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Portland, OR 97209
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Launched in 1981, Elizabeth Leach Gallery has focused on presenting prominent Northwest and internationally established artists working in a wide variety of contemporary media, bolstering a dynamic dialogue between the local community and the global art world.
Artists Represented:
Chester Arnold
Ed Bereal
Pat Boas
Christine Bourdette
Amanda Briggs
Estate of Bonnie Bronson
Kavin Buck
Chris Chandler
Jaq Chartier
Judy Cooke
Claire Cowie
Ben Dallas
Alexis Day
Jeremy Okai Davis
Estate of Drake Deknatel
Modou Dieng Yacine
John David Forsgren
Justin Gibbens
Richard Gruetter
MK Guth
Ann Hamilton
Estate of Robert Hanson
Stephen Hayes
Sean Healy
Willy Heeks
Lonnie Holley
Estate of Deborah Horrell
Malia Jensen
Estate of Lee Kelly
Justine Kurland
Isaac Layman
Dinh Q. Lê
Charlene Liu
Emilio Lobato
Nicola López
Robert Lyons
Julia Mangold
Shane McAdams
Melody Owen
Mark Palmen
Jinie Park
Joseph Park
Matthew Picton
Ryan Pierce
Christopher Rauschenberg
Gregg Renfrow
Michelle Ross
Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos)
Mark R. Smith
Barbara Sternberger
Anna Von Mertens
Joan Waltemath
Amanda Wojick
Works Available By:
Josef Albers
Math Bass
Louise Bourgeois
Gee's Bend
Chuck Close
William Eggleston
Nicole Eisenman
Jacob Hashimoto
Hans Hofmann
Wolf Kahn
Kimsooja
Robert Rauschenberg
Richard Serra
Kiki Smith
Nari Ward

 

 
Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Exterior View featuring Hap Tivey, Light on the Horizon, 2004, Mixed Media Light Installation
Installation view of "23+ on 9th" the inaugural exhibition for the Elizabeth Leach Gallery space in the Pearl District, Portland, OR . The exhibition also commemorating 23 years in business in 2005.
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Online Programming

Jinie Park & MK Guth

Exhibition Tour



IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Watch the virtual exhibition tour from November 4th to learn more about Windows, by Jinie Park, and Touching Matter, by MK Guth, up through December 31st.

Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley short film screening: I Snuck Off The Slave Ship



Join us online Thursday, September 2nd, for a special screening of the film, I Snuck Off The Slave Ship, a 2019 Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival created by Lonnie Holley, Cyrus Moussavi, Brittany Nugent, and Matt Arnett. We will be screening the short film on a loop from 6:00 - 8:00 PM PDT on our website.

 
Past Exhibitions

Sean Healy

Lifer



October 5, 2023 - October 28, 2023
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present two new captivating solo exhibitions from artists Sean Healy and Shane McAdams. Opening October 5, both shows will run through October 28, 2023. In an intimate new collection of work, Sean Healy’s show Lifer continues the artist’s internal battle between ego and self doubt. Populated primarily by a series of graphite drawings, the pieces in this show are a lifeline back to the artist’s first love of drawing. The obsessive mark making in many of these works on paper along with the personal subject matter bring a new level of clarity to Healy’s work. Stripping away pretense, this stylistic shift reflects a change in the artist’s thought process, creating a more personal level of expression. This beautifully raw collection of work includes subject matter such as portraits of his newly found birth father (Zeus) or of his aging Mother (Godmother). In his skillfully emotive portraits of animals, Healy comments on consumerism, politics and the self, choosing to capture his first self portrait in Self Portrait as Dionysus, a depiction of himself as a chimpanzee. Perhaps one of his most personal works is sculptural, Baby’s Teeth displays a collection of his wife’s baby and wisdom teeth in a clinically straight line from 6” standoffs. The resulting work creates a tension between sexuality and codependency that ultimately serves to make the viewer uncomfortably aware of piercing a couples’ personal bubble. With this show Healy reminds us with sharp intensity of the pitfalls and triumphs of one life and our shared humanity. In addition to exhibitions at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Healy has exhibited at the Betty Moody Gallery (Houston, TX), Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass, CO), East/West Project, Dam, Stuhltrager/Gallery Homeland (Berlin, Germany) and The Art Gym (Marylhurst, OR). He has received several important public commissions, including the Wayne L. Morse Courthouse (Eugene, OR), Pioneer Place (Portland, OR), the General Services Administration Headquarters (Eugene, OR) and the FBI Headquarters (Houston, TX). The Elizabeth Leach Gallery has represented Healy since 1999, and in 2006 published a comprehensive catalogue on his work featuring an essay by Stephanie Snyder, director and curator of the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery at Reed College (Portland, OR).

Shane McAdams

The Teckivy Nazdack



October 5, 2023 - October 28, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present The Teckivy Nazdack, a new exhibition of paintings by Shane McAdams. These new dreamlike landscapes from McAdams are driven by an exploration of space, atmosphere and color. His work pushes the boundaries of what a landscape entails, carefully exploring perspective and sense of place. With innovative technique and skill, McAdams handles a range of materials from oil paints and acrylic to glue and enamel. His landscapes pull viewers into a strange new world, one almost familiar and yet oozing with strange distortion, creating a desire to look closer, lean in a little further. As technology and AI continues to tighten its grip on the art world, McAdams strives to create work with a dimensionality and nuance only achieved in the grit of reality. His show title The Teckivy Nazdack gives nod to the common phrase “the tech heavy nasdaq'' which NPR uses as they report stock market results at the end of the day. Such a phrase is one example of how media representation and constant repetition begins to flatten meaning and reaction. The presence that these visceral paintings exude is accomplished through explorations of texture, atmosphere and spatial relationships, creating work which begs to be examined closely and with the naked eyes of our physical world. Shane McAdams’ artworks masterfully combine divergent styles to create scenes where illusionistic space intersects with sublime landscapes. McAdams received his MFA from the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) in 2004, and his work has been exhibited at the Marlborough Gallery (New York, NY), Pace Wildenstein Gallery (New York, NY) and Caren Golden Fine Art (New York, NY). He has been a regular contributor to The Brooklyn Rail since 2003.

