featuring Roger Beck, Neal Conner, Stephen White, and Betsy Wolfston
February 18 - March 21, 2015
Opening Reception: February 21, 4 - 6pm
To brighten the grey gloom of Oregon winter, Schrager & Clarke Gallery is pleased to present an exhibit about Light. Illuminations features four Eugene artists -- Roger Beck, Neal Conner, Stephen White, and Betsy Wolfston -- each of whose work explores light in a different way.
Roger Beck is a cabinet-maker who discovered a unique way to make small tiles from the many colored wood scraps in his shop, and then to assemble the tiles into patterns and designs -- wooden lace! When assembled over a metal form -- a lampshade! No two lamps are the same, and each contains from 500 to 1200 individual pieces. When lit, each lamp casts a magical shadow.
Neal Conner is Neonman. In addition to his commercial projects, Connor creates art pieces, "luminous sculpture in three-dimensions." About his work he says: "I feel that it is my duty to provide a counterpoint to the maddening crush . . .by producing intricate glass works which will lend a bit of grace and centeredness to any environment." Wood or metal is often introduced into his constructions, inspired by tribal traditions, mythology, and human and animal forms.
Stephen White calls his work Luminessence. After receiving a degree in Architecture from Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, White joined the Air Force and found himself stationed at a remote base above the Arctic Circle in Alaska. There, inspired by the ocean and the amazing ice formations around him, he created his first eighteen wood and paper light sculptures. Now, celebrating 50 years of effort, he is still building these remarkable forms. He says he aims "to create works of art that bring beauty and light into the environments and lives of individuals."
Betsy Wolfston is well known as a ceramicist. Her public art projects include the Four Seasons sculptures in the Downtown Plaza and the two hundred-plus botanical tiles on the surfaces of the Pearl Street Garage. Recently, however, after two broken wrists kept her from her clay, Wolfston began to explore light and simpler materials. The result is a group of light boxes, bamboo framing a translucent panel on which she has drawn in graphite and ink, lit from within by LED lights. The drawings are mysterious, impressionistic, vaguely abstract forms, often resembling land or seascape.
Light things up! Join us at a Reception on February 21, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. to meet the artists, learn about their processes, and enjoy their artwork.
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