The Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery will be featuring a unique interactive installation entitled Asphodel created by Doug Anderson, Associate Professor of Art at Pacific University. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 1st at 6:00 p.m. in the campus Art Center Gallery.
The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display through December 6th. As a participant of the 2012 Au Naturel international exhibit juried by Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum, Mr. Anderson was chosen by the CCC art faculty for this solo show award from many outstanding proposals.
The show is named after a mythical place of the Greek underworld where souls are sent to await judgment after having been ferried across the River Styx. Souls judged to be a combination of both virtuous and evil deeds remain in this grey place to wander aimlessly and without memory, having drunk from the River of Lethe (Forgetfulness). In these vast and gloomy fields grows only the Asphodel, a white flower, which is consumed by the dead. The truly virtuous souls, those blessed by the gods, pass on to the Elysian Fields. Here souls retained their memories and enjoyed pleasurable feasts and games. Those souls judged to be truly cursed are cast into the depths of Tartarus. Each soul spends eternity suffering a punishment that relates to his or her earthly crimes.
This exhibit is divided into three parts, Asphodel, Elysian Shards, and Tartarus:
Asphodel was created with participation from nearly one hundred and fifty people. Participants were asked to make an imprint on the tape strips using their hands, arms, or face etc. The tape was later treated with charcoal and ash by the artist to enhance the images. Viewers are invited to walk among the souls to reach the center of the installation. In the center viewers may place a thought, memory, dream or perhaps even a regret into the Vessel of Lethe.
The Elysian Shards are archeological-like fragments that offer glimpses into this lost and unknowable place. In contrast to the size of Asphodel, the Shards are tiny, requiring personal inspection from a god-like point of view. The images suggest transformation, overcoming great odds, purification rituals, or merriment.
Tartarus is depicted by a thousand or so souls in a very vulnerable state. Stripped of their dignity and reduced to their common human forms they stand shoulder to shoulder awaiting their punishment.
While the artwork is meant to have spectators reflect upon loss of life, loss of memory, and loss of dreams, it also exposes the potential of the moment.
In addition to the exhibit, Mr. Anderson will conduct a workshop entitled Behind the Scenes of Asphodel: Tape as Medium on Friday, November 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break. The group will meet in Room 101 of the CCC Art Center. During the workshop, the artist will explain how the 250 hanging strips used in Asphodel were created. The artist will also demonstrate how the Elysian Shards were made. Those attending will be invited to create their own artifacts by applying the techniques to the materials provided. There will be a $10 fee for students enrolled in credit classes and a $20 fee for the general public. All materials will be provided. Space is limited, so please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 by October 30th to reserve a seat.
Doug Anderson was born and raised in a small suburban town outside of Philadelphia, PA. He received a BFA from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited across the United States. Mr. Anderson taught at Eastern Oregon University for several years before taking a job at the State University of New York at Geneseo. After twelve years in up-state New York, he was delighted to return to Oregon with his wife and two daughters. He currently lives in Hillsboro, OR and teaches painting and drawing at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.
Doug Anderson's "Vessel of Lethe":
The CCC Art Center Gallery is ADA accessible and located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment only. For more information, please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472.
Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone (503) 338-2421 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation requests at least two business days in advance of the event.