2022 Windowfront Exhibitions

Mujeres con Alas bag

Mujeres con Alas

Dates displayed: September 2-November 13, 2022

833 Willamette Street

Presented by: Mujeres con Alas

About the art: Mujeres con Alas is a group of women with the purpose of reclaiming material culture. Women are holders of the memory of our people. Each town, each person, each woman has her way of transmitting this knowledge through mediums like embroidery, oral narratives (stories and poetry), weaving, cooking, music and dance, among other forms. This display demonstrates various materials and mediums including embroidered cotton, linen, jewelry, clothing, sculpture and painting.

Charro AttireCharro Attire Exhibition: Origin and Symbolic Details of the Charro Outfit

Dates displayed: September 2-November 13, 2022

Opening Reception: Friday, September 2 • 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Music by Mariachi Monumental, crafts and tamales

856 Willamette Street, 1st floor

Curated by: Jessica Zapata and Antonio Huerta

Presented by: Comunidad y Herencia Cultural

About the art: The Charrería tradition is known as the national sport of Mexico. It involves horsemanship, roping and cattle work. Charrería dates back to the 1500s when the Spanish brought horses and cattle to the Americas. The large hacienda fields in Mexico provided a perfect landscape for the continuation of the tradition of agriculture and cattle raising, which then shaped the culture of the Charro. To this day, Charrería remains vibrant in towns and cities across Mexico and in many parts of the United States, bringing families together to witness this iconic cultural tradition. The women’s participation in Charrería as Escaramuza symbolizes the important role of women during the Mexican Revolution, a reference to the skilled and strategic horsemanship they displayed on the battlefield. This exhibition blends attire from both the Charro and Escaramuza, acknowledging the contributions that both continue to make within the Charreria tradition.

Esteban Camacho Steffensen installationEsteban Camacho Steffensen

Dates displayed: September 2-November 13, 2022

856 Willamette Street, 2nd Floor

About the art: The overlapping catastrophes of the pandemic, racial injustice and the climate crisis have greatly impacted youth and their mental health, especially disadvantaged youth. Art can play a role in their emotional healing and build hope to counter despair. Murals can address this need because they stimulate the imagination in a positive way while building camaraderie to counter social isolation. The physical work of painting bright colors on large walls with a group of friends while seeking to create beauty and meaning on critical issues can be an antidote to years of separation and isolation.  

About the artist: I am a Costa Rican/Oregonian muralist with 17 years of experience creating murals in the Northwest that inspire the public with images of the natural world. My compositions emphasize endangered species, ecosystem relationships and cultural reflection that encourage action to protect the world we love. My artistic work also focuses on creating murals through community engagement. Most of my work depicts the interdependent nature of our living planet and the destructive impacts of industrialized society. They entreat the public to get involved in solutions to climate change and other social challenges. Email Esteban, esteban-camacho.myportfolio.com, facebook.com/camachosteffensen, instagram.com/ecomurals

Viewable Pieces: Salmon: Ecozic, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 4 ft, -1,500

Bicicle: Ecozic, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 4 ft, -1,500

Equation: Ecozic, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 4 ft, -1,500

Solar Panel: Ecozic, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 4 ft, -1,500

Earth: Ecozic, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x 4 ft, -1,500

Clouds: Acrylic on Canvas, 7 x 5 ft, -3,000

Studies: Watercolour on Paper, various sizes, -500

Studies: Graphite on Paper, various sizes, -200

Riqueza Natural de Mexico installed

La Riqueza Natural de México

Dates displayed: September 2-November 13, 2022

1004 Willamette Street

Curated by: Jessica Zapata and Eugene Arte Latino

Presented by: Eugene Arte Latino and Comunidad y Herencia Cultural

About the art: This Projection includes images captured by talented photographers who share their talent and the natural beauty of Mexico. It is a visual testimony, which urges us, with its shapes and beats, to strive to correct our course, in harmony with the planet. We enjoy Mexico through our senses, we inhale the aroma of the dry leaves of the forest, we delight listening to the water wetting the stone when running in a river and we are impregnated with the fragrances of the flowers, we fill our pupils with the colors of  an ocher illuminated sunset in the desert and the deep blues of the Caribbean Sea, we hear it squawk, roar from its magma or feel it peacefully when the air gently slides through its forests. Tasting it is the most diverse, a drink of salt water, eating a blackberry, feeling the sweetness of a mango, a strawberry that invigorates our walk, touching it is magical, walking on the beach and touching the golden sand, perceiving the grass with bare feet, hugging a tree or jumping off a dune.

