Claire Stephensâ€™ new exhibition, â€œGroveâ€, is now on display at the Retzlaff Gallery in Southern Oregon Universityâ€™s Art Building.Â The opening Thursday night was attended by both SOU students and members of the community, who seemed enthralled by Stephensâ€™ rather unique display.
â€œGroveâ€ is a painting of a birch forest on a collection of twelve 4-foot-by-8-foot Plexiglas panels. The panels are arranged in three rows of four and spaced a foot behind each other. The combined effect creates a sense of depth, as the viewer sees through each panel to the one beyond.
â€œGrove is a study of how three dimensions are represented in painting,â€ Stephens says in her artistâ€™s statement. â€œI convey a sense of three-space through the modeling of the trunks, but the viewer is also forced to confront the extreme two-dimensional reality of the painting due to the transparent â€˜canvas.â€
â€œThis painting is a response to the natural world,â€ the statement reads. â€œI find myself in line with Gauguinâ€™s attitude towards representation in painting: I respond to my experience of nature rather than attempt to accurately represent it.â€
In addition to Stephensâ€™ exhibition, Andrew Morganâ€™s works are now on display in the Thorndike Gallery. Morgan, who graduated from SOU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, explores the connection between emotion, aesthetics, and memory in a series of abstract paintings.
â€œThese paintings claim memory as their subjects,â€ says the artistâ€™s statement. â€œSpecifically the mood or residual sense of places. These paintings are best approached as sensations equivalent to the memory of the subject.â€
Stephensâ€™ â€œGroveâ€ and the works of Andrew Morgan will be on exhibition until Feb. 25.