CURRENT EXHIBITION

Jenn Ryann Miller is a visual artist working in a variety of material and medium. Miller creates abstract sculpture and painting that explores materiality and aesthetics. With a background in functional ceramics, her work subverts tradition and process through the experimentation with oblique materials and forms. Miller has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions in Florida and the United States. Originally from Connecticut, she received a BFA from the University of Connecticut and MFA from the University of South Florida.  The work exists as a companion to the complexities of human nature. It is an expanded exploration of material and the formal elements of painting and sculpture. Imbued with a sense of casual informality the viewer’s expectations of line and pattern are subverted by the imperfections of application. The marks straddle a line between accidental and intentional while their repetition implies a sense of impulsion. The painted lines float in layers of resin, allowing the compositions to become literal objects. The work utilizes a variety of elements to speak about the function of material in contemporary culture. The work defies the conventions of material specificity and explores domesticity and decoration. An exploration of craft, of a connection to and superiority of the hand-made contradicts the commercial and manufactured qualities of the materials that are present in the work. The beige, corals and teals found throughout the work are drawn not only from an industrial palette, but also chosen for their dated associations with 1970’s interiors. Combined with the ambiguously natural forms, the work is simultaneously familiar and confrontational. It is gaudy, decorative and objectionable, while remaining reserved, formal and appealing. This duality is the focus of the work, and the tension it creates allows the viewer to question their understanding of craft, material and aesthetics.  

Jenn Ryann Miller is a visual artist working in a variety of material and medium. Miller creates abstract sculpture and painting that explores materiality and aesthetics. With a background in functional ceramics, her work subverts tradition and process through the experimentation with oblique materials and forms. Miller has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions in Florida and the United States. Originally from Connecticut, she received a BFA from the University of Connecticut and MFA from the University of South Florida. 

The work exists as a companion to the complexities of human nature. It is an expanded exploration of material and the formal elements of painting and sculpture. Imbued with a sense of casual informality the viewer’s expectations of line and pattern are subverted by the imperfections of application. The marks straddle a line between accidental and intentional while their repetition implies a sense of impulsion. The painted lines float in layers of resin, allowing the compositions to become literal objects.

The work utilizes a variety of elements to speak about the function of material in contemporary culture. The work defies the conventions of material specificity and explores domesticity and decoration. An exploration of craft, of a connection to and superiority of the hand-made contradicts the commercial and manufactured qualities of the materials that are present in the work. The beige, corals and teals found throughout the work are drawn not only from an industrial palette, but also chosen for their dated associations with 1970’s interiors. Combined with the ambiguously natural forms, the work is simultaneously familiar and confrontational. It is gaudy, decorative and objectionable, while remaining reserved, formal and appealing. This duality is the focus of the work, and the tension it creates allows the viewer to question their understanding of craft, material and aesthetics.

 

Walter Matthews’ work revels in paintings capacity for the hand and the automatic mark to make manifest forms that can only be arrived at through intuition and dialog with the work itself. His recent paintings explore the space between figuration and abstraction, allowing appearances and resemblances to converge, coalesce, and dissipate in unanticipated ways. In doing so, Matthews invites viewers to participate in the act of painting, often providing visual anchors and cues that allow for continual interpretation and reinterpretation of his work. Walter Matthews born in 1986 in Tampa, Florida. He is an artist working in the medium of paint. Walter received his BFA from Ringling College of art and Design in 2013 and currently lives and works in Tampa, FL where he is pursuing his Masters in Studio Art at the University of South Florida.

Walter Matthews’ work revels in paintings capacity for the hand and the automatic mark to make manifest forms that can only be arrived at through intuition and dialog with the work itself. His recent paintings explore the space between figuration and abstraction, allowing appearances and resemblances to converge, coalesce, and dissipate in unanticipated ways. In doing so, Matthews invites viewers to participate in the act of painting, often providing visual anchors and cues that allow for continual interpretation and reinterpretation of his work.

Walter Matthews born in 1986 in Tampa, Florida. He is an artist working in the medium of paint. Walter received his BFA from Ringling College of art and Design in 2013 and currently lives and works in Tampa, FL where he is pursuing his Masters in Studio Art at the University of South Florida.