“This book compiles the views of photographers who dedicate their time to living it and experiencing it in many ways, all with an undeniable passion for doing it artistically. Many have spent years enjoying capturing the beauty that surrounds them in a photo and in this edition they let us know in an exquisite way a little of the richness of Mexico's nature; see it and imagine being for a moment in that place, listening or simply observing. The invitation is for everyone, to feel Mexico, to live it and enjoy it in the responsibility of protecting what has been given to us and we have the obligation to inherit.” - Guillermo Rodríguez

We appreciate all the support of Antonio Pastrana, Guillermo Reza, Jessica Zapata, Windowfront Exhibitions and Eugene Printmakers to make this possible.

StoryHelix installation at Eugene Public LibraryStoryHelix

Dates displayed: July 15–November 13, 2022

Eugene Public Library, Exterior, 100 W. 10th Ave.

Presented by: StoryHelix, Lane Arts Council, Wordcrafters, Oregon Cultural Trust

Artists: Nate Brown, Chelsea Lovejoy, Christina Schueler, Brandon Waite, Erick Wonderly Varela

Storytellers: Ayisha Elliott, Liandy Mary Jimenez Otero, Eric Richardson, Doriandra Smith, Margaret Steinbrunn, Jeff Velez

About the art: Lane Arts Council and Wordcrafters in Eugene collaborated to bring community storytellers and professional artists together in creating this unique installation. Each panel, created by a different visual artist, is directly inspired by and made in collaboration with community storytellers who participated in StoryHelix. Wordcrafters in Eugene’s StoryHelix project invites community members to share their stories about the theme “belonging” and their experiences living in Eugene, Lane County and Oregon. Contributed stories become a part of a collective archive of voices from across our community. The stories selected for this art installation represent a wide range of lived experiences. Enjoy these stories visually and use the QR code under each poster to listen to the storyteller recording. More Information

Mei-Ling Lee Video

Mei-Ling Lee

Trilogy: The Lighted Windows, The Ocean thief, The Beautiful Feather | Projected video

Dates displayed: July 1-November 13, 2022

Location: 224 W. Broadway

Credits: Composer/Sound designer: Mei-Ling Lee, Story & Video: Jefferson Goolsby, Voice Talent: The Lighted Windows: Jayshing Goolsby/Jefferson Goolsby, The Ocean Thief: Jayling Goolsby/Jefferson Goolsby, The Beautiful Feather: Jayling Goolsby/Jefferson Goolsby

About the art:

  • The Lighted Windows (10 min) - Unhappy at home, a young girl escapes to walk her neighborhood streets at night and wonder about the different possible lives being lived behind the lighted windows. The lighted windows are about longing, imagining and considering life’s options. 
  • The Ocean Thief (11 min) - The story of a young girl whose beach-written story is stolen by the ocean, and her struggle to get it back. Filmed in Oregon, the story explores the plight of the artist’s voice in a sea of voices, using metaphor to examine creativity, ancestry, mortality and time.
  • The Beautiful Feather (11 min) - A young girl tells fantastical stories of experiences and adventures that may or may not be true, to the frustration of her village. Touching on themes of independence and personal voice, “The Beautiful Feather” weaves sonic motifs into a message about the power of one’s own story.

