A new exhibit at the Schneider Museum of Art is a collaboration between the gallery and the Ashland Independent Film Festival.
"As soon as I took the position as director of the Schneider Museum, I ran into people working with the Ashland Independent Film Festival," says Scott Malbaurn. "We started a dialogue to propose a collaboration of some sort, and we heard AIFF director Richard Herskowitz talk about new ways and different platforms to present film, such as mixing it with art installation. The collaboration between the Schneider and the film festival took shape."
"In Scene" — an exhibit of film, video, installation and photograms — will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at the Schneider Museum of Art, near the intersection of Siskiyou Boulevard and Indiana Street, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.
"First and foremost, we wanted to present an exhibit that pushes installation and video forward," Malbaurn says. "As the artists were selected, the theme began to emerge — that is exploring the state of the natural world in modern times."
The new exhibit includes work by eight artists — Laura Heit, Rashawn Griffin, Adam Bateman, Jessie Sugarmann, M.K. Guth, Tannaz Farsi, Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis — and will be displayed through June 11.
Portland-based Heit will present her installation "Two Ways Down" — a hand-drawn animated installation and film piece inspired by "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch.
The triptych by Bosch — a painter from the Netherlands who died in 1516 — depicts the garden of Eden, a fantastical scene of humans frolicking with bizarre animals, and a hellish, nightmare world.
For "Two Ways Down," Heit created cutout figures of humans meeting with disaster and mounted them on revolving stages. The figures' shadows are cast upon the walls. Line-drawing illustrations are projected on the walls, as well, leading to a mix of shadowy and illuminated forms.
Heit will discuss her work at a lecture to be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 4, in the Meese Auditorium at the Center for the Visual Arts at SOU.
Her new installation, "Hypothetical Stars," will be shown Thursday through Sunday, April 7-10, at ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum, 1500 E. Main St. The hand-drawn animated installation and film uses microscopic and macroscopic imagery to invite viewers to imagine a star system too deep inside, or too far away, to see. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors and ages 12 and younger.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, Heit will present a collection of short animated films and a matchbox puppet show projected onto a big screen at ScienceWorks. The event is a collaboration between ScienceWorks and AIFF. Admission is $15, $10 for students, and tickets can be purchased online at ashlandfilm.org.
Daedalus and Davis, of Portland, will present "Water Shadows," a series of large-scale photograms made at 10 sites along the Columbia River between Hanford Reach and the river's mouth on the Oregon Coast. The photograms are images created with photographic, light-sensitive paper, but without cameras.
Farsi, of Eugene, will present a plant-based installation outside the museum. The plants spell out "Territory," but not in a literal way. The installation is part of the Southern Oregon SITE Project, which permits artists to create new art in response to their reaction to the landscape, history and culture of the Rogue Valley.
Look for "A Walkway for Viewing," a wooden installation by Salt Lake City artist Adam Bateman; an installation of wood, sound, found objects, books and photos by M.K. Guth of Portland; assemblage and a video, "To Bring Love/Terrible Things," by Griffin, of Olathe, Kan.; and a video, "We Build Excitement: Assembly Line Movement," by Sugarmann, of Bakersfield, Calif.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is $5. In partnership with AIFF, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 10.
"In Scene" will be augmented with programs such as a free family day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and tours at noon on Tuesdays. See sma.sou.edu for information.