Dreaming of One and Two

Opening Reception            Thursday June 4 from 5 - 8           


716 NW Davis

Portland, OR 97209

Hours: Tuesday–Friday 11:00–5:30,Saturday 11:00–5:00 and by appointment(503) 546-5056

Show Statement:

Dreaming of One and Two

Body like a mountain;

Breath like the wind;

Mind like the sky.[1]


These paintings and works on paper treat the simple subject of One and Two. The driving motivation in all of the works has been to allow simple forms to rest naturally as they are, just as a low rise in the landscape sits there with its weight and presence. The land’s lift and its gravity present themselves simultaneously and frankly.

For example: we went to the desert, and from our campsite I could see a cinder cone in the middle distance and a butte on the wide horizon. They were separated by about ten miles, and the cinder cone was a few miles from our tent. The tension between the two hills has kept me busy for four years.

This visual tension between the two hills shares certain characteristics with the Chinese character for two, which I have encountered in the practice of Chinese calligraphy. Once I opened that up, the subject expanded to include other binary tensions, both visual and ontological. Being and nonbeing; hard and easy; long and short; high and low, before and after, near and far. All of these arise together, shape each other, depend on each other. This is old Daoist understanding[2]. Even the ink and paper of Chinese painting is involved with this.

Also included are seven prints from objects discarded from the process of building houses or furniture: wood from the scrap bin, concrete rubble. These prints give voice, you could say, to objects otherwise overlooked. The ones I find most arresting seem to share with certain landforms the gravitas and presence referred to above. In their candid solidity there is also a transparency, an absence. On occasion I’ve met people who have this quality. Like a rock; like a feather.


[1] Lama Ken McLeod. Wake Up to Your Life. New York; Harper Collins, 2001. P. 58

[2] Lao Tzu, Zhou dynasty philosopher (5th c. BCE), author of the Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) chapter 2; countless translations in English available. See especially the one by Ursula LeGuin. Tao Te Ching: the Book about the Way and the Power of the Way. Shambhala; Boston, 2009.

also in June:

Paintings by Margy LaVelle & Jef Gunn 

Debut Exhibition of the i.e. gallery!

i.e. gallery

5800 Cains Ct.

Edison, Washington

 Yes, the Edison Eye Gallery has just closed. And in its place, the i.e. gallery will rise up to be another locus of culture in the Skagit Flats area of Washington State. North of here the Chuckanut Drive will take you through breathtaking views of mountain and water to Bellingham. South of Edison is La Conner, home of the Museum of Northwest Art and for many years the home of one of my dearest art heroes and friends, Guy Anderson. Guy passed away at 96 (I think), before the digital age and the 21st century. West of here, catch the ferry in Anacortes to the San Juan Islands.

The Edison Eye has been for many years a meeting place for culture and insight. And Dave Kane ( ) and Margy Lavelle ( are reopening the space where the Edison Eye was. Thus begins a new and bright future for art in the rural Northwest.

To find it follow I-5 north out of Mt. Vernon and soon take a left onto hwy 11 to Chuckanut Drive; after a few miles of farmland, turn left on Bow Hill Road. Wander westward through the Skagit flats until you wake up in the sleepy little town of Edison. It’s toward the far end of town, after the only turn. The opening is on Sunday, June 14 from 1 - 5 PM, and I plan to be there.

NEW NOTE: The opening was an exciting time, seeing old friends from long ago, and meeting many new friends. People came down from Bellingham and up from Seattle. Two from San Francisco. The cafe next door - Tweets - has maybe the best breakfast ever. And nearby, the taco stand - Mariposa - has the best tacos and other Mexican fair.