About the artist: Taiwanese-born composer Dr. Mei-Ling Lee’s work integrates contemporary western music with traditional Chinese culture. She regularly draws inspiration from Western and Chinese poetry. In her free time, Mei-Ling loves to spend time with her family watching movies, cooking, traveling and reading. Dr. Lee is currently Adjunct Faculty at Oregon State University and Lane Community College. Examples of Lee's work

Asian Women - Sandra Honda

Sandra Honda

Why Hate? Why Not Love? | Mixed media installation

Dates displayed: July 1-November 13, 2022

Location: 224 W. Broadway

About the art: I wrote the poem, “The Shove,” in 2019. I was just beginning my journey into my identity work when the very real memory depicted in this poem surfaced. In my child’s mind, I knew what happened in that 1960s grocery store was about being seen by others as Asian. In this artwork, I bury the poem in black tags symbolizing the government-issued identification tags worn by men, women and children of Japanese ancestry who were being transported to “relocation centers” during World War II, where they would be incarcerated for up to 4½ years.

Fast forward two years: we have been catapulted into the COVID pandemic, a time when an alarming surge in violent and virulent Asian hate incidents emerged. From March 2020 through December 2021 there were nearly 11,000 hate incidents reported by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These hate incidents are still taking place today.

I created this installation to help connect the dots between the “minor feelings” Asians are often confronted with in everyday life, like the one I experienced as a child, and the Asian hate incidents of today and yesterday. The distance between them is not very far at all, when the history of Asian America is considered. This work asks viewers to consider, “Why Hate? Why Not Love?” Such simple questions, but sometimes difficult to reconcile.

About the artist: I am a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Eugene, Oregon. I am also Japanese American. In my drawings, paintings, photographs, assemblages and installations, I interrogate what it means to be Asian and American in today’s America. Today is a reflection of the past and a lesson toward the future. In the past, Japanese Americans, including my grandparents and US-born parents, were subjected to the trauma of ethnically based incarceration during World War II. Growing up, it was important to my parents and grandparents and to the US government for me to fit seamlessly into my school, my neighborhood and eventually my marriage and professional life. In the process, the Japanese part of my identity faded though deeply cherished. Through art, I work to reclaim my identity, excavating and rebuilding self while excavating and rebuilding layers of ink on paper drawings. I dig and tear into paper, always in a back-and-forth conversation between that which is random and that which is intentional. These works very often begin with poetry I write.

But my work is not just about me; it is about an urgency for our future. We sit at this critical juncture when we must not look away from systemic racism, and a time when we must move toward true democracy and not away from it. By continuing to raise my voice through my art, I raise the voices of my Asian brothers and sisters in our fight to be seen and treated as Americans who are indeed “created equal.” I do my art to build understandings of the past as present and future. My hope is that these understandings in some small way help us make better choices going forward. sandrahondaart.com, instagram.com/sandrahondaart

Asian Women - Mika Aono overview

Mika Aono

Continuum | Etching, relief, letterpress on Unryu paper

Continuum II | Handmade paper, thread

Dates displayed: July 1-November 13, 2022

Location: 224 W. Broadway

About the art: Every time I see a rusty nail on the ground, I put it in my pocket. I dream of what it was before and what it might become, and I remember them. To "remember" is to put back together, to make whole. I feel kinship to broken, cast-aside things. I want to find a meaning in the meaningless. The compulsion to collect detritus seems a pointless gesture, yet it is precisely this odd behavior that reveals whom we are. I explore the humanness of absurdity and futility, finding value in unfulfilled wishes. I cherish a process of making that invites fantasy of what could be. With my idiosyncratic actions I genuinely pay attention to my surroundings.

As a woman and resident alien in the US, I often think about what it means to go across geographical and emotional borders. How do we draw the line between adjacent matters? Would I succumb to the expectations to belong somewhere? No. I know, however, that I will forever be wishing to belong somewhere. I embrace contradiction, parodying my own identity as one who doesn't fit into a category. In everchanging, shifting landscapes, I am seeking a way to exist with the present in equilibrium.

About the artist: Mika Aono is a multidisciplinary artist and one of the founding members of the non-profit Eugene Printmakers. Her recent work explores humanness in absurdity and futility through laborious processes. Her fascination for nature has driven her projects and installations, utilizing found objects and various printmaking techniques. She cherishes serendipitous moments and believes art has a power to connect all living things. She wishes she were a gentle superhero.

Mika was born in Sendai, Japan and received a Bachelor of education in Primary and Special Ed from Miyagi University of Education in Japan, a Bachelors of Art from University of Oregon, and a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. Currently, she works as an instructor and a printmaking/letterpress studio technician in the Department of Art at the University of Oregon. Her work has been shown at galleries including Northwest Museum of Art, University of Richmond Museum, Asheville Bookworks, Manhattan Graphics Center and in international exhibitions in India, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil and Canada; some are in museums and public collections. mikaboyd.com, instagram.com/mika.aono

Asian Women - Helen LiuHelen Liu

Yellow Sun Fragrance (Where's Waldo, Asian Edition) | Waste plastic bags from (mostly) food packaging, Chinese ink on rice paper, sewing thread, nails mounted on board

Study in Black | Waste plastic bags, sewing thread, tape

Dates displayed: July 1-November 13, 2022

Location: 224 W. Broadway

About the art: Helen Liu has been using waste plastic bags for the last 8 years in her artwork. Among her larger works are “American Luminosity” (20ftx10ft, 2014), created as a backdrop for a recital at UO Beall Hall, and “Plastic Waste to Art Quilt--We Are in This Together” (40ftx12ft), created for Earth Day 2021 and displayed at the Academy of Arts and Academics in downtown Springfield. This smaller work is made primarily from repurposed food packaging from Helen's own household consumption of Asian foods. With her Chinese calligraphy practice papers and ink paintings, all materials are collaged together in an Asian "Where's Waldo," who is (hint) wearing shorts and cooking a bowl of noodles.

About the artist: Helen was born in Taiwan and has lived in Eugene since 1977, except for six years in Portland, during which time she studied at PNCA and received her Bachelor of Fine Art in 1984. Helen is coauthor with Professor Ellen Johnston Laing on “Up in Flames: the Ephemeral Art of Pasted-Paper Sculpture in Taiwan,” a work based on Helen’s Master of Art thesis and published by Stanford University Press in 2004. helenliuartwork.com

Kum Ja Lee NostalgiaKum Ja Lee

Nostalgia | Felting wool, felt painting

Dates displayed: July 1-November 13, 2022

Location: 224 W. Broadway

About the art: After leaving Korea for many years and having to quarantine myself due to the COVID pandemic, memories of my childhood came closer to me as objects of longing. For my work, I try to disassemble the elements of these traces from my past into new forms so that I can recreate and express this nostalgic beauty from the past and into the present.

My work explores the mystical relationship between time and its traces in nature and life. It reflects the memory from my childhood in Korea when I discovered a cave near my house with engraving of old letters, signs and patterns. The cave was a place where time seemed to stop for me in my youth and a special memory I wanted to express through my art.

The piece investigates the possibilities of an abstract language of form and the materiality of painting with its relationship with fibers. I developed my own felting technique by using felting wool and iron pressing with repeated layering. I call this technique “felt painting,” which creates a pastel-like texture and image. My methods and processes reveal internal and external landscapes from the past with embedded emotions.

About the artist: Kum Ja Lee, originally from Seoul, South Korea is a visual artist based in Eugene, Oregon. She works with fiber art, installation and different painting media. Her recent work incorporates tradition with the contemporary, exploring the mystical relationship between cultural traces and time passage. She holds a Master of Fine Art in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, a Bachelor of Art from University of Oregon in Eugene and a Bachelor of Fine Art and Master of Fine Art in Fiber Arts at Hongik University, South Korea. She worked as an art instructor for undergraduate and graduate programs at Kangnung National University and Mokwon University, both in South Korea. Email Kum Ja Lee

Mika Aono Sweeping Breath III

Mika Aono

Sweeping Breath Series

Dates displayed: July 8-October, 2022

Location: Gallery at the Airport

About the art: This particular series is from a recent collaborative project with Eugene Symphony and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. I created these pieces by purely responding to the rhythm and sounds in the third movement of an orchestral masterpiece, Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Weber by Paul Hindemith. It was truly an exhilarating experience for me.
About the artist: Mika Aono is a multidisciplinary artist and one of the founding members of a non-profit, Eugene Printmakers. Her recent work explores humanness in absurdity and futility through laborious processes. Her fascination for nature has driven her projects and installations, utilizing found objects and various printmaking techniques. She cherishes serendipitous moments and believes art has a power to connect all living things. She wishes she were a gentle superhero. mikaboyd.com, instagram.com/mika.aono

Kum Ja Lee Meditative Layers

Kum Ja Lee

Meditative Layers | fiber, basketry, paper craft, thread, wood, nail, hook, concrete stone, reed, straw, tissue paper, LED puck light, projection lights 

Dates displayed: March 4 - August 21, 2022

Location: 856 Willamette Street

About: Combining Western and Eastern concepts, my work explores the different relationships that exist between contemporary practices and conventional approaches in visual arts.

This work is a self-reflection about how we can construct our internal world by contemplating time. My work explores visibility and invisibility with the concept of time and spontaneity and physicality in the process of installation. It examines worldviews of time and space through Eastern and Western perspectives and reflects the meditative experience of emptiness as dynamic space. My work is rooted in the Asian belief that life is a cycle while also reflecting the principle of Yin and Yang. I use these concepts and theories in order to express my response to the natural flow of life and the duality of ideas between the East and West. My installations incorporate both concepts of time from the West and East — one from the West where time is understood as linear and one from the East where it is regarded as circular. They represent the progression of time that embraces and filters all human emotions in its immeasurable vastness.

In eastern Asian cultures, a lotus flower symbolizes the one who overcomes the pain that prevails in the material world and becomes enlightened, just like the lotus flower that grows in dirty and muddy water but manages to surpass the water and produce a perfect flower. The lotus flower centered in the forest of threads signifies purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth as a symbolic meaning regarded in eastern Asian cultures.  klee1@pnca.edu

Braman-Ever-Rose installation overview

Eric Braman, Alex Ever and Melissa Rose

Queer Ancestries, Self-Prophesies, and Horse Girl Fantasies | Paper, foam board, wire, tape, paint, found object 

Dates displayed: July 1-August 21, 2022

Location: 833 Willamette Street

About the art: This collective of visual and written word artists explore magical realism through mixtures of creative disciplines that examine the unseen moments of new growth. The installation explores the realm of the “unseen,” exposing the world that lives just beneath the surface. How does the little sprout appear each spring and summer? How do we persist through even the most difficult moments? What keeps us going?

Through visual representation and poetic offerings, we present a world in which the glimmers of hope are revealed to live just beneath the surface. New sprouts will burst forth from this underground network representing the courageous first return to the world unknown. We are, all of us, reemerging in little and big ways. This art honors how much it takes to breach the surface and continue to grow. More importantly, it is a reminder of how much goes unseen in our journey toward courageous action. It reveals the parts of us that are made of wonder and mysticism. ericbraman.com, instagram.com/alex.evercraft, melissarosepoetry.com

Royal overview

Andre Royal

LIttLE BIG Bear | Pop-up book

Dates displayed: July 1 – August 21, 2022

Location: 225 W. Broadway

About the art: Pop-up or tunnel style book of LIttLE BIG Bear illustrated by Andre Royal Jr and written by Andre Royal Sr. The books are hand drawn using multimedia materials including Copic style markers, watercolor and traditional ink. A layering technique conveys an immersive experience for the viewers. 

About the artist: Author, Andre Royal Sr., also known as “Chef Andre,” is an influencer and award-winning children’s book author of “The Hippo-Critic.” His most recent venture is a series of color along story books. His official writing career began as a freelance journalist for The Register-Guard in the CAFE 541 (Culture, Arts, Food and Entertainment) section and he is now making an impact in the literary community, hospitality industry and gig economy. He has carved a niche for himself as an entrepreneur, public speaker and consultant using his creative talents outside the kitchen to further his social media presence, professional network and established partnerships. A health, wellness and literacy advocate, Chef Andre founded Suddenly Sleepy 501c3 after successfully writing several proclamations and highlighting the importance of quality sleep. He established Suddenly Sleepy Saturday in Oregon and the Suddenly Sleepy Sleepwalk 5K, a historic 5k race held in Tracktown, USA. Originally from California and now living in the Pacific Northwest, Chef Andre is full of fresh new ideas and always has something simmering on the back burner. Follow his culinary and literary adventures on Instagram and support his writing on his official website ChefAndreRoyal.com

Illustrator, Andre Royal Jr., is a Sacramento native artist with a history of award-winning and competitive arts involvement leading to various media mentions, art-focused leadership roles and appearances in numerous museums, including the renowned Crocker Art Museum.

This trajectory has led him to integrating art in various private and public commissioned work, including the City of Eugene, as well as hosting solo art exhibitions in the Portland Metropolitan area. Additionally, Andre Royal Jr. co-founded Suddenly Sleepy 501c3, which incorporates art therapy and community engagement activities. He is also an established illustrator for a platinum award-winning children's book series and a freelance artist for commercial design.

Andre Royal Jr. is well versed in (and enjoys) multiple mediums, especially conceptual and classical drawing, painting, 3-dimensional art, wood carving/ burning and various mixed media approaches for commercial and traditional uses, including animation. His love for art is part of a rich tradition of familial creativity that spans generations.

Esteban Camacho Steffenson Touching Balance

Esteban Camacho Steffenson

Touching Balance

Dates displayed: July 1-August 21, 2022

Location: 99 W. 10th Ave., south window 

About the art: This mural displays the give-and-take relationship between humans and the ocean. Incorporating both painting and video, we show the multiple layers and the process that make up this piece. As humans add CO2 into the atmosphere and oceans, we ultimately strip it of its natural chemical makeup in a process called ocean acidification. It can be difficult to sympathize with something that takes effort to see. The video mapping aims to blend with the brush strokes. Videos are underwater timelapse footage recorded during efforts to research stingrays in the fishing community of El Jobo, Costa Rica. esteban-camacho.myportfolio.com

Mija Matriz display left

Mija Matriz

Primera Pop-Up Shop

Dates displayed: July 1-August 21, 2022

Location: 873 Willamette Street

About the art: Explore a gallery of wearable, upcycled art and jewelry inspired by stencil graffiti and Mexican textiles. These random mixed media creations were made at Mija's whim, but also feature work by seven talented local artists. This pop-up shop is the next phase in the development of my artist business. It's the culmination of a longtime vision and an Artist Grant from Lane Arts Council. mijamatriz.com, email Mija

Hannah Hamalian Spring 2022 projection

Hannah Hamalian

Walking the Butte/Dancing the City | digital video and Isadora performance capture

Dates displayed: March 4 - June 21, 2022

Location: 1004 Willamette Street

Credits: Video and Concept/Hannah Hamalian, Technical Support/Michael Maruska, Movement Performers/Colton Brown, Jung-chen Liang, Grace Roberts.

Project description: How do we move through familiar spaces? Who sees the city from the top of the Butte after a hike? Who witnesses the changing face of the city as they move through its streets?  Different locations create the opportunity to make a choice for a different kind of movement, which in turn affects the way we see the world. By offering a view of the city that would normally be impossible to experience from within it, this corner can become a mirror or a portal to those who move beside it. Here is a chance to be transported high above the city, out into nature, and back to the corner of 10th and Willamette, all while considering how our bodies can decide to move or dance between them.

This site-specific video installation combines video footage recorded from the top of Spencer Butte with documentation of a dance performance. The software called Isadora was used to capture video of dancers in front of a camera and create an animated render of the movement in combination with sound inputs in real time. The resulting pulses and stylized changes in the image are the results of a now-lost soundtrack, replaced with the sounds of the buses, cars and people around the installation.

Artist statement: Hannah Hamalian (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist who is curious about how movement can be used to represent the unspoken processes that weave us together, both as individuals and as a community. She is intrigued by how complicated the world is and aims to speak the language of complexity by experimenting with animation and film in poetic, rather than narrative, modes. She works with the motion of dance and structure of landscape to wrestle with paradox, seeking the multiple layers of experience at work in any given moment. Her intention in any of her work is to create a space specifically designed for asking questions. 

Hannah is currently based in Eugene, Oregon, where she teaches at Lane Community College in the Media Arts department. Her work has screened and shown at festivals internationally, including ADF's Movies by Movers, KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, Athens International Film and Video Festival (Ohio, USA), and the Squeaky Wheel Animation Fest (New York, USA). She received her BA from Carleton College and her MFA from UW-Milwaukee.  hannahhamalian.com

UO Student Collab Spring 2022

UO Student Collaboration 

Seeing Within (Seeing Without) | glass, mirrors, reflective films, digital collage/projection, scavenged objects 

Dates displayed: March 4 - June 21, 2022

Location: 833 Willamette Street

Contributing artists: Abby Pierce, Audrey Rycewicz, Zachary Smith, Tahoe Mack, Ellen O’Shea, Anastasiya Gutnik 

Project description: This project, “Seeing Within (Seeing Without),” is an invitation to the community of Eugene for a cathartic experience, a space to process all that we have collectively felt in this time of the pandemic, social uprising, wildfires, etc. As the pandemic drags on, emotions manifest, ebb and flow in myriad of ways. We find ourselves finding refuge in new avenues, shifting our values of what is important and finding more gravity in celebrating the everyday while feeling the weight of a radically shifted world. Some experience grief at lost familiarity, grief at the loss of ourselves as we were, and grief for the loss of loved ones. Similarly, we have found that joy and wonder spring up in unexpected or even mundane places. The works collected were open-ended interpretations, guiding participants only by a prompt that invited the widest form of submissions. We asked our community what grief and joy look like in their lives. We offer an introspective reflection via various physical diffractions suspended in the space. We create a tapestry of lived human experiences in this work. Upon passing, catching sight of your own reflection adds to this web of experiences, connecting present to past, with your own fleeting experience.

Artist statement: We are a group of University of Oregon students pulling from our various backgrounds of sculpture, ceramics, digital arts and landscape architecture. With the culmination of our various creative abilities and our shared — yet isolated — experiences, we have imagined this wonderful and meaningful creation for our community here in Eugene. We are grateful to have the opportunity to come together to envision and install a public art piece with the capacity to bring people together to reflect upon what we have lost, what we have gained and what we will remember from the past two years. Through the collection and sharing of digital memories from the community, we hope to create a space which is interactive, introspective and cultivates interconnectedness. Thank you to all who contributed to this project! griefjoyeugene@gmail.co

Lindsay Swing Honey Sass Spring 2022Lindsay Swing, Honey + Sass

Spring Emerges | mixed media

Dates displayed: March 4 - June 21, 2022

Location: 280 West Broadway

Project description: “Spring Emerges” is a celebration of the vernal equinox and the early signs of the world around us awakening from its winter slumber. Using mixed media to capture the feeling of a season, “Spring Emerges” aims to elicit the same excitement and joy as the first sunny days through the eyes of a person looking to the sky and seeing the first blooms and songbirds of the year. The feeling of relief that comes with the end of winter in Oregon also mirrors our community’s feelings as we pass through another season of isolation during this pandemic. This piece represents hope for the future, reemergence of creativity and community and the glory of the natural world that we are so lucky to be a part of in the Pacific Northwest. 

Artist statement: Captivated by the beauty of the natural world, Lindsay strives to capture the wonder in all things around her by exploring non-traditional mediums. With her scientific background heavily influencing her work, she enjoys the challenge of creating with natural and salvaged materials with vintage windows as her primary canvas. She employs manual etching and freehand illustration to create each one-of-a-kind piece. Her assemblage pieces combine foraged biological oddities, such as bones, insects and botanicals, with clay and grown crystals to create surreal worlds with an emphasis on cultivating a respect for nature and conservation. She strives to capture the imagination of her viewer by using unexpected ways through unexpected mediums to highlight the beauty of the world around us. honeyandsass@gmail.com

Carrie Ingrassia Flow

Cari Ingrassia

FLOW | video projections and fabric

Dates displayed: December 10, 2021 - February 20, 2022

Location: 833 Willamette Street

About: The unending flow, strength and adaptability of moving waters contain metaphors that resonate throughout my daily life. Lockdown afforded me more time with nature and I reconnected to the simple magic of sunlight dancing upon the moving surface of the Willamette River. While in contemplation at the river’s edge, I began recording and manipulating videos of this glittery brilliance. FLOW is meant to be an intriguing and beautiful exhibit. It’s a way to connect with the natural world within downtown’s urban setting. But more importantly, my hope is for viewers to pause, experience the river’s radiance, and be invited to realign with their own inner brilliance and flow.

