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Suri shows new works in 'Pressed Into Form'

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mike Suri will exhibit Pressed into Form, a series of sculptures composed mainly of steel with diverse patinas and finishes at 510 Museum and ARTspace Oct. 2-30.

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will present the work of Mike Suri in his exhibition, “Pressed into Form,” opening Oct. 2 at 510 Museum and ARTspace, located at 510 First St. in Lake Oswego. The exhibit will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and by appointment during the month of October.

A free, opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the gallery. It will also be open during the LO Wine Walk 3-6 p.m. Oct. 3.

A native Californian, Suri moved to Oregon in 1999 to pursue his art practice. Opening Suri Iron in 2004, he has been commissioned for a diverse range of public and private projects including work for The ReBuilding Center, Nostrana restaurant and the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center. He also has participated in numerous public art exhibitions, such as the Napa ArtWalk in Napa, Calif., Arts Downtown in Puyallup, Wash., and Gallery Without Walls in Lake Oswego.

A member of the installation crew for GWW, Suri has been a vital participant in helping to safely transport, install and secure sculptures for public display in Lake Oswego. His work, “Sprout,” permanently installed along the Headlee Walkway, won the People’s Choice Award in 2010, and “Clackamas,” a weathered steel sculpture made of remnants of metal acquired while working as a demonstrator at Clackamas Community College is currently on view on Third Street between A Avenue and Evergreen Road.

In a departure from his public art practice, “Pressed into Form” will feature a new body of work on exhibit for the first time. This series of sculptures, composed mainly of steel with diverse patinas and finishes, presents a visualization of Suri’s process of material experimentation. He sees the physicality of working and re-working these largely industrial materials as a means of enhancing his ability to convey emotions through the forms.

“I use architectural and sculptural metalwork as a means to create life experience, always pushing toward the unknown,” Suri says. “I work meticulously toward refining my skills, always paying close attention to the way line and texture evokes feeling and thought.”

Suri strives to expose how the work has been made while pursuing a complex and refined final form. As a craftsman, an artist and a thought-provoker, Suri’s work in “Pressed Into Form” demonstrates not only his range of artistic ability but also his unique talent to create sculptures that oftentimes elicit a sense of familiarity while remaining abstract in form.