June 22, 23 & 24, 2012
The Great Room: A Chronicle of Design
An Exhibit at the 2012 Festival
The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is an arts education event of Lakewood Center for the Arts. Its primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating and exhibiting the arts of the region. All exhibits will be open from June 22-24, 2012.
Featuring Studio Furniture and Lighting from Pacific Northwest Artists
As the Northwest rapidly becomes an international hub for design, The Great Room: A Chronicle of Design showcases the region’s premier artists making a variety of functional art objects. This year, in a departure from two-dimensional works of art, the Chronicle will highlight studio furniture and lighting by artists practicing throughout the Pacific Northwest in an exhibition organized annually by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego (ACLO).
The works chosen for this exhibition exemplify the standards that compel studio furniture and lighting today, namely: craftsmanship, studio processes, and functionality. Lori Goldstein, the exhibition curator, explains that each piece, “...transforms our common notions of craft and contemporary sculpture—each possess within their form illuminations of the trans-disciplinary roles these artists play as sculptors, engineers, and designers. This exhibition will also explore how these artists are guided by their experiences in the Pacific Northwest.”
“When you live on a farm, everything needs to work,” says Todd Isaacs, one of the artists featured in the exhibit. Isaac’s practice of making functional art is linked directly to his identity as both an Oregon farm boy and a Portland city dweller. His experiences are beautifully evoked in his lounge chair, as Isaacs hand-picked the hide and hand-stitched the leather to accompany his sleek design.
Responding to the influx of new technologies that affect the way artists approach their craft, those chosen for this exhibition, including Frank Jacobus (Moscow, Idaho), embrace innovative methods of creation that reflect changes in contemporary society. Jacobus explains, “The Drift Lamp is designed so that individual users might transform the lamp’s shape through a digital interface, creating a more socially interactive design environment. The digital model is then sectioned into thinly cut Baltic Birch profiles that permit light to be emitted through the wooden surface. These variations transform the nature of the light and celebrate the beauty of natural wood.”
The works chosen for this exhibition are made from a variety of media and styles. Elements such as tension and whimsy encourage the pieces to act as chameleons as they blur the boundary between home and gallery and can be contextualized within either site. They are not simply a ‘new spin’ on age-old traditions of construction; instead they display an evolutionary synthesis of modern designs and responses to contemporary culture.
The Great Room: A Chronicle of Design is an invitational, juried exhibition. Shorenstein Realty Services, L.P. will sponsor the Chronicle exhibition for the second consecutive year. This year’s exhibition is curated by Lori Goldstein, a recent graduate of the University of Colorado where she received her Master’s Degree in Art History with a focus on public art. She currently works for Braaksma Design, a public art design firm. The jors for the exhibit included: Sara Huston, Kathy Kremer, Linda Hanson, Robert Oshatz, Liane Cabot, Sara Ogle Lea, Debby Alley, and Lisa Wiser.
The Chronicle is presented by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego (ACLO) on behalf of the City of Lake Oswego as one of multiple annual exhibitions hosted by the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The ACLO is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and was formed to ensure a continuation of support for the arts in Lake Oswego. ACLO promotes education and appreciation for all of the arts by maintaining the City of Lake Oswego's art collection through exhibits, tours, lectures and performance arts.
The Great Room opens Friday June 22, 2012 and continues through Sunday, June 24, 2012 at The Lakewood Center for the Arts as part of the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts’ primary goal is to educate by promoting, supporting, coordinating, and exhibiting the arts of the region. The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts is a program division of the Lakewood Center for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization. The Festival of the Arts takes place at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and George Rogers Park, both on State Street in downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon USA. If you would like more information about this exhibition click here to visit the Arts Council of Lake Oswego website.
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