VANCOUVER, WASH. – Washington State University Vancouver is currently exhibiting artwork by Garrick Imatani, studio head of foundations and assistant professor of art at Lewis & Clark College. Select charcoal drawings are on display through Feb. 28 in the Dengerink Administration building gallery. Imatani will give an artist’s talk at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Multimedia Classroom building, room 103. The talk is free and open to the public.
Imatani conjures the spirit of historian, archaeologist or sightseer in order to mirror narratives of nation building, the exotic or nostalgic past. Official and unofficial voices emanate throughout the work, mimicking how personal memories are defined by and carved out of the collective or artifact. Visual acts of repetition, negative/positive inversions, and many hidden layers of material process and labor allude to pattern creation/misrecognition, altered scripts and public records boxed up and stored in the dark.
Imatani is a self-professed bad historian who sees personal narrative, artistic legacy, archival records, tourism, and national pastimes as equal forms of documented performance and material culture. His work spans a broad range of materials, collaborations and publics which have led to awards from the Oregon Arts Commission, Maine Arts Commission and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
In addition to the exhibition at WSU Vancouver, Imatani has a concurrent show on view at Portland Community College’s Cascade Gallery through Feb. 21 at 12000 SW 49th Ave., Portland, OR 97219.
WSU Vancouver galleries are open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 N.E. Salmon Creek Ave., east of the 134th Street exit from either I-5 or I-205. Parking is available at parking meters or in the blue lot for $3.
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