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First Friday Reception: ‘The Great War’ and ‘Yellena James: Anomaly’
November 2, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Join us for the First Friday reception of our two current shows on November 2! Reception is free and open to the public, with complimentary food and drink.
The Great War: 100 Years After World War I is a group exhibition of artwork reflecting on the experiences, imagery, and impact of the First World War. The exhibit concludes on November 11, 2018, exactly one century since the war ended.
A complex web of alliances and grudges over past conflicts set the stage for a war that would engulf more than 30 countries over the course of 4 years. The Great War, as it was known prior to World War II, was largely defined by new technologies that had never been used at scale before. Decades of common war strategy was rendered virtually useless by the advent of machine guns, artillery, tanks, gas, and trench warfare.
The world was shocked by the scale of violence and destruction that the war left in its wake – Verdun and the Somme are still amongst the most deadly battles fought in history. France lost 27,000 in a single day at the Battle of the Frontiers while the British lost nearly 20,000 in one day at the Battle of the Somme.
The aim of this exhibit is to bring much needed attention to an often forgotten conflict. World War 1 set in motion a chain of events that would come to define the modern world, both in terms of the balance of power and the new ways that war would threaten the entire globe.
Helikon is pleased to present ‘Anomaly,’ a solo show of new works by Portland-based artist Yellena James. To view a painting by Yellena is to enter into a whimsical world of possibility: shapes and patterns emerge in endless layers, growing out of one another and inviting the viewer to find their origin, to follow along their journey. The compositions appear organic, as if a seed were dropped into a dish of growing solution and burst into hundreds of vibrant organisms, ever-expanding and lush with fecundity.
Yellena’s works have been featured in multiple exhibitions at Helikon, and for ‘Anomaly’ they will take over the entire annex gallery.
James will be in attendance for the opening of the exhibit on October 13.
Yellena James grew up and attended art school in Sarajevo, BiH. At the age of 18 she moved to the U.S. After gaining her BA in painting and graphic design at UCF, she eventually made her way to Portland, OR. Preferring pens, inks, gouaches and acrylics, she combines complex abstract forms into dazzling images which take on lives of their own. Her colorful arrangements of organic shapes and tangled lines are at once floral and alien, organic and sci-fi. Each intimate world she creates seems to posses its own ethos and its own special ability to radiate emotion.
James has participated in shows around the U.S. and overseas, including: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Bristol (UK), Portland, and more. She also has done illustration work for Anthropologie, La Mer, Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel, Relativity Media and many others.