Vancouver City Hall, Vancouver, WA exhibits "Giant Birds, Lovely Layers," featuring artists Sam Marroquin and Jo Hockinhull, April 1- May 31, 2016. The work is on view in the City Hall Conference Rooms and City Council Chambers.
Sam Marroquin creates encaustic paintings that incorporate images from daily life by layering pages from magazines, newspapers, paint, and images drawn into the wax. The paintings are composed and complex. Marroquin says she would like viewers to “think about theconcepts presented and hopefully unravel the layers of meaning.” Marroquin's paintings are on view in the conference rooms on the main level as well as upstairs.
Jo Hockenhull is a master of tromp-l'oeil; a technique where the artist creates a two-dimensional painting that appears to have three-dimensional depth. The pieces in City Hall appear to be large relief sculptures of birds with classical architectural elements such as columns, plinths, and archways. These sentinels will watch over City Hall during the exhibit keeping an eye on everyone who comes and goes. There is often a touch of humor in Hockenhull’s work and there is whimsy in these birds rendered larger than most humans. Her paintings are in the lobby area.
Vancouver City Hall is located at 415 West 6th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660 and is open 8am-5pm Monday through Friday.