May 15, 2024 - Things to Do

Art Snack: Heléna Dupre Thompson's paint splatter photos

Multi colored paint splatters in four panels

"Tom Cramer's Studio 1," by photographer Heléna Dupre Thompson. Photo courtesy of Heléna Dupre Thompson

Photographer Heléna Dupre Thompson is known for her close-up shots of Portland's worn and battered surfaces: multicolored paint smears on a concrete skate park or tattered layers of band posters on a light pole.

The latest: For her new show "Detritivore," she photographed the paint drips and work surfaces of several Portland artists' studios.

Zoom in: For this piece, "Tom Cramer's Studio 1," she zoomed in on an unspecified place where the paint drips from Cramer's brush as he works. It has the candy-colored freedom of classic Jackson Pollock, without the effort.

  • "I try to extract compositions from their process, from the by-product of their work," she told Axios.

Context: A detritivore is a creature, like a worm or a crab, that feeds on detritus and so contributes to the breakdown of waste products. That's how Dupre Thompson sees herself here.

  • "My whole goal is to remove things from reality."

If you go: Detritivore is on view through June 1 at Laura Vincent Design & Gallery.

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