We would like to thank everyone who made the start of Orth Contemporary such an incredible experience. We invite all to come celebrate the holiday season with us on 12.08.17 from 5:00 - 8:00 pm.   Participating Artists: Molly Dilworth                        Kate Petley Western Doughty                  Danica Phelps Rosemarie Fiore                   Tabitha Soren Jimi Gleason                         Eric Sall Henry Jackson                      Tara Thacker Kim Keever
Eric Sall / Turn of a Slip   October 20th, 2017 - November 30th, 2017. //   Eric Sall's paintings embody fluid gesture, emblematic shape, and eccentric pattern to create abstract canvases that are seemingly familiar yet distinctly individual. Ranging from the intimate to the monumental, Sall's signature, sophisticated approach employs an open characteristic throughout.    Combining geometric shapes with gestural abstraction, pattern, and movement, Sall’s paintings are impactful and always interesting.  The work does not give you all its got at first glance.  Meaning emerges through use of clever titles that parallel the imagery, from canvas to canvas and from past to present.   Eric Sall received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Sall is the recipient of an Art in Architecture commission from the General Services Administration, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a Virginia Museum of Fine Art Fellowship, and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. Eric is currently residing in Tulsa, OK, as a fellow of The Tulsa Artist Fellowship, a program of the George Kaiser Family Foundation.  
The Gratitude Project by Danica Phelps September 8th, 2017 - October 13th, 2017 //   Danica Phelps was inspired to create The Gratitude Project after listening to stories on NPR about refugees leaving their homes with nothing after suffering indescribable trauma in war torn countries.  She wanted to try to do something to help not only refugees but other people in need of assistance due to their specific circumstance    The process began with the creation of 41 drawings of simple and modest things in Danica’s life that she was thankful for.  The drawings created were then auctioned on Facebook. Each drawing chosen was paired with a different organization working to make the world a better place.  The price was set by the winning bid, after which, anyone could purchase a generation of the drawing at that price.  The purchaser received the drawing when Danica received the check made out to the specified organization.  The resulting diptychs contain the final generation of the original drawing, paired with a new drawing of the work that the chosen organization does to help bring positive change and growth.    The Gratitude Project has traveled to numerous venues both Nationally and Internationally. It will now come to Orth Contemporary.  10% of the profit from each of the pieces sold will be donated to the organization that the drawing illustrates. We hope this exhibit will keep the dialogue alive about how art can help make a positive global impact.
Tara Thacker July 30th, 2017 - August 18th 2017 //   Throughout time, utilitarian tools and nature have been used by people to prosper.  For sculptor, Tara Thacker, these elements have abstract aesthetic appeal.  Dissecting each component, Thacker focuses on the linearity of the overall form and its basic parts.  It is the underlying fluidity of these elements that Tara emphasizes and recreates as elegant works of art.    Highly tactile and monochromatic, repetition is central to the process. The works begin with a single component which serves as architectural building blocks that are then combined in various ways to discover how they interact visually. Thousands of porcelain parts are tied and woven together to create ambiguous surfaces and landscapes.    Most recently, Thacker has taken her sculptural work as a reference to create two- dimensional pieces.  The shadows cast from the sculptures are captured through photography and made into inkjet prints.  In this way, the idea of linearity is punctuated yet retains the elegance of form.  These prints are enhanced in size, further emphasizing the notion of elegance in simplistic abstract shapes.  A dialogue to the three-dimensional work that retains a quiet appeal.    Thacker received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle and has had numerous shows throughout the US.
Henry Jackson  May 12th, 2017 - July 16th, 2017 //   In Jackson’s work, there is a strong lineage to artists who have embraced the figure in their work, relying on its significance to communicate experience. Jackson has taken this shared tradition to a compelling level, conveying a complexity of contemporary humanity in it’s ever-changing state.     In Jackson’s youth, storytelling played a significant role, stemming from local folklore passed down to him about his Pacific Island ancestry. It is within the influence of these compelling myths that Jackson harnessed the power of visual storytelling; the ability to reach a deeper reality. Jackson approaches his painting process instinctively, allowing for an unrestricted and less confined outcome. This practice allows him to trust his artistic approach, freeing the work to become more universal and less personal.   By abstracting of the form, the figure is continued in an evolutionary way, departing from the obvious subjective body to a more inner focused reflection. Through color and shape, there is often an energetic physical appeal, a climax to a higher state of awareness. Jackson says his personal struggles growing up as a gay man, allowed him to appreciate the hidden freedom abstraction permits; this slow reveal to better comprehend complexity. It is within this camouflage that Jackson is provided with the ability to convey the power of complex existence.   Jackson’s skill as a natural storyteller enables his paintings to reach deep into the soul, touching upon what connects us on a primitive level; a sensation of something that is universally identifiable. The figure acts as a catalyst for personal exploration, speaking to the viewer’s sense of self and our awareness of what unifies us.