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10/22/2007 Artwork produces series of questions

McMINNVILLE – Work by 14 artists from around the world will be featured in "Usufruct" on exhibit Nov. 7-30 in the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

An opening artists' reception will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Exhibit curator Seth Nehil of Portland, artist and director of FO A RM Magazine, will speak on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 p.m., also in the gallery.

"Usufruct" brings together artists from Portland, New York, Finland and Germany who engage in trans-sculptural practices, taking inspiration from everyday objects and experiences. Working in collage, sculpture, installation, video and sound, these artists construct a material body from the formerly common, finding ambiguities and producing work as a series of questions like "How can we pay attention to the overlooked?" and "How might we utilize the available and incorporate the everyday?"

Artists include Rebecca Davis, Josh Hart, Helki Frantzen, Melody Owen, Sreshta Premnath and Jonathan Van Dyke from New York City; Linda Hutchins, Diana Lang, Rhoda London, Dan Senn and Bethany Wright from Portland; Jan Anderzen from Finland; and Dirk Lange from Germany.

Accompanying this exhibition is the booklet "Tools of Mind," published by FO A RM Magazine and edited by Portland writer and composer Matthew Marble. The booklet explores various means of structuring and materializing ideas in the world. It engages perspectives from sound art, music, book arts, human physiology, arachnid architecture, village design and a myriad of other sources.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information including gallery hours, call 503-883-2804 or visit The gallery will be closed Nov. 22-24 for Thanksgiving break. 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, go to Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56.