Willy Heeks

Contours of Instinct and Nuance



September 7, 2023 - September 30, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Contours of Instinct and Nuance, new paintings by the nationally acclaimed Willy Heeks. This body of work features new variations on the colorful and expressive painting Heeks is known for. After taking a pause from painting throughout the pandemic, Heeks has returned to the canvas with a fresh vulnerability permeating his work. The visual complexities of these pieces allude to the intrinsically cerebral framework from which the paintings were born and reflect the emotional release encouraged by his improvisational freedom. Heeks’ sweeping brushwork and graffiti-like approach is still very present, while many of the paintings are balanced with fractal details and sharp lines. The harmony of the work remains intact while these intriguing new additions push the boundaries of Heeks’ methodology. The new geometrical elements serve as the artist’s latest tool by which to explore the canvas, an excitingly fresh extension of Heeks’ ability to draw viewers in with his atmospheric composition and fierce complexity.

Pat Boas

Idiom



September 7, 2023 - September 30, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Ididom, new paintings by Pat Boas. The paintings in Idiom push the boundaries of Boas’ abstract style. Drawing from observation and memory, Boas populates her work with a multitude of shapes, some harkening back to letter forms, others derived from fragments of objects and spatial relationships she notices throughout the day. Much of Boas’ past work has been built around the written word, with letter forms often used as the basis for her layered, abstract paintings. This exhibition offers a departure from the word-asimage style which drove her earlier approach. In these new heavily layered paintings, Boas seeks to make meaning from sequences of formal decisions rooted in — but lying beyond — language. Certain pieces are akin to cubist still-life while others use moments of geometry to anchor a more atmospheric surface. Through improvisation and material exploration, Boas builds on the memory of familiar forms which then find their way onto her canvas. In this way, the show’s title of “idiom” finds its footing; each piece is made up of many unassuming fragments brought together, deriving new purpose from their relationship and proximity to one another. Pat Boas’ paintings, drawings and digital projects often use the form and sound-send of words as maps for abstraction. Elizabeth Leach Gallery has been exhibiting Pat Boas' work since 2010 and has represented her since 2015. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Contemporary, PDX Contemporary and the Art Gym, in Portland, Oregon. Nationally her work has been exhibited at the Hallie Ford Museum (Salem, OR), the Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe, NM), the Boise Art Museum (Boise, ID), the Sun Valley Museum of Art (Ketchum, ID), the Salt Lake Art Center (Salt Lake, UT), the Nicolaysen Museum (Casper, WY), the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle, WA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH). She is a 2017 Hallie Ford Visual Arts Fellow. Select honors, fellowships, grants and residencies include the Bonnie Bronson Fund, the Corporation of Yaddo, Ucross Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Portland Art Museum, and Oregon’s Regional Arts and Culture Council. Reviews of Boas’ work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers. She is a professor emerita in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University.

Ed Bereal

Wanted: Ed Bereal for "Still Disturbing the Peace"



August 3, 2023 - September 2, 2023
The gallery is pleased to present Wanted: Ed Bereal for “Still Disturbing the Peace”, featuring new sculptural installations. The exhibition continues Bereal's many year examination of socio-political themes of racial inequity and corruption in the United States, but with a new material exploration using innovative technologies. Known for his gestural drawings and meticulously crafted oil paintings and assemblage sculptures, for this exhibition, Bereal has created vertically suspended large-scale three dimensional artworks which the artist terms topographical drawings. These are the first works of their kind by Bereal and present a significant new direction in his practice with their embrace of new technologies like 3D scanning and 3D printing to further explore more traditional methods of mark-making like sculpting and drawing. Each artwork is a kind of rendering etched into the substrate of clear nylon exposing the contours of a figure that appears to be entangled by, or fighting to emerge from, clear acrylic bars which resemble the stripes of the American flag. When lit, the shapes and lines of the artist’s drawing ethereally appear to float in midair, revealing Bereal’s political aims: pointing to the illusory promises of the flag, and the implicit contradictions of what, and for whom, it stands. The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is excited to announce our participation in Art Basel Miami Beach 2023. The gallery will feature a solo exhibition of historic works by Ed Bereal including drawing, photography, and video. Ed Bereal: Disturbing the Peace will be on view in the art fair’s Survey Sector December 6 – 10, 2023. Ed Bereal attended Chouinard Art Institute from 1959-1962 and later taught at University of California, Irvine and Western Washington University. His work is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY); The Smithsonian Institute (Washington D.C.); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA); Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, TX); and The Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn NY) among others. Recent exhibitions include the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, France) in 2006 and Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden) in 2009; L.A. Object & David Hammons Body Prints, Tilton Gallery (New York, NY) in 2006; as well as participating in Pacific Standard Time at The Getty Museum (Los Angeles, CA) in 2011. His first museum retrospective, Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace at the Whatcom Museum of Art (Bellingham, WA) in 2019 and Bereal’s recent APEX installation at The Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR) was on view February 23, 2020 through June 27, 2021.

