Is there something wrong with me? I love investigating and researching patterns. When given the opportunity to do so at new venues and places- it makes this artist very happy! Last week Friday evening was my opening at the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene, Oregon. The exhibit also featured artists Ned Block and Ann Chadwick Reid.
Michael Fisher, the Exhibits Coordinator, titled the exhibit Natural Interplay. According to the Center’s press release: “The exhibit explores the different ways these three artists relate to the natural world. Balisle employs gestures, lines, and marks to observe the environment both up close and far away. Block’ sculptures of birds and organic forms emphasize balance and motion. And Chadwick’s intricately cut silhouette pieces are influenced by the plants, animals, and birds of the Pacific Northwest.” It’s always interesting to see the curator’s vision on display. Mr. Fisher did a masterful job:
Works were created based on the history and patterns of the Maude Kerns Art Center. When visiting last December, the architectural features, worn wooden deck, and trees caught my attention by how light and time had made its mark. Here are some examples:
Maude Kerns Art Center’s namesake represents a woman who was ahead of her time. She painted bold and colorful abstract paintings not commonly found in California during the 1920s through 1940s. Maude Kern was a pioneer in art but also in the classroom by urging students to paint to music. Mini Bells in the Center’s publication about Maude Kerns states: “During her twenty-six years as head of the Normal Arts Department she had been appointed assistant professor and then associate professor, but never a full professor. She attributed this to her sex, and she deplored the lack of progress in the lives of women.” Maude Kerns was born in 1876 and died in 1965.
Maude Kerns: “It is time in life to really see and reflect on life and affairs of past, present, and future. Time to get ready for the next adventure…”
Natural Interplay at the Maude Kerns Art Center, July 18 – August 29, 2014.