EUGENE, Ore.—The Lane Community College Art Gallery is proud to present “Recapture,” an exhibition featuring work from regional artist Renee Couture. Renee works in multiple mediums with this current exhibition featuring mixed media and sculpture installation.
Influenced by both the personal and the political, I draw inspiration from the historical and social landscape of place. Using my own rural community as a starting point, I articulate the complexity and range of the public's relationship with their nearby landscape. I point to the tension between the literal and conceptual values imbued upon a place, our interactions with wild and managed landscapes, and the convergence of ecological integrity and social well-being. I recognize we have a variety of relationships with nature and I consider how those relationships shift and reshape over time.
My project-based practice moves fluidly between sculpture, photography and drawing, allowing my ideas to dictate media, form, and process. I apply formal and conceptual strategies to re-contextualize and re-appropriate everyday objects and imagery - 2x4s, fencing, travel trailers, flowers, text - to point to social values. My work employs subtle embellishments and alterations that hold meaning to make the work mentally, emotionally, and physically approachable.
My work is firmly rooted in my living in the West, specifically Pacific Northwest timber country. These bodies of work are my attempt at understanding the place I now call home.
This exhibition runs from January 8 to March 22. The gallery will host an artist talk and reception on Wednesday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception immediately following.
The Lane Community College Art Gallery is located in Building 11, LCC main campus, 4000 E. 30th Ave., Eugene. The gallery features main and sister exhibit areas. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For details call (541) 463-5409.
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