Here/Now recognizes and celebrates the ever-changing Portland art community. As part of our
commemoration of the Elizabeth Leach Gallery’s 30th Anniversary we wish to highlight a few of the many more recent transplants to the Portland area, acknowledging artists who have exhibited widely internationally, but less often in Portland.
In his small-scale oil paintings and larger neon sculptures Dan Attoe depicts narratives of sex, violence, and the wilderness. Attoe arrives at his subject matter by exploring the stream of his consciousness, allowing his childhood memories, surroundings, and masculinity to drive the content of his work. His work has been exhibited at MUSAC (Leon, Spain), Vilma Gold, (London, UK), and 404 Arte Contemporanea (Naples, Italy). He is represented by Peres Projects (Berlin, Germany).
MK Guth is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work frequently has an element of audience participation at its heart. She appropriates archetypal characters and stories from mythology in order to examine contemporary issues and concerns. Guth was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial (New York, NY). Her work has been shown at the Melbourne International Arts Festival (Melbourne, Australia), A Gentil Carioca (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA). She is represented internationally by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery.
Jessica Jackson Hutchins’ sculptures and works on paper often incorporate found objects from
the artist’s home and family life. These works convey a narrative that is extremely personal and
specific, while simultaneously communicating universal truths about relationships, family, love,
and the parts of our lives that we share with others. Hutchins was featured in the 2010 Whitney
Biennial. Her work has been shown at Timothy Taylor Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery (both London,
UK), and the ICA Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA). She is represented by Laurel Gitlen (New York,
Often associated with a loosely affiliated group of San Francisco-bred artists known as the
Mission School, Johanna Jackson works with several different media, including, painting,
installation, photography, and video. She has exhibited at The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL),
The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA), and the Hudson Valley Center for
Contemporary Art (Peeksill, NY).
Also an important member of the Mission School, Chris Johanson is widely known for his
brightly-colored paintings and installations, which use the humblest of techniques to tackle the big
issues of society and life. Johanson sees art as an expression of life and works in several media,
including music and film, in addition to painting and sculpture. Johanson was featured in the 2002
Whitney Biennial, and in 2003 won the SECA Art Award administered by the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA). His work has also been exhibited at the Vancouver
Art Gallery (Vancouver, Canada) and the UCLA Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA).
Since 2005 Arnold J. Kemp has worked across different media, examining words and expressions
associated with the color black. His quiet and often poetic work simultaneously refers both to cultural ideas about darkness and Kemp’s own autobiography. Kemp’s work has been exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, and is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), and the Berkeley Art Museum (Berkeley, CA). He has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and for 10 years he was an associate curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Arnold Kemp is represented by PDX Contemporary Art (Portland, OR).
Michael Lazarus’ paintings on wooden panel explore iconography and abstraction through the use of a lexicon of images, developed by the artist over the years, that features stylized versions of snakes, faces, hands, and swords, among others. Lazarus has had solo exhibitions at Sister Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Feature, Inc. (New York, NY), Mark Foxx, (Los Angeles, CA) and Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, NY).
In 2010 he was featured in group exhibitions at the Tang Museum (Saratoga Springs, New York), and the Parrish Art Museum (Southhampton, NY). His work has been reviewed in The Los Angeles Times, ArtNEWS, Art in America, The New York Times, and on Artforum.com.