Cari Ingrassia designs unexpected and participatory art experiences that cultivate a community mindset. Her exhibits have ranged from interactive to immersive and include digital, multimedia and sculptural elements. Collaboration is essential to her process from ideation to fabrication to exhibit experience. She partners with artists of other disciplines, capitalizing on their skill sets to make each art installation unique in form and media. Collaboration extends to viewers that playfully engage with the work. cariingrassia.com, @cari.ingrassia.art


Bubble | holographic projection mapping, 3D & 2D motion graphics, Serato video

Dates displayed: December 13, 2021 - February 20, 2022

Location: 856 Willamette Street

About: Bubble is an audiovisual anthology of dystopian narratives blended together as a seamless mix. The circular form of the projection lends itself to the infinite complexity of the issues presented and "bubbles" of thought, where one can only see issues from their own perspective, restricting them from reason and rational solutions.

About Artist Work: Under alias Clone creates immersive SciFi worlds and loud dystopian narratives with 3D projection mapping, live motion graphics and electronic music. clone.la, @clone.js

Fermata Ballet photo by Jay Eads

Fermata Ballet Collective

GRASP | dance and video

Dates displayed: December 10, 2021 - February 20, 2022

Location: 99 W. 10th Avenue, east alley window

About: Resident artists of Fermata Ballet Collective began the process of this project by creating individual choreographic phrases. After sharing each of our movement sets, we noticed that every one of us included a pulling, reaching, touching, or grasping motion within our desired movement. We theorized that these similar movements possibly came from our collective psyche of trying to navigate the pandemic, the shutdowns, the loneliness, the uncertainty and the need to feel a true and tactile connection with ourselves and others. We organized our individual movements into a dance, creating “GRASP”. This black and white film takes the viewer through our motions in an intimate way - allowing the audience to see the tendons, fingers, toes, muscles and eyes as we move with intention. After GRASP, we feature each of our resident artists as they perform improvisational dance and/or selected movements from the original choreography.

Fermata Ballet Collective (FBC) was founded by seven dancers in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic as a safe environment to create art and stability in our community while the world around us remains in unrest. During this pause in regular arts programming, FBC acts as a refuge for dancers who have found their careers and projects on hold due to the pandemic, as well as opportunities to explore dance art in a respectful and safe manner with a focus on inclusivity and social justice.

FBC is determined to cultivate a collaborative approach to the creative process, valuing the experience of each individual without judgment. Our goal is to support artists as they aim to create progressive content with respect, adaptability and responsibility. Genuine and resilient dancers who are committed to creating a safe and professional environment are welcome into our studios. FBC will not tolerate or condone discrimination against any individual regarding race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, appearance, religion, age or ability. fermataballetcollective.com

Josh Sands Solace No. 3Josh Sands

Solace No. 3, 2021 | borosilicate glass, framed drawing, rocking chair, table, lamp, books, umbrella and hardware

Dates displayed: December 10, 2021 - February 20, 2022

Location: 280 W Broadway

About: This installation of glass art and domestic life coming together is the third iteration in my series Solace. In the two previous artworks, I installed 600 individual strands of hanging glass spread out in a domestic space, a common setting used for quiet reading and meditation. The scenes were set with tables, couches and chairs, stacks of books, and a lamp. The glass as raindrops seemed to dance and play in an unexpected yet familiar way, leaving the viewer entranced and pondering the significance of the scene.

The essence of this series is meant to capture the dazzling visual wonder of a rainstorm and the calming effect that such an event can have on quiet time. In this third installation, I continued with the basic storyline but added the element of an umbrella to speak to the isolation and personal feelings we have all been experiencing during the pandemic years.

Josh Sands is a multimedia contemporary artist interested in art, art history and anthropology. His work centers around social equity and cultural advocacy. joshsands.com/about, joshsandsart@gmail.com

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