Peter Gronquist

Manifest



August 3, 2023 - September 2, 2023
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Peter Gronquist: Manifest, featuring new large-scale sculptural paintings and an interactive sculptural installation. The show highlights Gronquist’s interest in excavating personal history through manipulation and exploration of unconventional and found materials. In this inaugural exhibition with the gallery, Gronquist presents two different avenues of material investigation. The first, the mammoth installation Missoula Floods (2023), is an automaton for making line drawings on sheet metal. In this artwork, a group of boulders connected by chains to a small motor suspended from iron beams is dragged across painted sheets of metal, resulting in rough-hewn, scraped lines etched into the surface. Though constructed from heavy machinery and materials, Gronquist inflects his artwork with a personal poetic: the boulders are sourced from the Columbia River, the artist’s childhood stomping ground. The bulk of the works on view push the bounds of what can be called a painting - dynamic, wallmounted abstract sculptural assemblages. In these works, the artist manipulates a wide range of materials: polyurethane molded to resemble bone fragments, dyed wasp paper, wool, lace and other textiles, rose quartz, ash, metal, and what are essentially fossilized event posters, painstakingly chiseled from area telephone poles. On all these surfaces the artist applies paint in a soft palette of white, pale blue, blush and orange. The resulting all-over compositions, with jutting shards at odd angles in dreamy-hued colors, are simultaneously evocative of a big bang moment of creation, and a post-apocalyptic moment of destruction. In this liminal space, the artist’s own referents—small doodle-like drawings with personal significance scattered throughout each painting—are glimmers of stardust in the aftermath. Peter Gronquist is a multi-disciplinary artist working in diverse mediums and materials ranging from video and painting to sculpture and site-specific installations in our natural and built environment. Based in Portland, Oregon, Gronquist draws inspiration from the pastoral sensibility and rural backdrop of the Pacific Northwest to create work inflected by a sense of rough poetry and impermanence. Gronquist has exhibited in galleries and fairs across the globe, most recently at Hashimoto Contemporary, Winston Wachter, Primary projects, and bitforms gallery.

Derek Franklin

Grief is on my calendar everyday at 2:00 p.m.



June 8, 2023 - June 29, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is proud to present Grief is on my calendar every day at 2:00 p.m., a solo exhibition of works by Derek Franklin. The exhibition opens on June 8 and runs through July 29, 2023. Any exhibition space is a stage of sorts on which objects are arranged and lit in a specific manner that supports and structures the player’s movements to produce effect. On the stage of the commercial gallery, experience happens, knowledge is produced, commerce is transacted. Derek Franklin uses the figure of the stage as a way to think about the historical material conditions that structure everyday life, imagining everyperson as a player with a role into which they are born and whose actions are constrained by the script. He produces paintings and sculptures that depict or evoke the actions performed on the most quotidian stage, that of the household, actions that moment by moment move the plot forward. In the theater of the everyday, another word for this plot movement is survival. What does one do to cope with violence that is both overt and invisibly woven into the structures of society? Franklin focuses on specific actions: the daily rituals of care that may include food and drink or the arrangement of flowers plucked from the garden. In Franklin’s layered paintings, the aperture of the spotlight framing the vase or plate punctures the surface of both painting and the remains of the performance it depicts, revealing it as performance. But the images simultaneously reflect Franklin’s respect and affection for the objects that he sees as being imbued with the stories of the people who live with them. He sees these not as interchangeable props, but specific objects that bear witness to the lives of their owners. The forms of Franklin’s sculptures evoke both prop and player: distorted wooden coatrack and stick-figure human. They support hints of odd and barely recognizable detritus of the everyday. And they formally insist that perceptions of their precarity are overstated, mightily grounded as they are, supported by concrete cast forms. In these objects and images, what may pass for reality is estranged and mediated, revealing it as a social construct. Herein lies their power.

Justine Kurland & Jessica Jackson Hutchins

Killer Maker



May 4, 2023 - June 3, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery presents Killer Maker, a conversation with art objects between Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Justine Kurland. Killer maker. The two words taken together can suggest many things: the harsh reality of life’s cycle, a cosmic balancing act, an impossible binary that circles back in on itself. The simultaneously adversarial and harmonious nature is where Hutchins’ assemblages of ceramics, furniture, papier-mâché, and paint and Kurland’s photographs staged in the American West converge. Both artists refuse motherhood’s embrace (Hutchins has described it as “un-knowing” and Kurland as “abdication”): of authority, of resolution, of fixity. Hutchins’ small gouaches, explorations of the shape of color, show figures enmeshed in the landscape, undulations of pigment that recline on, drape from, and melt into their surroundings. Her polyvalent assemblages of paint, ceramic, and papier-mâché—accumulated onto paper or combined with upholstered and wooden furniture—are scrappy, raw, and sensuous in their intuited handmade construction. They resist an all-over, cohesive understanding, instead offering discordant unions that mine the meaning in the objects we live with. In one sculpture an armchair becomes a body, its soft flesh taking shelter under a papier-mâché shell, itself topped with a splayed-open peel of ceramic. In the wall reliefs organic but amorphous forms resonate with the pregnant and recently pregnant bodies in Kurland’s photographs. In a direct quote of the work and a nod to their two-decade friendship, Hutchins lovingly collages fragments of Kurland’s photographs into the pulped paper growths. In Kurland’s photographic series Of Woman Born (2004–2007), groups of nude women, pregnant and with young children, dot the vast landscape—they appear nestled in a towering rock formation, bathing at the base of a waterfall, or converging in a clearing in the woods, dappled with sunlight. The title Of Woman Born is borrowed from Adrienne Rich’s 1976 feminist text and aligns Kurland with Rich’s mission to untangle the construct of motherhood. Nearly twenty years after they were made, the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade’s protections casts the questions posed by these photographs into sharper light. Without reproductive freedom, is there any such thing as motherhood? Would we still be raping, pillaging, and extracting natural resources if we considered the earth a father instead of a mother? Or would the earth be revered the way the heavenly father is?

