January 2019 - The Nature of Things
Art At the CAVE is pleased to present Erin Dengerink, Don Gray and Jason Mayer in January’s exhibit, The Nature of Things. Each artist explores landscape, objects, and figures in a poetic and thoughtful ways; seeking beauty and hope in a complicated world. The show will include Gray’s painting, monotypes by Mayer, and Dengerink’s paintings, sculptures, and an installation that incorporates a soundtrack by artist/drummer Melissa Gueiros. A limited edition book with images from each artist and an essay by Renee Marino will also be available. Please join us for an opening reception January 4th from 6-9pm.
Erin is a multifaceted artist who works in painting, drawing and, sculpture. The process of carefully collecting and observing found objects is integral to her practice. Dengerink comes to know the landscape though the rocks brought home in her pockets. Small overlooked and discarded things inform her understanding of the world. In addition to being a maker Dengerink is a curator and has organized exhibitions for over a decade. Her artwork has been seen in galleries and museums on the West Coast. — Erindengerink.com
Don’s art has tracked parallel courses, alternating between paintings that are firmly within the realist tradition and works that are less literal, leaning more toward the abstract.
Gray grew up in rural Oregon and started drawing and painting when very young. Inspiration came from looking at what was at hand: the beautiful landscape outside his door; the people and things that made up everyday life. Over time his creative directions expanded, but the sources remain the same. Gray has painted large murals all over the country, illustrated books, taught workshops and exhibited in galleries and museums. — Dongraystudio.com
Jason has traveled a curious path to become an artist. He took his first art class in his thirties at a time when he was reinventing himself. Mayer received his Bachelor of Arts from Portland State in 2010, and continued his studies by assisting William Park, one of Portland’s most respected artists. During his mentorship, he developed his craft through exploration, and bravery to try new things--not being too precious about the outcome, and enjoying the process of creating. — Ghostprintstudio.com