Reverse Engineered is currently showing at Hellion Gallery in Portland Oregon is a lineup of amazing artists, their names follow: AJ Fosik, Souther Salazar, JShea, Troy Coulterman, Michael Alm and Yoskay Yamamoto. Put together with the intent of show casing a group of installation artists, the artists are as talented as they are different, from AJ Fosik’s in your face emotional dynamism to Michael’s naturalistic woodwork to JShea’s oddly quieting meditations on the human condition. If you’re in Portland check it out! Otherwise, take a look here:
What is going on in the world of JShea? With legs that are too long and heads that are too small Joe’s sculptures are something out of fairy tale, but they strike an uncannily normal cord in their content. They are human, if in their activities more than anything else, showing easily how even the most distorted of us can share all of the pleasures, desires and sorrows as the rest. Pensive and humbling, I want more.
This is one of the most colorfully frugal pieces I have seen from AJ Fosik but it was no less impressive. His work has been focused on mythology and human nature, external elements and ideas but of late he has been opening up his pieces and showing the inside, quite specifically the heart. I hope this trend continues, I want to see what AJ says about what is inside us.
If there was a part of this show that John Muir would love, that part belongs to Michael Alm. His wings make me lust to have a pair and there is something so natural and animalistic, but in a simple manner, not violent, about his work. There was no set of pieces I wanted to touch more in the show, maybe that is the most important part of nature itself, that it calls to us, wanting to be felt, to be experienced as fully as possible.
What goes on in the mind of Troy Coulterman? The color, the shapes, the emotion of the woman, standing there encased in some amorphous blob of perfectly browned marshmallow. What is the odd worm-thought coming out of one eye and going back into another? Troy’s work is definitely the most ethereal of the group, and for that reason it has an entrancing quality that defies immediate interpretation, possibly it defies any interpretation at all? In many ways that is what makes it special.