In the Studio – Evan Isoline

We stopped in the studio to visit May artist, Evan Isoline. You may remember his triptych, Golgotha, from LOW in February of 2014.

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Duplex: Tell us about your upcoming solo show, UNCARNATE.
Evan Isoline: I plan the images in show to be about 50% male and 50% female. That is one thing that is interesting about using appropriated fashion images. That’s mainly what it is in mainstream media. There are other genders represented in certain areas, but my show will work toward an ambiguity.

D: You also have your thesis show opening the same night. How has it been for you while working with both ideas?
EI: It’s been intense! We are doing our run through for our orals, so I am also practicing that at the same time. It’s crazy. We also turned in our thesis papers.

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D: I love these painted exit signs, are they for your thesis show?
EI: Yeah, I have a four-part display for that show. For UNCARNATE at Duplex, there is this incarnate sense with some of the more skin like qualities. I am thinking of it as representations as skins themselves or shells. Something people inhabit. It’s a simulation that provokes simulation again. Giving the images new functions or routes, destinations. Basically exposing these ads as representations and bringing it into the context of art and abstraction. Leaving the trace elements of figurative qualities. Read More «In the Studio – Evan Isoline»

The Recycled Rain Project 2015

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We are excited to announce that Duplex is again partnering with the Recycled Rain Project. The concept is to expose new and upcoming local artists while highlighting simple ways we can rethink the way we use water.

Local artists created new and original work using collected rainwater as their water supply. A small group of featured artists are headlining the show this year: Felicity FentonKindra CrickDan NessHilary PfeiferShu-Ju Wang, and our very own Lindsay Jordan Kretchun!  The show kicks off May, 9th at 6pm and is on display through June 2015 at the Olympic Mills Building (107 SE Washington St Portland, OR 97214.)

The 2015 Recycled Rain Project is donating 20% of each artwork sale to SOLVE.

Follow the progress on Facebook.

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In the Studio – Jeremy Okai Davis

We caught up with our May artist, Jeremy Okai Davis in his studio space last week to talk a little bit more about painting, old photographs and basketball.

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Duplex: How did you make it to Portland?
Jeremy Okai Davis: My entire upbringing was as a basketball player, my whole family basically played ball, so I followed that path. That was first and foremost for me up until my freshman year in college. I got a partial scholarship to Brevard College right outside Asheville, North Carolina. I just kind of had, not a bad experience, but an eye opening experience that led me to the decision to focus on art. I realized I wasn’t going to be an NBA player and had to make a choice that would actually be sustainable as a career. I always painted or drew so I moved back to Charlotte and went to UNCC to join the art program. I graduated in 2002 and stayed in Charlotte for about six years. I had some shows, but was having a hard time finding an art scene that appealed to me, so I had to kind of make my own way. Similar to what I did when I first got here, I would show in random coffee shops, bars and diners. Really anyone that would let me put my work up. I did that for about five or six years and felt like I exhausted all my opportunities. I had a friend that lived in Portland. I visited once and fell in love with the city, so I made my way out here in 2007.

D: Did you struggle with the athlete versus artist identity?
JOD: I wouldn’t say I struggled with it necessarily. Sports at universities are a whole other world than in high school. There’s no way around that, so that was my only struggle, I had to make the choice and I chose art.

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D: You are obviously drawn to painting; do you work in other mediums?
JOD: When I was a kid I would draw all of the time, with my brother making up our own Transformer and G.I. Joe characters. I just kept it up as we got older. When I was in high school I had a teacher who was really open to letting his students do whatever they wanted. I was intrigued by painting, but really art in general. The idea that you could do anything you wanted to. I just stuck with that idea moving forward. As far as being solely a painter, I’m just really drawn to the medium and the flexibility it provides. I maintain a sketchbook that I draw in but rarely show that work.

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