POSTCARDS & SOUVENIRS
April 3 - 29, 2018
Waterstone Gallery Portland, Oregon
Always a walker, from his early days as a mail carrier in SE Portland, to travels far from home. Stan always remains on the lookout for “moments of significance” which tell a story.
The idea for his current show came out of selecting “postcards” from recent travels. He does memory paintings in gouache of sights both real and slightly surreal. From these, he constructs and carves wood sculptures as Postcards. Souvenirs refer to the gifts which we collect to remind us of unique experiences.
Postcards and Souvenirs will feature 3D scenes for the wall and freestanding carved figures and animals. Since Stan has a fascination for birds and flight, he includes several small flying owls, a Crater bird with a single egg, and a Mourning dove with 9 cats on it’s back.
Travel is often about the people we meet and the long distance friendships which develop. While in Oaxaca, Mexico last November, he sat down and carved with 2 famed “Alebrije” artists. Those sculptures went through a series of changes back in his studio and will be included as collaborations. Locally he worked with Carolyn Hazel Drake (textiles & porcelain) and David Mylin (metal) to expand the vocabulary of this show.
Stan has been exhibiting his carved and painted figures since 1981 when William Jamison gave him his first solo show in what was to be the Pearl. Since then the work has been exhibited and collected nationally. He carves basswood with hand tools and uses a variety of colorants for finishing. The only power tool used is a bandsaw with the remaining cutoffs often becoming his handheld “rescue dogs”.