PDX CONTEMPORARY ART presents Ma’at Mons, an exhibition of bold new works by Storm Tharp that rise as mountains of unfaltering color.
Grown from a desire for glorious change, both in reaction to our present moment of seismic political unrest and in terms of his own studio practice, Tharp’s work expresses an urgent yearning for a new chemistry in the studio and for more goodness and truth in our world.
The large-scale monotypes that make up the exhibition are richly saturated, experimental in method and symbolic in vision. Like hovering natural monuments, Tharp’s images represent a refuge from our present grim circumstances—a Shangri-la in the mountains—an oasis on the horizon.
Storm Tharp's work was featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in an important solo exhibition at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University. He was also the recipient of a Hallie Ford Fellowship, a Career Opportunity Grant and an Individual Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a Golden Spot Invitation to make prints at Crow's Shadow Institute, and has participated as a Visiting Artist at Anderson Ranch.
He has exhibited widely, having mounted solo exhibitions at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Galerie Bertrand (Geneva), Feldbuschweisner (Berlin), Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (New York, NY), and he has also participated in numerous two-person and group exhibitions at venues including CANADA (New York, NY), Saatchi Gallery (London), Ochi Gallery (Ketchum, ID), James Harris Gallery (Seattle, WA), The Cooley Gallery at Reed College (Portland, OR), Disjecta (Portland, OR), and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (Portland, OR).
His work is held in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY), the Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH), the Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego, CA), the Portland Art Museum (Portland, OR), and the Saatchi Gallery (London).