Tom Prochaska
Baulmes
March 1 - April 2, 2016

Tom Prochaska

Longtime Portland artist Tom Prochaska returns to Froelick Gallery with a new exhibition of etchings, acrylic paintings, and paper maché figures titled Baulmes. A tribute to the Swiss town of the same name in which he lived at age twenty, Prochaska most recently returned there in 2015 to celebrate his 70th birthday with his former host family, with whom he has remained in close touch over the intervening years. He worked at a printmaking studio there in his youth, and he was also taught a number of curious Old World skills- hunting mushrooms, burning oil for lamps, making stick brooms and such- which he likens to workmanlike printmaking processes.  

These liftground etchings- a technique that allows a painterly brushstroke to be etched on to a copper plate- have the ambiguous quality of Rorschach blots.  Curious emergent imagery suggests everything from geological features to microbial life to the heads of pointy-eared animals and people.  Prochaska embraces the results of this abstract play, in which he moves materials around until something of interest presents itself.  The paintings in this exhibit, all black and white, hint at buildings and scenery, barely-distinct figures going about their day.  His paper maché people are rough, rustic, thoroughly human.  Each work in these diverse media contribute to Prochaska's ongoing narrative of place, playfulness and work. 

This exhibition was generously supported in part by the Ford Family Foundation.

Almost Almost
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Touch
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Vaud
lift-ground etching
8 x 10 inches
$700  
Almost The Arrival
lift-ground etching
8 x 10 inches
$700  
Almost Simple Tool
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Scarf
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Rocks
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Portrait
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Pick
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Ocean
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Monkey
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Mitten
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Mercury
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Hope I
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Hope II
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Her
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Gone
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Third Sister
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Second Sister
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost First Sister
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Extra
lift-ground etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Almost Distance
Liftground Etching
9 x 8 inches
$700  
Big Horse John Day
acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
$1,600  
Big Horse Hillside Nevada
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches
$1,600  
Big Horse Broken Village
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches
SOLD
 
Big Horse Big Horse
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20 inches
SOLD
 
Hat Guy Hat Guy
paper mache
18 x 8 x 4 inches
$900  
The Comb Tablecloth
paper mache
20 x 9.5 x 5 inches
SOLD
 
The Comb Touch Up Man
paper mache
20.5 x 8 x 5 inches
SOLD