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Linfield Gallery exhibit explores social landscapes

An opening reception for “Social Landscapes: Two Views,” featuring the work of Liz Harris and Katharine T Jacobs, will be Saturday, Sept. 8, from 3-5 p.m. at the Linfield Gallery at Linfield College. The show will run from Aug. 27 through Oct. 6.

The exhibition features two large-scale installations that explore the concept of social landscapes through a variety of content and materials. The show is curated by gallery Director Cris Moss.

For her installation, “Event Horizon: living on the edge,” Harris uses more than 2,700 individual ceramic forms to create a landscape that pays homage to the explosion and sinking of the oil rig Deepwater Horizon in 2010. The event killed 11 workers, injured 17 others and released almost 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing a massive environmental disaster. The installation serves as a reminder of a critical social issue with complex regional and global ramifications.

Jacob’s collection of portraits, “America, I ♥ You,” was taken throughout the 50 United States over an eight-month period. Each portrait, shot with a 4×5 large-format camera, captures a window into the social landscape of U.S. states.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Harris is an intermedia artist who lives and works in Portland, Ore. Her work is based in sculpture, animation and video, and often culminates in installations that combine all three disciplines. She is investigating the creation of multiples in ceramic with a focus on craftsmanship, process and repetition. Harris received her bachelor of art from the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Jacobs is a graduate of Oregon College of Art and Craft. Originally from the rural foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Katharine began her education at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Calif. There she learned to shoot with a large-format camera and discovered Polaroid type 55 film. In 2007 she moved to Portland, purchased her own 4×5 camera and started photographing friends, family and countless strangers. Her focus in street photography and large format shooting inspired her journey across the country and the production of her largest body of work to date: “America, I ♥ You.”

Jacobs continues to focus on portraiture. In junction with multiple exposures and mixed media, she uses the photograph as a vehicle and reference point that empowers the viewer to interact with objects. Jacobs lives and works in Portland, Ore., and is inspired by her family and the nature of the Pacific Northwest.

LINFIELD GALLERY

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. Exhibitions are organized by Curator and Director Cris Moss.

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 F. Miller Fine Arts Center on the Linfield College campus. Ample parking is free. For more information, call (503) 883-2804 or visit Linfield Gallery online.