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Block Party

BLOCK PARTY

ZEINAB SAAB

8/21/23 – 12/15/23
Dengerink Gallery, VDEN Building

Block Party, Zeinab Saab, Acrylic on paper, 2023


“Block Party demonstrates the limitless nature of design using color theory and the grid, providing unapologetically loud, inescapable visual pleasure. Titles of works allude to distress, past trauma, frustration, feeling lost, and fear of the unknown. Pairing these difficult ideas with lush color creates a deflection of reality, allowing the viewer to take temporary refuge in a world of vibrant delusion. The grid becomes a “safety net” that catches moments of euphoria, whether major or minor. Now, when it feels like we are all on the precipice of collapse, the grid gathers and gives structure to these fleeting moments of joy. Allow yourself to be held in place for a moment, and enjoy the party while it lasts.” – Zeinab Saab


Block Party (detail), Zeinab Saab, Acrylic on paper, 2023


Originally from Dearborn, Michigan, Zeinab Saab is currently based in Portland, Oregon, where they are a professor of art at Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus. Their current work focuses on exploration of childhood nostalgia through color theory and the grid. Saab received a BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Bowling Green State University in 2015, and an MFA in Printmaking at Northern Illinois University in 2019. Their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at The Sharjah Museum, Cue Art Foundation, and the San Francisco Center for the Book, among other venues. The work is held in permanent collections, including those of The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Emory University, The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, the Arab American National Museum, and Zayed University.


Smelling the Sound of Color, Zeinab Saab, Acrylic on paper, 2023


Smelling the Sound of Color (detail), Zeinab Saab, Acrylic on paper, 2023

Good Enough…

GOOD ENOUGH…

CURT ENDERLE

8/21/23 – 12/15/23
Library Building

Kobayashi Animal Testing Balcony Sign from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs , from the collection of Curt Enderle,


“Near the end of the recent Pinocchio film, the Cricket is told by the Black Rabbit that he’s had a good life. “Good enough,” was the Cricket’s response – a reflection back on everything that had come before.

In theatre, commercials and film, that phrase is often used to cut off the work. The variations. The what-ifs. We’ve run out of time or money or both, and what you see before you is going to be just fine.

As an “artist” looking back on a “career” for an exhibit like this, perhaps I see the good enoughs that could have been better, as well as the good enoughs from various projects that have actually resulted in a decent body of work.

As a collaborative artist, I have a difficult time pointing to the work and claiming it as my own. Sometimes I use the word artistic to describe my contribution, rather than Artist with a capital “A”. I have been part of creating works of art, but an artist? Hmmmm.

And am I able to separate myself from that work? Or is it the work that defines who I am?

Yeah, I’m not really sure. And so this collection of examples of things I have helped to create include process, artifacts of OTHER artists work, as well as images of the finished products. Some of it is obscenely rough, some of it is too finished for a step along the way to the ACTUAL art. But all of it examples of what, for a moment, was good enough.”

-Curt Enderle


Kobayashi Animal Testing Balcony Sign Detail from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs , from the collection of Curt Enderle,


Objects from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs , from the collection of Curt Enderle,


Trained as a set designer for live theatre and based in Portland Oregon, BAFTA-nominated Curt Enderle has had a role in generating over 13 hours of stop-motion animated content. Most recently, he worked with Guy Davis as co-production designers for Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, a stop-motion feature produced at Portland studio ShadowMachine which premiered in London in October of 2022 and streamed worldwide on Netflix in December. In addition to the BAFTA nomination, the production design has been honored with Best Animation Production Design by the Art Directors Guild and Best Production Design – Feature by ASIFA’s Annie (animation) awards.

Past film work includes art directing Wes Anderson’s 2018 stop-motion animated film Isle of Dogs and Laika’s 2014 stop-motion hybrid release, The Boxtrolls. He also served as one of the set designers (draftsperson) for the studio’s 2012 ParaNorman. Recent episodic includes the first series (sans pilot) of The Shivering Truth written by PFFR’s Vernon Chatman at ShadowMachine Portland for Adult Swim.

In 2001, Curt received a Primetime Emmy ® for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his art direction of the “Phish Phry” episode of Gary & Mike, a Will Vinton studio stop-motion animated TV show and in 2018 was honored by the Art Directors Guild as part of the team responsible for Isle of Dogs.


Drawing from Inside the Mouth of the Dogfish from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , by Jesse Greg, from the collection of Curt Enderle,


Drawings and objects from Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio , from the collection of Curt Enderle,

It’s Not Me, It’s You

It’s Not Me, It’s You

Contemporary Issues Seminar Students

4/29/23 – 5/7/23
1005 Main Street Gallery

Rhythm, Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Yarn and wood, 2021


It’s Not Me, It’s You is a group show of mixed media works by Fine Arts students at Washington State University, Vancouver.

