The Tiny Art Show at Southern Oregon University has tiny treasures that range from the humorous to the mysterious.
Students, faculty members and other Rogue Valley residents have contributed 3-by-3-inch artwork for the exhibit, which runs through Oct. 28. Miniature paintings, prints, embroidery, photography and sculptures adorn the halls of the Marion Ady Art Building near the Schneider Museum of Art on campus. Exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Kyle Peets created three tiny woodcut prints that celebrate gargantuan objects for his mini-series "World's Largest Woodcut on BFK."
The words "Largest Ballpoint Pen" are written above a red print of a pen, which according to additional lettering on the piece measures 18-feet, 1-inch tall in real life.
Created by a man in India, the world's largest pen is engraved with scenes from Indian mythology and meets a requirement by Guinness World Records that it “dispenses ink at its tip during use by the rolling action of a small metal sphere."
With a gray print, Peets pays homage to the world's largest cowboy boots, which stand 35-feet, 3-inches tall outside a Texas shopping mall.
A blue print honors the world's largest mailbox in Illinois. Customers can mail cards and letters from the functional mailbox, which measures 5,473 cubic feet.
Robbin Pearce also took a playful approach in the Tiny Art Show, embroidering a sea turtle, tropical fish, shells and other ocean-themed creatures and scenes in her set of six pieces titled "My Needle is My Paintbrush."
While for years the art of embroidery seemed to be fading from the American landscape, the ancient art form has exploded in popularity in the past decade as a new generation takes up needles, hoops and embroidery floss.
The exhibit's mood changes with JJ Rowan's mixed-media piece of photographs and fragments of writing titled "I Was Tiny Once." Haunting, minimalist images of a white semi-truck next to an old window are paired with scraps of poetic writing that appear to have come from a journal. Words are cut off from the edges of the scraps, leaving viewers to guess at the missing language.
One fragment reads, "... was tiny once too. my future was tiny once too. my capacity ...o love and be loved was tiny once too."
Grace Pretchel's sculpture of a tiny metal tricycle and ghost-shaped white clay figures titled "Ghosts" hints at nostalgia and loss. Long-gone groups of children are no longer playing with the tricycle.
Hannah Baken is showing delicate intaglio etchings of Emigrant Lake and wild-growing plants she found near its shores, while Janet Kerr has a colorful abstract oil painting paired with an abstract piece in gray tones.
Done in an illustrative style, Caitlin McMorris has diverse portraits of women and Christine Portak's reference to the childish but sinister nursery rhyme "Three Blind Mice" shows three rodents with their tails chopped off.
More than a dozen other artists have also contributed work to the second annual showcase of tiny art at SOU.
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