Events

Metanoia Catalyst

Leah Wilson & Kate Ali

Eugene Bridge Exhibitions 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Friday August 3, 2018

Location: Willamette Street walkway between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue (In front of the defunct Jacobs Galley at the Hult Center)

Metanoia Catalyst

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.

Fire is the springboard for growth. It has been used as a tool because of its regenerative powers in land management and political struggles alike. Last August there was a sense that the whole country was on fire either physically or emotionally. The power and speed in which nature regenerates in the wake of a burnt landscape is both a miraculous and inspiring phenomenon. It is a needed reminder that we are part of a cycle, one that has happened before, will come again and the sooner we rebuild and foster regrowth, the better.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Kate Ali

Kate Ali’s interdisciplinary sculpture takes familiar items and re-contextualizes them. In doing this she investigates the ways in which we relate to the world and its objects through space, materiality and association. Because she is using forms that reference a utilitarian entity, there is an interactive quality to much of her work.

Soon after receiving her BFA from California College of the Arts she was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant for Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work in California, New York, Oregon and recently in Japan after participating in an international residency at Gallery Sudoh. Kate’s public art experience ranges from artist and designer to project manager, giving her a unique perspective on the public art world.

Her interest in facilitating creative opportunities for artists in Oregon led her to create the Gray Space Project. Her own works’ focus on personal space influenced the size of the 6’x6’x6’ micro gallery, making it relate directly to the human scale. Her drive to create the Gray Space project was to fulfill the need for a new format for displaying and viewing artwork, enabling artists to control the context in which their artwork is viewed.

 Kate is currently an Art Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission’s Percent for Art program. For more information, visit Kate Ali’s website.

Leah Wilson

Leah Wilson’s place based artwork address changes within environmental ecosystems over time. Both process and finished work reflect an engagement with ecology and environmental engineering through observation and data. Her artwork tells stories of landscapes that have been exploited and manipulated for their natural resources, and reveal the results of ongoing habitat restoration projects.

After earning an Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute, Leah Wilson moved to Nevada City in California’s Gold Country in the Sierra Nevada foothills to pursue making art and teaching whitewater kayaking. Often with much overlap in pursuits while there, she created a pivotal project influenced by environmental decision-making process of scientists, resource managers, and special interest groups during the FERC relicensing of her local watershed, the South Yuba River. This experience, as well as years of running whitewater, continues to inform her process.

A 2012 artist residency at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades introduced her to ecologists working on long-term studies in the forest. That experience, and her interactions with the scientists, relates to her current work. Wilson’s interaction with the forest and its associated ecologists led her to realize that science in general, and ecology in particular, seeks to identify patterns (and changes in patterns) over time.  Often, in terms of process and product, the most evident element of her work is repetition, rhythm, and pattern related to water in general, and rivers and streams in particular.

Leah Wilson’s paintings have been exhibited at galleries  including the Roger W. Rogers Gallery at Willamette University, Cascade Gallery at Portland Community College and Guardino Gallery in Portland, Oregon, the Arts Center in Corvallis, Oregon, and Julie Baker Fine Art in Nevada City, California. Her work is in the collections of Oregon State University, Umpqua Community College, Adobe Systems Inc., eBay, Inc., and other corporate and private collections. For more information, visit Leah Wilson’s website.

Metanoia Catalyst

Trophallacy

Performance by Vicki Amorose
With Tailgate Party for Art by Gray Space

Saturday May 26, 2018
7:00pm Performance (Slightly Cafe, 545 East 8th Ave, Eugene, OR)
6:00-8:00pm Tailgate Party for Art (500 block of East 8th Ave)

“Trophallacy” by Vicki Amorose, found trophy, rose thorns, metal, 2018

Images courtesy of Rachell Jarvis (top) and Sunny Selby (bottom left, bottom right)

Trophallacy critiques the dominance of the Win/Lose paradigm, pointedly in the arts. Blending live performance, video and voiceover, the work illuminates our cultural obsession with the creation of contests, rankings and competitions, and questions the artist’s acceptance of a damaging and often self-imposed framework. Vicki Amorose is an award-losing artist and writer, and a member of Gray Space project.

The Tailgate Party for Art, initiated by Gray Space, takes place 6-8pm outside the venue, with a 7pm break for the performance. 2D work by Gray Space artists will be on view through the month of June. Check out the interview with Kate Ali, Vicki Amorose and Eugene Contemporary Art.

