Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Sacred Moments | R. Keaney Rathbun

Sacred Moments

Long-time member of Print Arts Northwest and a member-owner of Waterstone Gallery in Portland's Pearl District, R. Keaney Rathbun's work spans an array of media and motifs, from glass and mixed-media sculpture to silkscreen printing.
The focus of Sacred Moments, opening 5/20 at PAN Gallery, will be his vibrant silkscreen prints, some with up to 60 layers, giving them depth, richness, and complexity.
Several of his works are presented in storyboard fashion and carry multiple images, such as Dog Days, Travelogue, and St Johns Life, with 5 individual prints per work. These tell their stories in symbols, clear and recognizable, but also often ambiguous, metaphorical, and with a dreamlike imagery reminiscent of cave-paintings and pictographs from America's Southwest, with medieval religious iconography adding another layer of meaning.
Rathbun's individual works also carry similar enigmatic themes, hypnotic and transforming, they bypass the intellect and go straight to the heart of the matter at hand. I actually felt my brainwaves shift in rhythm as I studied his work.
Come to the opening and pay attention. Perhaps you will also notice a subtle change in your own brain activity.
Sacred Moments, R. Keaney Rathbun
Solo exhibit at Print Arts Northwest|PAN Gallery
Washington County Museum, PCC Rock Creek Campus
17677 NW Springville Road, Portland, Oregon 97229 |
503.525.9259 PAN |503.645.5353 WCM

For an in-depth look at Rathbun's body of work:

Individual prints
11" x 14", matted and framed
Grouped prints of 5
15" x 30", matted and framed
Special Edition: Hand-bound portfolio of 20

Image shown above: Learning To Fly

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