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Dialogue: flat/form
A group exhibition featuring sculpture and flat work by Cris Bruch, Lauren Clay, Drew Daly, Eric Eley, Whiting Tennis, and Amanda Wojick.
The Archer Gallery exhibition, Dialogue: flat/form, brings together six artists whose work spans the divide between two-and three-dimensional art, creating a dialogue on image and form.

arrangement of paper sculptural pieces in geometric shapes
Lauren Clay, Prism Pile, 2007, acrylic on cut paper

When: April 8 – May 4, 2008

Reception: Tuesday, April 8, 4 – 6 p.m.
                   Archer Gallery

For several of the artists, form arose from a desire to make flat images more environmental and structural. For others, flat work evolved out of form, allowing exploration of specific ideas in another media, or, the fluidity between form and flat has been inherent in the work from the initial conception. For each artist, both processes develop work that exist as fully realized pieces that parallel, compliment, and overlap the other form.

The group of artists also share the use of readily available and deceptively simple materials – string, wire, ready made furniture, paper, foamcore, and found lathe – in the construction of their sculptural pieces.

Cris Bruch’s exquisitely crafted sculptures combine evocative organic forms with unexpected, often post-consumer, materials. Bruch’s sculpture and flat work emphasize the importance of process with a labor intensive and repetitive element. A recipient of the Needy Fellowship in 2001 and the Betty Bowen Memorial Award in 2001, Bruch received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. The artist has an extensive regional exhibition history and most recently exhibited in Germany. He is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.

Lauren Clay, introduced to the Northwest in a February 2008 installation of sculpture and wall drawings at Tilt Gallery and Project Space, lives and works out of Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design (BFA, 2004) and Virginia Commonwealth University (MFA, 2007), Clay recently showed in the Project Room at Larissa Goldston Gallery, NY, NY. In her work “themes of affection, abundance and spiritual purity are paired with symbols of aesthetic purity found in Modernist sculpture and architecture.

Drew Daly is represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA and received his MFA in 2004 from the University of Washington. In Daly’s recent sculptures of Windsor chairs, the doubling, combining, and whittling away processes confronts the essence of function and stability connected to the object. His photographic self-portraits also disassemble and reconnect the parts of a whole into a new configuration.

Eric Eley recently exhibited, in his first solo show at the Platform Gallery, Seattle, WA, a ‘living drawing.’ Using string, wire, and wood, Eley created an environment that put the viewer within a three dimensional drawing. Eley is represented by Art Agents Gallery in Hamburg, Germany. He resides in Seattle, WA and received his MFA from the University of Washington.

Whiting Tennis’s sculpture and collage-painting hybrids, with their mix of Modernist abstraction and found materials, reflect a melancholy nostalgia of abandoned, rural America. A graduate of University of Washington (BFA, 1984), Tennis lives and works in Seattle, WA and is represented by the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. He is the recipient of a 1993 Pollock Krasner Award, 2007 Neddy Artist Fellowship, and was recently announced as a 2008 Contemporary Northwest Art Award recipient at the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR.

Amanda Wojick uses sculpture and works on paper to create imaginary landscape environments of waterfalls and cliffs. Incorporating unusual materials – bandaids, linoleum chips, foam, and other mixed media – into her work, her sculpture often is constructed with hidden vistas revealed to the viewer only through mirrors directed into a secretive interior terrain. A participant in the Portland Art Museum 2004 Northwest Biennial, Wojick is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Oregon and is represented by the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR. She received a MFA from Bard College in 2000 and a MA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1999.


Where: Archer Gallery
Clark College
Penguin Union Building (PUB)
1933 Fort Vancouver Way,
Vancouver, WA 98663

Information/Directions: 360 992-2246

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

For further information or visuals, please contact Marjorie Hirsch, Gallery Director, at (360) 992-2701 or mhirsch@clark.edu

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