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Charlene Liu: Lattice

April 1, 2021 - May 29, 2021

Overlayed floral shapes, colored using rich, earthly reds, browns, yellows, and pinks, blurring the line between two- and three-dimensional.

Charlene Liu’s exhibition, Lattice, explores two aspects of her art practice: mark-making and image-making. Liu’s recent watercolors and unique woodcut prints are thematically connected by floral imagery and highlight the diverse considerations of medium specificity. The exhibition reveals the artist’s complementary approaches between the mindful deliberations of printmaking techniques and the observational immediacy of line seen in her plein air style paintings.

An array of vibrant green watercolor hues capture the lushness of wild gardens through enlivened puddled marks, while the jewel-toned graphic patterned woodblock layers harmoniously build optic effects through color and form. Liu’s title Lattice suggests structural components of her process and considerations of surface tension as she continues to expand visual possibilities through her polymorphous material skill.

Charlene Liu’s artwork combines watercolor painting, collage, pen and ink, mechanical processes and printmaking techniques. An Associate Professor and Printmaking Coordinator at the University of Oregon, Liu received her BA from Brandeis University in 1997 and her MFA from Columbia University in 2003. Solo exhibitions of her work have been held at Shaheen Modern & Contemporary Art (Cleveland, OH), Taylor De Cordoba Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Virgil de Voldere Gallery (New York, NY), Galleria Il Capricorno (Venice, Italy) and Andrea Rosen Gallery (New York, NY). Her work has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Flash Art International, and is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the New Museum (New York, NY) and the Progressive Art Collection (Cleveland, OH).


April 1, 2021
May 29, 2021
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Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
BIPOC artist(s), Women-owned, Women artist(s)
Event Type
Gallery, Visual Art
Pandemic Info
By Appointment


Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209 United States
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