Established in 1979, Hanson Howard Gallery exhibits fine contemporary art by both established and emerging artists of the Pacific Northwest. Monthly exhibitions encompass painting, sculpture, original prints and ceramics with a diversity of styles and media. We are located next to the Standing Stone at – 89 Oak St. – one block from the O.S.F. theaters.
Sara Swink, ceramic sculpture
Alison O’Donoghue, paintings
August 2 – September 3, 2019
Opening reception August 2, 5-8 pm
Sara Swink creates self possessed, colorful figures embedded with clues that they exist in a playfully subconscious world. Be they human or creature, there is often the element of the dreamy or the bizarre in their gestures, expressions and adornments. For Swink, art and dream worlds are interconnected. Both invite the unconscious to become conscious; both rely on a language of symbols open to interpretation; both contain clues about psychological patterns. Most often she builds using gritty, sculpture clay, adding color with layered oxides, underglazes and glazes, and fires to mid range temperature giving a matte quality to the saturated colors.
The artwork of Alison O’Donoghue can be described as contemporary folk art; partly naïve, sometimes illustrative, at times cartoony, with some of her pieces being heavily patterned. Her paintings are mostly playful with creatures and people that are quite often glowing with life… awash in dimensional color and shade in a mostly two dimensional world. In many of her paintings, she combines everyday objects such as; cups of coffee, fruit, plants, humans, birds and odd, made up animals, into a fluid motion of interaction of intertwined shapes. The playful next to the sinister, give the paintings a sense of humor and the complexity of an unfolding story.