Pat Boas exhibits "Cipher" at the Governor's Office through January 12
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:00am
Pat Boas exhibits "Cipher" at the Governor's Office through January 12

School of Art + Design Director Pat Boas exhibits "Cipher" in the Governor's office at the Capitol Building in Salem from November 22-January 12, 2017.

Oregon Governor's Office
900 Court St NE, Rm. 250
Salem, OR 97301

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Boas uses form, movement, and sound-sense of words as maps for abstraction. Her paintings and works on paper distort the code of written language to the point where the viewer might glimpse, but not grasp, an implied meaning. Beginning with common stencil letters or the shapes between letterforms, the pieces develop into characters that are not easily deciphered, like logos too complicated to achieve the usual aim of instant recognition. The artist explains, "I want to confuse the acts of reading and looking, writing and drawing, jostling them with the noise of color and form."

Boas' work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, PDX Contemporary and Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland; the Art Gym at Marylhurst University; the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem; the Center for Contemporary Art in Sante Fe, New Mexico; the Boise Art Museum; the Salt Lake Art Center; the Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming; the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Her work was recently featured in the 2016 Portland Biennial. She is the recipient of numerous honors, fellowships, grants and residencies, including from the Bonnie Bronson Fund, Caldera Arts Foundation, the Ford Family Foundation, Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Oregon College of Arts and Craft, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Portland Art Museum and Oregon's Regional Arts and Culture Council. Reviews of Boas' work have appeared in Art in America and Art Papers and she has written articles and exhibition reviews for Art Papers, artUS and Artweek. Represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, Boas is an associate professor and director of the School of Art + Design at Portland State University.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the State Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and then are selected by the Arts Commission with the partcipation of the Governor's Office. Only professional, living Oregon artists are considered and an exhibit in the Governor's Office is considered a "once in a lifetime" honor. Artists whose work has previously been shown in the Governor's Office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.