(a) An assemblage, a collection, harmonious union.
(b) A contract of friendship signified by a tessera, or symbol of the relationship.
Works by: Andries Fourie, Heidi Petersen & Tim Timmerman
Sept. 4 - October 28, 2014
Memorial Union Concourse Gallery
Tim Timmerman- Balaam
I was born in Phoenix Arizona in 1966. My father was from Brooklyn New York and my mother was from a small farm in Kansas. My childhood was spent in shorts, selling junk I made in front of our house, drawing spaceships, creating clubs I would coerce my friends to join, and melting crayons on the sidewalk. From the get go, I was always drawing characters (perhaps you saw some of my work in Highlights), and creating sculptures, recycling things my parents attempted to throw away. My mother was especially faithful in the grocery store to buy me drawing pads and various art materials. Perhaps she was just trying to keep me out of trouble.
High school was spent avoiding getting beaten up, avoiding home, and enjoying the benefits of pretending to be someone else. I went to college at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth for a year, and then finished my degree in studio art at Biola University in the Los Angeles area. Out of college I worked as a grade school art teacher in Carson, California and was also the assistant curator for the Los Angeles’ city art collection. Soon after I got into grad school to get my MFA at Washington State University in Pullman. After grad school I worked in Seattle, heading up art programs for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club, and also speaking to irate shoppers as a customer service phone agent for a clothing company. In 1993 I was hired by Grand Canyon University in Phoenix to teach art and chair the department. I was there for nine years. In July of 2003, I moved back to the wet and lovely Northwest to take a position within the art faculty at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. I have been here since, teaching students how to make things, living in community and walking to work.
I have had over twenty solo exhibitions from Washington D.C. to Southern California, and have participated in over fifty invitational, juried, and group exhibitions. Art for me is an integral part of the human experience and continues to be a place to be authentic and share hope, and the irony and blessings of life in all its beauty and mess.
The work I create comes from quite a loamy place. It tends to grow out of images of Hopi Kachinas, medieval illustrations, green men, misericords, and other carvings in wood and stone from the 11th to 15th century, the Dutch Baroque painters (Hals, Heda and Rembrandt), the Mannerists (Tintoretto and Veronese), with the emotional punch of the Expressionists (Kollwitz and Beckmann).
The artwork’s content is a coming to terms with being human, and my faith that there is something bigger than this temporal life. The use of assemblage in the work both in painted and actual form represents the amalgamation of events, genetics, things in the act of living that create who we are for better or for worse. Life simply seems to depend on the choices we make with what we are given.
Ultimately my hope is that the humanity of the work effectively functions as a mirror that the viewer may see his or her own
Andries Fourie- Kaboega
Andries Fourie is Salem-based artist, teacher and curator. A native of South Africa, he has an MA in Art from California State University, Sacramento, and a Masters of Fine Art from The University of California, Davis. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. His work and research deal with the intersection of memory, culture, identity and landscape in a South African context, and he has lectured, exhibited and conducted workshops in South Africa, Canada, Namibia and the United States. He is primarily a mixed-media sculptor, who includes elements of painting, installation and printmaking in his work.
My work concerns itself chiefly with the issues of memory, identity, and place as expressed in South Africans’ relationship with the land. As an Afrikaner (a white South African of Dutch descent) I view the present through the lens of a complicated, even contradictory, past. After three hundred years in Africa, Afrikaners are still torn between seeing themselves as European colonists or Africans. Vukani Mde’s aptly pointed out this sense of displacement when he wrote that white South Africans are like tourists in their own country. Being an emigrant who has lived away from my homeland for more than half of my life, my connection to my South African identity and my sense of place that is rooted in the South African landscape are very important to me. I make work that allows me to examine, illuminate and explore my connection to my homeland, my language, and memory. In a sense my work is an antidote for my fear of forgetting and displacement.
Heidi Petersen- Among the trees
For the past 20 years Heidi has worked in multiple mediums but is most recognized for her body of assemblage work. Heidi has exhibited in solo, juried, and invitational shows. To see a representative gallery of Heidi’s work, she welcomes you to visit www.heidipetersen.com.
Heidi lives amongst the firs on her property in Oregon City with her husband and kids.
I’ve always had an inclination for disarranging objects and finding new dynamic juxtapositions to create a piece of art. Assemblage is fitting for this approach. I seek to find the poetic interaction between objects to create a striking image.
These pieces are open eyed to what is, at the same time embodying a vision of a deeper world. I offer this poetic contesseration with a sense of anticipation and hope.