Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Exhibition Details

Michelle Ross
The Empty-Full

New paintings

Hinged Upon

oil, Flashe, spray paint, canvas, plasticized canvas, chalk, graphite on pa
68 x 62 inches
Slipping Slope

Slipping Slope

oil and graphite on panel
12.5 x 10 inches

Chicken Little

oil, spray paint and graphite on panel
15 x 12 inches

We Wake Up

magazine paper, spray paint, oil, digital print on polyester, graphite
12.5 x 10 inches

Curtain Call

oil, spray paint, graphite, cut tacks on panel
15 x 12 inches

Lamplight Surprise

magazine paper, spray paint, oil, graphite on panel
13 x 10 inches

Slippery Silver Linings

magazine paper, flashe, oil, spray paint, graphite and traces of fabric on
13 x 10 inches

Slippery Slope (pink moon)

flashe, oil, spray paint and graphite on panel
15 x 12 inches

(Not) My Circus

oil, spray paint, brass tacks and traces of fabric on panel
15 x 12 inches

Turtle Island

oil, spray paint, chalk, graphite on linen
24 x 24 inches

The Symbolic Order

oil, chalk, graphite on recycled drop cloth
24 x 24 inches

Definition on Blue

oil, spray paint, graphite, chalk on linen
24 x 24 inches

Hook, Line and Sinker

oil and chalk on recycled drop cloth
24 x 24 inches

Full Frontal

oil, spray paint, chalk, graphite on canvas
24 x 24 inches

The Empty-Full by Michelle Ross includes new paintings that explore compositional geometries and materiality. Inspired by the 1960s writings of Lygia Clark, Ross ponders concepts of social transformation, human invention and expression, and their connections to modernist forms.

Ross’ use of materials and formal compositional investigations reflect her intellectual pursuits. Surface tensions and abstract geometric shapes energetically activate the space inside the paintings through her use of thickly layered viscous paint, traces of fabric, magazine paper, spray painted shapes, and graphite markings.

Evocative titles like We Wake Up, Slipping Slope, and Slippery Silver Linings reference the artist’s interest in activation and transformation. Ross adds unexpected interventions to the series including pops of color and textured layers of paint, which further convey the artist’s exuberant dedication to experimentation and discovery.

Ross received her BFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR) and her MFA from Washington State University (Pullman, WA). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. In 2012, Ross was named a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts. Her work is held by a number of collections including the Rhode Island School of Design Special Collections (Providence, RI), Willamette University (Salem, OR) and the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR). In 2011 she received and participated in the Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.


Elizabeth Leach Gallery
417 N.W. 9th Avenue Portland, OR 97209 503.224.0521

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