Chris Haberman and Mario Robert
Archived: April 24th - May 26th, 2008
Pop meets folk art (with Basquiat overtones) in the art work of Portland’s prolific Chris Haberman. At its best, Haberman’s many-media (paint, glue, charcoal, ink pen, oil stick, lipstick) work on found everything (panels of discarded wood, trays, table tops) is a complex visual poem, meeting its subjects with a sometimes jaded, sometimes exuberant layered style invoking urban chaos, of a bright and not particularly apocalyptic sort.
Mario Robert lll is an artist from El Paso Texas and a fourth generation carpenter inspired by comic books, movies and ancient civilizations. Using the wood’s own grain and knots, he first develops the main idea of the painting. He then paints and sometimes carves the wood and is able to convert his simple materials into stunning art pieces. Each piece is an explosive colorful experience. Following the Mexican “Day of the Dead” folklore, he begins to add his new take on a very old tradition of storytelling and creating new tales without words.