Crumb of Paper | Maddy Inez Leeser + Tony Chrenka

August 8 - September 7, 2016 | Littman Gallery

Reception: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 | 6 - 8pm

Curated by Carlin Brown

“…crumbs of paper which until then are without character or form, but, the moment they become wet, stretch themselves and bend, take on colour and distinctive shape, become flowers or houses or people, permanent and recognizable” –Proust, Swann’s Way (1912)

Maddy Inez Leeser is an LA based artist, currently practicing in Portland Oregon. She obtained her BFA at Pacific Northwest College Art with a major in Intermedia Arts and a focus in Printmaking and Sculpture. Her work integrates ideas of neuroscience such as our senses and how they drive us psychologically. She works with concepts that deal with human’s relationships to objects and collections. She is currently working with ideas of pseudoscience, alchemy, memory and smell.

Tony Chrenka (b. 1992, Minneapolis, MN.) is an artist and curator living in Portland, OR. He has shown in one person exhibitions at S1 (Portland, OR.), and through Amur Initiatives. Recently he has been shown along other artists at Reed Art Week (Portland, OR.), Keenan’s Room (Los Angeles, CA), threefourthreefour (New York, NY.), WAKE (New Haven, CT.) and Umi No Hi (Brooklyn, NY.). Tony collaboratively curates shows with Flynn Casey under the gallery name Muscle Beach in Portland, Oregon. Artist website:

documentation: Andrew D. Jankowski + Evan La Londe