Storm Tharp

Statement

I've come to regard my work as representational - in a rather liberal assignment of the word. The portrait, the contour and the field are in reference to the senses, the intellect, and the uncanny. The work elicits meaning or feeling that is recognizable. Abstraction and representation walk hand in hand and share the same body.

When making choices with materials, my instincts, and strategies are at play. However, there is never one, singular, organizing principal. In my figurative work, the primary interest has been to unfold various traditions of painting and sculpture into my own, emerging with something altogether new. It involves fumbling around in the dark while simultaneously maintaining the driving projection of where I want the work to land and reflect what I believe in. If one portrait imbues an entire life story, the colorfield works exercise an emotional code of unraveling that story. And in this way, I believe the portrait and the field are equivalent; like twins from different fathers.

CV

STORM THARP
Born Salem, OR 1970

EDUCATION
1992
B.F.A. Cornell University

1991
Roberto Einaudi Architecture Program, Palazzo Massimo, Rome, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018
The Case Works at Reed College, The Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR
Ma'at Mons, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland,OR

2015
Pilgrims, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2014
Tiger, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
TURN, Feldbuschweisner, Berlin, Germany

2013
Third Person,The Herbert F. Johnson Museum, and Milstein Hall, College of Architecture, Cornell
University Ithaca, NYw

2012
Holding a Peach, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2011
It’s You, Galerie Bertrand & Grunder, Geneva, Switzerland

2010
Ashby Lee Collinson, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Portland, OR
High House, PICA Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, OR
Hercules, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2008
Arrangement in Flesh Color and Black, Galerie Bertrand et Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland
Arm & Arm, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2007
WE APPEAL TO HEAVEN, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2006
DO, DON’T drawing + sculpture, CCC, Astoria, OR

2005
The Black Show, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2002
Drawing, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2001
Calliope and the Clown, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

1999
The Answer is Nothing, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

1997
Peccadilloes, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2012
Megan Murphy and Storm Tharp, Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID

2011
Sarah Awad and Storm Tharp, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA

2008
Ben Durham and Storm Tharp, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery (project space), New York, NY
Abandon: The work of Jim Hodges and Storm Tharp, Saranac Art projects, Spokane, WA

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018
Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland,OR

2017
TOMORROW TOMORROW, CANADA, New York City, NY, Curated by Stephanie Snyder and Wallace Whitney
American Genre: Contemporary Painting, ICA at MECA, Portland, Maine. Curated by Michelle Grabner Converge 45, PNCA, Portland, OR. Curated by Mack McFarland
Dorian, The Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR. Curated by Stephanie Snyder & Jay Dickson
Dislocation, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
Functionally United, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, OR. Curated by Cris Moss
Truth, Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University. Ashland, OR. Curated by Scott Malbaurn

2016
Love is a Pink Cake, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
PORTLAND BIENNIAL2016, curated by Michelle Grabner, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR
PORTLAND BIENNIAL2016, DISJECTA, The Schneider Museum of Art, Ashland, OR.
I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Summer Show, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
A Stand of Pine in a Tilled Field: 21 Years at PDX, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2015
Color, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
Works on Paper, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2014
About Desire, White Box, University of Oregon, Portland, OR. Curated by Meagan Atiyeh
I Never Complained About the Past: New Work / New Year, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2012
The Power of Paper, Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Spill, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Cabinet de Curiosite, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland

2011
oomph, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR
I am who I am. The Portrait Reconsidered, Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston, MA

2010
Whitney Biennial 2010, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (curated by Francesco
Bonami and Gary Carrion-Murayari)
Human Being, TBA Festival, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
ADAA Drawing Exhibit, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY

2009
20 Years, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York, NY
Volta 5, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Basel, Switzerland
Suddenly: Where We Live Now, Pomona College Museum of Art, Claremont, CA
Catch All, “PDX Across the Hall”, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART, Portland, OR

2008
Volta 4, Galerie Bertrand et Gruner, Basel, Switzerland
Works on Paper, Galerie Bertrand et Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland

2007
CENTENNIAL, Crawl Space, Seattle, WA, curated by Elizabeth Brown and Bruce Grenville
Portland? Fuck Portland!, RocksBox, Portland, OR, curated by Patrick Rock

2006
2006 Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland OR, curated by Jennifer Gately
The Portrait Show, The Hall Gallery, Portland, OR, curated by Levi Hanes

2005
2005 Artist Residency Exhibition, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
War Drawings, Mount Hood Community College, Portland, OR, curated by Pat Barrett
Oregon Annual, Artcentric, Corvallis Arts Center, Corvallis, OR

2003
Crafty, for Core Sample, Portland, OR, curated by Jon Raymond
Draw, for Core Sample, Portland, OR, curated by Malia Jensen

