“This is Now” Art Exhibit Highlights Work from the Fine Arts Department at WSU Vancouver
Apartment 5D and Quantum Closet, Laser-etched fluorescent plexi, 2010
VANCOUVER, Wash. – “This is Now,” an exhibit of contemporary, mixed-media artwork curated by the Fine Arts department at Washington State University Vancouver is on display through Jan. 31 in the Dengerink Administration building gallery.
Artists featured in this show include:
Avantika Bawa, assistant professor of fine arts, makes drawings and installations that dodge logic and order, while exploring wholeness and fragmentation, containment and dispersal. This often reflects her relationship with the legacy of minimalism and its emphasis on reductive form, modularity and literal scale.
Jodie Cavalier, visiting artist, uses building materials and discreet gestures that are intended to shift conventional notions of objects and dimension. Her work is intended to re-contextualize everyday objects and to draw attention to commonplace experiences both in
Damien Gilley, visiting artist, creates drawings, installations and prints that are influenced by architecture, science fiction and technology. His practice challenges perception of spatial structures through the unison of drawing and sculptural approaches.
Harrison Higgs, associate professor of fine arts, uses photography, sculpture, printmaking and digital imaging to reconsider the industrial impulse and its relationship to the individual. The resulting objects are investigations into matter, light and corporeality.
Ruth Lantz, adjunct professor of fine arts, creates paintings that distill the ambiguity of visual encounters. Commingling abstraction and representation, she approaches her work through a series of filtration systems—perceptual, process-driven and painterly. She compiles these tensional forces to examine the continual translation, overlay and fracture implicated by sight.
Brenda Mallory, visiting artist, explores duplication and repetition in mixed media sculpture and installations. She draws inspiration from natural plant forms as well as microscopic images from scientific textbooks and publications.
Dale Strouse, instructional technician for fine arts, is a photographer who has been making traditional black-and-white photographs for more than 30 years. He is primarily interested in the landscape, both wilderness and urban, and uses a variety of film formats, depending on the subject matter.
WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205 and is accessible via C-Tran bus service. WSU Vancouver art galleries are open from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday. Admission is free. Parking is available at meters and in the Blue Daily Pay lot for $3.
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