Landmarks, Karen McAlister Shimoda
First Friday Reception
Upon moving to Portland from Missoula, Montana in 2015, McAlister Shimoda was “instantly, instinctively, drawn to the lush, voluminous coniferous forests, which shared with [her] a generative, unending universe of patterns, textures, surfaces, layers, folds, and recesses.” The delicate drawings, paintings and collages in Landmarks are fragmentary illustrations of her surroundings and subtle mappings of the metaphysical. In contemplative artist’s books, three-dimensional cubes and works on paper and panel, the artist both meticulously documents the micro and alternately layers and removes to reveal abstractions of the macro. For McAlister Shimoda, they comprise “an evolving archive of place, and the contingency of [her] being within it, […] an ethics of seeing and inhabiting the natural world.” This is McAlister Shimoda’s first solo show in Portland and features new work as well as selections from Field Notes, her 2016 solo show at the Missoula Art Museum.