Launch Pad Gallery: Featuring the work of local emerging artists.

Patterns of Transition

New Prints by Mark Perry
Fabric Installation by Jennifer Gleach


Big thanks to everyone who made the opening such a nice evening! Visit again soon for photos, and be sure to check out the great musicians who played for us:Dusty Santamaria, Daniel Menasche, DJ POCKET


MARK PERRY

Mark PerryMark Perry‘s meditative monochromatic prints involve a large etching overlaid repeatedly with 6 x 6 inch collagraphic plates to form a 24 x 36 inch grid; Perry individually prints each instance of the collagraph, slowly finding a unique rhythm in each print. His series of 18 prints- all uniform in size and hung in a contiguous band along the long wall of the gallery- tell a story of meditation, labor and discovery.

This show builds on a larger body of work dealing with fate and the way that life can change all at once in just one moment; Perry has been adding to this series for the past two years and currently has over 200 6 x 6 inch plates that he regularly references in his work.

JENNIFER GLEACH

Jennifer GleachJennifer Gleach‘s work for this show consists of 20 large fabric and mixed media collages that hang from the ceiling, creating a cascading series of panels that populate and define the space of the gallery. The artist has moved 20 times since she settled in Portland in 1988, and each panel represents the events in her life during her time at each residence.

Entirely constructed from fabric and objects that she has scavenged, Gleach thinks of the panels as large pages of a sketchbook- maps of events/casts of characters that have populated her life. She uses different types of fabric to represent death, heartbreak and other major life events, and strives to identify and reflect the patterns that have emerged over the past 20 years of living and making art in Portland.

See some of Jennifer Gleach’s other work here

About Dusty Santamaria

Influences:
Love, lust, longing, sweet absent wounds in a parchment moon, midnight wine, autumn time, shattered glass, vintage pornography, our collection of bones, Halloween masks, the knife fight in “The Harder They Come”, swimming naked in the north fork of the Santiam River, wild flowers, rattlesnake skin, monster movie posters, Hazel Hall’s ghost, la luna llena, trains, train yards, train wrecks, smiles, Indian cemeteries, dancing, primitive living, the Multnomah County library system, murder ballads, insects, severed hands, prizefighters turned blues singers, graffiti, church organs, vinyl records, poets & other musicians that we like.

Dusty was joined by Sonja Myklebust of the Portland Cello Project and the Rostropobitches, and all-women vocal and cello quartet.
Hear some of Dusty’s music here
Hear some of Sonja’s music here

About Daniel Menasche

Daniel Menasche is a published author of fiction and secret rock star whose music jumps and wiggles all over the stage and spills on his shirt. He was known for nasty boogie in the nineties, but has been housebound for years, telling stories to himself and his descendants. N’awlins mud-pie funk played on dinosaur-bone organ and stomping foot! Do not feed him after midnight.


About DJ POCKET

DJ Pocket is an eclectic selector, sweaty dancer, amateur musicologist and librarianist, frequently digging up rare musical gems from the dusty shelves of the Multnomah County Library system and delivering them to your waiting hungry eardrums. Pocket has played many times at Launch Pad over the past three years, occasionally turning out new volumes of ‘Librarities’, his series of mix CD’s compiled of music available at the library.

Selected Pieces

click thumbnail for a full-size view.

emailable card
emailable card
Jennifer Gleach
Jennifer Gleach
Mark Perry
Mark Perry
Mark Perry
Mark Perry
Mark Perry
Mark Perry
Mark Perry
Mark Perry