For an entire Minnesota winter, Peter Happel Christian left a thick stack of black and white photo paper, tied up with twine, on a cedar pallet in his snowy backyard. Over the season, the paper turned black, the corners curled and the waterlogged sheets began sticking together.
The founders of Eugene Contemporary Art (ECA) want the city of Eugene to embrace challenging art. “Difficult art is what everyone remembers from history,” ECA Executive Director Courtney Stubbert told the audience at the packed Red House Oct. 19 during the “Creative Conversations: Re-imagining Eugene — What the Arts Do for Downtown” panel discussion.
Cottage Grove’s 29-year-old Thomas Haney likes snakes, lizards and bugs — a lot. At one point as a kid in Austin, Texas, Haney wrangled over 80 lizards for pets. When his love of reptiles transformed into a love of reptilian (and nature) photography, the world took notice.
Local sculptor Jud Turner continues to make waves in the art world with his stunning industrially inspired pieces. Not only is his work beautifully crafted, but each piece also challenges the viewer with a deeper cognitive message.
Memory is a precious thing, and film allows us to capture moments that would otherwise be transitory. We take solace in those captured moments because sometimes memories can leave us — sometimes they can fade away and never return. That last part is exactly what installation artist Michelle Given wants her viewers to explore.
If artist Martha Bowen could be described with only one word, that word might be “humble.” Along with her modest and genuine character, Bowen’s captivatingly beautiful watercolor paintings are true to her unassuming nature.
Painters, drawers, sculptors, photographers, dancers, printmakers, architects and other artisans must command the push and pull, yin and yang, hard and soft elements of their respective crafts in order to captivate their viewers.