Trophallacy at Slightly Cafe

Trophallacy

Congratulations to Gray Space artist Renee Couture, Recipient of the 2018 Individual Arts Fellowship!

Oregon Arts Commission

Renee Couture received her MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, VT and BA in Studio Art from Buena Vista University, Storm Lake, IA. She has travelled extensively, working as a camp counselor, wild land fire fighter, gourmet goat cheese maker, international backpacker and bank employee. She moved to Oregon in 2004 after completing Peace Corps service in Bolivia.

Couture’s work has been exhibited nationally. Recent venues include Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, OR; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland; Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; University of Nebraska, Omaha; and Umpqua Valley Arts Association, Roseburg, OR. She is the recipient of two Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and two Project Grants from the Douglas Country Cultural Coalition. Couture has been featured on OPB’s “Oregon Art Beat,” and has completed recent artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and Djerassi Resident Artist Program, among others.

Couture lives on seven acres in rural southern Oregon and teaches art at Umpqua Community College. “Using my own rural community as a starting point,’ she says, “I articulate the complexity and range of the public’s relationships with the nearby landscape and how these relationships reshape over time.”

Image: I am my own acreage, 2017. Gold leaf on paper, artist designed wallpaper

Renee Couture – Artist Talk

Renee Couture will be giving an artist lecture at the Bend Art Center on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 5p.m. Come hear her talk about her work and about Gray Space.

Influenced by both the personal and the political, sculptor Renee Couture draws inspiration from the historical and social landscape of place. Using her own rural community as a starting point, she articulates the complexity and range of the public’s relationship with the land.

Renee Couture: Recapture

Dates: January 8 – March 22
Artist talk/reception: Wednesday, February 21 at 2 pm
Location: LCC Art Gallery
Art & Applied Design Department, Building 11
4000 East 30th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97405
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm and Friday, 8 am – 4 pm
I am not my grandmother’s flower garden
archival pigment print, gold leaf on paper diptych
2017

 

White Noise

Kathleen Caprario

Saturday, October 28, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kathleen Caprario: caprariok@lanecc.edu
Web: http://grayspaceproject.com/

GRAY SPACE:

Oregon Artists Present
White Noise

(October 2017, Eugene, Oregon) GRAY SPACE is a cube-shaped itinerant art space, welded and wheeled by artists. The artists of the GRAY SPACE group will install their individual work inside the 6’x6’x6’ GRAY SPACE and park it for a day at various locations throughout Oregon. Each artist will create a different art installation. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center.

White Noise is a digital media installation that explores institutional racism in America. Viewers are presented with the opportunity to consider and confront their own feelings about race, the benefits of white privilege and to remember those who have died in racially motivated or institutional killings. The venues for presentation on Saturday, October 28, 2017—the Oak Grove rest stop on the I-5 corridor (mile 206), Skinner’s Butte from 6th and Willamette Sts. and the historic Mims House—reference different aspects of the area’s relationship to race.

Concept:

Within the Gray Space cube, viewers will be presented with the highly abstracted and looped White Noise video projected on a white sheet and viewable from both sides. Graphite drawings done of each of the remembered individuals and a list acknowledging them will be displayed within the cube.

The image of low-level static that metaphorically represents the status quo and normalcy assumed by those who benefit from white privilege or feel themselves unaffected by and insulated from issues related to racism is looped and unending. Symbolic absences, 2/10ths of a second of black, invite the viewer to consider their response to the complex cultural dynamics of race in America. After the initial static and first absence that commemorates Trayvon Martin’s death, more static and the remaining absences follow. Those absences, 2/10ths of a second for each individual remembered, interrupt the relentless static and appear chronologically within the track. The nine victims of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting are represented by a longer, combined absence that commemorates their loss. These deaths were selected due to the resulting media involvement and social action response to their stories − each tragic loss became the catalyst for social awareness, protest, and change. Each tenth of a second experienced in the audio file represents a calendar day beginning on January 1, 2012, and is periodically updated to reflect the ongoing passage of time and events.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Kathleen Caprario traded the concrete canyons of the New York/New Jersey Metro Area for the real canyons and broad skies of the Pacific NW in the late 1970’s. Her early work reflected the experience of living and growing up in an urban area. But living in Oregon transformed the architecturally inspired work she had been doing into the architectonic shapes and patterns of the high desert, coastal rock formations and the openness of the seemingly infinite space that was her new home.