The title "Milk Spreads Its Coat" was generated through stream of consciousness word association and subsequently filtered and mutated from multiple passes through google translator - English to Farsi and back to English.

 

Milk as a symbol for wholesome simplicity and purity. Associations with tactile sensations, the feeling of it on the skin or sliding down the throat. Creamy, fatty, and cold. Its propensity for turning, going sour, becoming volatile, poisonous, and yet nurturing an environment for cultures. A culture that is driven to propagate, repeated like a meme, the spreading of insidious thought programs or paradigms. The word coat gives rise to images of warmth and protection while the wording of the title may suggest milk as a (possibly sexualized) conscious entity.

 

Bahareh Khoshooe was born in Tehran, Iran, in the year of the goat, 1991. She received her BA in Industrial Design from University of Tehran. And is currently an MFA candidate at University of South Florida.

 

Ben Galaday was born in Portland, Oregon, in the year of the monkey, 1980. He received his BFA in Ceramics from Oregon College of Art and Craft. And is currently an MFA candidate at University of South Florida.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

 

CARRIE JADUS: BLUE NUDES

JULY 16 - AUGUST 26

OPENING NIGHTS 

JULY 16 6-9PM 

AUGUST 5 6-9PM 

AUGUST 20 6-9PM 

Saturday July 16 6-9PM PORTSPACE opens the doors for their newest exhibition: Blue Nudes by artist Carrie Jadus. 

Blue Nudes is an ongoing body of work stemming from live-drawing sessions out of Soft Water Studios located in the Warehouse District of St. Petersburg, Florida. The growing collection of small scale paintings are studies in the human form imbued with the quality of light and color palette within St. Petersburg’s subtropical landscape. The spontaneous works are stripped of their studio location allowing the forms to either float or become grounded in a color field of teal. 

Heavily inspired by the local landscape and its visceral qualities of heat, watery reflections, and skies, Jadus consistently infuses these elements throughout her practice.

Jadus has been a life long artist, inspired by and working within the Impressionist aesthetic. She has been a St. Petersburg mainstay and an integral member of its burgeoning art scene. Her work has been exhibited and collected nationally and internationally.

Additional openings will be held: August 5th and 20th 6-9PM. If you are unable to attend one of these openings but would like to visit the show, please email: info@portspacegallery.com 

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3007 BEACH BLVD S

GULFPORT FL 33707 

MARCUS DESIENO: THE AGE OF THE WORLD PICTURE

june 3 - july 8

OPENING NIGHTS 

JUNE 3 6-9PM 

JUNE 18 6-9PM 

JULY 1 6-9PM 

Friday June 3 6-9PM PORTSPACE opens their latest exhibition: The Age of the World Picture by photographer Marcus DeSieno. DeSieno’s work involves the evolution of technology in how we view and experience the photograph, while calling into question the importance we as a society and as individuals can give to the image rather than the experience.

Layering archaic and contemporary processes, DeSieno hacks into surveillance footage in search of the picturesque, outputting the imagery with an antique darkroom process. In other works he combines a 19th century printing process on discarded smart phones. The end results are intriguing studies that give a visual bridge to the past and present.

DeSieno is a photography instructor at the University of South Florida located in Tampa. His works have been published in National Geographic, Wired, and exhibited nationally. 

Additional openings will be held: June 18th 6-9PM and June 1st 6-9PM. If you are unable to attend one of these openings but would like to visit the show, please email: info@portspacegallery.com 

PORTSPACE GALLERY 

3007 BEACH BLVD S

GULFPORT FL 33707

 

ELIZABETH DI DONNA: UP CLOSE AND OUT OF REACH

APRIL 16 - MAY 28

APRIL 16 6-9PM // MAY 6 & 21 6-9PM 

Saturday April 16th 6-9PM PORTSPACE introduces its newest show: Up Close and Out of Reach by artist Elizabeth Di Donna. While researching historical and current satellite map imagery, Di Donna was taken with the dramatic physical changes that have occurred to the Gulfport’s coastline due to land development. The resulting works are a response to this change. Materials that range from porcelain, paper, and video installation, Di Donna creates a space that becomes a poetic and abstract conversation between the natural and man made.

Elizabeth Di Donna is an artist and instructor at Florida State University. Her major concentrations are ceramics, video, and installation. 

If you are unable to attend one of these openings, but would like to visit the show, please email info@portspacegallery.com 

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saturday february 20 6-9PM mason schwacke: a color of their own.

PORTSPACE introduces its newest show: A Color of Their Own by artist Mason Schwacke. Schwacke’s latest work is brought to us in small paper works and a large scale mural that will be completed on the gallery walls.
Utilizing a surreal graphic quality set against a vibrant palette, A Color of Their Own reflects elements of pop art while creating a conversation on themes of identity. Through out each work figures are represented in bright bold colors yet being held slightly at bay by wearing a mask. This element of ‘masking’ juxtaposed with Schwacke’s bright characters brings up questions of self imposed masks and homogeny created by popular culture.  
Mason Schwacke is an artist, maker, father, residing in Largo Florida. He has been a practicing artist for over 15 years with the past four focusing on large scale murals.

If you are unable to attend the opening reception here are additional opening times and information:

FEBRUARY 20TH 6-9PM
MARCH 4TH, 19TH 6-9PM
APRIL 1ST 6-9PM

If you are unable to attend one of these openings, but would like to visit the show, please email info@portspacegallery.com

PORTSPACE GALLERY
3007 BEACH BLVD S
GULFPORT FL 33707

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12.19.15-2.12.16 Bekky Beukes: pieces

                                                                                                                                                                                        Burden. 2015. 36”x36”. oil on canvas.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Burden. 2015. 36”x36”. oil on canvas.

saturday december 19 6-9PM bekky beukes: pieces.

PORTSPACE introduces artist Bekky Beukes and her exhibition: Pieces. Within her paintings, Beukes invites a discussion on societal expectations, and the evolution of self through life experiences in a style that blends both iconography and illustration.

Born and raised in South Africa, Beukes relocated to the United States in 2014. Her illustrative style is attributed to a background in fashion design. Her company, CHIMERA has become a well known South African brand after its debut during the 2007 MTN Fashion Week. Since 2014 Beukes’ artwork has been shown in two Out of Steps publications as well as New York's INSIGHT MAGAZINE.

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION*

EXHIBITION RUNS december 19 2015 - february 12 2016
december 17 6-9pm
january 6, 16 2 6-9PM                                                                                                           february 5th 6-9PM                                                                                                                  

PLEASE CONTACT INFO@PORTSPACEGALLERY.COM TO SCHEDULE A VISIT OUTSIDE THE LISTED OPEN DATES.

PORTSPACE GALLERY
3007 BEACH BLVD S
GULFPORT FL 33707
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10.17.15-12.11.15 jordan vinyard: fuzzy logic

saturday october 17 6-9PM jordan vinyard: fuzzy logic.

PORTSPACE WELCOMES ARTIST JORDAN VINYARD AND HER MULTIMEDIA SHOW: FUZZY LOGIC.
CONSISTING OF DRAWINGS, SCULPTURES, AND PERFORMANCE, VINYARD’S WORK DISCUSSES IN SATIRICAL FASHION THE ELEMENTS OF HUMAN EXISTENCE AND THE OFTEN ABSURD WAYS WE CRAFT OUR REALITY.

JORDAN VINYARD IS AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ART AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND ARTS OF OKLAHOMA AND HER WORKS HAVE BEEN EXHIBITED NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY.

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION*

EXHIBITION RUNS october 17 - december 11
october 17 6-9pm
november 6, 21 2 6-9PM                                                                                                       december 4 6-9pm

PLEASE CONTACT INFO@PORTSPACEGALLERY.COM TO SCHEDULE A VISIT OUTSIDE THE LISTED OPEN DATES.

