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MEN GOING TO PIECES at the ROGUE GALLERY & ART CENTER

Rogue Gallery and Art Center

MEN GOING TO PIECES
at the ROGUE GALLERY & ART CENTER

Opening Reception: Friday, August 5, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Exhibit Dates: August 5-September 9, 2011

(Medford, OR) – July 27, 2011 – The Rogue Gallery & Art Center presentsMen Going to Pieces,” an exhibition that features the work by four Oregon artists, Bruce Allen Bayard, Peter Van Fleet, Keith Johnson, and Mark McGibbon.


Exhibition: August 5 – September 9, 2011
• Reception: Friday, August 5, 5:00-7:00pm
• Meet the Artists Talk: Saturday, August 6, 3:00pm
• Poetic Voices in the 21st Century: Saturday, August 13, 7:00 –8:30pm
• Performance by Bruce Allen Bayard and Thomas M. Houston: Saturday, August 20, 7:00pm.

Men Going to Pieces, organized and curated by Rogue Gallery & Art Center executive director Jules Masterjohn, is a provocative and timely exhibition. She states in the exhibition brochure, “As the 21st century dawns, many find it difficult to hold an optimistic view of our future. A malaise has settled in since the 1970s when our current socio-political, economic, and environmental predicaments were first exposed. After forty years living in a world increasingly out of balance, it is understandable that artists use the creative act to give voice to their discontent.”

Bruce Bayard, Peter Van Fleet, Keith Johnson, and Mark McGibbon have each come to maturity during this age. They share a philosophical perspective that our world is in chaos and disharmony–in effect it is ‘going to pieces.’ Perhaps as an antidote to this perception, each artist crafts cohesive images using isolated parts, layers, and/or bits and pieces. Their art quietly reflects the disquieting tenor of our times.”

For each of these artists, the artistic process is a metaphor for investigating life’s challenges. Their art can be valued as signposts that direct humanity to see our dilemmas with renewed vision, to engage diverse viewpoints with respect, and perhaps to alter our current course away from disaster. The artist is our guide.

Ashland artist Bruce Allen Bayard manipulates digital photographs in a search for “new relationships,” looking for insight into a system in collapse. He writes, “My current work involves mash-ups of multiple images from abstraction to realism. In the process of combining disparate objects, new meaning might emerge. I am also using the resulting images as parts of time-based video, which creates further opportunity to see relationships that have not existed before. This “electronic collage” process offers the chance to synthesize both visual and metaphorical chaos and to possibly come to understand a larger sense of the world.”

Talent artist Peter Van Fleet distresses plywood planks, then refines and reassembles them uses common materials like plywood, paint, and solder; In his artist statement Van Fleet writes, “My wood relief constructions are a metaphor for embracing the destructive forces that I see present in the world. To destroy and reconstruct brings about an acceptance of the way things appear to be. Mine is an additive and subtractive process, much as I see the workings of life. I begin each piece by distressing plywood through hammering, shooting, gouging, and cutting into the wood’s surface. The plywood is then painted and highly sanded, resulting in a pristine surface to begin work. I use common construction tools–a router, soldering iron, and saws–to draw directly onto the wood, without premeditation or fussiness.”

Jacksonville artist Keith Johnson uses traditional art-making materials—oil paint, canvas and paper —to craft his mixed media works. “I begin by drawing from the world around me, then from the world within. As I look into the blank surface before me the images appear like the frames in a movie, and when I begin painting I grab the images as they go by. They begin to flow from my brush like water as I just hold on, trusting in the process. Everything is in there: A piece of remembered coastline. A fragment of sky. A section of mountain. A particle of forest. That is what I paint. It cannot be helped. Painting brings me to a place of balance in a world that is chaotic and in decay.”

Portland artist Mark McGibbon uses thousands of thin strips of vibrantly colored magazine paper to create his intricate collages, which he seals in a thick, glossy layer of transparent acrylic resin. “In this work I hope to address the unlimited possibility of choices that we are offered daily, creating a visual order from disarray. It is reassuring to craft a cohesive whole from innumerable disparate parts. Our lives are awash with potential yet flooded with confusion in a world freed from traditional norms. The creative process helps me come to terms with the fragmentation of the world.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, there are a number of free public presentations offered.
A Meet the Artists Talk, Saturday, August 6, 3:00pm. The artists will discuss their art and inspirations, and the creative process behind the work presented in the show.

Poetic Voices in the 21st Century, Saturday, August 13, 7:00 –8:30pm. Bruce Barton, Jonah Bornstein, Steve Dieffenbacher, Gary Lark, and Vince Wixon present an evening of poetry. Through history, darkness, humor, love and beauty, these poets describe what it means to be a man.

Performance by Bruce Allen Bayard and Thomas M. Houston, Saturday, August 20, 7:00pm. These artists perform a live improvisational soundscape simultaneously with the screening of 1000-image video loop from Bayard’s The Weekly Press.


The exhibition is generously sponsored by Medford Fabrication.
The associated public programs are sponsored by People’s Bank of Commerce.

Also on display at the RGAC,
Featured Artist in the Members’ Gallery

August • Alice Stambaugh presents mixed media collage.

Mark your calendars for another festive Rogue Gallery & Art Center (RGAC) Opening Reception—Friday, August 5 from 5:00 to 7:00pm.—For more information, please visit RG&AC’s listing in the Southern Oregon Artists Resource.

The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center, founded in 1960 to promote and support the arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center offers local artists an opportunity to display their work, and because of its non-profit status can display a wide range of artistic styles and mediums not seen in commercial galleries. Aspiring artists, both children and adults, take classes from local artists and are exposed to a wide variety of artistic mediums. RGAC is located in Medford at 40 South Bartlett Street. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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