Drowntown (Love Letters From a Degenerate) opened May 1st, 2014 at Upper Playground Portland with new and select works from artist N.O. Bonzo The show features paintings and traditional printmaking techniques incorporating post industrial pigments of rust and oxidized copper. Echoing the artists outdoor installation aesthetic, blight and decay create the backdrop for strong archetypal female figures and narratives.
The show coincided with the release of her book DrownTown,
collecting select works from 2012 and 2013, and documenting a narrative and visual exploration of personal themes: mental illness; gender identity; and suicide in Portland, Oregon. Incorporating metal leaf and hand mixed inks, the artist’s large-scale, hand painted installations populate the city’s riverfront and bridges. DrownTown is a collection of illustrated love letters from a degenerate and stretched across an urban landscape.
Opened May 1st and runs until June 1st, 2014.
At Upper Playground Portland: www.Fifty24PDXgallery.com