The works exist independently of any meaning on the part of the artist, but invite the viewers to respond. A dichotomy exists and proposes a contemporary “purpose” of art. What is art supposed to do? Who is art for? It’s Not Me, It’s You symbolizes the ambiguous interpretations that viewers create when attempting to connect the images or the title of the exhibition. The artist simply provides the art, and the viewer gives it a meaning.


Installation shot of It’s Not Me, It’s You.



It’s Not Me, It’s You Exhibition Poster and Zine, Designed by Josalyn Ortiz and Kevin Lennon


It’s Not Me, It’s You showcases a variety of media and includes work by Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Hannah Burbach, Juan Carlos Garcia Gonzalez, Arlo Hammontree, Jaclyn Hannemann, Seth Jordan, Kevin Lennon, Travis Morey, Josalyn Ortiz, Bibiana Picho-Garcia and Alexandra White.

Guest artists who have impacted these students through visits, exhibits and lectures include Karl Burkheimer, Chris Chandler, Shara Chwaliszewski, Marianna Cruz, Erin Dengerink, Sammy Garcia and Meghann Gilligan-Koehn.



Left: Onrage Pnaitnig, Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Acrylic on wood panel, 2022
Middle: AB049, Chris Chandler, Monotype relief print, 2023
Right: Nature Series, Hannah Burbach, Digital prints, 2019-2021


Left:Through Their Eyes, Jaclyn Hannemann, Acrylic paint on wood panel, 2022
Middle: Walking the Dog, Kevin Lennon, Installation, 2023
Right: Onrage Pnaitnig, Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Acrylic on wood panel, 2022


This exhibition is curated by and includes the work of students in Professor Avantika Bawa’s Fine Arts Contemporary Issues Seminar.


Work by Josalyn Ortiz (top right) and Karl Burkheimer (bottom left)


 

The 27th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition

The 27th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition

4/10/23 – 8/11/23
Dengerink Gallery, VDEN Building

Installation shot of The 27th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition


The 27th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition features work made in a wide range of art classes from the past year. In these classes, students from different majors across campus practice the building of form, the process of conceptual development, critical thinking, and the value of a commitment to craft. The Fine Arts Department at Vancouver believes that mark-making is an essential human activity, exploring the connection between contemporary art, culture, and the built environment.

O Horizon, Jaycee Ritola, Ink on paper


Left: Fleuri du chagrin, Hunter McLamb, Linocut
Middle: ¡Calaveras con Ritmo!, Marianna Cruz, Linocut
Right: Rising to the Surface, Sammy Garcia, Linocut


In addition to works made by students, this year we also present re(re)site. (re)site, a recent solo show by artist Karl Burkheimer, included a drywall monolithic structure and occupied the VDEN Gallery from 1/18 – 4/9. This work served as a platform that encouraged collaborations and interventions from the students, staff and faculty of the WSU Vancouver community. By drawing, painting, printing, and wheat-pasting on this surface, either through specific prompts or pure intuition, the works soon became the work of not just one artist, but the community of our campus. Authorship was now a blurry line.


3D Practice Forms from left to right: Sami Francis, Nicole Nelson, and Mattie Whitters


As a final gesture to the spirit of intervention and the WSU Vancouver student show, the gallery committee selected graduating senior, Jamie Anoai-Shroyer to create one final grand intervention. The work was covered in a translucent white paint alluding to its past, reemerging to its semi-original state as monolithic form. The geometric orange shapes are a continuation of Jamie’s interests in language, text, meaning and abstraction, and the power of sustained looking to recognize patterns.


Karl Burkheimer’s (re)site with Intervention by Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Acrylic on drywall


Artists: Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Marianna Cruz, Olivia Eldredge, Sami Francis, Sammy Garcia, Delancy Hizer, Annika Larman, Hunter McLamb, Haley Shea Miller, Courtney Minden, Travis Morey, Nicole Nelson, Josalyn Ortiz, Jose Pinerua, Jaycee Ritola, Stephanie Walsh, Xander Warren, and Mattie Whitters.


