January 3 – February 2, 2019
- Thursday, January 10, 12 noon – 1 pm, Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery
As part of their residency in The Arts Center’s Artist Accelerator Program, Kimberly Long, Justin Lodge, Tara Robinson and Claire Elam exhibit their work in the Corrine Woodman Gallery.
The Artist Accelerator Program is dedicated to the professional development of established as well as emerging artists. In it, artists learn career-building skills that boost confidence, artistic abilities, and economic proficiency. The residency has provided these four artists with studio space at The Arts Center for four months, access to lectures and critiques, participation in artist talks, partnership with the Corvallis Arts Walk, and this exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Gallery.
Kimberly Long, who works in clay, creates storylines about small creatures all around us. All her work is developing around that idea. She makes small environments for them to live in such as houses, small woodlands, and free-standing doors. Long started with polymer clay and used the residency as an opportunity to start working in natural clay.
Justin Lodge can be described as a landscape painter, but he presents his subject matter in abstract and unrelated ways. By combining pattern and landscape he creates a new awareness of his theme. Lodge has exhibited a series at CEI ArtWorks Gallery in Corvallis, where landscape was captured in nine circles within a square panel. He used the residency to break with that idea. He moved away from the regular, symmetrical pattern of the nine circles. Shapes he now favors look like swirling ribbons. The viewer gets small glimpses of sunset skies and early morning mountains, while other parts of the ribbons show a plain backside. It is like a contemporary surrealism, without the estrangement of objects. Lodge had previously worked in oils but extended his reach in materials to gouache for this residency.
Tara Robinson has a background in biology, studying birds. It is no surprise all her paintings have birds in them. She concentrated her residency on a bird of prey surrounded by pink poppies. Like Lodge’s work, Robinson’s images have a surreal quality, but in a style more reminiscent of scientific illustration. Robinson uses a mix of traditional painting techniques as well as Adobe Photoshop. The end result is a hand-painted image or an illustration prepared for printing or the screen.
Claire Elam works in clay and watercolor, though she concentrated her residency on clay. She took this opportunity to make larger work than she can create with the means she has at home. Her work is hand built and includes elements of functional objects as well as sculpture. Some of her work might be used as a vase, for example, but it also could certainly stand on its own as a decorative object. She based her design on human body parts, often abstracting them.
Showing in tandem with Residencies from AAP are two mid-career artists sharing the Main Gallery: The Art of Being an Artist.
A color catalog documenting both shows is available for purchase ($10 each) thanks to support from The Ford Family Foundation.
The Artist Accelerator is a foundations professional development program for visual artists, artisans, musicians and writers. Established and emerging artists work to gain career-building skills that boost economic proficiency and confidence. The program offers artist residencies, business development lectures and regular critique meetups.
Thanks to support for The Artist Accelerator Program from The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, and residents of the City of Corvallis.