Center for the Visual Arts Galleries open new exhibitions


(Ashland, Ore.) – The Art and Art History program of the Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University presents three exhibitions in the Center for the Visual Arts Galleries. Works are on display from January 5 to January 29, 2015. Admission is free.

In the Retzlaff Gallery, SOU students Olivia Merkle-Lawler and Rebecca Gabrielle Hanley offer a multi-media installation performance titled “I’m a teaser. That’s my talent.” Installation media include photography, ceramics and found objects. During the course of this exhibition, the two artists will separately visit the space and add to the work, responding to what is already in the gallery, but without the knowledge of the other. Because Merkle-Lawler and Hanley are friends and colleagues, who often dialogue verbally about art, this exhibition is a challenge for them to conduct a dialogue that excludes any verbal communication. A closing reception and performance is planned for Thursday, Jan. 29 from 5:00–7:00 pm.
In the Thorndike Gallery, community artist Al Crane from Grants Pass, Ore., will be showing a collection of digital prints titled “Scan Art and Manipulated Images.” The images are photo-based digital manipulations. Crane often begins by scanning an element from nature or a found object directly on his flatbed scanner. This method is commonly called “scanography.” Working on the images in Adobe Photoshop, Crane combines them with his own original photography or tintypes and vintage photographs.
In the Meyer Gallery, SOU student Elisabeth E. Ervine offers a solo photography show titled “Dolled Up.”  In this series, Ervine studies the physical features of dolls in order to explore the image of the ideal woman that the dolls represent. The goal of this work is to create a dialogue about physical appearance and the obsession to be “ideal.”
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Ervine - Dolled Up

Work by Elizabeth E. Ervine