Oregon State University

Annual OSU Women’s Center Exhibit

View from Concourse Gallery

Art gallery case

 

 

- Pieces from participating artists - 

 

Malevolent Fairy - Four Portland

Malevolent Fair - Tara Murino-Brault  

She shares that since the beginning, symbolism has been a prominent theme in her work. Images such as trees, women, animals, and religious icons communicate ideas about cultural power and powerlessness, spiritualism, mortality, and rebirth. She enjoy playing with opposing elements such as light and dark, reason and folly, or good and evil, and the interdependence of each to define the other. With iconic etchings, relief prints and screenprints, she creates an illustrative approach to communicate at a deeper level and to engage people in a larger narrative beyond the image. Printmaking is her main medium, and she tends toward the practices of intaglio, relief and screenprints. These processes allow her to produce graphic images with different emphases, some vibrant in layered colors, and others rich with velvety blacks. She enjoys the tactile quality of making prints as well, and find that the physical nature of the process creates an extra layer of definition and meaning in each print.

 

Absarokee - Portland Four

Absarokee - Alison O'Donoghue 

Her work could be described as partly naïve, sometimes illustrative, at times cartoony, with some of her pieces being heavily patterned. Her paintings are mostly playful with creatures and people that are quite often glowing with life... awash in dimensional color and shade in a mostly two dimensional world. In many of her paintings, she combines everyday objects such as; cups of coffee, fruit, plants, humans, birds and odd, made up animals, into a fluid motion of interaction of intertwined shapes. The playful next to the sinister, give the paintings a sense of humor and the complexity of an unfolding story. In her larger work, Alison seems to have no intention of leaving a space unfilled or unpopulated as the figures become more of an overall pattern. It gives the viewer the feeling of looking at vines overtaking the world inside the painting in a kind of beautiful invasive force of nature. Her contemporary folk art and patterned worlds invite us to explore visually the simple beauty, complexity, interactions and sometimes the humorously sinister aspects of everyday life.

 

Space Coyote - Portland Four

Yarvin Battle Space Coyote - Plastorm

Platstorm is the pseudonym of self-taught mixed-media painter, Robert B. Fortney. If there’s an encompassing secret to his creative process, he thinks it must have something to do with the eventual revelation that artists have to roll up their sleeves and punch that merciless timeclock, just like everyone else. He has no formal art education and couldn’t draw a straight line if he tried. So the revelation, at least for himself, was gathering enough courage and confidence to “not draw” creatively. He primarily uses conventional acrylic painting tools combined with those traditionally used by graffiti artists. If forced to define a style, "it would be a mixture of abstraction, science fiction, and humor."

 

Enough Nuts - Michael T. Hensley

His current body of work is a reconciliation of his drawing and painting habits, combining them in new and unexpected ways. His goal is to find a balance between the light and the heavy, the spontaneous and the calculated, and in the end, revelation. The imagery is mostly autobiographical coming from an emotional and automatic practice of mark making, collage, painting and building layer upon layer of visual information. The idea is to reveal a glimpse of the subconscious as well as the outside world, an attempt to bring to the surface that which has never been seen before, the thrill of the unexpected. He has been exploring a variety of mediums including pencil, acrylic paint, oil paint, spray paint, collage, paint pens, house paint and anything he can make a mark with and mixing it all together. It is a way to challenge him and to push in new directions. He wants his work to show him things he may never have seen before. Otherwise, he feels it becomes predictable and loses its magic. His work is constantly evolving in this way, pushing the boundaries of what he already knows.

 

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Concourse Gallery Details

The
Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is one of the largest exhibition
spaces on the OSU Campus showcasing various exhibits featuring the
artwork of international, regional and local recognized artists.
Located in the heart of campus on the first floor of the beautiful &
historic Memorial Union, where presentations, conferences &
receptions can be accommodated.

 

Future
Exhibits

 

Art Department Student Printmakers

May 13-June 15, 2014

 

Reception May 20th

 

Past Exhibits

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