

"I am seeking a new perspective on life today, one that will provide the information I need to navigate this life with more clarity. "

 

Once the sun has set and I’m alone with my thoughts, the darkness poses the question: What is the purpose of my work? I believe that art has the potential to provide the viewer the same energy that is channeled into it. My work’s potential is then limited to the energy that I possess. In light of that I have dedicated my life to my work. Each moment of my life alters my composition; the cells in my body, the intangible energies that I am made of, the well that I draw from for my paintings. I live each day to put the most beneficial energy into my work, so that it will provide that benefit in return for those who spend time with it.

I have recently joined the conversation about Biocentrism. Each day I feel a bit uneasy about being human. My way of life is such a mystery to me, as I know very little about what preceded me and what exists today. I can feel that society contradicts and violates our nature and while I search for reasons to explain the conditions of life I find nothing that satisfies.

I am seeking a new perspective on life today, one that will provide the information I need to navigate this life with more clarity. I have been approaching this problem of finding a new perspective by looking at the connections between disparate phenomena. For example, I believe that there may be some answers to many of my greatest problems in the threads that connect cat litter and topographical maps. I create these relationships in my work for the viewer to think about also.

In addition to disparate phenomena I am searching for truth and clarity in opposites. I work to achieve a new perspective by maintaining views that oppose of my own. Once I can identify a belief of my own I try to conceive its opposition. By exercising actions that come from this opposing view I experience life backwards as I would see it. This behavior occurs in my work and often leads to more interesting compositions than I originally conceive.

Through these devices I live and through these devices I work. I wish for my work to help bring all beings true peace and true happiness.

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Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

Blood Beasts by Gavin Eveland and Moriah Merritt

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Gavin Eveland

I exist as a vibrant, unchained and gnarly artist. Through drawing and oil painting I capture intense expressions, difficult to articulate, they are inner sensations anthropomorphized as they are excavated and brought to the surface. This exterior is driven by a compulsive force of creativity that must disarticulate and juxtapose the figure into a dynamic display of fireworks. The end result is a skillfully detailed figure, a figure composed of organized frenzy, heavily influenced by the grotesque style. Furthermore, my work intends to promote imagination for the viewer, but more importantly, it calls for a reactive effect. 

www.gavineveland.com


Moria Merrit

-Removed from gallery-

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Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

Walls and Windows by Josh Gates and Linneah Hanson

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JOSH GATES

Josh Gates is an Oregon-raised longtime Portlander and current BFA candidate at Portland State University. His recent work is driven by a fascination with fleeting conditions of weather and light, and their interaction with the urban environment. Sunshowers, reflections on wet streets, the glow of golden hour sunlight; the way the vibrant colors of trees, moss and bohemian houses pop against the pervasive greys of drizzle and fog—Josh combines contemporary realism with abstraction and expressive handling to capture these moments, and follow the ever-shifting interplay of water and light through the various neighborhoods and seasons of Portland. 

His politically charged pair of large Wall paintings offer a portal by which to look back on Trump's America from an indeterminate future in which "the wall" was built and eventually decommissioned, with pieces left standing as remembrance of an oppressive regime and a monument to equality and acceptance. They include imagery appropriated from the Berlin Wall, American street art and pop culture, as well as from fellow vegan artist and activist Karen Fiorito.

www.joshgatesart.com


Linneah Hanson

"My art reflects my experiences within my body, the interactions of others with it, and how I feel about living in my own skin. My work is framed by the journey of growing up and growing into myself, and learning to love who and what I am. What started as a coping mechanism is now a cathartic announcement of pride and power. Using a variety of assembled techniques, my work is primarily based in watercolor, and tackles the female nude in a way that is confrontational and direct. By literally putting myself into this work, whether that is via self-portraiture or actual physical parts of my body such as my hair, I am able to take ownership of my image and how I want to be seen."

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May
3
5:30 PM17:30

Stress Compulsion by Shannen Muhl

This is the thesis show for our resident artist Shannen Muhl. 

Shannen Muhl is an artist based in Portland Oregon. He strives to find a balance between composition and emotive intuition in his work. While he tends to strongly use his history of depression and anxiety as source content, Shannen also has a strong interest in formalism, exploring technical methods, theories of color, composition, and mediums. He works to utilize the power and aesthetics of form, color, and sound to influence a psychological contemplation from the viewer.

"I'm attempting to create a conversation about the mannerisms and anxieties that are caused from living in a city scape. We cram our selves into smaller and smaller spaces, and expose ourselves to a variety of chaos to live in this environment. I have a love hate relationship with this, and I strive to keep it constant."

www.shannenmuhl.com

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Mar
1
5:30 PM17:30

Works by Deidra Mcknight

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Deidra Mcknight is a Junior Graphic Design student at Portland State University. In 2017 she completed and passed her Sophomore portfolio review. Although happy about her accomplished Deidra wanted to create things that allowed her to be more free and separate from school. She loves being a designer, but wants to get back in touch with her inner artist. To do this Deidra has been playing with different mediums and subjects in her sketchbook and iPad. She’s found that she loves playing with patterns, colors, and iridescent paints. Deidra wants to share her growth with others in hope that viewers get inspired to create their own content as well.

This is a showing of Deidra’s work which focuses on growing as a designer and artist. Some works are finished pieces other are sketches or works in progress. Many are inspired by life, school, Deidra’s favorite artist, and color. This will be Deidra’s first gallery showing.

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Mar
1
5:30 PM17:30

Through the Type by Luis Hernandez

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What I want people to get out of this exhibition is that everyone has a reason for being who they are. Many things, such religion, race, politics, and others factors build a person into who they are, and it’s easy to say don’t judge a book by its cover, but we all do it at some sort of conscious/subconscious level. This exhibition is meant to show the viewer one big moment that shaped each 1 of the 20 people I interviewed for this project. Through these stories, I seek to humble the viewer, just as I was humbled when I was listening to them, and hopefully show that people have more in common than we think.
— Luis Hernandez

Luis Hernandez is an emerging Portland painter and designer. He uses a humanistic approach by blending street art esthetics with more traditional painting techniques. Through the Script, is a type-based auditory curation of 20 interviews each being about 5 minutes long. These interviews are a depiction of one topic: a life changing event. Through the Script, will walk the viewer both visually and sonically through each life impacting story, in hopes of making the viewer contemplate about their own life changing stories and how it connects them to a bigger, equal network of people.

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Feb
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Opening!!!

We are very exited to announce that we will be opening our doors for the first time on Februarys First Thursday! The featured artist is Shannen Muhl, our resident lead curator and artist. Come by and enjoy some complimentary wine, and snacks, while you mingle with other artists and art appreciators.

 Shannen Muhl is an artist based in Portland Oregon. He strives to find a balance between composition and emotive intuition in his work. While he tends to strongly use his history of depression and anxiety as source content, Shannen also has a strong interest in formalism, exploring technical methods, theories of color, composition, and mediums. He works to utilize the power and aesthetics of form, color, and sound to influence a psychological contemplation from the viewer.

Shannen Muhl is an artist based in Portland Oregon. He strives to find a balance between composition and emotive intuition in his work. While he tends to strongly use his history of depression and anxiety as source content, Shannen also has a strong interest in formalism, exploring technical methods, theories of color, composition, and mediums. He works to utilize the power and aesthetics of form, color, and sound to influence a psychological contemplation from the viewer.

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