The painting above is a simple study, just for color. I like how uber-simple it is, the black dots represent cows.
Some weeks ago I saw the Rothko show at the Portland Art Museum, but I missed the John Frame show that is located upstairs. I went today to have a look, to see why so many people have mentioned it. When you walk in you are struck by how dark the exhibit is, both literally and figuratively. There are no descriptive tiles next to the work and each unusual piece is illuminated individually. People seem stunned by the blackness and the figures, the only sound you hear is the floor creaking beneath the people walking from glass case to glass case.
Frame is a complete genius..he fashioned his characters largely from found objects and he animated a breathtaking film with them. He even composed the music for the film. The John Frame experience was one I'll remember. It was all somewhat disturbing, but inexplicably heartening. The message I took away was that life is brutal.... but we keep going.
(The photos below are not from the John Frame exhibit, but elsewhere in the Museum):
A Sculpture in the 1st floor section
"Dishwasher" (a resin sculpture) from the early 70's. I thought he looked a little like Marlon Brando
"Our" Van Gogh. I always stop to see it.
(Top Photo) Oil Sketch: Celeste Bergin, Hood River Pasture, oil on 5x7 gessoed hardboard
2nd photo: John Frame Sculpture (to see Frame's film, go HERE)