Lord Have Mercy
New works on paper by your friendly neighborhood artist David SteinMarch 7th - 31st, 2008
Big thanks to DJ B. HILL and John from Seattle- you guys totally rocked it and you know it! I’ve never received as many compliments for the music in two years…. if you see these guys listed to play out, then go- apparently, B. HILL plays at the Goodfoot sometimes, though that may just be a vicious rumor.
So many new faces in the gallery for the opening, and much wonderful art. If you didn’t make it to the opening, we forgive you, but if you didn’t come see this show, you won’t forgive yourself- the art may remain in the world, but murals at Launch Pad have a short and sweet life, and they are GONE!!! (thanks to David Stein, Jadene and Jennifer for painting it all out)
Photos of the opening can be found HERE. Please join up with us on FLICKR and help spread our art tentacles our into the universe!!
About the Show
“Lord Have Mercy” is a new series of work on paper by Portland-based artist David Stein. With detailed ink and watercolor illustrations, Stein leads the viewers through scenes of unusual fairy tales, introducing odd characters and bizarre narratives. Stein warmly presents his subjects nestled within decorative oval borders, extending a fondness for each one to the viewer and creating a sort of timeless family album of the fantastical creatures, anthropomorphic animals and sometimes grotesque subjects characteristic of his work. Both beautiful and fascinating to look at, Stein’s work creates a tangible world of loveable freaks.
Stein is truly multi-talented, known for his work as co-owner and curator of Everett Station’s now-defunct Starling Gallery and as a co-producer of dance performances with his partner, choreographer Suniti Dernovsek. Stein’s imaginative and intricate paintings have been shown at galleries throughout Portland and his former home, Milwaukie, WI, as well as the prestigious Davidson Contemporary Gallery in Seattle, WA. His work has attracted the attention of both collectors and dealers, with a solo show of his oil paintings scheduled for October at the seminal Mark Woolley Gallery.
His newest series, “Lord Have Mercy” consists of works on paper utilizing watercolor and fine line ink drawing; working on paper gives these drawings an immediacy and freedom that contrasts with the labor evident in his oil paintings and offers insight into where the characters in the paintings are born. The reaction has been overwhelmingly positive even before the show, with examples of Stein’s new work prominently featured on the Juxtapoz website, one of the leading art magazines for young artists, designers and collectors . The majority of the work in “Lord Have Mercy” was produced this February during a month-long residency at the Caldera Arts Center in Sisters, OR, and will be installed in the gallery along with a mural that echoes the vignettes present in most of the work.