Linfield Gallery displays social landscapes

The sculpture by Liz Harris is made up of more than 2,000 clay pots decorated with a unique glaze. The piece is a protest against the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred in 2010.
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A professional art exhibit opened Aug. 31 in the Linfield Gallery featuring pieces by Liz Harris and Katharine Jacobs.
The gallery is entitled “Social Landscapes: Two Views” and displays two large pieces of art that allow viewers to explore aspects of social landscapes.
Harris is a Portland-based artist who creates art in the mediums of sculpture, animation and video. She studied art at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Jacobs is a street and large format photographer who lives in Portland and graduated from Oregon College of Art and Craft. She says that she pulls inspiration from her family and Pacific Northwest’s nature.
On display in the show, Harris’ piece “Event Horizon: Living on the Edge” is a tribute to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that occurred in 2010. In the incident, millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico; 11 people were killed and 17 injured.
Harris’s work is composed of 2,700 individual pieces that together form the full sculpture. Harris developed the piece as a form of protest against the event. Each ceramic piece displays a different perspective on the event and its effect.
Also on display is Jacobs’s “America, I Heart You,” which is Jacob’s largest piece of work. Jacobs created it while traveling through all 50 states using portraits. Each portrait showcased different social aspects of the United States and its diverse culture.
The portraits were taken with a four-by-five Polaroid camera and Jacobs used the negatives to develop the images. Each portrait is on a box that can be opened and contains little items that she collected throughout the trip.
All exhibits displayed in the show are organized by Christopher Moss, director and curator of the Linfield Gallery. Exhibits are free and open to public viewing in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.
When choosing artists for the gallery, Moss says he looks for artists that stand out to him and display different perspectives to show to the public. After visiting their studio and discussing practices, Moss decided to feature the two artists.
An artist reception was held Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. for people to talk to Harris and Jacobs about their work.
The gallery will be open until Oct. 6.
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