Bullseye presents Carrie Iverson: Correspondence & April Surgent: Into the Surface

(left) Carrie Iverson, Residual (detail), 2011
stenciled cotton pulp on abaca base sheet, 11 x 8 inches (each)

(right) April Surgent, Into the Surface (detail), 2011
cameo-engraved glass, 54 x 168 inches (installed)

Portland, OR - In August, Bullseye Gallery presents two multimedia solo exhibitions featuring artists from the Pacific Northwest. Portland artist Carrie Iverson offers Correspondence, a series of print and glass installations exploring memory and language. Correspondence will be on view August 31 - November 19. Seattle artist April Surgent exhibits Into the Surface, a monumental multi-part work that was previously on view in her solo show at the Bellevue Arts Museum, Washington. Into the Surface will be on view August 31 - October 1.

“My father is a philosopher, and he is losing his ability to remember words,” says Iverson. Drawing from a well of personal experience, Iverson’s Correspondence investigates a breakdown between memory, language and objects. “As he describes it, He can visualize an object,” Iverson explains, “but can’t always remember its name.” In seven installations comprised of sculpture, handmade books, handmade paper, and delicate kilnformed works, Correspondence explores the myriad relationships that are created and severed between language and objects.

April Surgent has established herself by translating fleeting moments, captured through photography, into meticulously crafted, multi-part compositions. Using cameo-engraving, a technique traditionally seen at the scale of jewelry, Surgent’s monumental Into the Surface captures the bustle and melancholy of Seattle’s urban landscape. Composed from a fragmented montage of Surgent’s life, Into the Surface, spans fourteen feet and is Surgent’s most ambitious project to date.

August 11, 2011