Collecting Evanescence – Six Years at the Andrews

Collecting Evanescence – Six Years at the Andrews

Leah Wilson: Collecting Evanescence Six Years at the Andrews Joan Truckenbrod PopUp Gallery, Corvallis, Oregon Dates: October 6 – October 27, 2018  Opening Reception: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Artist Talk: Saturday, October 6, 2018, Corvallis Art Walk: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Address: 517 SW Second St., Corvallis, OR Hours: Saturday 12:p0 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Leah Wilson’s solo exhibition of work from the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest since 2012 titled, Leah Wilson: Collecting Evanescence – Six Years at the Andrews will be seen at Joan... Read More
Metanoia Catalyst

Metanoia Catalyst

More Metanoia Catalyst Metanoia Catalyst LEAH WILSON & KATE ALI HULT CENTER PLAZA JULY 27, 2018 – AUGUST 3, 2018 Eugene BRIDGE Exhibitions 2018 How do we adapt to radical change? What does regeneration look like? How do we foster positive growth in our struggling populations? How can we improve/impact our social and cultural landscape to foster a sense of belonging and hope for the future? These questions are being considered at micro and macro levels across our city, state, country and global community, from Eugene’s art community to Federal land management and international policies.... Read More
Muses

Muses

I am not drawn to the more contemporary understanding of a muse as a particular person who inspires an artist to create work, almost like a love letter about the one objectified as the muse. I am more interested in the ancient Greek understanding of the muses. They are more like nymphs who could be found in forests and streams. They are capricious beings who have ideas of their own and they are looking for someone to help them manifest those ideas into tangible creations in the world. They are transient collaborators at best.

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In the Studio

In the Studio

I find this to be a hilariously accurate depiction of my time in the studio lately. I spend hours hand cutting Dura-Lar only to find that when I am done for the day, it looks as if nothing has happened. Studio News & Events So much occurs behind a closed studio door. Taking inspiration from Anne Truitt's Daybook, Studio News will provide you with a glimpse into the art making process. Sign up for an insider look. Sign Me... Read More
Emergence

Emergence

I gave myself permission to retreat from the public for a while, to hole myself away in my studio to work with new material and ideas. I needed to be able to make mistakes and to fail without scrutiny. It’s been like my own extended artist residency. But now, I feel it is time to reemerge and to share what I have been up to. Solstices/Equinoxes, Rogers Gallery, Willamette University, Salem, OR Sometimes living and working in Eugene, Oregon can feel isolating. It is far removed from any major art center. In the summer of 2016 Kathleen Caprario, another local artist, was also feeling isolated.... Read More
Life Size

Life Size

Kate Ali built a full-scale model of Gray Space. We moved it out of the shop to get a feel of how the scale of the space will work outside. Older Post: ← Isolation Newer Post: Emergence... Read More
Isolation

Isolation

I remember a conversation, not so long ago, I had with Kathleen Caprario. We both expressed the isolation we were feeling as artists living in Eugene, with its lack of contemporary art venues and support, and how tired we were of feeling so isolated. Since moving here in 2008, I have frequently questioned whether I should stay here or relocate to a city with a vibrant and thriving contemporary art scene. After our conversation, I did what I usually do: I went back to my studio to make things in isolation. But Kathleen did something different. Last summer she invited some artists she wanted... Read More
Gray Space

Gray Space

I’m involved with a new collaborative project entitled Gray Space. Gray Space is a collaborative endeavor that explores the idea of site/context. Eight artists will separately install and document the placement of a micro/mobile-gallery called Gray Space in site-specific and potentially unsuspecting or unknown locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Each of the participating artists will select a location for Gray Space and will install a contextually specific work of art inside. Gray Space will activate public space and point to context as being inherent to the idea of perception... Read More
Solstices/Equinoxes: Work-In-Progress

