Matthew Bade enjoys playing with the boundaries of awareness. Of expression and introspection, of the space between self and the collective unconscious, and in doing so creates narratives in paint, drum beats, yoga and thought.
A student of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the University of Illinois, Bade was immersed in art fundamentals as well as the more abstract side of conceptual art. Through studying art’s historical narrative, he came to the realization that every advancement in art history coincided with a shift in form. “Everything interested me,” he said. “Through my investigations via my own art making, I realized certain styles resonated more: abstract impressionism, early Picasso, minimalists and existential painters, people reaching for raising awareness beyond the physical.”
Pivotal in fueling Bade’s quest for connection to the world around him, mentor and professor at University of Illinois, Kerry James Marshall, left him with a sense of exploration that Bade continues to apply to his art and life. “And he [Marshall] contends that if we are to continue to keep doing this, to keep painting, we need to go about it in an unambiguous way. Meaning, looking consciously for gaps, for the places where there is unfinished business, and filling them,” said Bade. “But what shines through Kerry and his work the most is a sense of heart, supreme intelligence, passion and equality. He also has a way of making you believe that you can do anything if you really want to. The sign of a great mentor.”
By RENEE PATRICK Cascade A&E Editor
Pastel artist Dawn Emerson has been chosen as the Deschutes Children’s Foundation’s (DCF) 2012 Signiture Artist for the second time. As the first artist for the Art and Wine Auction in 2000, the Foundation knew Emerson would capture the spirt of childhood with her distinct use of color and movement, creating a central art piece to bring the focus of the event back to children.
Foundation Executive Director, Kim McNamer, explained, “Emerson’s first painting as the Signature Artist was of two children sitting on a beach. Over the years we have moved towards a wine theme for our signature art, but knew it was time to put the focus back on what this event is all about – children and families.”
Emerson’s style has changed since Toes in the Water, the first vivid pastel she created for DCF; the current piece, A Circle of Joy, came into being when she reflected on Margarette Puckette’s Ring Around the Rosie sculpture in front of the Foundation’s Rosie Bareis Campus. “I thought the Ring Around the Rosie idea would be more of a graphic image,” Emerson said. Lending itself to reproduction in a variety of formats, she believes A Circle of Joy will have a broader appeal for the Foundation.