Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

Rot Work in Progress: Layer 2

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2 August 29, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 2 August 29, 2015 I’ve reached the stage where I feel that this project is too insane. My hands and back hurt hurt and the process seems to be an endless tedious Sisyphean task that will produce nothing but a piece of crap. Oh, yes, I’m familiar with this part of the creative process. The only thing to do at this stage is to keep on going. It will evolve into something new tomorrow, next week or next month. Image below: Layer 2 Gouache on Paper 17 1/2 in. x 70 in. The map pins are gone. I couldn’t... Read More
Work in Progress: ROT August 15

Work in Progress: ROT August 15

Work In Progress: ROT August 15, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT August 15, 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 until... Read More
Rot on the 4th of July

Rot on the 4th of July

Rot on the 4th of July HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Rot on the 4th of July Over the 4th of July weekend I went to HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Search of rot (liver-er trees). This is a selection of what I found. Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson Brown rot Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-14 Elegant Fungus Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-2 Toupe? Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-3 Deep in a logjam in Lookout Creek Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-5 Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-10 Lookout Creek logjam Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-9 Lookout Creek logjam Rot-July-4-Leah-Wilson-4 The tree doesn’t lose its grasp after it falls... Read More
HJA Day 2015

HJA Day 2015

HJA Day 2015 June 25, 2015 Decomposition & Composition: Writing and Reflection Inspired by Long-Term Research This time at the log decomposition site I was there not to write, but to see if I could figure out what to paint for ROT, opening in January 2016 at the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon. I have been to this site many times, mostly by myself, sometimes with one other, but never with a group, and never with Mark Harmon. This is Mark Harmon’s PLACE. This year he is conducting the thirty year mark of research and observation here. It was a privilege to be shown various types... Read More
Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice

HJA Day 2015 June 20, 2015 Images From the Summer Solstice Photo Shoot Solstices/Equinoxes Project: HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Project June 20, 2015 from 5:25 AM to 8: 55PM The setup: Every 10 minutes from sunup from sundown we captured two images of the white rock in Watershed 2 and the surrounding creek. One of the two images included the color checker to enable me to calibrate every image to the proper color balance. Unlike previous sessions, Tim devised a simple, yet effective way to get the color checker as close to the rock as possible using a hiking stick and a medium metal clip.... Read More
Ambient in the GreenHouse at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

Ambient in the GreenHouse at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest

Ambient in The GreenHouse at HJA Andrews Experimental Forest Permanent Collection of Oregon State University, HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon Ambient in the GREENHouse at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Ambient is now part of the permanent collection of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest and Oregon State University! Many thanks to Mark, Leslie, Fred & Michael for making this happen! It looks right at home. 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. Leslie Ryan, Mark... Read More
Images From A Photoshoot – Spring Equinox

Images From A Photoshoot – Spring Equinox

Spring Equinox Solstices/Equinoxes Project Spring Equinox Photo Shoot Tim & and I arrived at Watershed 2 in the dark Saturday morning to set up for the Spring Equinox photoshoot for my Solstices/Equinoxes project. We broke everything down after sunset. I took photos every 10 minutes of the creek with my white rock sitting in the center of the image frames. These are some moments in between. Spring Equinox_Leah-Wilson White Rock in Watershed 2 Spring Equinox_Leah-Wilson Downstream flume Spring Equinox_Leah-Wilson Upstream from the pool Spring Equinox_Leah-Wilson Leah at the camera Spring... Read More
An Introduction to the White Rock

An Introduction to the White Rock

An Introduction to the White Rock HJ Andrews Project In 2008 I completed A Year of Average Colors of the South Yuba River: an mathematical determination of an aesthetic value. The project was extremely reductive, as its concept was to arrive at a single hue that represented the color of the entire river over the course of a year. The resulting paintings did not account for turbidity, time of day, weather, or countless other factors. It was as if one drop of color of the river, independent of the factors that contributed to the color was extracted, almost arbitrarily. The white rock was... Read More
Leah Wilson: Ambient  at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center

Leah Wilson: Ambient at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center

Leah Wilson: Ambient Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Roseburg, OR March 20, 2015 — May 1, 2015 Ambient HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Project March 20, 2015 — May 1, 2015 Opening Reception: March 20, 2015, 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM Umpqua Valley Arts Center Arts Center hours: T-Fri 10am to 4pm Saturday 10am to 2pm Closed Sunday, Monday and all major holidays Umpqua Valley Arts Association Regional Arts Council 1624 W. Harvard Avenue Roseburg, Oregon 97471 (541) 672-2532 Umpqua Valley Arts Center... Read More
HJ Andrews Project: Ambient

