In the Corrine Woodman Gallery
July 26 – August 27, 2016
Kurt Fisk and Jill Baker
Thursday, July 28, 12 noon – Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery
Two artists observe, make notations, archive and create their own new work.
Kurt Fisk exhibited earlier at The Arts Center in the “I am” exhibit, April 2015 as part of the inVISIBLE Festival. Kurt Fisk has been creating and archiving delightful illustrations full of intriguing characters since the 1970’s. Fisk excels at capturing complex emotions with humor and sensitivity. Employing his fine-tipped artist pens and eye for color, he is able to depict the slightest nuances of otherwise ordinary exchanges. Fisk finds inspiration in pop culture and kitschy cult horror films of the 1960’s and 1970’s. His original Sea Monkey Fishes is a series of illustrations, sculptures and a short animated film. While episodic comic books serve as one of many pop cultural references, Fisk’s own comic illustrations rarely exceed one panel. Though brief, these comics are complete in their singularity; the work often alludes to resolution.
Baker is an interdisciplinary artist and educator who once lived on the Oregon Coast, a place where temperate rain forest meets the ocean. Like the Oregon Coast, much of her work is involved with isolated towns and stories, viewpoints, and historical markers. “My projects often involve ‘finding my way,’ or finding something where there is seemingly nothing, about exploring what is around me, making observations, notations and sketches, and collaborations.” Her work explores actions of daily practice, of time passing, of looking at landscape, and of occupying isolated spaces through drawing, video, and photography. Baker holds an MFA in Intermedia from the University of Iowa and a BA in Anthropology from the University of North Texas. She has held teaching positions at The University of Iowa, The University of Oregon, and in programs at Oregon State University. Her work has been exhibited, screened, and performed throughout the U.S.