Implicit Ambiguities: Paintings & Drawings by Clint Brown

presented by: Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA)

Starts:Friday, June 01, 2018  11:00 AMEnds:Sunday, July 01, 2018  6:00 PM



Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive
Newport, OR 97365 

Directions: Google Maps and other online mapping programs can have a problem directing you to the VAC. Here are the easiest directions to follow: heading north or south on Hwy. 101, turn west on NW 3rd St. Proceed straight down the hill. At the second stop sign, turn right. One short block later, turn left under Nye Beach archway. Proceed straight to Nye Beach turnaround and parking lot. The VAC is the large blue and gray building off the turnaround. To director offices and upper parking lot: turn west of Hwy. 101 at NW 3rd St. Head down hill. At second stop sign, continue straight 1.5 blocks, with the Sylvia Beach Hotel remaining on your left. The VAC administrative offices can be accessed through the smaller, upper parking lot.

Event Description:

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Implicit Ambiguities,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Clint Brown, from June 1 to July 1 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Brown’s exhibit will include oil paintings from his “Implicit Ambiguities” series along with drawings from his “Studies in Sanguine” series. The paintings and drawing were developed to be exhibited simultaneously and are the culmination of at least 10 years work. A First Friday opening reception will be held on Friday, June 1, 5-7pm, with a formal artist talk starting at 5:45pm.

“Implicit Ambiguities” will include eight large-scale oil paintings of domestic settings along with 12 charcoal and conte’ crayon drawings of sensuous figures on hand-toned paper. 

“My compositions in the ‘Implicit Ambiguities’ series are quite formal,” Brown says. “The geometric shapes, suggestive of domestic interiors, are deliberately compressed, like a shadow stage setting, and the figures are shown like actors in a stop-action domestic drama. They are physically implicit, but what is exactly happening remains ambiguous. It is a narrative the viewer has to complete. The dog and cat are domestic symbols but also compositional elements that activate the space as well as add tension to that which exists between the figures.”

In the drawings for his “Studies in Sanguine” series, Brown integrates formal and humanistic concerns and to visually address conflicts between “nude” and “naked.” 

“This is very much a part of the larger current debate on the walls of art galleries between modern and post-modern—and in the halls of government between conservative and liberal. I believe that all art is political and subversive—even abstract art—and every nude is potentially seductive and disruptive.”

Clint Brown is professor emeritus of art at Oregon State University, where he taught drawing, painting and sculpture for 33 years. He is the author of Drawing from Life, a college drawing textbook that is in its third edition and has been translated into Chinese, and editor of a book of quotations, Artist to Artist: Inspiration and Advice from Artists Past and Present. Brown’s work has spanned a variety of media and has been shown in galleries, museums and other venues in the United States and abroad. His work is in the collections of the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts (Portland Art Museum), the Seattle Art Museum and Washing State University, among many others. Brown is currently a member of Blackfish Gallery in Portland. 

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The Runyan Gallery is open Tues.-Sunday, 11am to 6pm.


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