Laura Ross-Paul – Upturn


Laura Ross-Paul , Upturn, 2013
Oil, watercolor, wax on Hulle paper on board
On view at Froelick Gallery, February 4 – March 15, 2014

Upturn is a portrait of what Laura Ross-Paul refers to as one of Portland’s  “deciduous citizens.” Certainly there is real personality and expression in this tree that looms up in the picture plane with upturned and twisting arm-like limbs. This isn’t some grand old giant in a pristine old growth forest. Rather it’s a younger and somewhat battered looking specimen, browned in places and surrounded by a collection of somewhat spindly looking trees in the background. Installed in the Froelick Gallery Ross-Paul’s show Urban Forest, offer a wall full of portraits of trees, humans, and statues that benefit from being hung together, in a grove or garden of sorts. To me it suggests that the urban forest is full of strange beauty, dramatic juxtapositions, and opportunities missed.


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