Richard Speer reviews "Hazy" (Willamette Week)

Mel George, Frame of Time (detail), 2012
kilnformed glass and steel, 18 x 216 x .75 (installed)

Australian artist Mel George uses kilnformed glass to guide viewers on a tour from the land down under to Istanbul to Venice, finally winding up right here in Portland. Inspired by the tiled mosaics she saw in Turkey and Italy, George created a mosaic of her own for Hazy, her thoughtful exhibition at Bullseye. The piece, Frame of Time, is made up of 366 small rectangles, one for each day of the year. The interior of each calendar entry is a different color, corresponding to the weather, mood, or activities of each day during the artist’s year of far-flung travels. The result is a virtuosic visual diary, chromatically and emotionally powerful. Other works in the show incorporate architectural elements, including a fond paean to Portland’s 11 bridges. Through Sept. 1.

Richard Speer

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July 20, 2012