A new display opened this month at Southern Oregon Universityâ€™s Thorndike Gallery. This month features the abstract work of Andrew W. K. Morgan. The gallery features 19 select abstract pieces, all in the oil-on-panel medium.
The central theme, according to the artistâ€™s statement, is that of memory; and the artist channels his own memories through his works. He describes a passage from author Virginia Woolfâ€™s â€œThe Lighthouseâ€ as a summary of his intent. â€œThe whole mass of the picture was poised upon that weight. Beautiful and bright it should be on the surface, feathery and evanescentâ€¦It was to be a thing you could ruffle with your breath; and a thing you could not dislodge with a team of horses.â€
These 19 artistic works span the length and breadth of the color spectrum, each unique and yet similar at the same time. The artist speaks of â€œmining the past from the studio,â€ and that each piece represents a specific memory of his, among them a New England river, a graveyard in autumn, and a decommissioned fortress.
These stunning works will be on display for the remainder of February. For more information contact the department of Art and Art History at (541)552-6386.