The Art of Making Sense
Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Monday, October 8, 2012 at 1:23 PM PDT
For the month of October Gallery 114 presents "Making Sense," new oil paintings by member artist Mary Jo Mann The show runs October 4 through 27, with a First Thursday opening reception for the artists held on October 4, 6 to 9 pm. Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 pm, Thursday through Sunday.
The Art of "Making Sense" at Gallery 114
1100 NW Glisan, Portland, OR. 97209 Phone: 503-243-3356
Seattle University Alumna, Mary Jo Mann,uses the oil painting medium to examine the tension between human-made and natural systems. Playing with the rhythms and geometry of urban and natural landscapes, Mann in this body of work is "making sense" of not only the physical world but of the connections between the physical and the metaphysical. "I find similar rhythms and form in nature," says Mann. "Using these two supposedly opposing fields as a starting point, I find that the language and depth of each piece emerges as the work develops. My approach isn't simply an intellectual activity but transcends the physical world. The work takes on its own life, merging conscious intent with unconscious knowledge." Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle University in 1979 and studied with Val Laigo, Marvin Herard and Nick Damascus. She has lived in Portland since the early 80's with her husband and children. Mary Jo's work can also be seen at her website, www.artbymaryjo.net.