At press time, fewer venues than usual have reported in, though there still seems plenty afoot for those wishing to hoof this month’s Corvallis Arts Walk. The sheer amount of newness is impressive, and beyond that the mix of ambitious concept and accessibility should make for an excellent evening.
Without further ado, here’s the October lineup.
THE ARTS CENTER
700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
I Could Live There, Dawn Stetzel’s exhibit of large sculptures about the fragile and teetering relationship between individuals and their communities. Stetzel constructs her art of low-resource materials specific to where she is, strengthening ties between her art and the communities she belongs to.
Stetzel commented, “Within my human community I think about the give and take of support from and by individuals that it takes to hold a community together. I think about whom I relate to, or define as my community. In my recent sculptures I have been using the house as a metaphor for humans, a single house an individual, and a cluster of houses a community of people. This gives me the opportunity to explore the intangible, my feelings regarding a sense of community and my search to belong.”
KAREN WYSOPAL • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. J-5 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Luminescence: Alcohol Ink Paintings. An exhibit of new works created using new techniques with alcohol inks on Yupo paper and other experimental substrates.
LIVING ROOM GALLERY
425 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Kusra Kapuler will be presenting a solo show titled Dissolving, a combination of video, painting, and sculpture, inspired by nature and the human condition.
STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
From Frida with Love, a community show featuring art inspired by the life and work of Frida Kahlo.
JEFF HESS STUDIO • 460 SW Madison Ave., Ste. 16 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Elsewhere. This is a nativity scene installation of organic sculptures and elemental memories.
Voices Gallery • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. J1 • 4 to 8 p.m.
Black and White. Season’s Feelings, a four-part exhibition series scheduled for fall and winter at this gallery. The holiday season brings out many different emotions and members of the co-op will be exploring those emotions. The theme for October: fright.
ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Jean Lawrence: Falling for Fall. The soft textures of silk, together with the vibrant colors of the dyes as an attraction to the medium of silk painting.
ART STUDIOS OF FRED AMOS & RACHEL URISTA • 340 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m.
Explore the genre of Abstract Narrative in art with Urista’s creatures and myths perfect for the Halloween season. Also exhibited: Amos’ new landscapes.
FAIRBANKS GALLERY • Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St.
4 to 8 p.m.
Shapes and Séances. Julia Bradshaw, photographer, and Anna Fidler, painter, share an interest in using photographs as source material. Bradshaw is interested in creating an infinite variety of forms and shapes that refer to the original photographed object but evoke a different sensibility. Segmented geometrical forms reference her interest in the roots of minimalist abstraction whereas horizontal stacks of books are combined to suggest gently rolling topographical landscapes.
Having spent most of her life in Oregon and Michigan, Fidler paints landscapes that allude to the woods found in those states. Her series for the exhibit references the four seasons and occurrences of energetic exchange between individuals and the forests that surround them. Using historical photographs as source material, Fidler constructs figurative silhouettes by gluing together many layers of paper to make dimensional, topographic forms. These forms are less about the specific individuals and more about the energy emanating from their actions.
STUDIO BEATRICE • 230 NW 6th St. • 4 to 7 p.m.
Pensive Phantasms. The idea is the hunt for the various objects in each collage presents a rewarding challenge. Among the objects, Judith Sanders includes photos, words, and printed papers. She also will show some of her dolls. Music and refreshments.
ArtWorks GALLERY (CEI) • 408 SW Monroe Ave., Ste. 110 • 4 to 8 p.m.
The asemic artworks of Kerri Pullo and Stephen Nelson Oct. 20 through Nov. 11. The exhibit is curated by Patrick Collier. The word asemic means “having no specific semantic content.” Most often referring to a mark-making style that resembles writing, artists have found new applications for the process. Pullo describes herself as a self-taught asemic writing artist. She will be presenting a number of drawings and paintings inspired by Arabic calligraphy and Islamic art as well as international graffiti and street art.
Nelson will be exhibiting three video/sound pieces that feature his asemic-styled vocalizations. Nelson considers his sound poetry and poem songs “to follow a shamanic trajectory and use glossolalia to destabilize and then reform psycho-physiological energy patterns with a view to spiritual healing.”
Nelson is a Scottish poet, artist, and musician. His visual poetry has been exhibited internationally, including at the 2011 Text Festival in Manchester, England. Visually, he works in a variety of forms, from concrete poetry to vispo to asemic writing, but generally with a strong lyrical element.
Listings are of venues reporting at press time. For more information,visit http://www.corvallisartswalk.
(Photo Credit: No Faded Forests by Anna Fidler)