Mark R. Smith

Stress Formations



March 2, 2023 - April 29, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Mark R. Smith’s Stress Formations featuring new textile paintings and laser engravings that expand on the artist’s interest in social networks and structures, and the physical organization of crowds.

Dinh Q. Lê

Cambodia Reamker



March 2, 2023 - April 29, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition Cambodia Reamker by Dinh Q. Lê featuring new photographic weavings depicting the Reamker, Cambodia’s version of the Ramayana, interwoven with portraits of prisoners from the Khmer Rouge’s notorious prison, Tuol Sleng.

Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos)

looking for the land///found the weather



January 5, 2023 - February 25, 2023
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present our first exhibition by Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos) which features recent paintings, sculpture, and installation. Titled looking for the land///found the weather, the exhibition is on view through February 25, 2023 with a First Thursday reception on January 5, 2023 and February 2, 2023. Sara Siestreem is a multidisciplinary artist who combines painting, photography, printmaking, weaving, and large-scale installation. Siestreem’s work includes social practice relating to institutional reform, community engagement and curatorial and educational practices surrounding Indigenous fine art.  In the first gallery a painting installation titled medicine fills the space and features vibrantly colored multi-panel paintings on wood and on paper. Coupled with the paintings is an installation titled research. This is comprised of natural material woven baskets, 3D printed baskets, and slip cast ceramic baskets. She shared these as wayfinding objects, markers into and out of the spatial constellation.   In the second gallery, a multimedia installation titled ceremony includes sculpture, and paintings that interweave our collective reality of the present, coexisting with the past. Individual artworks communicate broader narratives through a kind of visual symbiosis. Bundles of suspended sweetgrass braids titled babies breath are situated next to the painted diptych, grannies, set in conversation to the sculptural work, minion: four-legged spider. In the large-scale painting summertime, dynamic black and white geometric shapes of triangles and rectangles combine with the expressionistic immediacy of graphite lines and drippy, gestural red and yellow paints alongside photographic xeroxed imagery of objects and the artist’s hands. The work resonates with an expansiveness that energetically extends beyond the edges of the massive, seven-foot-tall artwork. The intimate space heightens the immersive experience as the carefully considered arrangements hint at bodily entities as a confrontation of erasure and invisible, violent histories.  With titles that entangle the contemporary and the ancient, her works combine allusion and metaphor and are exemplified in her recent titles including sun-flare, moonbeams, fastened to the rock (blood, sweat, and tears), tea with Kathleen, about a dead queen, lovers land mass (sea fret), black holes in the news (hot air), the us postal service wins seven times, here my dear (made in quarantine, to save your life), blue on the inside, lilac, and blue butterflies. The titles intrigue, invite, and simultaneously safeguard their own stories; an act of love, refusal, and resistance.

Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Paris Photo: Booth B-27



November 10, 2022 - November 13, 2022
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to announce our participation in the twenty-fifth edition of Paris Photo. The fair will be held at the Grand Palais Éphémère located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. Our Booth (B-27) will feature photographs by national and international artists including Dinh Q. Lê, Justine Kurland, and Robert Lyons. Additionally, we will have select works available by Malia Jensen. The fair presents up to 200 exhibitors from across the world, offering collectors, curators, and enthusiasts the most diverse and qualitative presentation of photography-driven projects today.

Ann Hamilton

Sense



November 3, 2022 - December 30, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition with Ann Hamilton. Featuring unique paper and cloth prints and collages, this new work is conceived in conjunction with the upcoming release of Hamilton’s publication with Radius Books and shares its title: Sense.

Jeremy Okai Davis

A Good Sport



September 1, 2022 - October 29, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present a new series of figurative paintings by Jeremy Okai Davis. In his exhibition titled, A Good Sport, Davis focuses on Black Americans in the fields of sports and academia who navigated complex ideologies of “sportsmanship” throughout their professional careers.
 Several paintings are the largest Davis has ever created for an exhibition and include incredibly expressive, layered brushstrokes that invite the viewer to focus on every detail of the portrait. Ranging from the unrecognized heroes of professional baseball and basketball players to Kentucky Derby jockeys and college athletes, the artist’s subjects possess an exalted, emotional depth that transmits beyond the painted surface. In this new body of work Davis’s thoughtful and generous considerations of representation, technique, form and color simultaneously highlight his muses and allow them to embody their own stories.

Matthew Picton

The Age of Kali, age of Belief



September 1, 2022 - October 29, 2022
Matthew Picton’s latest three-dimensional paper sculptures feature historical, religious, and spiritual symbology intertwined with newspaper headlines of current world events. The artist’s new works combine the ancient with the contemporary through meticulous layers of text and imagery that creates intriguingly evocative visual narratives.   Picton’s elaborate cut-out designs, constructed from newspaper headlines and texts, are disarmingly gorgeous and intended to disrupt preconceived notions of a singular worldview. The exhibit includes the artist’s dynamic large scale color sculptural works along with medium-sized artworks, elegantly executed in a softened black and white newspaper print palette.

Nicola López

Neither There nor Here



July 13, 2022 - August 27, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present a multimedia exhibition by New York artist Nicola López. The show features several bodies of work including a series of graphite drawings, wall-sized works on paper, cyanotypes, and an immersive 4-channel video room installation.