2001
Northwest Annual Exhibition, Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, WA, curated by Sue Spaid

1999
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, curated by Kathryn Kanjo

1997
Oregon Biennial, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, curated by Kathryn Kanjo
The Uncommon Book; I Thought Hope Was Home, Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities, Sun
Valley, ID

1996
The Tool Show, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR, curated by Paul Arensmeyer

AWARDS
2016
Career Opportunity Grant, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR

2015
Visiting Artist, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO
Golden Spot Invitation for Visual Artists, Caldera, Sisters, OR

2014
Hallie Ford Fellowship, Ford Family Foundation

2008
Semi-Finalist, 1st Annual Contemporary Northwest Art Award, Portland Art Museum, curated by Jennifer Gately (PAM) and James Rondeau (Art Inst. Of Chicago)

2006
Individual Fellowship, Oregon Arts Commission, Salem, OR

1999
Oregon Biennial, Museum Award, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, curated by Kathryn Kanjo

1997
Oregon Biennial, Juror’s Award, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, curated by Kathryn Kanjo
Wieden and Kennedy Creative Grant, Portland, OR

SPECIAL PROJECTS
2016
Disjecta Dialogues: Jon Raymond & Storm Tharp in Conversation, Portland, OR

2015
Lecture: Work, Creative Mornings, Portland, OR
Juror: The Neddy Award, Cornish School of the Arts, Seattle, WA
Symposium Lecture: Late Bloomer, Reed College, Portland, OR

2013
Advocate Print Maker: Graphic Arts Council, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Lecture: Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithica, NY

2011
Recipient/Invitational: Connective Conversations/Inside Oregon 2011 and 2012
Curator: Reader on a Black Background, The Lumber Room, Portland, OR
Essay: “Reader on a Black Background,” The Lumber Room, Portland, OR
Essay: “Equivalents,” The Lumber Room, Portland, OR
Lecture: Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA

2008
PSMNLS, Lecture: "Lonely People, Sensuous Pictures”, Portland State University, Portland, OR
LOVELY PETALUMA FILM SERIES, Presenting: "Elizabeth Taylor, 7 Performances," Small A Projects, Portland, OR

2002
Essay: “I Have Nothing To Say And I’m Saying It – Gerhard Richter at SF MoMA” The Organ Review of Arts, Jan-Feb, 2002

2001
Costume design for “Bambi”, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Collaboration: James Canfield, choreography, Thomas Lauderdale, composer, Malia Jensen, sets
History of Photography, adjunct instructor, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR

RESIDENCIES
2016
Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR

2015
Anderson Ranch, Snowmass, CO

2011
Crow’s Shadow Institute for the Arts, Pendleton, OR
The Lumber Room, Portland, OR

2010
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2005
Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR

2002
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, OR
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland, OR
Reed College, Portland, OR
Saatchi Gallery, London, England
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
2016
Cohen, Alina. “10 Picks from Portland” Interview Magazine Online, July 22, 2016.

2014
Motley, John. “Storm Tharp embraces his identity as a painter in 'Tiger' at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART” The Oregonian, October 7th, 2014.
Speer, Richard. “Storm Tharp - Tiger” Willamette Week, October 17th, 2014.
Speer, Richard. “I Never Complained about the Past - New Work New/Year” Willamette Week, January 22nd, 2014.

2012
Selden, Emilie. “It’s a Peach, BOMBBLOG, September 27, 2012
Jahn, Jeff. “The Tharp Effect: Figuring Tharp, Fidler and Wall,” PORT, September 13, 2012.
Speer, Richard. “Storm Tharp,” Visual Art Source, September 8, 2012.

2011
Langner, Erin, “The Atmosphere of Painted Spaces,” New American Paintings, September
“Storm Tharp.” iDN Extra 04: Most Wanted, volume 1, 2011.
Speer, Richard. “Storm Tharp: Storm Tharp’s prints highlight sexy group show at PDX Contemporary,” Willamette Week, June 8th, 2011.
Kunitz, Daniel. “Brush in the Water,” Modern Painters, April 2011: p. 18.
King, Sarah S. “Storm Tharp: Nicole Klagsbrun,” Art in America, March 2011: p. 148-149.

