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'Covers, adaptations, and the scarcity of blue' opens at Art Gym

Exhibit features art of Donald Morgan, Virginia Poundstone

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Virginia Poundstones Blue Rose #1, inkjet print on steel, 2016, 3 feet by 2 feet.

For The Review, Tidings

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University will present “Covers, adaptations, and the scarcity of blue,” featuring new work from Donald Morgan and Virginia Poundstone through May 13. As part of PNW Context programming, this exhibition is one of an ongoing series that connects artists of the Pacific Northwest with artists and curators outside the region. Local viewers experience work from artists outside the region, and regional artists are brought to the attention of art audiences beyond the Pacific Northwest.

An opening reception with artist talk by Donald Morgan will be held from 4-6 p.m. April 3 in the gallery.

Morgan received his MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. in 2001. He is a director and founder of Coast Time Artist Residency in Lincoln City, and is a member of Ditch Projects, an artist-run space in Springfield. He serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Art at University of Oregon. Most recently, his work uses the process of adapting source material, often literary fiction, into sculptures and paintings.

Poundstone is a contemporary artist who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. and travels the world for her work. Since 2009, her sculptures, photographs and films have focused exclusively on the subject of flowers from various perspectives: economics, art historical, symbolic. She was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Conn., in 2015, and was recently awarded a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

Admission to the Art Gym is free, as is parking. The gallery is located on the third floor of BP John Administration Building. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Since 1980, The Art Gym has been recognized as a venue exhibiting some of the most significant and timely art of this region. The mission of the gallery is to increase public understanding of contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest through exhibitions, artists’ projects, publications, and public engagement.

The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious and risk-taking projects at various stages in their careers. As an art space working within an academic venue the gallery is committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom. The diverse exhibitions and projects produced for The Art Gym provide a context for the region’s art as well as each individual’s art practice.

The Art Gym is located on the third floor of the BP John building on the Marylhurst University campus, 17600 S.W. Pacific Hwy (Hwy. 43) in Lake Oswego.

Donald Morgans work is also included in the exhibition titled Covers, adaptations and the scarcity of blue.