Lee Kelly

Yucatán Revisited: Memorial Exhibition



June 4, 2022 - June 2, 2022
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Yucatán Revisited, a memorial exhibition of recent sculptures and works on paper by renowned artist Lee Kelly (1932 - 2022). Kelly was a major figure in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for more than six decades. He is best known for monumental sculptures featured in public and private collections throughout the country. The exhibition reflects the influence of Kelly's travels and focuses on modernist works made during the last year of the artist’s life in 2021 and 2022. The show features his dynamic Cor-Ten steel sculptures, along with intimately sized cast bronze forms and works on paper that evoke imagery inspired by the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico where he visited, hiked and climbed throughout his life.

Amanda Wojick

Small Shields and Other Shapes



April 19, 2022 - June 2, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Amanda Wojick’s Small Shields and Other Shapes featuring dynamic color gouache paintings and steel forms with paper material additions. Wojick’s practice intersects with sculpture, painting and collage and this new series of captivatingly indefinable shapes exemplify the progression of her abstract visual language.

Barbara Sternberger

Emanating



April 19, 2022 - July 9, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new abstract paintings by Barbara Sternberger. In this body of work titled Emanating, Sternberger embraces the constancy of change and each artwork contains the energetic record of their creation. The artist covers up the previous layers of her marks, obscuring any marks that she considers predetermined aesthetic decisions in favor of the pure expression that resulted from being intensely immersed in the present moment of their making.

Christine Bourdette

Mantle/Dismantle



March 3, 2022 - April 9, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present new wall sculptures, drawings and prints by Christine Bourdette that are inspired by geologic phenomena. Through dynamic material investigations Bourdette mimics the shapes, colors and tactile details of the accretions and erosions of earth’s metamorphosis. She considers concepts of geologic time analogous to our relatively shorter time experience as human beings. In this body of work Bourdette says she was interested in the “cumulative distortions, upheavals, erratic shifting of terrain, which seem to me metaphors for this era we inhabit, for a sense of surviving instability through instability. These reflections of and on land mirror a precarious, tactile world, as well as a capacity for transformation and resilience.”

Julia Mangold

Works on Paper



March 3, 2022 - April 9, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Julia Mangold’s new series of geometric graphite drawings featuring the remarkable complexity and restraint of her image-making process. Mangold is a Munich-born minimalist sculptor whose works on paper are created through precise technique and image construction. Her interest in formalism is evident throughout the series of hazy grey squares and rectangles, their edges forming a linear maze of negative space between them. Even the most subtle gradations of Mangold’s marks transmit volume, depth and softly glowing effects that resonate with physicality.

Chester Arnold

Survivors



January 6, 2022 - February 26, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Bay Area painter Chester Arnold’s exhibition, Survivors, featuring a new series of exquisitely detailed oceanic scenes that delve into themes surrounding human presence in the natural world.   Arnold’s oil paintings are inspired by memory and imagination and he creates dreamlike images that combine realism and fantasy with meticulous specificity. The large and small scale recent works focus on maritime imagery that convey precarity and fortitude. Arnold distills entire worlds into each oil painting through depictions of expansive open seas, towering island sanctuaries populated with miniature houses, fishing boats caught in tumultuous whirlpools, or life raft remnants washed ashore.

Nari Ward, Louise Bourgeois, Isaac Layman, Malia Jensen, Mario Gallucci, Claire Cowie and Leo Berk

(Extra)ordinary: Reimagining the Everyday



January 6, 2022 - February 26, 2022
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present (Extra)ordinary: Reimagining the Everyday, a group exhibition of artworks inspired by observations and reinterpretations of the familiar. The show features artists who challenge preconceptions of the commonplace through unexpected visual interventions in sculpture, video, photography and works on paper. The exhibition includes an early Nari Ward sculpture, Woman, made of repurposed hoses that exemplifies his re-contextualization of found objects to confront social and political issues. Louise Bourgeois’ Autobiographical Series prints read like intimate notebook musings of daily life and motherhood through symbolic imagery and figuration. New photographs by Isaac Layman and recent drawings by Mario Gallucci reflect on the domestic realm through interior scenes that reveal something transcendent inside the quotidian. Malia Jensen’s short video Python, is an uncanny, meditative elegy to a housefly, while Claire Cowie and Leo Berk’s delightful sculptural collaboration, Endless Hug, made from repurposed materials, was inspired by ancient Byzantine niches.  

Jinie Park

Windows



November 4, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Windows, new abstract works by Jinie Park that combine painting and sculpture, and feature radiant color washes on cut-out canvases. These works continue Park's formal and material explorations by exposing stretcher bars through square-shaped open areas of her stitched together muslin, cheesecloth and linen canvases. The painting surface’s deeply rich jewel tones and bright, pastel hues lyrically spill together at the edges to create soft geometric formations. 
Inspired by the observations of interior spaces and the seasonally shifting sunlight experienced from inside one’s home, this series of paintings visually transport the viewer. Portals and windows appear and invite wanderlust, daydreams and meditations on the present moment.

MK Guth

Touching Matter



November 4, 2021 - December 31, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Touching Matter by MK Guth, an exhibition of new and recent works that highlight the artist’s interest in social rituals and the creation of circumstances that focus one’s attention. Guth’s multidisciplinary practice includes video, photography, sculpture, performance, and interactive exchange-based projects.   This series of works feature objects with implied performativity and the personal reflections that result from participatory engagement. A table is located at the center of the exhibit, and on the table are five artist-designed books titled 5,000 Pages on Love. Individual visitors are encouraged to sit and write answers to questions included inside the books, transforming the gallery into an intimate space for contemplation. Additional works include wall installations of the artist’s menus, handmade books of instructions for communal meals as well as related ink drawings that collectively reiterate the ways that objects possess memory and meaning.