Broken Record, Annika Larman, Ink on paper

 

Vital Earthing

Vital Earthing

Janet Rodriguez

2/13/23 – 5/5/23
Science & Engineering Building, 1st and 2nd Floor Galleries

CALL MOTHER, Chia seeds, mist of water, bandage wrap, time


“Exploring themes of life, time, decay, and resilience, Vital Earthing is a series of multimedia sculptures that combine functional and non-functional materials, both living and non-living. Viewers are encouraged to connect to the work through sight and smell using their own personal experiences, memories, and associations of the natural and artificial objects within the space. Get up close to the work and let the scent of dried lavender petals lull you into comfort.


Continuous Vestige, Stretched canvas, red yarn, moss, brown mesh


We can learn from Indigenous people who interact with nature directly, including the use of smell, as a way to better understand changes in the natural world. The stretched, wrapped, and stitched nylon pieces express the disproportionate impact of climate change on people of color and the decades of putting up with its effects. The ephemerality of life and the unavoidable force of decay show the urgency of taking action now. We must make a change that will benefit everyone as well as the natural environment we live in.”

-Janet Rodriguez


Spice and Everything Nice, Dried lavender, ground cinnamon, tumeric powder, teal mesh


Janet Rodriguez is an Oregon-born multimedia artist of Mexican descent working in Vancouver, Washington. Surrounded by the greenery of the Pacific Northwest, she has combined her love for nature and art. She has a BA in Fine Arts with a Minor in Environmental Science at Washington State University Vancouver. Her work has been seen around campus in the Dengerink Gallery, the Library Gallery, and the Strouse Gallery.

(re)site

(re)site

Karl Burkheimer

1/23/23 – 3/31/23
Dengerink Gallery, VDEN Building


“The large grey dog seems to be the subject of the photo, yet the warm yellow-brown tones of late fall and a rusty steel bridge creates a confusing background that muddies the visual space and the viewers’ focus. Created during the era of point-and-shoot film cameras and 1 hour film development, the photo is a mere moment in a quickly receding past. Without context, the snapshot is neutral, conveying only what the viewer cares to consider. For the photographer the photo excites recollections of a specific hike with a beloved pet along an abandoned rail line during an unseasonably warm Thanksgiving weekend in Piedmont North Carolina. A few years later, on another Thanksgiving weekend, the dog died, continuing the refrain of impermanence.



“The built environment is the result of an inherently provisional act of cajoling space through the manipulation of matter. Humanity’s inability to achieve perfection and the natural world’s resistance to permanence assures a futility in making, while simultaneously perpetuating a creative instinct to pursue the exceptional or even the mundane or the abject.

“My creative endeavor is a manifestation of practice, a repeated return to the process of searching, making, and reflecting. The exhibited works become moments of exchange, temporal incarnations, and placeholders, emphasizing an ad hoc language of materials and processes in flux. Actions, efforts, and materials are employed to surround an emptiness, as the objects and images on view become markers adjacent to the focus of consideration. Thus, the work is allusive; only the residue of making is present.”

-Karl Burkheimer

Over the course of the exhibition, (re)site, will evolve, shifting in form and meaning with input and interaction by WSUV art students and faculty.



Burkheimer creates utilitarian and artistic objects that address labor, skill, precedent and intent through a language of utility. His works have been exhibited in the United States and internationally. He holds an MFA in woodworking from the department of crafts at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond; and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design in architecture from North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

Escape From…

Escape from… is a series of installations by students in the Beginning Drawing class of the Fine Arts Department. Curated by Professor Avantika Bawa, these works are informed by the interior architecture of sites around campus, including the Library, the Writing Center and Firstenburg Student Commons.

Scattered throughout these sites you will find these artworks, some that are easy to locate, while some just creep up on you. Each installation takes into account the site where it is installed, either by responding directly to the surrounding architecture, or the function of that particular area. In some cases, the works are the result of an imagination gone wild, while thinking of an alternative purpose of that location.


From Beyond the Deep

Amelia Seley, Brent Ocampo, Robert Sagastume, and Valorie Worden

The Writing Center


The Lesser Seen Things

Lucas Rogers, Xander Williams, Evan Renfro, and Victoria Moehring

Firstenburg Student Commons


A Walk in the Rainforest

Sorya Baxter, Teresa Patron Rivera, and Adrian Chwaliszewski

The Library


A World of Possibilities

Allison Balogh, Navleen Kaur, Mary Nguyen, and Liliya Tarkovskaya

The Library

Things Becoming Things

Things Becoming Things

Shara Chwaliszewski

9/6/2022 – 12/16/2022
Science and Enginnering Building (VSCI), 1st and 2nd Floor Galleries

Left: Molded, Wire, metal, and acrylic on canvas
Middle: Purple Glaze (detail), Acrylic on canvas
Right: Creature and Unmolding, Paper and plaster


Things Becoming Things, on display throughout the Science and Engineering Building (VSCI) is an exploration of texture, color, and form. Raw canvas – painted, glazed, crumpled, and suspended. Cardboard or Styrofoam packaging covered with paper and glaze in layers upon layers upon layers until it transcends its purpose and becomes a new thing. Reclaimed or simple materials and repetitive, almost meditative, processes characterize my approach. As I struggle against or am guided by the inclinations of the medium, working with intention but no preconceived direction, a story begins to tell itself. Manipulation of outward form makes inner doubts fall away, and all is reduced to a conversation between my hands and the material.

