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'Going to Pieces'

Four Oregon artists use their media to express discontent with the sociopolitical, economic and environmental issues facing their generation. The new exhibit, titled "Men Going to Pieces," will hang from Friday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Sept. 9, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

The new exhibit, titled "Men Going to Pieces," will hang from Friday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Sept. 9, at Rogue Gallery & Art Center, 40 S. Bartlett St., Medford.

Bruce Bayard, Peter Van Fleet, Keith Johnson and Mark McGibbon share the belief that the world is in chaos and "going to pieces." Their respective handiwork reflects this disquieting course.

"It was after talking to them (the artists) about what motivates their art-making process that I realized that each of them uses the artistic process to make sense of a world that is really out of control," says Jules Masterjohn, executive director of the gallery.

The message of these men's work is apparent in the process rather than the product, explains Masterjohn.

Bayard's show features 100 electronic collages, selected from his 1,000-piece series, titled "The Weekly Press." He synthesizes visual and metaphorical chaos as he layers photographs of patterns, figures, objects and textures to create his evocative imagery.

Van Fleet purposefully distresses plywood planks by gouging, hammering and cutting into the wood, which he then covers with paint, sands, cuts and reconstructs on a board. His wooden relief constructions are an example of creating "beauty and harmony in a world he sees is really falling apart," says Masterjohn.

McGibbon creates visual order from disarray by arranging strips of paper (magazines, books, etc.) by pattern or color to form an entirely new design, which he covers with a layer of glossy, transparent, acrylic resin.

And Johnson, who uses the most traditional media of the four artists, employs collage and relief techniques in his abstract, oil landscapes.

There will be an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and an artists' talk at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at the gallery.

Call 541-772-8118 or see www.roguegallery.org.

Ashland artist Bruce Allen Bayard creates electronic collages by layering abstract and realistic images.