Stephen Hayes

Re:place



October 7, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Re:place, a vibrantly evocative series of landscape paintings by Stephen Hayes. The works evoke the natural world in brilliant layers of color and expressive mark-making. In his new body of work, Hayes uses Google Earth perspectives that recreate bodily vantage points. The artist finds digital views that resonate with his plein air painting process and the resulting scenes convey a sublime wonderment in beholding the power of the natural world. With conscious deliberation Hayes’s paintings gorgeously entangle abstraction, representation, and conceptual considerations. The scenes of fields, rivers, and forests unfold with prolonged engagement and his artworks often upend a viewer’s preconceptions. The sheer beauty of the imagery is immediately seductive while the title Re:place invites further contemplation on broader themes of renewal, reckoning or reconsiderations of our place within these bucolic settings.

Gregg Renfrow

Apprehension of Beauty



October 7, 2021 - October 30, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Apprehension of Beauty, artist Gregg Renfrow’s latest artworks infused with color and light. Renfrow creates semi-transparent acrylic panels that feature layers of color that emerge from the center and emanate towards the edges of each composition. The luminescent shades, made from poured polymer and pigment, appear suspended in space.  In these new works, combinations of warm and cool striations form color fields that radiate ambient light and appear to glow from within. Each artwork is responsive to its environment’s surrounding light and possesses an aura of spirituality more commonly associated with natural phenomena like the ocean, sky, or a sunset. The artist’s exhibition title hints at a kind of ambivalence regarding the trappings of traditional beauty in favor of an intangible, enigmatic experience.

Jacob Hashimoto

Print Wall: The Necessary Invention of the Mind



September 2, 2021 - October 2, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to highlight Jacob Hashimoto’s prints from the series titled The Necessary Invention of the Mind. The multilayered color works on paper combine relief and silkscreen and will be on view in the gallery and online to celebrate Hashimoto's recent large-scale installation at the Portland International Airport. The prints feature Hashimoto’s signature kite imagery in dynamic compositions that reference virtual space, natural environments and cosmology.

Dinh Q. Lê

Monuments and Memorials



August 5, 2021 - October 2, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Monuments and Memorials, a new series of large-scale photo weavings by Dinh Q. Lê that reflect on collective memory and architectural commemoration. Lê’s evocative photographic artworks combine interior and exterior pictures of Cambodian sites and pair the seemingly unresolvable, competing narratives of a country’s past and present. Interlaced vertical and horizontal strips of documentary photographs juxtapose grandiose ancient Angkor temples with sparse interior rooms of the Tuol Sleng Museum and other memorial locations marred by the violence inflicted by the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-1979). Warm, golden-hued pictorial tapestries belie the painful legacy of the empty torture rooms. The weaving process of the artist’s photographic constructions physically intertwine narratives to reiterate the dichotomous nature of cultural memory.

Lonnie Holley

The Influence of Images



August 5, 2021 - October 2, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Lonnie Holley’s atmospheric, dream-like painted works on paper that feature repeated, overlapping silhouettes and three-dimensional effects. Titled The Influence of Images, this new series of paintings were created during Holley’s artist-in-residency at the Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton, NY in 2020. During his time there he made artworks layered with spray paint and acrylic, adding an immediacy to the imagery. Nested shapes appear to radiate and float in the cosmos amid a softly diffused palette of grays, pinks, blues, and yellows that emphasize their transformative, mystical quality.

Kavin Buck

It's Good To Be On The Road Back Home Again



July 1, 2021 - July 31, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Northwest painter Kavin Buck’s latest series of artworks that combine realism and abstraction through luscious hues and multilayered brushstrokes. Buck’s large-scale paintings transmit the atmospheric quality of seasonal weather shifts while his black and white artworks experiment with charcoal, graphite, and gesso mark-making.

Judy Cooke

Form First



June 3, 2021 - June 26, 2021
Judy Cooke’s exhibition, Form First, highlights the artist’s exploration of shape and dimensionality through new minimalist wall constructions. Spatial relationships are central concerns to the artist, and precise considerations inform the physicality of her artworks. Extending only two inches from the wall, these wood and aluminum shapes cast distinct shadows while painted edges reiterate their “objectness” and formal presence.

Lee Kelly

Recent Work



June 3, 2021 - July 31, 2021
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Recent Work by Lee Kelly, featuring steel sculptures, cast bronze forms and figurative watercolors. The exhibition focuses on new works inspired by past writings, musings and studies found inside the pages of the artist’s studio sketchbooks.

Ryan Pierce

Awake Under Vines



April 1, 2021 - May 29, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Awake Under Vines, the latest series of large-scale paintings by Ryan Pierce, featuring artworks that combine an electrified palette with allusions to environmental activism and radical resistance. In these new works, Pierce continues to illuminate relationships between the human and natural world through dynamic dreamlike imagery infused with moral complexity and wonderment. 

Charlene Liu

Lattice



April 1, 2021 - May 29, 2021
Charlene Liu's exhibition, Lattice, explores two aspects of her art practice: mark-making and image-making. Liu's recent watercolors and unique woodcut prints are thematically connected by floral imagery and highlight the diverse considerations of medium specificity. The exhibition reveals the artist's complementary approaches between the mindful deliberations of printmaking techniques and the observational immediacy of line seen in her plein air style paintings. 

Alison Saar

Print Wall:



February 4, 2021 - May 1, 2021
The Print Wall: Alison Saar   Alison Saar’s suite of eight multi-block linocuts titled "Copacetic," 2019, are printed on handmade Japanese Hamada Kozo paper and hand-inked in a palette of deep reds, blues and yellows. Inspired by the Harlem-125th Street subway station’s wrought ironwork and designs from the African diaspora, Saar pays tribute to the African American artists of the Harlem Renaissance through panoramic scenes of imagined dancers, singers, musicians and patrons enjoying Harlem’s heyday of the 1930-40s.

