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  • Watch Jen G. Pywell "Speed Curate" for "10 in 10"

    "10 in 10"

    On View: 11/16-12/11

    Jen G. Pywell “speed-curates” this group show. She chose 10 artworks in 10 minutes from artists in the CEI program and responds to each individual work.

    Closing Reception + Art Talk: Thursday December 7th, 6-8pm

  • On View: 10 in 10

    "10 in 10"

    On View: 11/16-12/11

    Jen G. Pywell “speed-curates” this group show. She chose 10 artworks in 10 minutes from artists in the CEI program and responds to each individual work.

    Closing Reception + Art Talk: Thursday December 7th, 6-8pm

    Participating artists, Gallery Director Bruce Burris & Curator Jen G. Pywell will talk about the show and answer questions for "10 in 10." 

    CEI Artworks Gallery (408 SW Monroe Ave, Ste 110) 


    ABOUT THE SHOW

    When Bruce from CEI Artworks asked me to “speed-curate” an art show - to chose 10 works in 10 minutes among the works of artists participating in the CEI program, I was honored and up for the challenge. I always rely on my gut when looking at artwork. In choosing the works, I not only had to use my instinct to pick individual works but stitch multiple works together into a cohesive show. Then I was asked to respond to each work individually. Bruce left it really open. “Write a poem, draw a picture. Anything.” At first I wrote some pretty boring reflections on why I chose each piece. Then I decided to simply let the art “speak to me,” as it did when I first laid eyes on it. Here is what they said.


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    Brian Bonney

    First name, last name. Repeat. First name, last name. Repeat. Neatly. A grid. Slipping away and clinging together. One thing is certain: it’s Brian Bonney. We know it. He knows it.


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    Susan Woods

    We may be floating around in space, but something is holding us together. We may not be touching, but we are always attached. Tucked inside cozy nests, near and far. Electrical highways.


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    Beverly Powell

    A bound explosion. Wrapping around itself, binding to itself, choking itself, eating away at itself. Or giving itself a big hug?


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    Patrick Hackleman

    To be buoyant it must sit on something below the surface of the paper. What is below the art. It can’t just be the wall. It can’t. Portholes for tiny eyes look out. A big rig to steer, front or back?


     

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    Kris Asbaugh

    A game of protection. Not bare. Not unfolded. Withdrawn and drawn out. This is how armor works.


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    Matt Conklin

    What do we make of those little fish who swim along the big fish? They turn on a dime and shoot about like air tank darts. Big fish don’t slow down. Big fish only go down with a direct hit. Fire.


     

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    Mike Hill

    Break the surface. Energy. Then color. Then form. The first obstacle: space. Soon filled with energy, then color, then form. Show your bones.


     

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    Kris Askew

    Even Gregory L. Blackstock didn’t draw toilets. Why not? He never looked at them, memorized each unique curve, lid, make, seat, height, handle, color, model, tank, bowl. He couldn’t see what he couldn’t notice. He couldn’t see with his bum.


     

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    Ruth Van Order

    Conveyor belts, escalators, travelators, elevators. Bings and pings. Bounces and bumps. We all need to get there. At once. Good luck on getting out.


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    Dale Leroy Scott

    He walked walked off. Driverless. Stuck in paper traffic. Round wheels for rolling. Might as well be squares. Besides, there is just more paper inside.

  • Art Talk + Closing Reception: 10 in 10

    Participating artists, Gallery Director Bruce Burris & Curator Jen G. Pywell will talk about the show and answer questions for "10 in 10." 

    Jen G. Pywell “speed-curates” this group show. She chose 10 artworks in 10 minutes from artists in the CEI program and responds to each individual work.

    CEI Artworks Gallery (408 SW Monroe Ave, Ste 110) 

    (Opening Reception: 11/16, 4-8pm, On View: 11/16-12/11)

  • Opening: Thermo-matic Selfie

    Thermo-matic Selfie, Adhesive cast. 2017

    The Littlest Gallery presents Thermo-matic Selfie, artwork by Chicago based artist Lauren Sudbrink

    Opening: November 16, 2017, 4-8pm as part of Corvallis Arts Walk.

    On view: November 16-December 18, 2017

    Location: 4th @ SW Madison (on the sidewalk of Starbucks in the glass display case)

    Thermo-matic Selfie is an adhesive casts created from the artist's body. These casts are, in a sense, alive in that they react, change and transform to the temperature and humidity within a climate. When the humidity is high the casts are very malleable, maintaining their shape and structure, but are easily folded and returned to their initial state. When the humidity is low the casts become rigid and brittle. They harden and can easily be broken, disintegrated or harshly altered with the lightest touch. The casts continually transform through an infinite cycle of resilience and fragility.

    It is here, with the Littlest Gallery, that I implement an experiment with this cast—to partner with the limitations and exposure to the elements to affect the cast through its time spent in the case. This is an intentionally futile endeavor of both protection and submission.

  • 3 Upcoming Shows + more!

    There is a lot happening in the coming weeks (3 shows in Corvallis) and a few more events. 

    YOU’RE INVITED!
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    3 exhibits in 1 night!

    Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4-8pm as part of Corvallis Arts Walk

    Inside the Box / Outside the Box Opening Reception for a group show at The Arts Center (700 SW Madison Ave) including artwork by Jen G. Pywell. On view until December 21, 2017

    10 in 10 Opening Reception at CEI Artworks Gallery (408 SW Monroe Ave, Ste 110) Jen G. Pywell “speed-curates” this group show. She chose 10 artworks in 10 minutes from artists in the CEI program. On view until Dec. 11th. (There will be an art talk + closing party on Dec. 7th. info below)

    Thermo-matic Selfie Opening Reception at The Littlest Gallery (4th & SW Madison, outdoor display case on the wall of Starbucks). Artwork by Chicago based artist Lauren C. Sudbrink. The piece is an adhesive cast created from the artist’s body, which will react, change and transform to the temperature and humidity within a climate.
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    December 7, 2017, 6-8pm

    Art Talk & Closing Reception for 10 in 10 at CEI Artworks Gallery (408 SW Monroe Ave, Ste 110) Participating artists, Gallery Director Bruce Burris and Curator Jen G. Pywell will do a brief talk & Q&A about the show.
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    November 4th-December 1st

    Self-Care: A Group Show on Living Beyond Depression at Ford Gallery PDX (2505 SE 11th Ave, Portland) including artwork by Jen G. Pywell.

    Jen G. Pywell / Artist & Curator / jengpywell.com / uglyartroom.com

  • On View: "#catcoiffure" Artwork by Chelsea Foss Van Denend

    The Littlest Gallery presents: #catcoiffure 

    A collaborative selfie-portrait by west coast based artist, Chelsea Foss Van Denend. Viewers are invited to participate in the completion and documentation of this imaginative work of art.

    On view: September 21 - October 15, 2017

    Opening: September 21, 2017, 4-8pm

    Location: 4th St @ Madison Ave (outdoor display case)

    Corvallis, Oregon

    What grows from your head?
    Is it living is it dead?
    Have you looked into the mirror?
    Look closer is it clearer?
    Does it growl does it purr?
    Does it have the most delightful fur?
    When you go to sleep does it stay awake?
    Hunt for a little meal to make?
    Do you think that it will stay for long?
    Or will it be quick to move along?
    What could you do to make it tame?
    Give it a treat? Give it a name?
  • On View: "My Hair is On Fire" Artwork by Hester Coucke

    The Littlest Gallery presents: On View: "My Hair is On Fire"

    Artwork by Hester Coucke

    On view: October 19 - August 12, 2017

    Opening: October 19, 2017, 4-8pm

    Location: 4th St @ Madison Ave (outdoor display case)

    Corvallis, Oregon

    Artist's Statement:

    "My Hair is on Fire" is made as an associative response to the craziness coming out of Washington DC. It is how I feel. The holding of a small animal is to try and find some solace, some innocence. I started out with a friendly little dog, but it morphed into a little bambi. Don't ask me why.

    Working on cardboard gives opportunity to improvisation, change of plans AND definition. I like the physical depth it creates. 

  • "#catcoiffure" Opening Reception

    The Littlest Gallery presents: #catcoiffure 

    A collaborative selfie-portrait by west coast based artist, Chelsea Foss Van Denend. Viewers are invited to participate in the completion and documentation of this imaginative work of art.

    On view: September 21 - October 15, 2017

    Opening: September 21, 2017, 4-8pm

    Location: 4th St @ Madison Ave (outdoor display case)

    Corvallis, Oregon

    What grows from your head?
    Is it living is it dead?
    Have you looked into the mirror?
    Look closer is it clearer?
    Does it growl does it purr?
    Does it have the most delightful fur?
    When you go to sleep does it stay awake?
    Hunt for a little meal to make?
    Do you think that it will stay for long?
    Or will it be quick to move along?
    What could you do to make it tame?
    Give it a treat? Give it a name?
  • On View: "Sinister Snuggles" Artwork by Xander Griffith

    Ugly Art Room's The Littlest Gallery will be exhibiting artwork by Washington based fiber artist Xander Griffith. "Sinister Snuggles" will be on view from August 17-September 10th. The opening is Thursday August 17th from 4-8pm in participation with Corvallis Arts Walk

    Show Statement
    The overly cute Snuggles has dark intentions. Trapped now behind glass, it longs to bring fire and destruction to the outside world, its eyes red with rage. The only problem is can’t overcome its adorable core. The air around it changes not to brimstone but to gum drops and heart felt cheer.

    It longs to bring chaos and anarchy for the transgressions of its captures but only aides in creating more happiness, a fact that infuriates it even more.  

    Artist Statement

    Through the soft warmth of felt, I can convey a look and composition that gives honor to my subject matter.  My viewpoint is centered on a specific story that is filtered through modern impressionism.  With an abundance of colors and combinations, a seemingly simplistic story can have the most complicated color journey.  Hand crafted and irregular, every point or shape is totally unique, giving credence to the chaotic symmetry of nature.  

    Artwork: 

    Xander Griffith

    Sinister Snuggles

    24x32

    Felt on Board

    2017

  • On View: "Fare Thee Well" Postcard Show

    Ugly Art Room & The Arts Center Corvallis presents:

    "Fare Thee Well" Postcard Show.

    Opening Reception: July 20, 2017, 4-8pm

    On View: June 27 - July 29, 2017

    Featuring 80+ postcard sized original artwork mailed by national and international artists.