A varied visual experience

Works by SOU art faculty members show at Schneider
"An Abyss of Madness and Blasphemy," oil and acrylic on panel, by Cody Bustamante

"Seeing 8" is a multimedia exhibit of works by eight active, contemporary artists, all full-time faculty members at Southern Oregon University.

The exhibit, featuring works by Marlene Alt, David Bithell, Cody Bustamante, Miles Inada, Peg Sjogren, Robin Strangfeld, Tracy Templeton and visiting professor Kathleen Murney, will show Friday, Jan. 11, through Feb. 23 at Schneider Museum of Art on the SOU campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.

If you go

What: "Seeing 8"

When: Friday, Jan. 11, through Feb. 23

Where: Schneider Museum of Art on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland

Suggested donation: $5

Call: 541-552-6245

"Because they are teaching young artists and students, and because they are all practicing artists — showing all over the world — that keeps their work current and them engaged in current issues and ideas," says Erika Leppmann, acting director of the museum.

Several of the artists work with grids, which "come out of 1960s minimalism," and some of the art depicts narratives either directly or indirectly, Leppmann says. But for the most part, there is no common thread connecting the individual exhibits, she says.

Bithell will display two interactive pieces. One is a projection of photographs interrupted by shadows cast by moving elements, and the other involves the viewer, a microscope, petri dish and ensuing projection.

"Blush," an installation by Alt, features small, cast-resin pieces referencing a cameo. The pieces have slight color variations and are hung to form a pattern.

Strangfeld also makes use of repetition. Her delicate and "lacelike" exhibit comprises small, white, porcelain-dipped elements arranged in clusters on the wall.

Sjogren will show a drawing done as a little girl and an oil and charcoal painting done as a mature artist. The muselike works represent a departure from her signature, representational paintings and drawings, Leppmann says.

Other exhibits include monochromatic prints of a draped figure by Templeton; four large-scale, abstract paintings by Bustamante; photograms and "Insta-lately," a series of small photographs taken with the iPhone's Instagram application, by Murney; and "Herakles," pen-and-ink drawings of the Greek hero in action with digitally applied color by Inada and recent SOU graduate Ian Chachere.

In conjunction with this exhibit, there will be artist presentations at 5:30 p.m. most Thursdays through Feb. 28. Presenters are Bithell Jan. 17 in the Schneider, Vanessa Calvert Jan. 24 in the Meese Auditorium on the SOU campus, Alt Jan. 31 in the auditorium, Bustamante Feb. 7 in the Schneider and art historian Melissa Geppert Feb. 28 in the auditorium.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 541-552-6245 or see www.sou.edu/sma.

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