Leah Wilson's solo exhibition of work from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest will soon be on display at the Joan Truckenbrod PopUp Gallery in Corvallis. Leah Wilson: Collecting Evanescence—Six Years at the Andrews opens October 6 and runs through October 27, 2018, with a reception for the artist from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6. Leah will give a artist's talk during the reception at 4:30 p.m. The PopUp Gallery's regular hours are Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
The H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, one of 26 long-term ecological research sites throughout the world, is an ideal choice for Leah to create long-term art projects informed by changes in the forest over an extended span of time. Through her presence in the forest, and afterward during the creative process and reflection in her studio, Wilson observes her own path to knowing and connecting with this specific place that is known primarily by scientists and through science. Here, as in other places, a connection is likely found within the ephemeral. Often the process of coming to know and building a relationship to this place, as with any place, can feel like attempting to collect the evanescence.
Leah Wilson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Southern California. A 2012 artist residency through OSU's Spring Creek Project at the Andrews Forest introduced her to ecologists working on long-term studies. After spending time in the forest and with ecologists, Wilson realized that science and ecology identify patterns, and changes to patterns, over time. Often, in terms of process and product, the most evident element of her work is repetition, rhythm, and pattern related to water in general, and rivers and streams in particular.
This event is free and open to the public.
Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Joan Truckenbrod PopUp Gallery 517 SW 2nd Street, Corvallis, Oregon 97330