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“Waking Dreams: Mortal Furniture” – August Exhibit at Rogue Gallery and Art Center


Reception: Friday, August 24, 5:00pm – 7:00 pm 
Exhibit Dates: August 24-September 28, 2012

Artist Gallery Talk: Saturday, August 25 from 10:00-11:00am

(Medford, OR) – August 3, 2012– The Rogue Gallery & Art Center will host Waking Dreams: Mortal Furniture, an exhibition of new works by California artist Kathryn Jacobi from August 24 through September 28, 2012.

Kathryn Jacobi, Mortal Furniture #2,  2012, oil on paper

Kathryn Jacobi, Mortal Furniture #2, 2012, oil on paper

Jacobi presents figurative works in oil, ‘Digital Hybrids,’ and computer generated prints inspired by her waking dreams, visions she experienced during the state between sleep and wakefulness. Classically trained as a painter, her realistic style lends to aesthetically rich narratives with human figures engaged in mysterious, frightening, and funny scenarios.  Jacobi’s work depicts states of being that are both familiar and unsettling.  

In her artist statement, Jacobi writes, “Waking dreams are hypnagogic states that occur in that moment between sleep and waking, almost, but not quite, dreams themselves. The associative process underlying this work is stream-of-consciousness — one image suggests the next, not in a linear progression, but, instead, through nuance, movement, and attention to the entire surface. The resulting images are surprising, especially to me.”

The Mortal Furniture series was created especially for the Rogue Gallery & Art Center exhibition. The series comprises 12 paintings, each one composed in a divided format incorporating a light area on the top and a dark one at the bottom. Within these two areas, human figures appear in various poses and engaged in various activities. Jacobi offers, “The light, smaller panel suggests the enlightened response of waking cognition; it also suggests sky, the heavens, or other forms of enlightenment. The dark, bottom section represents all subterranean, unconscious, dream-state energies that the lighter panel opposes. They are divided by a semi-permeable membrane of border.” 

Of her creative process, Jacobi explains, “As the paintings were nearing completion, a loose theme began to emerge. In a sense it became clear that many of the figures were supporting other figures, or were in postures that lent themselves to being sat upon. Decades ago, I created a series of drawings called Man as a Beast of Burden. The present images are more guided by the adage, “We stand on the shoulders of those who came before us.” But that is only a partial and inadequate view of them; the paintings are meant, as poetry is meant, to evoke feelings and responses from the viewer, who becomes an active participant— even an accomplice—in their meaning. To me each presents a small human drama from two perspectives, tangentially connected but directly affecting each other.  Each painting evoked a different set of emotional complexities which shifted continuously as the drama unfolded. While in progress, they felt like a poem which could not be adequately explicated. When completed, analysis is no longer my prerogative.”

In addition to the Mortal Furniture paintings, Jacobi also presents her ‘Digital Hybrids’, and digitally-composed archival pigment prints.

The ‘Digital Hybrid’ paintings are a combination of digital prints and oil paintings. To begin this process, Jacobi takes digital photographs of complex, older original paintings and drawings. She then manipulates the digital photographs with graphic design software to conceive and compose the Digital Hybrids. The newly composed digital images are printed out on large pages and varnished to protect the surface. Using the print as her foundational composition or substructure, Jacobi continues her creative process by painting directly on the print to create her ‘Digital Hybrid.’

Other digitally-composed archival pigment prints, such as “They Were Just The Way They Were” are composed and finished entirely on the computer with no direct painting on the print. 

Regardless of the medium that Jacobi chooses, her intention is the same, “As with all my imagined work, I think of them in same terms as I think of poetry.”

The public is invited to attend a free Meet the Artist gathering Saturday, August 25 from 10:00-11:00am. The artist will engage viewers in a casual discussion about her inspirations and creative processes. Those in attendance are encouraged to ask questions about the art on display.

About the Artist

Kathryn Jacobi received her B.A. and M.A. from California State University at Northridge. Her exhibition credits are extensive with inclusion in over 20 solo and semi-solo and over 30 group shows since 2000 in the western U.S. In 2010, she was honored by the Fresno Art Museum with participation in the exhibition 100 Distinguished Women Artists and she is a frequent award winner in the annual exhibitions presented by Women in Photography International (WIPI). Jacobi has gallery representation in Washington, California, and Georgia and her work is represented in collections in Europe, Canada, and the United States. She has numerous book and illustration credits and owns a small publishing company, Waxwing Editions.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Rogue Gallery & Art Center’s newly established Exhibition Endowment created in 2010 to celebrate its 50th year. RGAC’s Exhibition Endowment provides funds to support a Founders’ Exhibition each year to honor of the Founders and their intentions to showcase “the art of our time and place. Exhibition reception sponsors are RoxyAnn Winery, Harry and David, and Rogue Creamery.
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The Rogue Gallery & Art Center is the Rogue Valley’s premier non-profit community art center founded in 1960 to promote and nurture the visual arts in the Rogue Valley. The Art Center showcases emerging and established regional artists, presents fine crafts by area artisans, and offers a broad range of visual art classes and workshops for all ages. 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. We are open every third Friday until 8:00pm.

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