Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

A God in the Hearth: A Visual Essay on Fire and Fossil Fuels

by David Carmack Lewis

Burn (Cascade Creek Fire, Mt. Adams, WA), 2013, oil on canvas, 114" x 48"

Friday, November 13, 2015 to Friday, January 8, 2016

The College and Gallery are closed for holidays on November 26 - 27; December 24 - 28; and January 1
Artsit Talk
Friday, November 13, 2015, 2-3pm, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building (MAHB) room 104, PCC Cascade Campus
Opening Reception in the Gallery:
Friday, November 13, 2015, 3-5pm
Gallery Hours:
9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday

Cascade Gallery presents oil paintings by David Carmack Lewis that explore our deep connections to fire and the impact of fossil fuels. Lewis paints burned landscapes and "portraits" of traditional fires, fireplaces, and the hidden fires of engines and power plants. In addition to this familiar subject matter, it is the rich colors, contrasting scale, skewed points-of-view and juxtapositions that push viewers to consider contradictions of the necessity of fire, our dependency on it, and its affects on the planet, especially in the American West.

"In it’s varied forms we simultaneously love fire and fear it. But all too often, at our peril, we take it for granted. To make matters worse the fires that fuel modern life are largely hidden. The hearth fire, once the center of our lives, has been locked away in a metal cage, sealed up like a genie in a bottle to grant our wishes. But as our hidden hearths blaze merrily away, the climate of the planet is changing as a direct result. Just because we don’t see the flames doesn’t mean the world isn’t burning."David Carmack Lewis

David Carmack Lewis studied illustration at Virginia Commonwealth University and then worked as a staff artist and freelance illustrator for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He also studied fine art and printmaking at Cardiff Metropolitan University in Wales. Lewis has been exhibiting his paintings since 1995 and in the Pacific Northwest for the past decade. He began this series of paintings in 2013 inspired by his time as an artist-in-resident at PLAYA in Eastern Oregon. Visit his website at www.davidcarmacklewis.com.

A God in the Hearth is a registered event with ARTCOP21, a global festival of cultural activity around climate change.

For more information about the exhibition or the gallery, please contact Elizabeth Bilyeu at 971-722-5326 or cascade.gallery@pcc.edu.

Cascade Gallery
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Portland, OR 97217

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