Alexis Day

Faceted: Time and Expectations



February 4, 2021 - March 27, 2021
Alexis Day, Faceted: Time and Expectations highlights new fabric tapestries by the artist that continue her exploration of surrealistic imagery through allegory and three-dimensional space.

Michelle Ross

I Am Your Signal



February 4, 2021 - March 27, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Michelle Ross, I Am Your Signal, an exhibition of new boldly-colored abstract paintings. Ross’s paintings satisfyingly challenge the static experience of viewing through her enlivened, lush palette and dynamic formal considerations.

Christopher Rauschenberg

Looking at India



January 7, 2021 - January 30, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present new photographs by Christopher Rauschenberg that feature dynamic combinations of single-image and multi-image pictures of archways, buildings, and temples taken during the artist's travels through India in early 2020. Rauschenberg's pictures are inspired by a lifelong commitment to observation. His intuitive photographs transmit the sensory experience of being there through imagery that suggests quiet contemplation or active wonderment, and this new India series communicates a sense of solitude that allows space for one's own reflections.

Modou Dieng

A Postcolonial Landscape



December 1, 2020 - January 30, 2021
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present A Postcolonial Landscape by Modou Dieng, featuring paintings that explore themes of Black representation and erasure in a globalized society. Dieng reimagines his own experience through dazzling, idiosyncratic mixed media artworks that engage in dialogue with personal narratives and Eurocentric art history.

Ed Bereal

Studio Studies - Survey of Drawings 1958 - 2020



November 5, 2020 - January 2, 2021
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present Ed Bereal: Studio Studies - Survey of Drawings 1958 - 2020, featuring small and large scale drawings and collage created over six decades. The show highlights Bereal's work on paper from early figurative and abstract artworks to recent drawings that focus on socio-political themes of racial inequity and corruption in the United States.    Ed Bereal's distinctive visual language combines illustration, pop art, abstraction, holography and assemblage, and the new exhibition delves into the artist's foundational practice of mark-making. Drawing has always been a primary modality and way of thinking for Bereal, exemplified through pictures on view that range from energetic sketches, portraits and collage (1958-64), to politically charged depictions of the present day rendered in graphite. Perhaps most significantly, the works included in the exhibition make visible the artist's ideas, decision-making, discoveries and inner dialogue.

Jeremy Okai Davis

Black Wood



October 1, 2020 - October 31, 2020
Jeremy Okai Davis's Black Wood marks the gallery's first exhibition with the artist and presents new paintings featuring actors and models from Jet magazines in the 1950s - 60s. Davis's stylistic figuration employs a kind of pixelation/pointillist hybridization that references photography while highlighting painterly brushstrokes. His deep affection for painting is evidenced through imagery that uniquely synthesizes portraiture and expressionistic mark-making.   In this new work, Davis spotlights Black women in Hollywood that were not widely recognized for their talents during the time they were working in the entertainment industry. The series also continues his exploration of racial bias through the history of "Shirley cards," a system used to calibrate skin tones during film processing.

Mark R. Smith

Phalanxes



October 1, 2020 - November 21, 2020
Mark R. Smith's new intricately collaged paintings convey contemporary and historical narratives through an abstract visual language. Dome, diamond, circle and starburst shapes emerge from linear woven strips that were cut, mitered, and reconfigured into interlocking patterns that transmit an exquisite, symbiotic beauty.   Inspired by writings on utopian societies proposed by French philosopher Charles Fourier (1772-1837), Smith investigates symmetry and "the promise of ecstatic visual harmony." The artist became particularly interested in Fourier's plans for mirrored housing structures known as phalansteries, an idealized living space where members could pursue individual passions and share resources while enjoying gender and social equality.

Malia Jensen

Eremocene



August 6, 2020 - September 26, 2020
Malia Jensen’s multimedia art practice focuses on natural cycles, the human form and connections with nature. Her works are often visual metaphors that encourage multiple readings from the viewer. The title Eremocene references philosopher and biologist E.O. Wilson’s theory about humankind’s impending “Age of Loneliness” after the rapid decline of the planet’s biodiversity, and Jensen’s related themes of erasure and transformation in this body of work.

Claire Cowie

In the Vacuum, Outside the Atmosphere



August 6, 2020 - September 26, 2020
Claire Cowie’s exhibition In the Vacuum, Outside the Atmosphere explores loss, death and undefined spaces beyond our understanding. Cowie says the work investigates, “the ways in which we make meaning, impose order, and celebrate finding beauty in unanticipated places.” Most of the works including sculptures, are made entirely from paper. Triangular shaped or imperfect scraps of paper highlight the artist’s idiosyncratic style and palette combinations of brilliant hues and dark earth tones. 

Melody Owen

Are you animal – vegetable – or mineral?



July 2, 2020 - August 1, 2020
New artworks from Melody Owen's collage series, Are you animal – vegetable – or mineral? will be presented in our backroom gallery. In these intimate works, Owens considers how we, as humans, differentiate ourselves from the rest of the natural world. Using the medium of collage to create fantastical human forms physically synthesized with shells, flowers, crystals, and animals, the artist constructs a visual allegory representing the desire for earthly connection.


Anna Von Mertens

Nature and Other Relationships



July 2, 2020 - August 1, 2020
Anna Von Mertens is renowned for her painstakingly detailed textiles and drawings that traverse enigmatic intersections of space through auras, star mapping and pictorial symbology. In Nature and Other Relationships, Von Mertens explores the virtual and the real through vibrantly colored, large-scale drawings of emoji ideograms. Her new works emphasize connections between the electronic and the natural world and the ways complex relationships are mediated in the exchange.

