A Duo Exhibit by
ADRIAN LANDON BROOKS + CALEB HAHNE
Exhibition Dates: July 8th - August 5th, 2016
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Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present CONVERSATIONS WITH STRANGERS, a duo exhibit featuring the work of Adrian Landon Brooks and Caleb Hahne. Two distinctly stylized artists hailing from the West, Brooks and Hahne take a bold modern approach toward traditional painting. This exhibition will find both artists continuing to explore narratives of the human connection.
Adrian Landon Brooks' latest body of work presents universal themes of love, loss, and redemption placed within unique surreal worlds that transcend race or creed. Influenced by the purity of Folk Art, Brooks strips illustrations to their minimalist core and uses found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as repurposed canvases to instill an underlying sense of history for each piece. In this collection, huge statuesque heads hover over multi-color blocks while hands of worship float into the void. Sorrow and yearning are conveyed through the hunched postures of his figures and captured through ceremonial acts of giving and receiving. Each scene offers a fragmented tale and forces viewers to immerse themselves into the framework of the narrative.
Exploring the conversation between perceiver and perceived, Caleb Hahne's latest work reflects on the fleeting moments of intimacy with oneself and others. Hahne remixes convention by first appropriating images found on the internet. He then expands his technique by reducing information and creating a surrogate figure for the viewer to interact with. These ambiguous silhouettes function as empty vessels in which one can place himself or herself within to experience moments of intimacy or lack thereof. The absence of identity portrays an unfinished picture or blurred memory for the viewer to complete for themselves.
The opening reception for CONVERSATIONS WITH STRANGERS will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, July 8th from 6-9pm. 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 August 5th, 2016 and is free and open to the public.