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Rogue Gallery and Art Center



I-5-Overpass, by David Lorenz Winston

"I-5-Overpass," by David Lorenz Winston

Reception: Friday, February 17, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibit Dates: February 17-March 23, 2012

Meet the Artists: Saturday, February 25 from 3:00-4:00pm

(Medford, OR) – February 13, 2011 – The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host Really Rogue, an exhibition of contemporary art by area artists Eileen M. Bowie, Peter Van Fleet, and David Lorenz Winston. This exhibition features surrealist oil paintings by Eileen M. Bowie, abstract wood constructions by Peter Van Fleet, and offbeat documentary photographs by David Lorenz Winston.


Bowie, Van Fleet, and Winston are brought together in Really Rogue as part of their recognition as award winners  in the 2011 Rogue Valley Biennial, a juried exhibition of contemporary art from the region. Each was selected by the jurors to receive a Jurors’ Choice Award during last year’s exhibition held at the Rogue Gallery & Art Center. Really Rogue is the culmination of the artists’ honors.


Eileen M. Bowie from Merlin, Oregon, makes paintings filled with familiar-appearing creatures. Though recognizable, the creatures also seem strange and foreign, as if they inhabit the realm of dreams. These creatures interact with each other and cavort in a sea of ambiguous space. This dreamlike quality places her work within a Surrealistic context, where odd juxtapositions and implications of subconscious content are predominant. 

One of Bowie’s primary inspirations is the work by Dutch Renaissance painter, Hieronymus Bosch. In Bosch’s work, Bowie sees “the implied existence of other-worldly dimensions” and this concept is a foundational principle in her recent paintings.
Bowie states, “Current issues in my life that are big struggles provide me with fodder for my personal ‘human condition.’  This may allow my subconscious to conjure imagery that speaks to extreme contrasts, a fight between light and dark, good and evil, and Heaven and Hell and all that, which were present long ago and are pronounced again and again.”


Peter Van Fleet from Talent, Oregon, creates low relief constructions using plywood and paint. Oftentimes, Van Fleet begins his technical process by distressing the plywood surface with hammer marks, saw cuts, tool gashes, and even holes from gunshot. He paints the marred plywood after which it is highly sanded resulting in a pristine surface to begin work. Van Fleet uses common construction tools–a router, soldering iron, and saws–to draw directly onto the wood, without premeditation or fussiness. Using paint, crayons and other art materials, Van Fleet builds layers of expressionistic marks on his already texture-rich surfaces. 
He is primarily interested in the artistic “process” and his wood constructions reflect this interest. Every mark, gouge, and paint stroke is visible. Van Fleet states, “Mine is an additive and subtractive process, much as I see the workings of life. 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.”


David Lorenz Winston, also from Talent, is interested in documenting both natural and manmade landscapes using digital photography.  In this exhibition, he presents color photographs depicting the manmade environment, his lens directed toward its surprising juxtapositions of imagery.  

Concerning this work Winston states, “They reflect the imprint of man by way of a barbed wire fence, rubber duck, ping pong ball, cracked windshield or any of ten million other ways. This is my playground, where unexpected relationships are the norm. This is where I comment on life’s anomalies and get to be silly. I like to say everything is fair game and always keep my eyes open for the unexpected.”
In his photograph, “I-5 Overpass,” Winston has attempted to contrast an interstate overpass with the adjacent natural landscape in a way that reveals their strong interconnectedness.


The public is invited to attend a free Meet the Artists gathering Saturday, February 25 from 3:00-4:00pm. The artists will engage in a casual discussion about their inspirations and creative processes. Those in attendance are encouraged to ask questions about the art on display.


The exhibition is sponsored by Sundance Signs, Inc. Food for the reception is provided by RoxyAnn Winery, Harry and David, and Rogue Creamery.

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