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Little Drops/Vast Ocean

oil, paper, aluminum, mylar (549 pieces)

~ 48 x 48 inches



At the threshold where form and abstraction meet, Canadian artist Brian Donnelly carves his stunning niche. Obscuring his subject matter beyond tangible recognition, the artist creates not a portrait, but the ghost of a portrait, an amorphous reference point to something that was once perceived as beautiful and whole. Entailed in his process is an intuitive understanding that beneath even the most uniform exterior is a fleeting and ultimately destructive reality.  

With 'Reassemble', Donnelly expands upon previous work to explore portraiture as a record of loss as opposed to eternal likeness. Accordingly, each piece sees Donnelly painting figures with exquisite technique before taking a figurative hammer,  blowtorch, rope or rake to the canvas. As the visual information deteriorates, identities turn into indefinite abstractions. Paradoxes present themselves as being contingent upon one another in order to exist at all. Meanwhile, a brilliant and unmistakable aesthetic persists. 

The opening reception for 'Reassemble' will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, November 3rd from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through November 25, 2017 and is free and open to the public.