A photographic portrait of a textile sculpture of a woman, seen from the waist up. Her face is made from two collaged panels of fabric, and she is wearing a yellow shirt with a large collar. She is lit dramatically by gray-pink light and casts a cartoonish shadow behind her.

Bean Gilsdorf: Some Women

“Some Women” is solo show of new photographs by artist Bean Gilsdorf at Nine Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The exhibition opens on Friday, July 8, 2022 and closes on July 30, 2022. Nine Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday, 12–5 PM, and located inside Blue Sky Gallery/Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 122 NW 8th Avenue, Portland. Note: Blue Sky requires proof of vaccination and masks to visit the gallery.

In a gallery space, a number of colorful art pieces hang on white walls—the largest, center frame, being a square quilted grid of smaller squares of color.

thank you, black materials

thank you, black materials swirls in gratitude for the lifeworlds of Black material life as expressed within works by six contemporary Oregon-connected artists of African descent.

Two figures lying on the floor are tangled, limbs intertwined, and knit together using a number of soft textured and multi-patterned fabrics.

Maria A. Guzmán Capron: Celaje

Through a combination of hand-sewn textiles and paints, Capron joins together an array of patterns and striking colors to fashion bodily forms. Merging figuration with abstraction, these works explore cultural hybridity, pride, and the competing desires to assimilate and to be seen. 

Vivid painting of two figures, saturated with deep reds, earthy yellows, purples, greens, and blues. The figures lean over a "body" on an operating table and methodologically tend to its organs, which are made of various fruits, including strawberries, bananas, and raspberries

Summer Wheat: Anything Can Happen

Known for their tactility and texture, Wheat’s materials take on the form of both painting and sculpture, and borrow from the rich, and often gendered, history of fibers and textiles.

A close up photograph of a multi colored woven object. Equally sized strips of shiny, colorful plastic create a grid of squares that glisten in the light. Each strip appears to be from plastic packaging materials, with colors ranging from yellow to blue and turquoise.

Carol Anne McChrystal: Entropical Latitudes

Informed by life in diaspora, these sculptures are influenced by time spent in familial homelands studying ancestral handicrafts, and in witnessing how these cultural practices are threatened by globalized industry. Referencing emergency shelters and home wares, each of the works play on the tension created when a functional object becomes functionless.

The artist name, "Amy Bay," the title of the show, "Blush," and its dates, "March 6th to April 10th, 2021" in a thin, white, handwritten typeface against a bold red background.

Amy Bay: Blush

Her floral compositions are frequently described as “lush,” and with good reason: the oil, wax, graphite, and marble-dust flowers are bunched so densely that there isn’t a center or single focal point.

The text "24 HOURS" in red is stitched into a quilt using fabric and thread, with black and yellow lines protruding to the left, imitating a neon sign. All displayed in reclaimed oak frame.

Other Environments

Gifts from friends, objects collected while traveling, and family heirlooms infuse each piece with narrative, history and a quiet sense of familiarity.