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Flatland: A New Exhibition by Ditch Projects

Exhibition Dates: October 21st-November 21st

Artist Panel Wednesday, October 21, 5:00–6:00 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center, followed by an Artist Reception  from 6:00–7:00 p.m. with wine and light refreshments in the Linfield Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Art Center.

Linfield Gallery is pleased to host a new collaborative exhibition by the Eugene-based artist group Ditch Projects. Widely recognized as one of the leading artist-run organizations in Oregon, the members of Ditch Projects periodically work together as a collective, adhering to a collaborative framework of making that prescribes materials, colors, and working methodologies to ultimately create one cohesive installation. 

For their exhibition at Linfield, Ditch Projects takes up the book "Flatland". Written by Edwin Abbot as a social satire in 1884, "Flatland" chronicles the adventures of a character from an entirely two dimensional world, in which men are polygons and women consist only of lines, as he encounters one dimensional and three dimensional beings and worlds.  In the exhibition Flatland, highly geometric prints, paintings, videos and sculptures function not as direct illustrations of Abbot’s writing, but as configurations of gestures and materials that use the text as a jumping off point to intuitively investigate the complexities proposed in the book, especially the interplay between two and three dimensions. The work is indebted to the book, while operating at a degree of creative remove, pointing crookedly back to it.  



Ditch Projects is an artist-run studio, installation and performance space located in downtown Springfield, Oregon. Since 2008 Ditch has featured over 70 exhibitions in their venue curating one-person exhibitions, group shows, and performances that have included over 170 artists. Ditch Projects is operated by a group of artists committed to exhibiting contemporary art that is of a critical, conceptual, and/or interdisciplinary nature.  By providing opportunities for research and conceptual experimentation, Ditch Projects supports the practices of emerging and established artists from this region and beyond.  Exhibiting artists have included Calvin Ross Carl, Patrick Rock, Oregon Painting Society, Alex Becerra, Ralph Pugay, Amy Yao, Roman Signer, Michael Snow, Diana Thater, Scott Reeder, Laura Owens and many more.  In addition, Ditch puts on exhibitions by their artist members, who also range from emerging to established.  An active agent within Oregon's cultural community, Ditch Projects provides a platform to artists producing challenging and innovative work in diverse media, cultivating a network of like-minded individuals, groups, and organizations. Ditch projects members are Lee Asahina, Mike Bray, Isami Ching, Chelsea Couch, Sarah Mikenis, Donald Morgan, Mary Morgan, Jack Ryan, Rick Silva and Jessie Rose Vala.


Exhibitions of regional, national and international stature are on view throughout the academic year in the 1,500 square foot space at Linfield College. Patrons can expect challenging shows that exemplify diverse approaches to the practice of contemporary visual art.

All exhibits are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. The gallery is located in the James Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus (map). To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For a campus map, visit http://www.linfield.edu/assets/files/admission/campusmap.pdf. Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56.Ample parking is free. For more information, call (503) 883-2804.