Some pieces were removed from the gallery and relocated to other areas in the building to allow the remaining works room to breathe, and to further investigate the relationship between the object and the space it occupies.

Toxicityscape, Stryofoam and paper


Born on Canada’s eastern coast, Shara Chwaliszewski has made her home in the Pacific Northwest since 2006. Working in several mediums, she creates two- and three-dimensional works that are non-objective but often biomorphic. Shara is a Washington State University Vancouver alum (BA English, 2020; BA Fine Arts, 2021) and works as a tutor at the WSU Vancouver Writing Center when she is not making art in her backyard studio in Camas, WA.

Left: Imperfect Measures, Clock, paper, bamboo, and plaster
Right bottom: Spring, Sprang, Sprung Metal trap, paper, clothespins
Right top: Cephalopodcast, Bamboo roots, paper, and screen

Modular Shifts

Modular Shifts

Chris Chandler

8/22/2022 – 12/16/2022
Dengerink Gallery, VDEN Building

Modular Shifts, Relief print installation, 18′ x 10′, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery


“Modular Shifts is a series of prints based on the construction and deconstruction of modular type. I use the Vandercook 232P letterpress machine, Alpha-Blox & Futura Schmuck woodcut fonts to combine shapes, letters, words and phrases and then abstract them through rearranging, tearing, wheat pasting, layering, and shifting. The simplicity of breaking the alphabet down into its most basic elements allows for a seemingly endless combination of shapes that appeal to my analog self.” – Chris Chandler


Left: Fade-Out, Variable relief print, 11’x54.5″, 2022
Right: AB043, Monotype relief print, 2022, 48″x48″x2″, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Fade-Out (detail)
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery


Chris Chandler founded Neu Haus Press in 1996 after he acquired his first Vandercook Press in Venice Beach, CA. Through the years his love, talent, and knowledge for this vintage craft has grown — inspired by pioneers of graphic design like master typographer Jan Tschichold, Bauhaus, Constructivist El Lissitzky, and the Expressionist painter and printmaker Erich Heckel.

In addition to his printmaking, Chris spent 30 years working as a tour manager and sound engineer in the music industry. He has had the privilege of sharing his passion for letterpress with a variety of musicians, leading to intimate collaborations and the opportunity to print their work. Making his home in Portland, Oregon with his wife and two children, Chris has been able to expand his studio and printing portfolio. He is represented by Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland, OR.

This collection of work exhibits how Chris takes advantage of his Vandercook 232P with a 30” x 32” printing bed to recreate and experiment with the 1943 Alpha-Blox font in large form in order to push the limits of letterpress.


Left: The Space Between Us, Monotype relief print, 48″x48″x2″, 2021
Right: AB039, Monotype relief print, 2021, 48″x48″x2″, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

Makeready, Monotype relief print, 26″x26″, 2022
Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery

The 26th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition



The 26th Annual Fine Arts Student Exhibition features work made in a wide range of art classes from the past year. In these classes, students from different majors across campus practice the building of form, the process of conceptual development, critical thinking, and the value of a commitment to craft.

The Fine Arts Department at Vancouver believes that mark-making is an essential human activity, exploring the connection between contemporary art, culture, and the built environment.


Artists: Kayla Aiman, Jamie Anoai-Shroyer, Dakota Benjamin, Maija Bennett, Cedar Brown-Geldreich, Jenn Carlsen, Marilou Cassidy, Yaremy Clara, Ilona Coscodan, Marianna Cruz, Emily Effinger, Olivia Eldredge, Jade Goggin, Avery Huver, Roxy Hong, Shayleigh Howells, Seth Jordan, Annika Larman, Megan Macomber, Eli Mitchell-Hopmeier, Mimi Nguyen, Ana Dominguez Pacheco, Bibiana Picho-Garcia, Jace Rintala, Janet Rodriguez, Dante Dian Torres, Tiffany Tucker, Nina Uchtmann, Lauren Varney, Colin Willis, Paesli Wilson, and Taylor Wiss