Nestled away between what never was and what could not be lurk the Back Channels, the tangled trails of yesteryear's tomorrows. Evan B. Harris pumps steampunk pomp into two-dimensional curiosity cabinets. After brushing, beating and sanding his panels, Harris weaves spindly tales of wandering seafarers, tattooed mermen and fanciful fowls. His neo-Victorian dreamscapes revisit the childish itches we were warned to forget. Alisha Wessler crafts capillary hammocks of mother nature's whimsies. Caped sirens and Russian dolls are unearthed among etched labyrinths of moss whispers. For Back Channels, Wessler has constructed a hand-sewn cave, swallowing the aesthetic of the real in one generous gulp.
Growing up without a television in the backwoods of Oregon, Evan dove into the recesses of his own imagination, where he lives to this day. Evan B Harris is a self-taught, Portland-based artist who has exhibited his work both nationally as well as abroad. Alisha Wessler received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and the range of her work includes otherworldly installation, soft sculpture and mythical illustration. Currently she lives and works in Portland, Oregon and has shown her work in galleries nationally and internationally.