Alex L. Porter | Artist Talk & Gallery Tour


Sat, Oct 15 | 2 PM

Join us on Saturday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. when artist Alex L. Porter will deliver an Artist Talk and lead a Gallery Tour of his solo exhibition “Reaching from Soil.” The discussion will focus on where he seeks out the local trees he reference in his work, the techniques he employs when approaching a blank sheet of white paper with a brush fully loaded with black ink, and the meditative ritual of mark making he exercises in the process of creating his detailed ink drawings. “Reaching from Soil” is on view in the Terrace Gallery through October 22 and features a series of 17 drawings by this talented Washington, DC artist who earned his BFA at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Communicating using a language of lines, Alex L. Porter creates silhouette drawings built slowly and delicately using black ink to depict tree forms in highly focused detail. In his solo exhibition, “Reaching from Soil,” he explores growth through a ritual of drawing intricate layers of precise black lines on stark white paper, defining the raw and often chaotic forms of bare branches, twisted vines, and leaning trunks. Porter’s high contrast tree forms become icons, emerging beyond mere depiction of pastoral scenery, and dominate bold compositions that draw parallels between the brutal cycles of nature, living and dying, and our own human struggles. Pointing to our common involvement in experiencing the natural world, each mark made by the artist is equally attended to on the paper, requiring us to seek and find emphasis in an active process of viewing. The exhibition “Reaching from Soil” will be on view from September 10 through October 22 in the Terrace Gallery.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Alex L. Porter earned his BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, where he received The Kenneth Stubbs Memorial Award in Fine Art in both his Junior and Senior years. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, including Hillyer Art Space, Washington, DC; Gallery B, Bethesda, MD; District of Columbia Arts Center, Washington, DC; Circle Gallery, Annapolis, MD; The Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT; The von Liebig Art Center, Naples, FL; and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Porter maintains his studio practice in Washington, DC. Learn more at: