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
Rot Layer 3

Rot Layer 3

Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3 September 7, 2015 Work In Progress: ROT Layer 3 September 7, 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 3 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
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

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