PORTSPACE GALLERY
3007 BEACH BLVD S
GULFPORT FL 33707
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9.4.15-10.14.15 SUE WOODALL-METAS: FROM THERE TO HERE FROM HERE TO THERE GRAPHIC QUIRKS BY SUE WOODALL-METAS

                                                                                                                                                 Insert Face Here, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 12x16x2

                                                                                                                                                 Insert Face Here, acrylic and mixed media on panel, 12x16x2

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 4 6-9PM FROM THERE TO HERE FROM HERE TO THERE: GRAPHIC QUIRKS BY SUE WOODALL-METAS.

PORTSPACE INTRODUCES A COLLECTION OF PLAYFUL GRAPHIC WORKS EXPLORING ELEMENTS AND THEMES OF POP CULTURE BY ARTIST AND DESIGNER SUE WOODALL-METAS.

*ADDITIONAL INFORMATION*

EXHIBITION RUNS SEPTEMBER 4 - OCTOBER 14
SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 19 6-9PM (WE WILL BE OPEN DURING GECKO FEST!)
OCTOBER 2 6-9PM
PLEASE CONTACT INFO@PORTSPACEGALLERY.COM TO SCHEDULE A VISIT OUTSIDE THE LISTED OPEN DATES.

http://www.suewoodall.com/

PORTSPACE GALLERY
3007 BEACH BLVD S
GULFPORT FL 33707
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7.18.15-8.12.15 margaret juul: Channeling amphitrite

                                                                                                                                                                     Out To Sea, acrylic and ink on canvas, 46"x72"x1"

                                                                                                                                                                     Out To Sea, acrylic and ink on canvas, 46"x72"x1"

SATURDAY JULY 18 6-9PM PORTSPACE WELCOMES LATEST ARTIST MARGARET JUUL AND HER EXHIBITION: CHANNELING AMPHITRITE, A SERIES OF PAINTINGS EMBODYING THE VISCERAL AND EVOCATIVE QUALITIES OF THE SEA. COME EXPERIENCE PORTSPACE IMMERSED IN JUUL’S ENVIRONMENT CREATED ON CANVAS.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
EXHIBITION RUNS JULY 18 - AUGUST 12
JULY 18 6-9PM [GULFPORT’S THIRD SATURDAY ART WALK]
AUGUST 7 6-9PM [GULFPORT’S FIRST friday ART WALK]

http://www.margaretjuulpaintings.com/

RECENT

6.20.15 kate cummins: boundaries

Thank you to all that came out and supported this lovely show! Reminder: If you didn't get a chance to see Boundaries, PORTSPACE will be open July 3rd 6-9PM AND July 4th 6-9PM. See you then!

6.20.15-7.3.15

KATE CUMMINS: BOUNDARIES

ST PETERSBURG BASED ARTIST EXHIBITS LARGE-SCALE oil and ENCAUSTIC PAINTINGS THAT EXPLORE THE ACTIVITY THAT EXISTS WITHIN THE MARGINS OF CANVAS, COLOR, AND EDGE. 

“The edges of the canvas are a boundary. The lines created within the space of the canvas and the border between one colour and the next are boundaries. These paintings serve to articulate this idea. Instead of seeing a boundary as restrictive this work explores the activity that exists within the margins.”

 - Kate Cummins

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5.16.15-6.16.15 jacky Lee: the art of zen + tea

Chinese artist and new resident of Gulfport Florida Jacky Lee brings a new series of watercolors to PORTSPACE. The works are imbued with stories of nature, Zen, and bringing people together. Additionally, Lee brings his creation Oriental Zen Tea, to the gallery offering varieties of wild loose leaf black, oolong, and green tea.

Jacky Lee started his career in advertising, creating the first Chinese-owned 4A advertising agency in China. He has won hundreds of international awards for creativity and art including One Show in New York, the London award, and England BDA. In 2006 Jacky was the first and only Chinese to be ranked number one in Germany’s Archive Creative Design Rankings in the areas of creative, graphic design, copywriting, and illustration. After finding great success in the industry, he realized that more emphasis should be on the willingness to share in fortune and wisdom with others. He has continued to express his ideas through art, specializing in Chinese watercolor and sculpture. Jacky has also created two brands, Oriental Zen Tea and Grandma’s Creative Kitchen. Both brands focus on expressing life and ideas through art and giving back to society.