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Lane Community College
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
“LOCUS,” by Laura Ahola-Young, opens April 27

painting: "Wool Swarm" by Laura Ahola-YoungEUGENE, Ore. – The Lane Community College Art Gallery is proud to present LOCUS, a painting exhibition featuring works from Idaho-based artist Laura Ahola-Young. Laura is original from the Midwest, spent time teaching at Lane Community College and is now an Assistant Professor of Art at Idaho State University.

Artist Statement:

"When Painting, I am actively creating while simultaneously destroying.

I thoroughly develop meanings and imagery in paintings and then cover and rework with glazes, scraping and mark making. What remains the same throughout the painting process is the structure they are forced upon. The structure is both paper and an open narrative. I leave evidence of my search for a completed work – enough of layer that I begin to believe in a structure's identity and memory. They have a history, casualties and moments of clarity.

Metaphors and images cease to exist to allow the possibility of change and new discoveries. It is this - what is possible and what must be destroyed- that has led me to research visually and intellectually this phenomenon in the natural world. Cells and stars, the minuscule to vast, must experience destruction for life to exist, as we know it.

My work reflects my desire for absolutes and claims none. For me, knowledge is always asking additional questions. I have named this collection of paintings Prodromes in relation to an internal, structural and organizational system of signage and warnings. Through paint, I am attempting to capture these instances of signs as symptoms: fleeting, a speck, a circumstance, and a neural, biological, philosophical, sensory occasion."

The show runs from April 27 to May 20. There will be a closing lecture and reception on Wednesday, May 20 at 3:00 pm.

The galleries are 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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Jennifer Salzman


(541) 463-3431