In addition to Caprario’s studio practice, she writes and performs stand-up comedy in the Eugene area. She recently wrote and produced a short film based on her comedy and life, “Mourning After” (19:47), in conjunction with the Shaggy Dog Project and the Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA), Eugene. “Mourning After,” was premiered at the non-juried Short Film Corner at the 67th Cannes Film Festival, France (2014).

Caprario studied both painting and textile design in art school and worked as a fabric designer in New York’s Garment District in the mid 1970’s. One of her original designs was the first printed repetition of the splattered, distressed jeans look; it sold thousands of yards, was printed on every sort of material imaginable and made into pants, shirts, skirts and the like—“ready-to-wear Pollock.” Her early career in textile design focused her attention on repeated motifs and she developed an interest in pattern and its cultural associations to feminine identity as well as the environment. That insight, coupled with having lived most of her adult life in the Pacific Northwest, has firmly rooted her creative practice in landscape, identity and the relationship of self to nature.

Kathleen Caprario exhibits her work regionally and nationally, and she received an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 1989. Artist residences at the Graves’ Foundation (2014, 2009), Playa at Summer Lake (2011), the Jentel Foundation (2007) and the Ucross Foundation (1985), as well as living and working with Aboriginal children in Central Australia (2010) have informed and continue to inspire her work. Her teaching includes Adjunct Instructor appointments for the Art Departments at Oregon State University and Lane Community College.

Visit Artist Website

ABOUT GRAY SPACE PROJECT:

The GRAY SPACE artists are Kate Ali, Lee Imonen, Michael Boonstra, Kathleen Caprario, Sandee McGee, Andrew Myers, Leah Wilson, Renee Couture and Vicki Amorose. This group of Oregon artists gathers around an ideaphoric concept: the traveling installation space, freely accessible to random audiences. In its first year, GRAY SPACE will be parked at various locations in Oregon. The artist will be present to talk about their work. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. While on site, the project activates public space and explores the interplay between site, context, art and viewer. GRAY SPACE artists find momentum together and tap the generative resource of each other’s creative drive.

CONTACT:

Email Kathleen Caprario caprariok@lanecc.edu

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Mims House

Skinner's Butte

Oak Grove Rest Area

The Highest Fence

Renee Couture

Saturday, September 30, Beginning at 11am

Viewing in the Northbound Cabin Creek Rest Area, 20 miles north of Roseburg (milepost 142)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Renee Couture reneemcouture@gmail.com

GRAY SPACE: Oregon Artists Present

A Cube-Shaped Itinerant Art Space

Viewing in the Northbound Cabin Creek Rest Area, 20 miles north of Roseburg (milepost 142), Saturday, September 30, Beginning at 11am

(September 2017, Cabin Creek Rest Area/I-5, Oregon) GRAY SPACE is a cube-shaped itinerant art space, welded and wheeled by artists. The artists of the GRAY SPACE group will install their individual work inside the 6’x6’x6’ GRAY SPACE and park it for a day at various locations throughout Oregon. Each artist will create a different art installation. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center.

Its first travel location along the I-5 corridor is the Northbound Cabin Creek Rest Area, just 20 miles north of Roseburg. GRAY SPACE will be deployed Saturday, September 30, 11 am – 3 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Renee Couture is the second artist to install work in GRAY SPACE module. This work, titled The Highest Fence, focuses on ideas of boundaries and borders – how they impact our lives and how we move through the world. She explores this phenomena through layers and layers of large-scale, cut paper fences as a fence is a man-made barrier that encloses, surrounds, confines, separates, protects, and shows ownership. The idea for The Highest Fence emerged from a variety of sources including the artist’s own life living in rural Southern Oregon’s O&C “checkerboard land ownership”, proverbs, and recent political commentary on fence/wall building.

