Maria T.D. Inocencio and Mark R. Smith: Jacqueline Rose Gallery
Maria T.D. Inocencio and Mark R. Smith
Loss of Material Evidence
Jacqueline Rose Gallery
(located inside the Canopy by Hilton)
425 NW 9th Ave
Portland, OR 9720
The Elizabeth Leach Gallery in collaboration with the Canopy Hotel’s Jacqueline Rose Gallery is pleased to present Loss of Material Evidence, a selection of artworks by Maria T.D. Inocencio and Mark R. Smith from their recent major exhibition of the same title in late 2018 at the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis and Clark College. The Jacqueline Rose Gallery features artists in the Canopy Hotel collection who are expanding the traditional narratives surrounding their art practice and process.
The works in Loss of Material Evidence take on one of art’s highest callings: to make visible the unspeakable, in this case, an exploration of grief and remembrance. Loss of Material Evidence comprises work resulting from an ongoing conversation between collaborators and life partners, Inocencio and Smith, about the aging and passing of their parents. Through new work, some works made collaboratively and others made by the individual artists, Inocencio and Smith investigate the dispersion and disposal of material possessions from their family homes. The exhibition examines topics such as loss, remembrance, legacy, the passage of time and the making of art as a means to process grief through abstract visual language. Engaging studio practices that heavily emphasize method, repetition and accumulation, Inocencio and Smith imagine the gallery to be a meditative space where viewers can project their own experiences into the art.
Maria T.D. Inocencio received her BFA from The Cooper Union (New York, NY). She has exhibited at The Drawing Center (New York, NY), Archer Gallery at Clark College (Vancouver, WA), the Northview Gallery at Portland Community College (Portland, OR) and the Art Gym at Marylhurst College (Lake Oswego, OR). Inocencio was included in The Oregon Biennial in 1999 and she has received awards from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Penny McCall Foundation, the New York Foundation for the Arts and RACC: Regional Arts and Culture Council.
Mark R. Smith received his BFA from The Cooper Union (New York, NY) and his MFA from Portland State University (Portland, OR). He has had solo exhibitions at the Office of the Governor (Salem, OR), Northview Gallery at Portland Community College (Portland, OR), Gallery Hlemmur (Reykjavik, Iceland) and the Art Gym at Marylhurst College (Lake Oswego, OR). Smith was included in The Oregon Biennial three times, and received the curator’s award in 1995 and 2001. He has also received many public commissions, including projects with Trimet, Providence Hospital and the Port of Portland (all Portland, OR). Smith’s work is included in a number of public and private collections, including the American Embassy (Accra, Ghana), CityArts Inc. (New York, NY), King County Public Art Collection (Seattle, WA), Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR) and Nike Inc. (Beaverton, OR).