Art on campus

Site Citations: A Group Show of Site-Based Wall Installations

Artist
Student work from Fine Arts 110 (Drawing)
Exhibit dates
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Location
Library Building Gallery
Details from the Site Citation, vinyl on wall, dimension variable, 2019

"Site Citations: A Group Show of Site-Based Wall Illustrations" is currently on display in the Library. The show presents installations by students in the Beginning Drawing class taught by fine arts professor Avantika Bawa. You will find a number of installations scattered throughout the Library. Some are easy to locate, while some just creep up on you.

The works were informed by the interior architecture of the library, and its function as a place of both research and rejuvenation. Each installation takes into account the site where it is installed, either by responding directly to the architecture around, or the function of that particular area. In some cases, the works are the result of an imagination gone wild, while thinking of an alternative purpose for that location. Simply put, each installation ‘cites its site’ through a careful choice of form and content.

Included in the show are works by Alyona Bobrick, Alaina Bocci, Matthew Gisby, Roxy Hong, Robin Hunt, Shayla Lam, Seleny Calixto Luna, Alexander McAllister, Kaylee Pham, Sabrina Polehn, Natalie Quinn, Acoya Rehak, Megan Robb, Elaina Sundwall, Lilly Tan, Andrew Templin and Madiera Vath.

Biota Remembered

Artist
WSU Vancouver Fine Arts Students and Kindra Crick
Exhibit dates
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Location
Science and Engineering Building Galleries, 1st and 2nd floor
Leaf, Stem, Root by Fine Arts student Katie Babb

“Biota Remembered” is an exhibit in two parts. One floor showcases works from a Special Topics Drawing course taught by Joby Barron in the summer of 2019. Students drew from direct observation focusing on rocks and fossils, individual species and by exploring the local biota through plant collections. Students had access to specimens in the biology department and peered into biological systems as a departure for abstraction. Access to these specimens revealed the visual marvel of natural objects and served as a rich source for realistic and abstract drawings.

On another floor, “Sitka Remembered” is a continuation of printed works by mixed-media artist Kindra Crick. Crick’s etchings draw on imagery from neuroscience and reflect on memory and our fundamental need for sleep. Nestled in the center of a United Nations Biosphere Reserve on the Oregon Coast, the Sitka Center is a place that holds magic. Moss drapes from ancient spruce trees while soft paths through the woods provide a singular location to observe nature, contemplate and create. Crick’s prints were created with master printer Julia D'Amario during her Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

Memory: Cerebral Entanglement

Artist
Kindra Crick
Exhibit dates
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Location
Dengerink Administration Building Gallery
Left: Cerebral Wilderness, magnetic wire, LEDS, split cables, netted fabric. Right: Untitled, ink and colored pencil on hand-dyed kozo paper.

For Kindra Crick, one of the greatest mysteries of the mind is our memory. It gives us the ability, whether conscious or not, to time travel, use recollections and to shape our future choices. At our core, when we think about who we are, we rely on a confluence of evolving narratives we remember.

“Memory: Cerebral Entanglement” is a layered mixed-media installation that incorporates drawings, diagrams and imagery from under the microscope. It started as a collaboration with neuroscientist John Harkness, who researches memory at WSU Vancouver. Harkness investigates net-like structures called perineuronal nets which surround neurons in our brain and are associated with memory retention and the close of developmental learning windows. Included in this exhibit are three microscopic images taken from the lab’s research.

Crick is a multimedia artist who gives visual expression to the wonder and process of scientific inquiry and discovery. She is fascinated by the human brain—our complex machine—which can fathom the beginning of time and the nature of its own thought. Crick has a degree in molecular biology from Princeton and a certificate in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.