Richard Speer reviews "Of Other Spaces" (Willamette Week)

Emily Nachison, Deliquesce (detail), 2012
kilnformed glass, 10.25 x 17.5 x 12 inchesPhoto: M. Endo

“Deliquesce” is a fancy word for what happens to mushrooms when they rot and liquify. It’s the concept at the center of Michael Endo and Emily Nachison’s exhibition, of other spaces. Sculpting mushrooms and other fungi out of cast glass, Nachison uses installations such as the circular Portal to illustrate the cycle of life and death as each of 20 mushrooms grows, withers and melts into the soil. These images of organic decay are complemented by Endo’s images of urban decay. Using oil paint and kiln-formed glass, Endo depicts desolate cityscapes with burning tires and derelict houses. It’s a thought-provoking thematic pairing.

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March 8, 2012