Linda Hodges Gallery is pleased to present Portland painter Michael T. Hensley in his third one-person exhibition. Hensley calls himself a “street artist.” A clear picture emerges of someone splashing graffiti all over Portland’s buildings. While that may have been true at one point in his career, Hensley interweaves the gritty feel of the street with color overlays, symbols, scratches, and mixed media onto rectangular panels and canvases.
The expressive possibilities are endless. If you were to blend Basquiat and Guston and Twombly, you might tune into Hensley’s largely abstract fields dotted with mark making, personal iconography, and at times cartoonish figures. He combines different materials and paints over older paintings, scraping back into them to reveal previous layers, colors, and images. Hensley seeks to experience his paintings, through a spontaneous, mysterious, and ultimately revealing process that percolates to the surface.
“Overall the works are feverish meditations on the relationship between high skill and lowbrow iconography, counterposing on accomplished, Brueghel-style fecundity against Zen-like remove.” Richard Speer, ARTnews, 10/5/2016
“I try not to hold back. It’s all about the junk fl Campaigns
oating around in my head. Your brain is constantly recording sights, sound, emotions, physiological stuff. . . . It’s a constantly evolving picture, so there’s plenty to choose from.” (interview)
Michael T. Hensley studied at Pacific NW College of Art and Portland State University. His work has been collected by the City of Seattle, City of Portland Portable Works Collections, Twitter Seattle, among others.
Seattle artist Polina Tereshina is a restless master of many mediums. Tereshina is exhibiting drawings, paintings, and wall sculpture in her second solo show at Linda Hodges Gallery before heading to New York City to pursue an MFA. Known for her provocative gender-bending figures, Tereshina continues to mine that vein, where the fluidity of identity is a key facet.
The figurative pieces represent short private moments of human interaction. Often humorous, single female figures—many self-portraits—pose center-stage, asking the viewer to take them as they are, despite having bloodied hands and beards. Cacti appear in many images, inspired by a recent trip to the Southwest and perhaps suggesting the prickly nature of human interactions.
Tereshina, born in Russia, came to Seattle in 2002. She received a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington and is pursuing an MFA at Hunter College.