Matthew Picton

Eschatologies



July 2, 2020 - August 1, 2020
In Eschatologies, Matthew Picton exhibits new three-dimensional framed paper sculptures that interweave historical and contemporary images from paintings, photographs, books and film. Eschatology is defined as a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world, and the plural version in the exhibition title proposes an ongoing multiplicity of narratives. In this series, Picton engages with themes of mortality, impermanence, destruction and oppression in societies past and present. The artist explores the cyclical nature of calamitous ideologies throughout human civilization and illuminates hidden truths within dominant cultural histories.

Mary Henry

Select Works from the Artist's Estate



May 7, 2020 - June 27, 2020
Mary Henry (1913-2009) gained recognition late in her career for her reductive, geometric abstractions with activated, graphic palettes. Henry’s Mondrian-inspired grid works and offbeat neo-Constructivist style was influenced by the Bauhaus School's formal ideas and her teacher László Moholy-Nagy's fascination with pure expressiveness through line and color.  

Jaq Chartier

SunTests



May 7, 2020 - June 27, 2020
In SunTests, Seattle-based painter Jaq Chartier's new series of dye sublimation prints on aluminum are time-based "image captures" of the artist's ongoing explorations of material phenomena. Chartier's unique process-based practice shares a visual language with Color Field painting and combines her fascination with materiality, time, and conditions. Inspired by DNA gel electrophoresis (a technique for separation and analysis of macromolecules and their fragments), her work is about discovery and pairs scientific investigations with conceptual themes of impermanence.

Mark Bradford, Judy Cooke, Russell Crotty, Richard Gruetter, Ann Hamilton, Jessie Henson, John Houck, Isaac Layman, Sol LeWitt, Emilio Lobato, Julia Mangold, Helen Mirra, Richard Misrach, Catherine Opie, Joseph Park, Gregg Renfrow, Edda Renouf, Robert Ryman, Kate Shepherd and Joan Waltemath.

The Quiet Show



February 6, 2020 - May 2, 2020
Elizabeth Leach Gallery is pleased to present The Quiet Show, featuring a selection of 20 process-oriented artists whose transcendent artworks evoke stillness and contemplation.

Lacey Stoffer

Rumination



January 2, 2020 - February 1, 2020
Los Angeles-based artist Lacey Stoffer creates vibrant, abstract oil paintings on raw linen canvases with additions of charcoal and stitched thread. The exhibition Rumination features her new series of visual meditations inspired by musings on natural world phenomena and the passage of time.  Stoffer translates her ongoing contemplations and observations through active mark-making and considerations of bodily scale. She is deeply interested in pentimento, the visible traces of process through surface layers, which can be seen in swirling circular shapes, smudged velvety black charcoal lines, or animated erasures. Throughout the series, Stoffer builds on a singular form, morphing shapes and shifting colors through serial repetition, where brightly colored terrestrial formations expand and multiply. Lacey Stoffer was born in Portland, OR and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2013. Her large scale abstract paintings often incorporate organic forms on raw linen to play with the formal qualities of balance and middle ground. Stoffer has shown work in solo and group exhibitions at Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood, CA), 1019WEST (Inglewood, CA) and the Otis College of Art and Design (Los Angeles, CA).

Alexis Day

Cascade - Synapse and Satin



January 2, 2020 - February 1, 2020
In Cascade - Synapse and Satin, Alexis Day investigates perception and memory through three-dimensional tapestry constructions. Day studied psychology during her undergraduate studies before transitioning to an art practice and her dream-like imagery reflects a multidisciplinary approach that combines photographic printing on fabric with embroidered and sculptural details. The artist's psychologically charged pictures act as portals into mysterious domestic and exterior scenes that invite us to peer down a steep flight of stairs, enter into a hallway, or peek inside a living room. Dramatic vantage points combine with tactile materiality and underscore the visceral tension between pictorial and dimensional space. Day's voluminous artworks comprised of jewel-toned, draping fabrics suggest the collapse, shifts and tenuousness of memory while trompe l'oeil effects implicate the viewer in the exchange.  Alexis Day is a Portland-based mixed media artist, originally from the coastal town of Bandon, Oregon. Using her background in psychology, she investigates the impact of perception and memory on individual and cultural identity. Day earned an MFA in Visual Studies from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2019, a BS in Art Practices from Portland State University in 2016 and a BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2010. Recent exhibitions include Putting it Together 2, at the Foundry (St. Charles, MO), Figuratively Speaking at the Liberty Arts Collective (Bend, OR) and Dismantled, a solo exhibition at the Lodge Gallery (Portland, OR).

Stephen Hayes

In The Hour Before: This Land…



October 3, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Lee Kelly

If Trees Could Walk



October 3, 2019 - November 2, 2019

Christine Bourdette

Erosion



September 5, 2019 - September 28, 2019

Ryan Pierce

Hot Hex



September 5, 2019 - September 28, 2019

Sean Healy

Beautiful Downer



June 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Joseph Park

Starling



June 6, 2019 - July 13, 2019

Barbara Sternberger

Breath



May 2, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Ben Dallas

Sculptural Painting



May 2, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Christopher Rauschenberg

Angkor



April 4, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Willy Heeks

New Works



April 4, 2019 - April 27, 2019

Julia Mangold

New Works on Paper



February 7, 2019 - March 30, 2019

John David Forsgren

Antithesis of Language



February 7, 2019 - March 30, 2019

Light on the Wall: The Last Works of Deborah Horrell (1953 - 2018)



January 3, 2019 - February 2, 2019

Kavin Buck

Temporary Remains | Inescapable End



January 3, 2019 - February 2, 2019