2010
Bund, Wayne. “The Year in Visual Art,” Just Out, Dec. 17, 2010: p. 34.
“Visit: Storm Tharp at Nicole Klagsbrun,” OAKAZINE, December 8, 2010.
Bovee, Katherine. “Storm Tharp, Portland, OR,” ART PAPERS, Sept/Oct. 2010, p. 59.
Snyder, Stephanie. “Critics Picks: Storm Tharp,” Artforum, August 2010.
Motley, John. “Storm Tharp’s eighth show at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART features latest work ‘Hercules’,” The Oregonian, July 30, 2010.
Stangel, Matt. "Perfect in the Middle: Storm Tharp's Hercules," Portland Mercury,June 24.
Douglas, Sarah. “Whitney Biennial ‘2010’,” Modern Painters, May 2010.
Speer, Richard. “Painter Profile: Storm Tharp,” art ltd., May/June 2010.
Row, D.K. “Review: Portlanders shine in 2010 Whitney Biennial,” The Oregonian, March 4.
Wolff, Rachel. “Best of the Whitney Biennial,” photo credit, The Daily Beast, February 25.
Keith, Kelsey. “Art Olympics: Ranking the Whitney Biennial,” Flavorwire, February 24.
Gilsdorf, Bean. “Interview with Storm Tharp,” Daily Serving, January 4.

2008
Row, D.K. “Hotel Art Goes High-end at The Nines,” Ultimate Northwest, The Oregonian, December 2008.
Row, D.K. “Storm Tharp at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART,” The Oregonian, November
Lake, Eva. Art Focus, KBOO Community Radio, November
Motley, John. “The Slippery Line Between Reality and Representation,” The Portland Mercury, November
Pierce, Ryan. “Interview with Storm Tharp,” PORT, November 5
Snyder, Stephanie. “Storm Tharp: Arrangement in Flesh Color and Black,” PLAZM, Issue 29, August
Art Talk AM on the Radio, KPSU, April
“Emerging Artists,” Phillips Art Expert, Phillips de Pury, January
Jahn, Jeff. “Best of 2007,” PORT, January

2007
“Storm Tharp,” Oregon Art Beat, Oregon Public Broadcasting, October http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/videos/view/29-Storm-Tharpe
Cover, “Storm Tharp,” Shift Magazine, Shift Japan, June http://www.shift.jp.org/en/archives/2007/08/storm_tharp.html
Raymond, Jon. “Storm Tharp,” Modern Painters, June
Raymond, Jon. “Storm Tharp,” Artforum, March
Allan, Lois. “Storm Tharp at PDX CONTEMPORARY ART,” Artweek, March
Motley, John. “Storm Tharp: We Appeal to Heaven,” The Portland Mercury, Jan 11 – Jan 17
Jahn, Jeff, “Virtuoso Vindicated,” PORT, January 10
Norris, TJ. “Storm Tharp: We Appeal to Heaven,” Unblogged, January 10
Row, D.K. “First Thursday: Post-holiday feasting for the eyes,” The Oregonian, January 4
Jablonski, Jeanine. “This Is Gonna Be Good…,” Oregonlive.com, January 2

2006
Sabatier, Julie. “State of the Art: Portland Art Museum spotlights three queer artists in biennial exhibition,” just out, vol. 23, no. 19, August 4
Bowie, Chas and John Motley. “Two Views on the 2006 Oregon Biennial,” The Portland Mercury, August 3
Raymond, Jon. “Schims: Less Gloom in Doom Town,” Modern Painters, November
Natascha Snellman. “I Heart Darkness: Interviews by Natascha Snellman 2nd Cannons Publication

2005
Row, D.K., “High Voltage Theatrics, The Oregonian, March 18
Dirks, Ryan, “James Lavadour and Storm Tharp,” The Portland Mercury, March 17
Row, D.K., “Storm Tharp and James Lavadour,” The Oregonian, March 4,

2002
Row, D.K., “Reflections of an Artist,” The Oregonian, December 8
Busse, Phil, “Storm Tharp,” The Portland Mercury, November 28

2001
Boas, Pat, “Storm Tharp at PDX,” Artweek, May
“Artist Storm Tharp picks up every stitch,” Portland Tribune, March 20

1999
Row, D.K., “Establishing a presence: Storm Tharp is a bright, emerging artist, up to something different,” The Oregonian, May 21

1997
Row, D.K., “Behold, Desire: Review,” Willamette Week, December 17
Roth, Robin, “The garments of sin and a Warholian spin,” Willamette Week, December

CATALOG
2017
“American Genre: Contemporary Painting,” Michelle Grabner, The Institute of Contemporary Art at The Maine College of Art, Portland, ME
TBD, Storm Tharp & Stephanie Snyder, The Cooley Gallery, Reed College, Portland, OR
“Storm Tharp / Third Person,” Andrea Inselman, Jon Raymond, Stephanie Snyder, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University

2016
“Portland 2016, The Portland Biennial,” Michelle Grabner, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR.

2013
“PAPER”, The Saatchi Gallery, London, England

2010
“2010” , Whitney Biennial, Francesco Bonami / Gary Carrion Murayari, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Yale Press, New Haven.

2008
“Storm Tharp: Arrangement in Flesh Color and Black,” essay by Stephanie Snyder, Galerie Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland.