The Real Voyage Of Discovery: Molly Vidor
This is a past event. Friday, December 28, 2018 at 11:00am 6:00pm
PDX Contemporary Art 925 N.W. Flanders St., Portland, OR
This December, PDX Contemporary Art presents a selection of richly textured oil paintings by Portland native Molly Vidor. The exhibit's full title is: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes."
Creating abstract visions of beauty and mystery, Vidor builds her luminous surfaces with numerous layers of paint and a tender attunement to color. Her paintings capture ephemeral flashes—glimpses of the invisible nature of the world passed through the prism of painting. Luscious black, limitless turquoise and deafening red absorb and evolve under the gaze in her large-scale color fields that vibrate with emotion and atmosphere.
Molly Vidor approaches painting with a fervent love for her materials. Though color is the dominant visual concern, she thinks more about emotional sensibility than formal or academic concerns, making the work more closely aligned with impressionistic values than mid-century Modernist color field painting.
Vidor lives and works in Portland, Ore. She received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, and she also studied at Parson’s School of Design and the Vermont Studio Center. She has been the recipient of several awards and scholarships, including the Gamblin Paint Prize, Cary Award for Figure Drawing, C.S. Price Award for Painting, a Vermont Studio Center Scholarship and the First Prize Juror’s Award at the Willamette Valley Juried Exhibition. Her work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at PDX Contemporary Art (Portland, Ore.), PNCA (Portland, Ore.), The Art Gym (Portland, Ore.), the Governor’s Office at the Oregon State Capitol (Salem, Ore.), Oregon Health Sciences University (Portland, Ore.), Portland Art Museum (Portland, Ore.), Corvallis Arts Center (Corvallis, Ore.) and Western Oregon State College (Monmouth, Ore.). Her work is held in the public collections of The Nines Hotel (Portland, Ore.) and the Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, Wash.), as well as in several private collections.