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RODRIGO VALENZUELA
GENERAL SONG

September 6 – October 14, 2017
First Thursday opening September 7, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
First Thursday art walk October 5, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Rodrigo Valenzuela's General Song abstracts and adapts images of the barricade. Drawing on his longtime interest in poetic resistance and research in Chile, Ukraine, Venezuela and other countries, the artist focuses on simple physical structures that people build in times of oppression as a means to explore civil disobedience. Valenzuela was recently appointed to the Department of Art faculty at UCLA. 

 
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BEN BUSWELL

October 18 – December 2, 2017
Preview reception October 18, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
First Thursday art walk November 2, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Ben Buswell's sculptural work spans diverse media, encompassing incised photographs, ceramics, metals, glass and more. Through physical processes (such as scratching, piercing, melting and tearing), he subjects these materials to accumulations of small, repetitive gestures which build into a complex whole. This process-based approach investigates the inseparability of the material from what is done to it, a parallel for the relationship of body and mind. Buswell is a Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts (2015) and a two-time recipient of the Career Opportunity Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and Ford Family Foundation (2014 and 2011). He was an Artist-in-Residence at Bullseye Projects earlier this summer.