A new exhibit at the Schneider Museum of Art in Ashland has something for all art lovers, whether they be fans of bold, graphic comic book art or quiet, meditative minimalism.
"Seeing 8," which runs through Feb. 28, features work by Southern Oregon University Art Department faculty, as well as recent graduate Ian Chachere.
Marlene Alt, who teaches sculpture at SOU, said the faculty members noticed similar themes, including an occupation with multiples and obsessive ordering of objects, once the show was up.
"We were amazed to see it," Alt said. "We spend so much time doing our own work and teaching in the classrooms. Sometimes it takes getting together and showing work to recognize that we are occupied with similar things."
For the show, Alt took a vintage cameo-style frame that she bought at a secondhand store and cast hundreds of resin replicas of the discarded object.
She nailed more than 500 of the resin frames, dyed in various hues of coral red, to a wall — creating a mesmerizing, hypnotic grid that represents all portraiture, rather than any single portrait.
"There's something about multiplying an object that gives the form a more powerful impact," Alt said. "It makes it speak in a louder way. It gets your attention."
Another attention-grabbing installation is faculty member Miles Inada's comic book collaboration with Chachere, who graduated last year.
Large-scale images from an epic comic book tale fill a whole wall.
Chachere did all the drawings and layouts using pencil, pen and brush, while Inada colored in the images via computer.
Titled "Herakles," the mythology-inspired story follows a lion-skin-clad hero who must survive a boat wreck at sea and battle hideous, terrifying monsters.
Inada also teamed with faculty member David Bithell to create video projection installations.
Tying in with the ship and sea themes in "Herakles," faculty member Cody Bustamante is showing large-scale images of boat-like forms.
His "Ghost Ship" piece is like an architectural side view of the inside of a ship, with detailed drawings of stairs, machinery and wood grain, except that the boat is on an abstract red field.
His "…making a Better Moon Thing…" ship has intricately detailed decorative scales, swirls, woven lines and lines, echoing the obsessive quality of many other pieces in the show.
Equally obsessive is Robin Strangfeld's installation of tiny, organically shaped porcelain rings nailed up by the hundreds to a wall.
Each flattened, off-white ring is slightly different, creating a quiet, minimalist work of art that also invites closer inspection because of the seemingly infinite variety of shapes.
The exhibit also features intriguing work from faculty members Peg Sjogren and Tracy Templeton and visiting professor Kathleen Murney.
The Schneider Museum of Art is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The suggested donation for entry is $5.
Alt will give a talk about her art career at 5:30 this evening in the Meese Auditorium in the Center for the Visual Arts, which is next to the Schneider.
The buildings are located at the corner of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street on the SOU campus.
Parking is available in a metered parking lot between Indiana Street and Frances Lane, east of the buildings.
A limited number of spaces is also available behind the museum.
For a map and directions on how to get to the Schneider, the Center for Visual Arts and parking areas, visit www.sou.edu/sma/location.html.
For more information, call 541-552-6245.
Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.