Eugene Biennial Award Winners - One Year Later
July 14 - August 21, 2021
Reception: July 16, 4-7 pm
First Friday ArtWalk: August 6th, 5:30 - 8pm
Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401 541.684.7963 email@example.com
Born in Chicago in 1961, Zoë Cohen was strongly affected by the classic graphic influences of a mid-century urban environment. Everyday exposure to modern architecture, photography, painting, sculpture and minimalist 1960’s design permanently imprinted her mind.
The heart of Zoë’s abstract painting springs from her lifelong fascination with mid-century modern art and design, Abstract Expressionism and The New York School painters. She continues to study the historic influences which shifted the locus of the international art scene from Nazi occupied Europe to NY in the years just before and after WWII.
In recent years, teaching has become an integral part of her art practice. Zoë’s favorite thing is time spent with family and friends and her dog, Bella
I am a full time artist working out of my home studio in the wooded hills of Oregon. Although modern, non-representational work is the focus of my studio practice, keeping a sketchbook has become a necessary counterbalance to abstraction. Painting, inspired by the mid-century masters, is my first love. Nevertheless, I find the design aspects of collage made with hand painted papers and re-purposed books impossible to resist.
Tallmadge Doyle is a printmaker, painter and public artist. Born in New York City, now based in Eugene, OR, Tallmadge received her BFA from the Cleveland Art Institute and an MFA from University of Oregon. She has participated in over 150 national and international exhibitions and her work is included in over 30 public collection in the U.S. and abroad.
Recent exhibitions include the Berlin Print Biennial, Transit Berlin 2019 in Roskild Denmark, North American Print Biennial in Boston, Atlanta Print Biennial and ClimART in San Francisco. She has participated in artist residencies at Playa, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Kingsbrae International Residency, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and was a resident at the Ucross Foundation in 2019.
Heather Jacks is a contemporary painter and photographer currently living in Oregon. She was born in Indiana, where she spent her youth before moving to the East coast, and eventually living abroad in Japan and Italy. Her work has been published and exhibited across the country and abroad. Heather was a member of the board of directors at Foundry gallery in Washington D.C., one of the city's oldest running galleries. .
My paintings and photographs are ultimately an expression of the way I view the world. I have always been acutely conscious of light, shadow, and the beauty of my surroundings. Whether a moody landscape or a window side still life, I try to impart a sense of timelessness to my work. Painting is an expressive and cathartic process for me. I start with no preconceived notion about what the work will become. I listen to my intuition and let the surfaces emerge. My thoughts are often of the patinas that arise with age, the gradual change in the color and texture and structure of all things over time. The Oregon landscapes, seascapes and cloudscapes have been an immense inspiration.
A previous professor of Psychology at University of Oregon, Marjorie Taylor is now well-known in Eugene for what she calls "Vegan Taxidermy", charming free-standing animals made from various textiles and embroidery. Marjorie also is the owner of local clothing boutique, Velvet Edge (recently closed), where her creative dress and clothing designs - often made from unexpected materials - decorated the front window display. Marjorie is a previous winner of the Mayor's Art Show, as well winning Best of Show at the 2020 Eugene Biennial.
I lived and worked in the Columbia River Gorge, a place of astounding beauty, for sixteen years. The intensity of life there is overwhelming-trees, waterfalls, and wildflowers are profuse and enormous. Elk in my backyard and sea lions in the river have left their mark on both geography and mind. Nature is my great teacher and the nurturer of my inspiration and wonder. Living now in the city I understand more: The wonders of nature are everywhere. I am nature too. I look, I translate and interpret: painting, drawing, sculpting, playing with materials interactive and enticing. Patterns in nature and self become visible from the perspective of years.
Right now I think of my work as a kind of time meets space experience, a manifestation of a marriage of the personal to the universal. Each piece (drawing, painting or sculpture) is a process of looking from the world to the self. Oh, a seed! Oh, a cycle! Yes, that is what I see and that is what I am too. In their absolute banality and glory, beauty and wonder are everything.
Christopher St. John
Christopher St. John's work touches on the impact of place on the shape of our lives, the luck we have in living on a planet with a biosphere, the vocabulary of form, the figure, and impermanence. Animals make regular appearances in his work. Christopher's art has been exhibited and collected across the United States and internationally in France, Sweden, Japan, Canada, and Malta. He received his BFA from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks. His art is in the permanent collections of two American museums.
Satoko Matouji was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Her serious artistic experience started at age eighteen when she began to study drawing and painting from a professional artist in Kyoto. Satoko received a B.A. in English Literature from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. After receiving a second B.A. in Art History at the University of Oregon, she then received an M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is represented by White Lotus Gallery in Eugene.
I have a deep connection to the country, Italy, where I have traveled, taught and painted for many years. I receive creative inspirations from this country, yet my artistic, cultural and emotional ties to Japan remains solid, and my current artistic inquiry has a lot to do with Japanese artistic and philosophical tradition. In addition to oil and watercolor paintings, I also use Sumi ink.
Born and raised in Boston, Margot Lovinger's interest in art started at an early age. Attending weekend workshops and classes at local art associations and at the Museum of Fine Arts furthered her enthusiasm. After high school, she enrolled in art school at Parsons School of Design, in New York City. After two years as a sculpture major in their fine arts department, she transferred to the Museum School in Boston, where she completed her education and earned a BFA in 1993. After many years in Boston, Margot spent a few years in Los Angeles, then a few more in Seattle, before moving to Eugene, Oregon where she presently lives and works.
The experimental environment of the Museum School encouraged me to follow my interest in creating art from fabrics. My work started with “story quilts” that were interactive, and required the viewer’s participation to reveal the full narrative. Other types of quilts and fabric compositions followed, often experimenting with new materials and textures. Though I was always fascinated by figure painting, (particularly the works of the renaissance masters, such as Caravaggio) the medium frustrated me, and most of my paintings showed this. Eventually, my interest in the textures and techniques of sewing merged with my fondness for the rich colors and imagery of figure painting, and I began creating these sewn figurative fabric compositions. I have been working in this technique for about 16 years.
The eight award-winning artists from the prestigious Eugene Biennial 2020 return to Karin Clarke Gallery with a year's worth of new work. Please join us in welcoming: