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|Keri Oldham: Space for all Endings
Roger Winter: Collages: 1968-2012, Portraits: 2013
Eduardo Portillo: An Allegory of Humor
April 20th - May 25
Keri Oldham’s watercolor paintings explore film narratives, death, space and memory.
A confirmed cinephile, she states, “I’m interested in our intense connection to movies
and characters as a way of understanding our own place in reality.” In Space for all
Endings, the paintings attach various cinema-ending fonts taken from prominent films
to planetary constellations that travel through space. Oldham also explores the
connection between deep space and deep mind, as they maintain a similar visual
At the close of a film, the ‘FIN” creates a cohesive ending to a narrative in a way that
we seldom experience in our daily lives. Oldham states “My work is both a celebration
of film as well as an attempt to show how the stories we encounter are not ends in
themselves but passing titles in a larger reality.”
Originally from Dallas, Keri Oldham is a New York-based artist working in watercolor,
paper and video. Her work deals with issues of identity, religion, love and death
She was a 2011 Summer Central Trak resident and has received additional awards
including a 2010 New Media Fellowship with BRIC Arts in Brooklyn. Oldham is also
the founder of Field Projects, an artist-run project space in Chelsea.
In a painting, alone in a landscape a figure is walking away, back to the viewer. I am
hooked – I want to know who this person is and where the scene is taking place. It is
all strangely familiar; a sense of reckoning becoming a realization that whoever it
is in that nameless wherever, I face a similar journey. Such are the metaphysical
powers of the artist Roger Winter.
His labyrinthine marks of paint ultimately yield images via paths of resonant memory
and are particular expressions of Winter’s painterly means. Yet in another manifestation
of his creative reach they co-exist in a lifelong contemplation and involvement with
Now, in a trove of small, intimate portraits Winter has released a splendor of saturated
color celebrating the flatness and tactility of paper in nothing less than a jazzy,
Whitmanesque rill on the multiplicity of ‘we the people.’ The collages are based on
casual pencil drawings of the faces he sees on the streets and in the subways of his
adopted NYC. Winter takes his solitary walks there but he is not alone; we follow,
Based on conversations with Marty
Greenbaum, February, 2013
Roger Winter, born in Denison, Texas, currently lives and works in Santa Fe and New York.
He holds a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and a MFA from the University of
Iowa in Iowa City. He returned to Texas in 1961 where he taught drawing and
painting at Southern Methodist University for twenty six years. His works are included
in permanent collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of Art, the
Meadows Museum of Art, and the McNay Museum in San Antonio.
Experiencing the circus for the first time as a child became an unforgettable and
consequential memory in the mind of Eduardo Portillo, as evident in his exhibition
entitled “Allegory of Humor.” The feelings of mystery and nostalgia present at the
circus hypnotized Portillo, and in particular, he became enchanted by the
presence of the clown.
As Portillo grew older, a basic understanding of the circus at a young age transformed
into dissecting the layers involved in the circus and its characters. The artist states, “I
found myself in a similar position as the clown, peeling away my own layers, discovering
parts of myself which continue to allow me to create new and evolving installations.”
The circus bridged his past with the present, as he relived memories and later analyzed
them. Aside from a mode of self-discovery, Portillo hopes that the colossal, multi-
colored sculptures create a sense of awe and curiosity similar to the feelings evoked
in him when viewing the circus for the first time.
Born in El Salvador, Portillo arrived in the United States in 2003 to pursue his studies in Fine
Art at the University of Houston. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a
minor in Art History. He continues to live and work in Houston, Texas.