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March 2, 2012 03:15 PM

In a post-industrial culture of digital manipulation, reality often becomes an illusion. So much of our waking lives are spent craning towards LCD screens or staring down into the crackling wasteland of an iPhone — little time is left for “real” time.

Eugene painter and mixed media artist Adam Lesh explores this concept and more in his current exhibit “Screened In” downtown at The Woodpecker’s Muse art gallery.

“On some level, my paintings are about futility,” said Lesh. “About the impossibility of genuine free will or unencumbered thought or even real originality within the staggering confines of culture and the limits of human cognition.”

And how could anyone think otherwise in an Internet environment where our brains are constantly bombarded by pop-ups, preliminary YouTube ads and other flicks of cultural sabotage. In his own words, Lesh wants to “tease apart possible meanings” and “reorient these dizzying phenomena from the quick time of bits, to the slow time of paint.”

Visually, “Screened In” is stunning. Each work incorporates mesh screens and the paintings are abstract, some displaying complex patterns; one particularly entrancing painting entitled “Buckminster Babylon” features lime-green, tile-like segments that appear to sputter and fade out over a blue canvas. Another, “Ativan Civic Trench Run”, is an acrylic-over-fiberglass mesh that seems to replicate the pixilation of a 1980s analog camera.

“Screens are a metaphor, a tool, and a source,” said Lesh. “They serve as both cover for hiding and as a crystal ball for viewing the world remotely.”

Lesh’s work is both representational and documentary in nature, yet still art. He draws a fine line between social critique (he’s not into that) and documentation. For him, like most of us, screens are a poignant and perhaps all too dominating reality.

“Screens are both windows and barricades,” said Lesh, “providing access but also significantly constricting my point of view.”
The second opening of “Screened In” begins at 5:30pm Friday, March 2, at The Woodpecker’s Muse, 372 W. Broadway, and continues through April 5. — Andrew Hitz

March 1, 2012 02:25 PM

In our paper this week we published the wrong time for Richard Heinberg's talk at the Green Neighbors Faire. Heinberg will be speaking at 10 am, an hour before the event begins. Donations of $5-$10 will be asked to support Heinberg’s talk. He will speak on “Transitioning After Growth – Connecting, Community, Economy, Energy & Environment.

The Green Neighbors Faire is sponsored by the Neighborhood Leaders Council Committee on Sustainability and will be from 11 am to 2:30 pm Saturday, March 3, at First United Methodist Church, 1375 Olive St. The free event will include workshops and panels on a variety of topics, from backyard chickens to bike repair.

February 29, 2012 01:58 PM

In tomorrow's EW, read about OSU's practice of setting snares around its sheep farm.Wildlife Services, the government agency that set the OSU traps, caught a dog and almost killed her.

February 28, 2012 02:52 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham has decided to not resign early from the board and says he will stay through the end of 2012, when his four-year term ends, according to EWEB spokesman Lance Robertson today (Feb. 28). Cunningham had earlier announced that he was resigning in early March because he was moving to a home outside of Ward 6, one of the two city wards that he represents. He says he will not be moving out of Ward 6, which he was elected to in 2008.

Cunningham has indicated that he would not run for re-election this year to serve another four-year term. He was elected in May 2011 to the Bethel School Board, and has been serving on both elected boards for the past eight months.

February 27, 2012 08:42 PM

From Lane County today, the county has the decision to allow mining at Parvin Butte without a site review to be reconsidered.

Lane County has filed a motion to the Lane County Hearings Official requesting reconsideration of a recent ruling and motion for dismissal regarding a site review process for quarry mining of Parvin Butte.

Lane County maintains that a site review for mining operations at Parvin Butte is necessary given the impact to neighboring residents including increased traffic, noise, and proximity to area homes. The County is also seeking to uphold the nearly $8,000 in fines the County levied to Lost Creek Rock Products for continuing operations without a site review.

“While the area is zoned for mineral extraction, we believe a site review is necessary to ensure that concerns are considered,” said Marc Kardell, assistant County Counsel. “Neighboring residents have stressed concern for increased traffic, noise, hours of operation, and overall impact on their quality of life. The code provisions point to mitigating those impacts through a site review process.”

On February 14, Lane County Hearings Official Gary Darnielle ruled that a site review was not applicable for uses “accessory to mineral extraction” such as roads that lie in the set back area, noise, or other impacts. Darnielle is a Lane Counsel of Governments employee, providing a neutral party to oversee the hearings.

The County is asking for a reconsideration of the ruling because the Lane Code outlines provisions to be followed for quarry operations, including site review requirements for necessary or accessory uses.

“We’re interested in applying the code fairly, and this means balancing zoned uses and their impacts on neighboring areas,” said Matt Laird, Land Management Division manager. “It’s challenging, but the code and its provisions are in place to protect land use, while providing residents with a process to address impacts.”

February 27, 2012 10:41 PM

Some days you need bad puns and small furry animals. "Marmoset there'd be days like this."

February 17, 2012 02:47 PM

Tuesday Feb. 21’s City Council meeting has a series of public hearings on the agenda.

The topics include:

The extension of the DPSZ — or the exclusion zone, as it’s often called — to be decided at the Feb. 27 meeting, an ordinance allowing camping in tents where camping in vehicles is allowed, the Amazon Meadows Metro Plan Amend. & Zone Change, and an ordinance adopting hazardous substance user fees.

To comment, arrive early for the 7:30 pm meeting, fill out a “Request to Speak” form at the back table and turn in your form before the meeting starts — otherwise you won’t be allowed one of the three-minute time slots.

February 17, 2012 04:15 PM

Wondering what to do tomorrow night? WOW Hall! Check out M4!

February 16, 2012 04:28 PM

February 9, 2012 04:51 PM

EWEB Commissioner Rich Cunningham plans to resign from the position he has held for the past three years, effective March 9, according to EWEB today (Feb. 9). He was not intending to run for re-election in the May primary.

Cunningham, who represents Wards 6 and 7, says he and his family are moving to a home in Ward 8, which is currently represented by Commissioner Joann Ernst.

The remaining four commissioners are expected to appoint a replacement to serve out the remaining months of Cunningham’s term, which ends Dec. 31.

February 3, 2012 03:57 PM

Eugene's new boutique hotel, Inn at the Fifth, will be open for business Monday, Feb. 6, after numerous delays. The opening Monday is by invitation only, but a public open house and community celebration is being planned for March 2.

The inn is the first new hotel to open in Eugene in 28 years, according to a press release. It has 70 rooms.

February 2, 2012 04:51 PM

UO senior instructor Pam Birrell spoke to an Opal Network Forum Jan. 31. Look for more on this topic at Hugh Massengill's youtube channel called "HughLondon."