Surface Tension

Surface Tension::August 8th

Josh Arseneau, Marc Dombrosky – Artist in Resident, Seattle; Shannon Eakins – Artist in Resident, Seattle; David Eckard, Jesse Hayward, Sean Healy, Jo Ann Kemmis, Mary Mattingly, Mack McFarland, Adam Ross, Amy Steel, Gary Wiseman, Dana Vinger, John Vitale and more

August 8th – August 31st

Opening Reception
August 8th 6-9pm

2008 marks the third year of Scratching the Surface, galleryHOMELAND’s annual summer arts exhibition on the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade. Employing the Willamette River as a literal and conceptual backdrop Scratching the Surface is a series of installations, scheduled performances and events that take place over a couple of weekends each summer.

By presenting new and challenging artworks in a highly trafficked public parks setting Scratching the Surface invites participation from the broadest possible range of Portlanders; often times reaching those who have never walked into a gallery before. The setting also serves as a focus point for the concept driving the artworks in the exhibition. The Willamette River is an often overlooked and marginalized element in this Portland life and yet it powers our economy, marks the districts East and West and it can truly be said that it is because of the Willamette River and its position that Portland exists. The works included in Scratching the Surface explore the Willamette River’s powerful role in our cultural landscape as shaper of cities, unifier and divider, recreational escape and historical figure.

Surface Tension is a look back at some of the works that have been included in past Scratching the Surface exhibitions along side a selection of new works that will be part of 2008′s programing on the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade from August 29th – September 7th.

For more information please contact Paul Middendorf