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Renee Couture works in sculpture, photography, and drawing. After receiving her BA and before receiving her MFA in Visual Art, Renee rambled about the United States and South America working a wide range of jobs from camp counselor to wild land fire fighter to gourmet goat cheese maker, international backpacker to bank employee. She has exhibited her work nationally in group exhibitions and as a solo artist. Renee has won two Career Opportunity Grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, and also participated in residency programs at Jentel, Vermont Studio Center, Playa, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and Djerassi. She jumped at the opportunity to be participate in GRAY SPACE project out of a drive expand art practice and connect with new audiences. Renee is currently Adjunct Fine Art Faculty at Umpqua Community College. Visit Artist’s Website: www.rcoutureart.com

 

ABOUT GRAY SPACE PROJECT:

The GRAY SPACE artists are Kate Ali, Lee ImonenMichael BoonstraKathleen CaprarioSandee McGeeAndrew MyersLeah WilsonRenee Couture and Vicki Amorose. This group of Oregon artists gathers around an ideaphoric concept: the traveling installation space, freely accessible to random audiences. In its first year, GRAY SPACE will be parked at various locations in Oregon. The artist will be present to talk about their work. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. While on site, the project activates public space and explores the interplay between site, context, art and viewer. GRAY SPACE artists find momentum together and tap the generative resource of each other’s creative drive.

CONTACT: Email Renee Couture reneemcouture@gmail.com

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The Highest Fence

Shelter In Place

Kate Ali & Lee Imonen

Friday August 18, 5:30-8:30pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Ali aliartcoordinator@gmail.com
Web: http://grayspaceproject.com/

GRAY SPACE: Oregon Artists Present
A Cube-Shaped Itinerant Art Space

Preview in Downtown Eugene, Friday August 18, 5:30-8:30pm
(August 2017, Eugene, Oregon) GRAY SPACE is a cube-shaped itinerant art space, welded and wheeled by artists. The artists of the GRAY SPACE group will install their individual work inside the 6’x6’x6’ GRAY SPACE and park it for a day at various locations throughout Oregon. Each artist will create a different art installation. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. In advance of its travels, GRAY SPACE premieres in downtown Eugene. The outdoor event takes place Friday, August 18, 5:30-8:30pm, on the Eugene Park Blocks at 8th Avenue and Oak Street.

Kate Ali and Lee Imonen are the first artists to deploy GRAY SPACE. Ali and Imonen are Oregon art leaders and educators, as well as fine art and public art sculptors. They will create, over the course of several hours, a temporary installation and performance piece alongside the GRAY SPACE module. This work, titled Shelter in Place, will be built of brick and mortar and result in the creation of two distinct objects. Members of the art community will join in the work force, with the intention of getting to know one other and building something together.

The idea for Shelter in Place arose from a discussion between the artists about labor and intention. They share an overwhelming feeling that real work needs to be done in contemporary society and that a primary question is where to put one’s attention.

The public is invited to this free event, presented by City of Eugene Cultural Services and ArtCity

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Kate Ali works in sculpture and design. Soon after receiving her BFA from California College of the Arts, she was awarded the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship Grant for Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work in California, New York, and Oregon, and also participated in an international residency at Gallery Sudoh, Japan. Ali has created numerous public artworks, participating as artist, designer and project manager. She initiated GRAY SPACE project out of her drive to create new opportunities for artists. Kate is Art Coordinator for the Oregon Arts Commission’s Percent for Art program. Visit Artist Website

Lee Imonen is a public artist working in sculpture and design. His work is centered on the relationships between people and the objects and spaces with which they surround themselves.  He was awarded his BA from Willamette University, and his MFA from the University of Oregon.  He has completed many large public commissions throughout the state of Oregon and his work is held in public and private collections internationally. Imonen has been teaching at Lane Community College since 2000 and is a partner in Imonali Design Team. Visit Artist Website

ABOUT GRAY SPACE PROJECT:
The GRAY SPACE artists are Kate Ali, Lee Imonen, Michael Boonstra, Kathleen Caprario, Sandee McGee, Andrew Myers, Leah Wilson, Renee Couture and Vicki Amorose. This group of Oregon artists gathers around an ideaphoric concept: the traveling installation space, freely accessible to random audiences. In its first year, GRAY SPACE will be parked at various locations in Oregon. The artist will be present to talk about their work. GRAY SPACE intentionally engages an audience without the confines and expectations of a gallery or art center. While on site, the project activates public space and explores the interplay between site, context, art and viewer. GRAY SPACE artists find momentum together and tap the generative resource of each other’s creative drive.

CONTACT: Email Kate Ali aliartcoordinator@gmail.com

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Shelter In Place

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