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Lane Community College
Monday, March 17, 2014
Vibrant Matter, Sculpture in Glass, by Jonathan Swanz opens March 31

Olive Green Sprout by Jonathan SwanzEUGENE, OR – The Lane Community College Art Gallery is proud to VIBRANT MATTER, SCULPTURE IN GLASS, by Hawaiian artist Jonathan Swanz.

Jonathan Swanz is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Hawaii and currently teaches at the University. His specialty is glass sculpture with a background in both sculpture and ceramics. In his most recent work, he has begun to work with dance and performance as part of his installation work.

"I believe glass to be the most convincingly alive of fine art materials. My artistic practice utilizes the living qualities of hot glass as an investigative entry into the dynamic material nature of humanity. I use non-traditional glass techniques informed by social observation to awaken the human relationship with the materiality of the body, a body recognized as part of a living energy system constantly undergoing changes of state- physically, emotionally, energetically, socially, and spiritually. I acknowledge that materials demonstrate social behaviors- attraction and repulsion, path of least resistance, cause and effect, fatigue under pressure, inertia- and believe they offer observational learning opportunities into the social-materiality of humans. I create technical parameters in the studio that emulate the socio-material organization of humans resulting in expressive abstract sculptures and installations. I believe the power of creative acts involving materials, especially the energetically intensive and dynamic working of hot glass, are capable of providing transformative insight into the human experience."

The LCC Art Gallery exhibition will consist of several installations. The main gallery in building 11 will host the main part of the exhibition. There will be another component of installation work in building 10. This installation is called Right of Passage and will be a backdrop to a dance performance by MDTA dance instructor, Bonnie Simoa and Sarah Nemecek on April 2.

The show runs from March 31 to April 24. There will be an artist lecture, reception and dance performance are on Wednesday, April 2. The artist lecture will begin at 4:00 p.m. in building 11, with a reception immediately following. The dance performance by Bonnie Simoa and Sarah Nemecek will begin at 6:00 p.m. in building 10. The gallery is located in building 11 on the main campus, 4000 E. 30th Avenue. There is no charge for admission. The Art and Applied Design Department phone number is (541) 463-5409.

Lane Community College 9th Annual High School art show opens March 31.

The Lane Community College Art Gallery is proud to present our 9th Annual High School Art Show, opening March 31.

The Annual High School Art Show is an invitational to area high schools in Lane County to share with our community, their young and upcoming art students. Along with the exhibition students who participate are eligible for awards and scholarships. Please come out to the main campus and show your support for our young artists.

The LCC Art Gallery would like to also take this opportunity to thank this year's exhibition sponsors, Karl Brantley and Lincoln Financial Advisors. Their support has helped to make this year's exhibition possible.

The show runs from March 31 to April 24. A reception will be held on Thursday, April 3 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is located in building 11 on main campus, 4000 E. 30th Avenue. There is no charge for admission. The Art and Applied Design Department phone number is (541) 463-5409.

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Lane Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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Contact: 
Jennifer Salzman, Gallery Director
Phone: 
(541) 463-3431