Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Superficial Injuries, the newest body of work by Portland-based artist Eva Speer. Speer’s new paintings use natural forms and processes to show relationships of control and compelling forces. Their varying visual modes share an emphasis on liquid flow, boundlessness, and processes of accretion and destruction. In rich and intricate waves, patterns and color gradations, Speer’s work suggests interacting forces of fluidity, intention and longing. Rather than reinforcing historical representations of nature, the paintings are an intersection of the technically mediated and the ineffable. The result is a stunning body of work that delves beneath the surface and into the realm of memory and essence.
Speer earned an MFA in painting at Indiana University in 2006, and has exhibited her work in Seattle, Portland, Miami and Montreal. In 2008, Oregon Public Broadcasting produced and aired an Oregon Art Beat segment showcasing her conceptual approach and process. Publications that have recognized Speer's work include Art Ltd., Portland Modern, The Oregonian, Willamette Week, and the blog PORT. This is her third solo exhibition at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art.