June 2010

Languish watercolor

Scott C Johnson, Allyn Cantor
and Rand Dufka

North Coast Connection

Jun 2, 2010 – Jun 27, 2010

North CoastConnection explores the work of three artists who live or have lived on the North Coast of Oregon. Influenced by the atmosphere and landscape of Oregon’s Coastline, Scott Johnson, Allyn Cantor, and Rand Dufka create artworks that are infused with the subtle and earthy experiences of a coastal dweller. The visceral qualities of the natural world are seen in the abstraction of a wave, the veil of mist or the silhouette of a rolling hillside. The powerful qualities intrinsic to Oregon’s coastal region are made visual through three artists’ lenses, individually reflected by different styles and ranges of media.

Waterstone member Scott C. Johnson’s paintings hint at an unseen landscape beyond the one we see, alluding to a dream world. Working mostly in watercolor, Scott developed soft washes of the Japanese tradition to create sensual skies and luminous backgrounds that are complemented by the intricate line-work of trees and grasses. Johnson’s atmospheric paintings are built up through transparent layers to achieve a surface depth more often found in oil painting. Johnson’s invented landscapes reference the meditational techniques he studies, as the act of painting becomes the recording of a process. These intimate paintings evoke an emotional trance-like state, rather than representing a specific reality.

Allyn Cantor is a mixed media artist who has worked with painting, drawing, found objects, resin and fiber. Her most recent pieces are fabric-based works that combine dyed, painted, printed and found fabrics into sewn and embroidered assemblages. These works are characterized by rough fabric edges, the fluidity of loose threads and the mark making of hand and machine stitching – creating an interaction between gesture and geometry. Many of the fluid lines she conveys reference patterns of water left behind in the sand after a tide has receded, while the topography of surface textures echo varying perspectives and shifting views.

Rand Dufka brings together individual treasures of beach wood, stone, and feathers gleaned from local beaches and combines them with pit and electric fired ceramics to create unique sculptural assemblages. At a young age Rand began cleaning local clay for raku pieces he fired with his mother. He has since merged his skills as a potter of utilitarian pieces with an expressive use of local materials to create shrine like sculptures of distinctive designs that range from small and charming to large scale architectural work. An avid waterman, Rand brings the elements of wind, wave, and swell into play as his finished pieces seem to defy gravity and swirl from moorings while maintaining a center of balance and stability.