Student artist ‘Guggles’ his way to an artistic community, creates an art club

Sophomore Doug Sundman, one of the charter members of the “Guggle” Movement, is working to create a community of free expression around the Linfield campus.

He, along with junior Lionel Parra who coined the term “Guggle,” hope to bring back the emphasis on liberal arts at Linfield that they feel has been marginalized.

“‘Guggle’ arose out of Ron Mill’s class last year. It was classical approaches to figure. In it we were given provocations like the body in relation to society,” Sundman said.

“‘Guggle’ is about creating a culture of people who pursue provocations, but [instead of a professor assigning you one], you just kind of assign yourself a provocation,” Sundman said.

One of the many unofficial mottos of “Guggle” is to, “Have confidence and don’t worry about what happens. Just go with it,” Parra said.

“It seems like everyone has this impression that we are trying to form some sort of exclusive clique,” Sundman said.

“One of the first things we said was that anyone can ‘Guggle,’” Sundman said. “It’s more of an attitude.”

Sundman is helping to start form an art club. The Associated Students of Linfield College is scheduled to vote on a temporary charter for the club March 18, according to Sundman.

“We are trying to promote liberal arts at a liberal arts college, so we are pretty confident that ASLC will pass our charter,” Sundman said.

Sundman was one of the 16 students in the art department who helped build “Nils Lou’s Playhouse” during January term for the build to burn class, according to Sundman.

The 23 foot-tall sculpture is currently on display in the courtyard of the art department buildings.

Sundman’s contributions to the structure were two dozen or so wood feathers that pepper the exterior of the structure and two murals at its base, one of a tiger and one of a turtle. He also painted the support beams that create the structure’s base.

Sundman began his artistic journey at the age of three.

“I made magnificent [lego] sculptures that were four feet tall,” Sundman said.

“I don’t think I started doodling until fourth grade though,” Sundman said. “When we first really started using pencils to write papers in class is when I remember beginning.”

“My favorite practice in art is compulsively getting rid of all your art,” Sundman said. “I constantly whitewash my things [because] it encourages making more art.”

Sundman’s favorite medium is oil pastels. Sundman is currently an undeclared major, however, he is leaning towards a studio art major.

Ryan Morgan / Culture Editor

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