Evertt Beidler at PSU's Autzen Gallery
2009 gallery shows in Portland
were full of new names serving everyone notice
that they are some major and newly evolved talents in town. Two that come to
mind are Eva
Speer at Charles Hartman
and PORT's own Ryan
Pierce at Elizabeth Leach
, both of whom debuted new works that balked the
economic doldrums, placing some impressive works for serious figures. Still
the biggest surprise debut this month is
Evertt Beidler at PSU's Autzen gallery
Beidler has lived in Portland on an off for several years and after finishing
his MFA in the Midwest has returned as a real force to watch. I liked his earlier
show at Gallery 500 years ago but this is a whole other animal.
His latest show, "I hope this finds you fearless in the wilderness,"
shows a lot of restraint with just one Kippenbergerish cruciform structure arrayed
in the center of the gallery with a few other articles hung up nearby the doorway
as if they were for the guests.
The cross like schematic belies Beidler's interest in locational signifiers
and each of the four wings of the crux sports a different absurdist object like
a foot or my favorite, a motorcycle helmet that looks like a boulder. As a helmet it is
a great precautionary measure for any traveler's head, especially if they have
no real idea where they are going. Or maybe it signifies a rock-like imperviousness
to new ideas?
In the center of the crux is an array of four sticks reaching for a microphone.
It feels like a series of ridiculous competing voices and a fitting and topical
monument to this moment in history's unease.
Though Beidler's influences like Kippenberger
Beuys and Louise Bourgeois are pretty obvious
this show's restraint and
broad interests in location, absurdism and competing ideologies with impressive
execution signals this is one artist to watch.
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