Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper
by Alex Hirsch

October 9, 2013 - January 5, 2014 | Current Exhibit

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Buy Tickets   Add to Calendar /experience/meditations-on-equilibrium-works-in-glass-and-paper-by-alex-hirsch 10/09/2013 10:00:00 AM 01/05/2014 10:00:00 AM 6 OJM Event - Meditations on Equilibrium: Works in Glass and Paper
by Alex Hirsch
“Each dot is linked to a thought, an intention, a breath, a prayer, a wish, a moment, a commitment, a larger system, a step into the unknown, a risk, an effort, a giving over, a communion.” – Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity as a trained artist to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Evoking the ephemeral feel of natural settings, translucent and atmospheric, these works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Hirsh calls on the properties of her materials and abstraction to evoke contrasts in dark and light, control and spontaneity. Upon this ground, she creates an equilibrium in which no component overcomes another and a fragile balance is sustained within each piece.
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Living in the Gap, Watercolor and Ink on Paper, 2013 Courtesy Alex Hirsch

“Each dot is linked to a thought, an intention, a breath, a prayer, a wish, a moment, a commitment, a larger system, a step into the unknown, a risk, an effort, a giving over, a communion.” – Alex Hirsch

Alex Hirsch applies her visual acuity as a trained artist to create delicate works on paper and subtle images in glass. Evoking the ephemeral feel of natural settings, translucent and atmospheric, these works suggest an internal life in dialogue with the natural world. Hirsh calls on the properties of her materials and abstraction to evoke contrasts in dark and light, control and spontaneity. Upon this ground, she creates an equilibrium in which no component overcomes another and a fragile balance is sustained within each piece. 

Hirsch describes her artistic practice: “Before completing finished work, and often using a camera and keyboard as tools, I create multiple studies–sketches, photographs, computer renderings, glass trials–investigating variations of color, composition, technique and content. My body of work utters complex tensions between darkness and light, singularity and multiplicity, solemnity and levity.” Her evocative artwork also draws on life practices in dance and meditation. 


Hirsch holds a BA and BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Washington University.  Her paintings and glass commissions are held in private, public and corporate collections in the United States and abroad including:  the U.S. Embassy (Bulgaria), Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (France), Hallmark Corporation (Kansas) and Oregon Health & Science University.  She lives in Portland.


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