HJ Andrews Project: Ambient

I want to find out what colors comprise a creek. It seemed like a fairly straightforward thing to do until I got started. It turns out that everything changes constantly. This is the first iteration of an idea using my white rock. I put it in Watershed 1 near the mouth of Lookout Creek in the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest (scientist creek naming is not very creative). It serves as a white reference point to compare the creek surrounding the rock. The top panel consists of the white rock colors. The bottom is the creek bed colors. The colors in both panels are arranged by time. Each minute... Read More
Gauges

Gauges

I’ve been in one of those post-project/pre-project limbo funks. These are the times that, I have been told, I am the most difficult to live with. I don’t have grounding in the limbo times: I’ve let go of the last project, but I haven’t yet grabbed a hold of a new one. Lack of grounding is known to make me irritable. Sometimes, if the limbo time starts to drag on, it becomes uncomfortable. The unknown starts to feel oppressive and I get anxious. I start to think that I have used up my entire allotment of ideas for my lifetime, as if there is a fixed amount, but... Read More
The Structure of Nature Exhibition Images at The Arts Center

The Structure of Nature Exhibition Images at The Arts Center

The Structure of Nature The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR Leah Wilson & Carol Chapel: The Structure of Nature April 17, 2014 – May 24, 2014 Images from the opening reception Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the Arts Center in Corvallis, OR   StructureOfNature_ExhibitPostcard-1-1080×675 Structure-of-Nature-reception-18_Leah-Wilson Structure-of-Nature-reception-17_Leah-Wilson Structure-of-Nature-reception-14_Leah-Wilson Structure-of-Nature-reception-2_Leah-Wilson Structure-of-Nature-reception-0_Leah-Wilson Structure-of-Nature-exhibition-23_Leah-Wilson... Read More

Years – Bartholomaus Traubeck

Every now and then I come across another artist that is working in a similar vein as myself. Bartholomaus Traubeck has modified a turntable to play slices of wood. The tree rings provide the data that is processed by a programmed system used to create piano music. The system is the same for each tree slice, but each tree provides strikingly different results: A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall... Read More
The Structure of Nature

The Structure of Nature

April 17, 2014 – May 24, 2014; Opening Reception: April 17, 2014, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM;Artist Talk: May 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM
The Arts Center
700 SW Madison Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 754-1551
The Arts Center

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Verticality of Trees

Verticality of Trees

I planned to take notes and photographs when out in the field at the Andrews Forest so I wore thin glove liners. My fingers quickly became too cold to do anything but shove my hands in my pockets for warmth. I eventually gave up on the idea that I would record anything and just left it all in Fred’s car. We wandered around to a few locations without a specific purpose in mind. Fred, my favorite geomorphologist and willing collaborator, showed me some alluvial fans. When looking at a map I had to naively ask him to tell me what a fan is. We were in fact, practically standing on one without me... Read More

What Will Scientists Gain From Collaborating With Artists?

The last question a student asked of my work after my Portland Community College lecture was, ‘What do you think scientists will gain from collaborating with artists?’ This was probably the most important question of the evening. I didn’t have a very good answer at the time because it’s a question I am still working through myself. I told her that I don’t know. It was the honest answer. But I have some thoughts on what I would like to see happen through collaboration, some of which I attempted to explain. I think that too many people are disconnected from their own creativity. This is a... Read More
Leah Wilson: Distillations of Place

Leah Wilson: Distillations of Place

Leah Wilson: Distillations of Place Cascade Gallery, Portland, Oregon November 14, 2013 – January 9, 2014 Opening Reception: Thursday , November 14, 2013, 4 – 4:50 PM Terrell Hall 102, PCC Cascade Campus Artist Talk: Thursday, November 14, 2013, 6-6:50 PM Moriarty Arts & Humanities Building (MAHB) Room 222, PCC Cascade Campus Portland Community College Cascade Campus Terrell Hall 102 705 N Killingsworth Portland, OR 97217 971.722.5326 Gallery Hours: 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday Cascade Gallery Image: Becoming One: Finley VII (Late Fall), 2012, oil on wood panel,... Read More
HJ Andrews Project Beginnings

