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9/21/2006 Floating art to dry dock at Linfield gallery

McMINNVILLE ? A 1,300-pound steel sculpture that recently drifted down the Willamette River will dry dock at Linfield College for "Float," an exhibit that will run Oct. 9-27 at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 5:30 p.m. with an artist talk at 6:15 p.m. in the gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.

Portland artist David Eckard built and sailed the Rococo raft to kick off the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art Festival (TBA:06). Suspended on floats 14 feet above the water and adorned with mirrors, lace and fire, Eckard's craft floated down the river as he spoke through gilded megaphones accompanied by a soundtrack composed of nautical tales and ambient music.

The Linfield exhibit will feature the steel sculpture, along with the soundtrack, photography and video of the Willamette River performance.

Eckard is an artist, performer and educator based in Portland. He is a member of the faculty at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He began his own education at Iowa State University, completing it at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited internationally and has been written about and reviewed in The New York Times, Flash Art, Art in America, Artnews and Sculpture. Through objects, drawings, installations and performance, Eckard investigates conditions of masculinity, endurance, function, futility, authority and absurdity.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will also be open for Family Weekend on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in Building B of the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center, the first two buildings on the left. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-883-2804.