Most graduates take off to start their new life, only occasionally glancing back over their shoulder. Me? I can’t seem to escape OSU’s orbit. The art department is just too damn good. And for that exact reason I’ll be back there again this Thursday for Andrew Myers’ Accretions exhibit at Fairbanks.
Here’s an excerpt from his statement: “…conservation, preservation, extinction, and collection are explored through mixed media drawings on modular and assembled surfaces. Prehistoric animals, endangered and threatened species, and the human figure are combined in amalgamated forms on layered surfaces. Natural history collections are referenced as a reminder that one day this may be all that remains of the places and creatures that are so vital to our planet.”
What this doesn’t say is that Myers is an incredible illustrator and will floor you with the aesthetics alone. No joke… First stop or last, this better be on your list.
Elsewhere you’ll find a truly striking photography show from Larry Javorsky at Art in the Valley, and CEI Artworks has something incredible up their sleeve with the Benjamin Ricker show, which features local favorites Matt Conklin and Lisa Wells. Honestly, though, when does Artworks not have something special? David Carmack Lewis’ There Is a God in the Hearth: A Visual Essay on Fire and Fossil Fuels is also a must-see.
As usual, there are far too many interesting things to list in the space allotted, so you’re best off putting on a good pair of shoes and hitting the entire walk.
This Month’s Participating Venues:
• The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Avenue
• Studio Beatrice, 230 NW 6th Street
• CEI ArtWorks Gallery, 408 SW Monroe Avenue, Suite 110
• Pops Art Studio, 425 SW Madison Avenue, Suite P1
• Untitled Works Studio, 460 SW Madison Avenue, Suite 16
• Karen Wysopal Studio, 230 SW 3rd Street #208A
• Voices Gallery, 301 SW 4th Street, Suite 160
• Brittney West Studio, 340 SW 2nd Street, Studio 3
• Fred Amos Art Studio, 340 SW 2nd Street, Studio 12
• Pegasus Gallery, 341 SW 2nd Street
• Art in the Valley, 209 SW 2nd Street
• Fairbanks Gallery, 220 SW 26th Street
Are you a newcomer? The Corvallis Arts Walk generally lasts from 4 until 8 p.m., but not all venues adhere to this rule. Be sure to grab a map from one of the participating locations and plot your route ahead of time. More information can be found at http://www.corvallisartswalk.
By Johnny Beaver