Subjective, by Becca Bernstein and Gwenn Seemel

Gwenn Seemel and Becca Bernstein, winner of Portland Open Studios first Kimberly Gales Scholarship for Emerging Artists, have collaborated on an exhibition of portraits.

Below, Artist by Becca Bernstein

In this exhibition, Becca and Gwenn have painted themselves and each other, as well as their parents, partners, and other relations. Subjective consists of two views each of ten subjects: twenty paintings of loved ones immortalized once by a stranger and once by their kin. This series proves that there is much more to portraiture than mere imitation.

North View Gallery
Portland Community College Sylvania Campus
12000 SW 49th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219

Open: 7 January through 5 February 2010
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Reception: 13 January 2010, 12:30 to 2:30 PM

Read more about this exhibition:

The Oregonian – “They shared an ability to see their portrait models as more than just flesh and figure.” – Margie Boulé

Willamette Week – “It’s an intriguing concept.” – Richard Speer

Portland Mercury – “Their blind collaboration captures the subjectivity involved inportraiture, battling its reputation as a mere act of replication, alesser form of photography.” – Visual Arts Readers’ Pick

Jewish Review – “While portraiture is perhaps one of the most traditional art forms, Bernstein and Seemel’s concept and methods are intended for a contemporary audience who expect more than just a pretty face from art.” – Deborah Seldner

Hungry Eyeball – “The paintings are a tangible result of the relationship between the subject and the artist.” 

The Portlander – “In portraiture, the relationship between artist and subject changes everything. In Subjective, everything is relative.”

Subjective will also be traveling to the following venues:

March 2010 – Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, Oregon
April 2010 – Pence Gallery at Pinckney Center, COCC, Bend, Oregon
Spring 2011 – Edmonds Art Festival Museum Gallery, Edmonds, Washington

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