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Marylhurst showing special exhibits

Artists' reception planned for April 30


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ripple: Kate Simmons is on display at the Mayer Art Building on the Marylhurst University campus through May 8.

The Marylhurst Department of Art will present the work of Kate Simmons at the Mayer Art Building as well as a show of sculpture by sculpture studio students through May 8. An artists’ reception will be held from 5:30 - 7 p.m. April 30.

Simmons is the instructor of sculpture and gallery director for Clackamas Community College. She holds a BFA from Marylhurst University and a MFA from Portland State University. She has shown her work extensively, notably at Blackfish Gallery, and is currently working on a sculptural commission for the city of Canby.

Titled “Ripple,” Simmons describes the exhibition as “an experimental body of work that explores the idea of creating individual works from the process of making an artwork. Specifically, this body of work began with an idea of casting a bronze form, Myness. I found characteristics from individual steps of technical processes used to create the bronze form revealed additional information and beauty that spoke to what the original bronze piece was about. This information included ideas of inherent responsibility to an object or objects that have become in my possession, time, deterioration and residues of process.

“While working toward casting Myness, I began to consider the residues of these layers of process as individual art works. I was interested in how each of them had a language and almost fleeting voice of their own. The mutual relationships between these parts include irregularity and formal organization but separately they offer an independent interpretation or accounts of their role in recording surface and form.”

The sculpture studio class exhibition is being shown in the Mayer Gallery. This close-knit group of students worked together on several body casting projects before stretching their individual practices into the installations and objects they completed last term. Ideas about religion, women in social context and the meditative expression of the soul as a home are present in the individual works, but cross aesthetic boundaries when seen together and with the work of Simmons.

One of the students is currently preparing another body of work to satisfy her bachelor of fine arts thesis. This show is a sketching process and sounding board for the ideas related to her thesis but also a stylistic departure from that work.

The other students will be completing their BFA theses in the coming years.

The galleries are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday noon - 5p.m.

Admission is free.

Marylhurst University is located at 17600 Pacific Hwy., (Hwy. 43) between Lake Oswego and West Linn.

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