Off the wall

By KEN GREENLEAF  |  January 23, 2008

It was an inspired idea to put the work of these two artists in the same rooms. Bridges’s work reclaims techniques that were rooted in the history of people in that area for a thousand years, and were almost lost. Van Buren uses modern industrial materials and ideas rooted in jazz and art in the European tradition, with hints of Los Angeles. They react to their environment in very different but complementary ways.

Engaging significant works of art allows us to encounter the world the in the way that the artist sees it. Seeing these two artists together presents the opportunity look for what they share, rather than what separates them. It’s not an easy process, but it is well worth the effort.

"Only Connect" | works by Richard Van Buren and David Moses Bridges | through March 1 | Aucocisco Gallery, 613 Congress St, Portland | 207.775.2222

Ken Greenleaf can be reached atken.greenleaf@gmail.com.

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