It’s Always Dusty Because Everything is Falling Apart

Sylvania North View Gallery

Bruce Conkle Summer Residency at the North View Gallery

Painting of blue tree trunk cut in half revealing pink and yellow tree rings; gold leaf background; a black curved rod or stick is behind the tree, also cut in two pieces.

Primal Foundations, 2018, oil, metal leaf, diamonds on panel, 24″ x 18.5″

Portland based visual artist Bruce Conkle will be in residency in the North View Gallery during the summer months, creating artworks which continue his investigation into the mythology of and human interaction with the natural environment. Conkle will be using the space as an open lab, inviting viewers to witness the process and evolution of two-dimensional, sculptural and kinetic works. Please drop in over the summer to check on the artist’s progress. The project will culminate in September with an opening party and closing reception: Please see the project timeline below:

  • Mid-July to Mid-September: Artist is in residence in the Gallery
  • Friday, September 7: Completed project opens
  • Friday, September 14: Opening party, 6-8pm
  • Thursday, September 27: Closing reception 2-4pm

Bruce Conkle declares an affinity for mysterious natural phenomenon such as snow, fire, rainbows, crystals, volcanoes, tree burls, and meteorites. He examines contemporary attitudes toward the environment, including deforestation, climate change, and extinction. Conkle’s work often deals with man’s place within nature, and frequently examines what he calls the “misfit quotient” at the crossroads. His work has shown around the world, including Reykjavik, Ulaanbaatar, Rio De Janeiro, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle, and Portland. Recent projects include public art commissions for the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet/MAX Light Rail, and Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union Public Art + Residency. In 2011 Bruce received a Hallie Ford Fellowship and in 2010 and an Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship. His 2012 show Tree Clouds and 2016 project Surface Glitch were both awarded project grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council.