Diverse journeys through LCC artists

Ian Trautman

Lane Community College galleries are opening two new exhibits this month. Free to enter, these exhibits are located in the Art Gallery in Building 11 on Lane’s main campus. The exhibits opened on Monday, Nov. 14 and will remain open until Wednesday, Dec. 7. The artists for these exhibits are either part-time faculty members or art students.

“Diverse Journeys Through Art” features the work from local artists, and Lane students, Karen Myers, Christine Paige and Laree Morgenstern. These artists are women who have dedicated much of their lives to studying and producing art. The exhibit features sculptures, prints and pastels that display traditional and contemporary forms which depict the diversity of the human condition.

“Two-person Exhibition” includes portraits of women done by Jan Halverson and an abstract triptych made of Mohair, yarn produced from goat hair, by Andrea Ciaston. Both artists are part-time faculty at Lane.

Halverson produced a series of portraits of women that balance the dimensions of a flat panel with the depth of various textures. “In some way, each of them influenced the work in a very direct way,” Halverson said about the subjects. Each woman provided Halverson with a different story to tell. Each portrait communicates the individual’s essence in an emotional language that is meant to resonate with the audience.

Ciaston’s triptych installation, entitled, “Sweet brother, if I cannot sleep My eyes are flowers for your grave,” is a timely part of a seasonal cycle. Autumn is a time in many cultures for honoring the dead with holidays such as Día de los Muertos, Bon Festival, and All Saint’s Day. Emulating human remembrances of the departed is part of the goal of this piece, while still producing a luminous aesthetic. The letter of inspiration for this piece, and the namesake of the triptych, is displayed next to it in the gallery.

The size and form of Ciaston’s triptych is notable. The installation measures 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide. Ciaston said,

“[She] was fortunate to be able to share a large studio,” adding that, “A large scale is rare these days due to space limitations.”

In addition, the side panels protrude at an angle from the wall, creating a three dimensional reality, inviting the audience closer.

Halverson and Ciaston, the artists of “Two-person Exhibition,” will be available for a Q&A this Thursday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit coordinator, Jennifer Salzman, views the Q&A as a wonderful opportunity that students should think more about, saying, “Students learn who we are within the classroom, and we talk about being artists, but to actually see what we produce is always exciting for students.” A reception with free refreshments will follow the Q&A.

In January 2017, work from international artist Erica Rasmussen and San Francisco based photographer Ed Aust will be coming to the Art Gallery.