HJ Andrews Project Beginnings

What would happen with my art, and myself, if I had one place that I worked with for the rest of my life? HJ Andrews Experimental Forest is, in many regards, a lot like much of the forest in the western Cascade Range of Oregon. There are patches of old-growth forest within logged areas. But unlike any of the other forested land in Oregon, it is also a place dedicated to long-term ecological research. Scientists begin research projects with the intention that the inquiry will span 200 years. We can’t imagine now many of the questions that scientists will be asking about the forest in... Read More

Sky/Water I

Began January 26, 2013. Finished September 22, 2013. Mapping is a theme that I have investigated for over a decade. With this project I wanted to see what the visual correlation is with the color patterns created by air and water in the creek below me (I was standing on a bridge) and the sky above on a snowy January day. The lines in the painting, visually similar to lines on a topographical map, designate color gradations rather than elevation. Read More

Some Thoughts After HJA Day

As Dana Warren passed us palm-sized convex, gridded mirrors, he told us that, as an aquatic ecosystems field researcher, he rarely looks up. Using this tool, a densiometer, to observe the sky, he still doesn’t need to look up. He can continue looking down as he typically does. With that admission my Sky/Water paintings felt more meaningful to me. I started the paintings with trepidation, thinking I was working with a simplistic concept that I feared may be too basic to explore. After holding a densiometer in my hand to look down to see the sky, I realized that I had addressed a... Read More
Water Underpaintings

Water Underpaintings

I have begun painting the 3 companion panels to the sky paintings. Water is much more irregular than sky, at least this is the case for this particular place at this particular time. The challenge with starting these paintings has been how to deconstruct and separate information about the creek into small, more manageable pieces that I will then be able to rebuild to make the paintings, much like a layered jigsaw puzzle. I have decided to share some of the process. The image below is of two of the water panels (2 & 3 to be exact). The first step was to paint each panel a golden yellow.... Read More
HJ Andrews Sky Panels

HJ Andrews Sky Panels

These three panels are the sky panels of the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Project: Sky/Water, January 26, 2013; 1:48 PM; Road 1506 Bridge Over Lookout Creek Near Road 1506 Junction. It was a cold, snowy winter day. I’ve wanted to make some luminous gray paintings for a while – there is so much gray in Oregon winters that I feel like I need to explore the possibilities of muted gray tones. This day provided a great opportunity to start. The sky was an ominous gray and the water underneath the bridge, a varied mix of brown and blue grays. The system that I developed for this... Read More
HJ Andrews Project Sponsorship & Donations

HJ Andrews Project Sponsorship & Donations

When donating, please designate that you would like your donation to fund Leah Wilson – Distillations of Place HJ Andrews Experimental Forest project. Thank you. In October 2012 I was an artist in residence at HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Blue River, Oregon. Beginning with the Average Colors of the South Yuba River: a mathematical determination of an aesthetic value project in 2007, I have completed several year-long projects that track changes in the environment over time. Now I have made the decision to adopt HJ Andrews Experimental Forest as a life-long project of... Read More

Failed Paintings and Seeds of Ideas

I developed a concept and created sketches and reference material for some paintings. I constructed and prepared a panel and got to work on the first painting of the series. A few days into it I realized I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the way that it was turning out and I wasn’t engaged with the idea. This is not a good combination. In the past I may have struggled with it for a while. I may have dragged myself into the studio to try to revive a dying thing. But this time, when I realized that this painting and series didn’t have a future, I just stopped and walked away. The hardest thing... Read More

Sticker Shock

Now that I have a long-term project based on HJ Andrews Experimental Forest underway, I thought that I may as well make this BIG. However, making things big is difficult for a few reasons: 1) My studio is not big; 2) My cash flow is also what you can consider ‘not big.’ So, the logical step is not to scale things down, but to make some not big things bigger. Step one is trying to find the funds for this project. I dusted off the grant writing book and got to work. One thing that I was unprepared for was how many uncomfortable feelings about money come bubbling to the surface when money comes... Read More

A Little Creative Flow

After my October residency at HJ Andrews nothing happened. It was like the experience stopped any and all creative flow. I actually started to get worried that I had used up my good idea quota. It took three months, but then an idea started to form. In late January I headed back to HJ Andrews to take some reference photos. My plan was to go to two locations on Lookout Creek, at a bridge, the other higher up along a trail in the old growth forest. It was a cold, wet day, but fairly warm for January. It was only spitting slush; at least it wasn’t snowing. But as I got closer to my first... Read More

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