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Vince Skelly: New Works

February 12, 2021 - March 13, 2021

Numerous carved wooden sculptures displayed in a room with wooden floors and white walls, some seeming to be functional (e.g. a chair, a bench) and others seeming to take on abstract forms, including one vertical, rectangular piece displayed on a stand with jagged, irregularly spaced edges cut into it. Most of the pieces have flat faces and 90 degree edges and seem to be cut from similar wood.
Adams and Ollman is pleased to announce two solo exhibitions: New Works by Vince Skelly and Overlook by Mariel Capanna, both opening on February 12 and on view through March 13.
Vince Skelly (b. 1987, Claremont, California;  lives and works in Portland, OR) creates carved wooden sculptures, both formal and functional. Using wood from a variety of trees native to the Pacific Northwest in addition to American chestnut and eucalyptus, Skelly works reductively to shape each stool, chair, or abstract form from a single block. Following grain, patterns, knots, and other irregularities inherent to the material, Skelly highlights simple and essential abstract shapes informed by intrinsic characteristics of the material. The sculptures are inspired by various traditions of wood carving—which is one of the oldest artforms—as well as by a history of objects that extends back to megalithic dolmens, ancient figurines, the sculptures of Brancusi, and paintings of Phillip Guston. With a chainsaw and traditional hand tools, Skelly slowly reveals biomorphic volumes, off-kilter angles, and carved portals within his glyph-like forms, each bearing their own spirit, rhythm and personality.
Skelly received his BA from San Francisco State University. This is the artist’s debut solo exhibition.



February 12, 2021
March 13, 2021
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Adams and Ollman


Wheelchair accessible, Service Animals allowed
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Gallery, Visual Art
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Portland, OR 97209 United States
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