Drawing and Painting Department Head Michelle Ross and BFA Alum Matilda Alair Exhibit Work with Howard Fonda

May 15, 2018

OCAC instructor Michelle Ross (Head of Drawing & Painting Department) and recent graduate Matilda Alair (BFA '18) have been chosen to display their work alongside Portland artist Howard Fonda. Fonda, who teaches Studio School courses at OCAC and also works as an MFA mentor, invited four artists to join him for "guest appearances" at his solo show at Melanie Flood Projects.

Melanie Flood Projects is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Portland, OR based artist Howard Fonda. The show will open May 4, 2018 and run through June 3, 2018, with an opening reception Friday, May 4th from 5pm to 8pm. This will be Fonda's first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Howard Fonda makes frenetic works on canvas out of colored pencil and wet-on-wet oil paint. Finished in one day, each stroke and line is left visible with no hierarchy between a mark made instinctually and one made with careful precision. The exhibition, You Can’t Stop the Spring, presents Fonda’s work alongside that of four others selected by the artist: Matilda Alair, Austin Eddy, John Opera & Michelle Ross. By inviting his peers to join his exhibition, slotted as a solo show, Fonda positions the work not as a collaboration but as guest appearances.

The exhibition will run May 4 - June 3, 2018.

Melanie Flood Projects
420 SW Washington St #301
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 862-7912