Oct 9, 2010

Indra's Net & A Harvest of Falls

Indra's Net & A Harvest of Falls

632 Tyler Street, Port Townsend, Washington, USA

The experience of falling apart and coming together makes up the territory of 'change', with the potential for transformation poised to create new form.  During this 'fall' season, this installation intends to put the idea of a "harvest of falls" in a mythic context.   Within each of the jigsaw puzzle pieces on the wall, resides a small mirror which catches the light and glitters at the crossing lines, inviting viewers to see themselves as a part of Indra's Net

“Far away in the heavenly abode of the great god Indra, there is a wonderful net which has been hung by some cunning artificer in such a manner that it stretches out infinitely in all directions. In accordance with the extravagant tastes of deities, the artificer has hung a single glittering jewel in each "eye" of the net, and since the net itself is infinite in dimension, the jewels are infinite in number. There hang the jewels, glittering like stars in the first magnitude, a wonderful sight to behold. If we now arbitrarily select one of these jewels for inspection and look closely at it, we will discover that in its polished surface there are reflected all the other jewels in the net, infinite in number. Not only that, but each of the jewels reflected in this one jewel is also reflecting all the other jewels, so that there is an infinite reflecting process occurring.”
by Francis Harold Cook
from the book Hua-Yen Buddhism: The Jewel Net of Indra

Aug 13, 2010

Threads - Portland Building Installation

Installation by Gloria Lamson

Everything changes.
Structures and frameworks fall apart and come together;
relationships begin and end, shift and transform.
Our vision of what we want is challenged by the actuality of what is.
I question how we find our way amidst the confusion
of shifting ground within and around us.
How does new life grow out of broken forms of the past?
What is important now? What is needed?
What can be, a next step?
I imagine our questions circle us around the dark unknowing
to stir new realities into being.
And in this process fresh vision and form begin to grow.
In the words of William Stafford,
The Way It Is
There's a thread you follow.
It goes among things that change. But it doesn't change.
People wonder about what you are pursuing.
You have to explain about the thread.
But it is hard for others to see.
While you hold it you can't get lost.
Tragedies happen; people get hurt
or die; and you suffer and get old.
Nothing you do can stop time's unfolding.
You don't ever let go of the thread.
William Stafford

For more information use link below.

This installation through September 3 (6pm)
Viewing hours: 7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday. The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland. For more information and a website that provides images, proposals and statements of all the Portland Building installations featured since 1994 go to http://racc.org/public-art/installation-space or call the installation space project manager
Keith Lachowicz at 503-823-5404.

Jun 22, 2010

Installation - Windsong at Port Angeles Fine Art Center - Art Outside

An installation at Port Angeles Fine Art Center for Art Outside
One of the hallmarks of Art Outside has always been to strive for a balance between sculptural objects and site interventions, with both approaches highly sensitive to the natural environment. The five and a half acres of second-growth forest has been a friendly host to artists’ imaginations.

Ecotones closes after June 26 - Vashon Island, WA

Installation for "Ecotones"

VALISE 4W Event, Vashon Island, WA
Saturday, June 26, 7 to 8:30 pm

Event: VALISE member Heather Joy and Port Townsend artist Gloria Lamson invite the community to participate in a discussion about the June exhibition "Ecotones" at VALISE Gallery. Hear from the artists about their process and bring your questions and insights.

"Ecotones" exhibit: Joy and Lamson both draw on the natural world as a source of material and inspiration for their artwork, exploring ideas of art as "social sculpture". Both artists see art as a way to shape a more humane and ecologically viable society. Both question their experience and response to the changes taking place in the world, and hope their work may illuminate these questions for others. More about the show at: www.valisegallery.org/Current.html

4W: VALISE hosts free activities inside and outside the gallery each month, as part of the collective's 4W program: events that take place during, or close to, the fourth week of the month.
For more information, contact Heather Joy at 206/551-3180.

INFO: VALISE Artist Collective & Gallery
17633 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA

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You're welcome to stop by, I will be at Valise, on Vashon 11-1pm and 2-5pm on Saturday, June 26th.
June 26th will be the last day of "Ecotones" with artist talk from 7-8:30pm .

May 1, 2010

Port Angeles Fine Art Center Installation through May 9

Falling Apart and Coming Together

Jigsaw puzzle pieces on the floor, teabags on the wall.

A version of this installation will be installed in the Portland Building in downtown Portland, Oregon the month of August 2010.

Installation for '33 IDEAS' at Denver Airport **extended until August 24th - Videos

The video from DIA is now online:
Here's a cool video filmed by a passenger who LOVED 33 IDEAS!

Statement for installation:
'Falling Apart and Coming Together'

Rarely do we joyfully greet the times when our life falls apart.

It seems far easier to sense what is lost than what wants to be born. In hindsight we might see how new possibilities grew out of the uncertain space of the chaotic fertile ground; like plants emerging from the earth made rich with the decay of past growth.

How is it possible to generate some small antidote to our fears and resistance to change?

Perhaps by…

- Kindly holding others and ourselves, in our disarray.

- Practicing curiosity during the often-disconcerting transformative process, which defies our attempts at control.

- Understanding we are more than the structures, which have previously contained us.

- Remembering that we too are part of the natural world, subject to the laws of regeneration and time.

I offer this visual metaphor that we might better know ourselves as more than the changes which dismantle our lives.

Installation is part of this exhibit:
33 IDEAS! showcases innovative artists and writers focusing on land and social issues in a variety of mediums. DIA has teamed up with Colorado Art Ranch, a “nomadic arts organization founded on the belief that the arts are a catalyst for change,” for this exhibition that will run through August 2010 in The Charles Ansbacher Hall: The Art of Colorado on the walkway between Jeppesen Terminal and Concourse A. Colorado Art Ranch travels to two or more Colorado towns each year to sponsor one-month residencies for visual and literary artists from around the world. During each residency, Colorado Art Ranch hosts a public forum to promote conversations on how art and science intersect with land and social issues. For more information on Colorado Art Ranch, go to www.coloradoartranch.org .