Solstices/Equinoxes: Work-In-Progress

Solstices/Equinoxes Work-In-Progress Spring Equinox Solstices/Equinoxes: Spring Equinox, 40 in. x 77 in., Oil on 3 wood panels, 2016 Solstices/Equinoxes Project Overview These are the main questions that I posed for this project: How do the colors of the creek change throughout a day? How does the colors of the creek change over the year? Procedure at the creek On the solstices and equinoxes of one year, I spent the entire day from before sunrise to after sunset at the gauging station of Watershed 2 at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. Beginning precisely at sunrise, I took a photo of the... Read More
Empathy

Empathy

Empathy Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Empathy Part 5: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Sitting at Watershed 2 Sit in the forest for a day with no agenda. Swim naked in the creek. Sleep under the stars. The only thing that is required is that you pay attention. Take yourself out of your head: It might take a few days. Stay. Speak little, or not at all. Stay until you feel at ease with the silence. Stay until you hear the rustle of something small... Read More
Faith

Faith

Faith Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Faith Part 4: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Lookout Creek on the Winter Solstice I don’t have faith in many things at the moment. This year, so far, has been one of those years to shake most of it out of me. However, I do have faith in one thing. It has never failed me, not even once. I trust that the world is beautiful (although I still haven’t been able to figure out why it is so). My artwork depends on it.... Read More
Wonder – Why is the world so beautiful?

Wonder – Why is the world so beautiful?

Wonder Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson An Open Letter to Robin Wall Kimmerer Why is the World So Beautiful? Wonder An Open Letter to Robin Wall Kimmerer: Why is the world so beautiful? Part 3: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Penguin Crossing Dear Robin Wall Kimmerer, At the end of his presentation at the Arts/Sciences Convergences at OSU introduction, poet and writer Charles Goodrich asked this question on your behalf: Why is the world so... Read More
Eye Surgery Haiku

Eye Surgery Haiku

Eye Surgery Haiku Eye Surgery Haiku primary art tool an angry Frankenstein sewn: eye surgery eyelid swollen shut paintbrush can’t find the surface colors become gray eye is open now and the world appears vivid two eyes in concert Older Post: ← Story Newer Post: Wonder - Why is the world so beautiful?... Read More
Story

Story

Story Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson And Notes for the Art Science Convergences at OSU Panel Discussion Story Part 2: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Ambient: October 11, 2014, Between 10:55 AM and 3:42 PM; Watershed 1, Lookout Creek & Watershed 3 Oil on 6 Wood Panels, 25 1/2 in. x 112 in.     Telling you what I do is fairly easy: I make abstract paintings that show chromatic changes in the environment that we can’t easily see or track with... Read More
Patience

Patience

Patience Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson Patience Part 1: Responses to the essay Poetry-Science Gratitude Duet by Alison Hawthorne Deming and Frederick J. Swanson 200 Year Log Decomposition Study Patience is at the essence of the log decomposition study at HJ Andrews. Mark Harmon began the study of forest ‘morticulture’ at the Andrews about 30 years ago. It is designed to continue for 200 years. How patient must one be to wait to know that the answer that you are seeking will not be found during your own lifetime?... Read More
Silence

Silence

Silence     “He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence has been on my mind lately, especially when I am in my studio painting. Without silence there is no music, no prose, no composition. It is only through silence and emptiness that form can emerge. Recently I went to the symphony and I paid careful attention to the silences. They are between the notes, they separate the movements, and they mark the end of a piece. The silence that occurs between the last note, and the first cough and shuffle from the audience, hums... Read More
Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail

Discovery Trail Published in the Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Exhibition Catalog, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR, January 2016 " Discovery Trail A lacquered tree round adorned with an image of a salamander marks the beginning of the Discovery Trail located at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest headquarters. The trail wanders through old growth forest and leads to Lookout Creek. Along the trail you will find no signs or kiosks designating an area or object as particularly “discover worthy.” There is an invitation at the trailhead to discover, but it does not dictate what that discovery... Read More
The End to Adventures in Unemployment – The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment

The End to Adventures in Unemployment – The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment

The End to Adventures in Unemployment The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment Recently I’ve learned a few things about the way that I think about money and jobs. I learned that if I have a day job that gives me no pleasure, doesn’t value my skills, and gives me a small wage for showing up every day, and I lose that job, then I am labeled ‘Unemployed’. When you are labeled unemployed, there are certain things that need to be done to fulfill the obligations of one who has joined those ranks. Each one of those things that I had to do reinforced that label that was place upon me. It felt... Read More
Art/Science Convergences at OSU

Art/Science Convergences at OSU

The Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University Presents Art/Science Convergences at OSU Dates:  Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Address: Oregon State University, Memorial Union Journey Room Older Post: ← Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR Newer Post: The End to Adventures in Unemployment - The Beginning to Adventures in Self Employment... Read More
Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

The World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon Dates:  March 10, 2016 – May 1, 2016 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Address: 4033 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR 97222 Phone: (503) 228-1367 Hours: Current Winter Hours: 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. Open Thursday through Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Older Post: ← EXHIBITION - Rot: The Afterlife of Trees @ The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR Newer Post: Art/Science Convergences at OSU... Read More
Rot Work In Progress – Final Layer

Rot Work In Progress – Final Layer

Work In Progress: ROT Final Layer January 5, 2016 Work In Progress: ROT Final Layer January 5, 2016 The final layer is completed. It’s an odd feeling. I’ve have spent so much time with this project over the past 6 months. As much as I was happily anticipating finishing, I was unprepared to finish gluing the last piece and not moving directly into cutting another layer. I am going to miss the process of   working through this piece. At times it has been tedious, frustrating, maddening, meditative and deeply satisfying. However it is not yet complete. This Sunday I will hang it in... Read More
Progress Report – Rot Midpoint Layer 6

Progress Report – Rot Midpoint Layer 6

Work In Progress: ROT Midpoint Layer 6 October 25, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 6 (midpoint) October 25, 2015 Layer 6 is still in progress. The paper has not been painted and in some places is not fixed to the piece. Layer 6 in its unfinished form contrasts with the earlier layers to more easily show the building of the layers of the piece. Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to... Read More
Corvallis Science Pub

Corvallis Science Pub

Rot at the Corvallis Science Pub November 9, 2015 6:00PM – 7:30PM We’ll be infusing art into the science pub! Come have a beer with me, ecologist Mark Harmon and artists Andries Fourier Bob Keefer and David Paul Bayles. We may value forests most for timber, wildlife and scenic beauty, but the real treasure may lie largely hidden in the soil. It’s there among the insects, fungi and other ground-dwelling organisms that tree growth is fostered and maintained through the rot and recycling of dead trees. Speakers at the November 9 Corvallis Science Pub will combine the science of tree... Read More
Rot In Progress Layer 5

Rot In Progress Layer 5

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5 October 11, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 5 October 11, 2015 Typically, I’m not too keen on documenting my work in progress. Exposing the awkwardness of  developing piece is something I avoid, usually to protect the uneven growth of the work. I need to provide space for it to safely fail, to have the freedom to hit a dead end and make a U-turn. Already this piece has hit many dead ends. Many iterations died before anything was ever manifested. But, I make an exception for the ROT exhibition at the Art Center in Corvallis. I agreed to blog about it. Waiting... Read More
Rot In Progress Layer 4

Rot In Progress Layer 4

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4 September 26, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 4 September 26, 2015 The project has developed its own rhythm. I learn as I go. Each layer becomes more delicate and I hope that my skills with the blade increase with each layer’s intricacies. Image below: Layer 4 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in.   Progression of the Work in Progress Untitled Rot: The Afterlife of Trees Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-1 Work In Progress: Base Layer Rot-Work-In-Progress-Base-Layer-2 Work In Progress: Base Layer with Gouache Rot-Work-In-Progress-Layer-2 Work In Progress:... Read More

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