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SELECTED WORKS BY Storm Tharp

Love Nothing More

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Love Nothing More (detail)

Storm Tharp
Love Nothing More

2009

Series of 21 works on paper, ink, coloured pencil, graphite on paper

Approx 76 x 56 cm each
Storm Tharp refers to his series of portraits Love Nothing More as paintings, although their media (paper, ink, and pencil on paper) suggest they’re drawings. The artist’s confusion is telling: these are paintings that borrow the casual fluency of the speedy sketch, or maybe drawings that refer to the classical grandeur of the painted portrait.
Jodie Jill
Storm Tharp
Jodie Jill

2009

Ink gouache and coloured pencil on paper

147.3 x 107 cm
The tension between old hat associations of two traditional modes – the provisional glimpse against the measured analysis, let’s say – create the stage for Tharp’s cast of sometimes grotesque, often sympathetic characters. Each face’s appearance is pitched between the seen and the glimpsed. As though mimicking the act of forgetting, faces blur and disappear in a cloud of marks: the act of description erases them. Ink is sucked backwards into the blankness of the paper (what was his name again?); the medium’s wetness makes nostrils and eye sockets splay madly (no, I don’t think we’ve met).
Window
Storm Tharp
Window

2010

Ink, gouache and coloured pencil on paper

147 x 108 cm
Tharp, inspired by the technique of Japanese calligraphy, uses the application of ink as a parallel of the mind’s movements, its unexpected focuses and elisions. As with any portrait, Tharp’s works are signs pointing to a void: the subject itself, physically absent, disappearing before our very eyes.

Text by Ben Street

Storm Tharp's BIOGRAPHY

Storm Tharp
Born in 1970, Salem, Oregon, USA
Lives and works in Portland, Oregon, USA



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2013
Third Person, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Curated by Andrea Inselmann

2012
Holding a Peach, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2011
It’s You, Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2010
High House, PICA Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, Oregon
Asbhy Lee Collinson, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York City, New York
Hercules, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland

2008
Arm & Arm, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Arrangement In Flesh Color and Black, Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva

2007
WE APPEAL TO HEAVEN, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2006
DO, DON’T drawing + sculpture, CCC, Astoria, OR

2005
The Black Show, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2002
Drawing, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2001
Calliope and the Clown, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

1999
The Answer is Nothing, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2013
Portraits, Galerie Sebastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2012
Storm Tharp and Megan Murphy, Ochi Fine Art, SunValley, Idaho

2011
Sarah Awad and Storm Tharp, James Harris Gallery , Seattle, Washington
Oomph, PDX Contemporary Art, Porltand, Oregon
I am who I am – The Portrait Reconsidered, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston,MA

2010
Human Being, TBA Festival , Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
The Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

2009
20 Years, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, New York
Suddenly: Where We Live Now, Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA. Curated by Stephanie Snyder

2008
Ben Durham and Storm Tharp, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, NYC, NY
Abandon: The work of Jim Hodges and Storm Tharp, Saranac Art Projects, Spokane, WA.
Works on Paper, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland

2007
CENTENNIAL, Crawl Space, Seattle. WA. Curated by Elizabeth Brown and Bruce Grenville

2006
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR.Curated by Jennifer Gately
The Portrait Show, The Hall Gallery, Portland, OR. Curated by Levi Hanes

2001
Pacific Northwest Annual, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA Curated by Sue Spaid

1999
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Curated by Katherine Kanjo

1997
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. Curated by Katherine Kanjo