Art on campus

Chair and shadow with color stripes"How am I not myself?"

Artist: Elisabeth Horan
Exhibit dates: Nov. 6 – Jan. 8
Location: Dengerink Administration Building Gallery

Elisabeth Horan is a visual artist who moved to Portland, OR from Tampa, FL in 2010 after completing her BFA in sculpture from the University of South Florida. Horan was awarded the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission to fund a residency in Finland in 2014 and was nominated for the Henry Art Gallery Brink Award in 2015. The body of work in "How Am I not Myself?" is her solo debut from July 2015.

The unplanned touring nature of the Situationists’ dérive influences the way I drift through pages and source images. My work is informed by the process as I sift through countless printed photos and put new ones together. I piece together weird, disturbing, and funny narratives in alternate realities from an amalgamation of clippings. I pull my specimen from publications that support the overarching consumer capitalism regime, e.g., bodybuilding magazines, National Geographic, and Cosmo Girl. In doing so I am able to criticize its adverse effect on our collective psyche and the way we (as Americans, at least) view the world.

Humans seek unshakable meaning and take the material world too seriously (says the maker of things!). I extract, hoard, decipher, and regurgitate. As a result, the visually familiar takes new form in a fantasy world vaguely marked by time. Linear time is
suggested by horizon lines; cyclical time by shadows. By this method I seek to highlight concepts of the world as illusion, non-dual, and ever-changing.

The Dadaists believed society is revealed by what it throws away, and I am a filter.

Colored stripes“Renderings from ‘Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions’”

Artists: Aaron Birch, Phillip Folger, Dionicia De Jesus Castaneda, Essence Zundel, Lauren Tunnell, Ari Hall, Victoria Moon, Polina Skylyarova, Michael Pearson, Emily Hughes, Jing Maughan, Joan Holt and Angela Landchild.Curated by the Fine Arts Department of WSU Vancouver
Exhibit Dates: Oct. 15 – Dec. 10
Location: Science and Engineering Building Gallery

This show presents drawings by students in the Special Topics Drawing class taught by Avantika Bawa, assistant professor of fine art. The works were informed by Edwin Abbot’s book of the same name.

Often referred to as “Flatland,” the book is an 1884 satirical novella. Writing pseudonymously as “A Square,” Abbot used the fictional two-dimensional world of Flatland to comment on the hierarchy of Victorian culture, but the novella’s more enduring contribution is its examination of dimensions.

The students also researched works by artists of the Constructivism, Suprematism and Minimalism movements to create works that are crisp, simple, relatively non-objective, yet formally rich and visually engaging.

Entry to campus exhibits is free. 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 $3.00.