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  • 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?
  • "My Hair is On Fire" Artwork by Hester Coucke

    The Littlest Gallery presents: "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. 

  • Speed Curating at CEI Artworks Gallery

    On October 4, 2017, Ugly Art Room Founder Jen G. Pywell was invited to "speed curate" an art show, an idea conceived by Bruce Burris, Director of CEI Artworks Gallery in Corvallis, OR. 

    In 10 minutes she was asked to chose 10 artworks from a collection of 13 artists for an upcoming show. 

    The artists whose work was chosen are the following:  

    Kyle Ashbaugh

    Kris Askew

    Brian Bonney

    Matt Conklin

    Kyndra Fraser

    Pat Hackleman

    Mike Hill

    Bevery Powell

    Dale Leroy Scott

    Ruth Van Order

    Susan Woods

    COME SEE THE SHOW!

    Opening  November 16, 2017, 4-8pm

    CEI Artworks Gallery

    408 SW Monroe Ave, #161

    Corvallis, OR

    On view: 11/14-11/19

  • "#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.

  • On View: "THE BIND" Art Installation by Jen G. Pywell

    Ugly Art Room & The Arts Center Corvallis presents:

    "THE BIND" Art Installation by Jen G. Pywell.

    Opening Reception: July 20, 2017

    On View: June 27 - July 29, 2017

    Featuring close to 1000+ artworks in a 7.5 x 9 feet space. 

    Artist Statement

    I have struggled with mental illness most of my life without seeking medical help. At the age of 35, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. Creative exploration has been a part of my life since childhood. I grew up in my father’s dark room and have over 20 years of experience as a professional photographer. I’ve also curated art shows for 7 years and in my spare time made my own art. But I never considered myself an artist. I now realize that art making has been a very important form of therapy to battle the highs and lows of my mental illness.

    I call this show an emerging artist retrospective because I have created bodies of work over the years and never had the confidence to show them. So I am taking a look back and taking a look forward at my art. After a serious manic episode that left me in the hospital, I am doing the same with on my own life. I think back to all the signs that pointed to my illness and look forward to taking control of my mind.

    I felt compelled to create a show that not only describes Bipolar Disorder in a visual way but is an opportunity for me to stand up to the condition and chisel away at the stigma of mental illness. I lived in shame for so long. If one other person sees this exhibit and speaks up about their own mental illness or reaches out to someone struggling, then the show will have fulfilled its mission.

    The circular nature of the installation represents the cyclical nature of the disorder. After the viewer has walked around the exhibition, she can walk out, but for those living with Bipolar there is no escaping the cycle of mania and depression. The installation is intentionally small and confrontational. Many people close to me as well as myself have denied mental illness. If you enter this installation there is no room for denial.

    The repetitive nature of the show, which contains nearly 1000 original pieces of art (not counting the physical structure), is simply a process in my artmaking. At times my mind moves so fast that outputting piece after piece creates a soothing rhythm for an otherwise unsettled mind.

    Each of the four segments of the installation stands for a specific time period. The sky imagery is from a time before my diagnosis, when I looked up to the sky everyday. During a depressive period it cheered me up and satisfied a propensity for collection and organization. As humans we look to the sky for so many things, sunshine, rain and hope - to a place beyond where things may be better. I added the paintings later. I wanted to create a double take for the viewer. Is that a photo? Is that a painting? There is a lot of ambiguity and confusion surrounding mental illness. Particularly with Bipolar. I find myself wondering “am I having a bad day or should I increase my meds?” Others may wonder “is she just happy or becoming manic?”

    Next the viewer sees the wall of post-it notes, all 625 handstitched together. The wall is supposed to be overwhelming and the double take here is subtle. Most of the notes are lists, what I use to hold my mind together when I have a hard time remembering or have anxiety about forgetting. Looking closer, there are notes that I wrote right before and during my hospitalization. Many are desperate, some are sad, some make no sense, while some are positive and hopeful.

    The third section is a grid of silhouettes, an image I saw during a meditation session right after getting out of the hospital. Closing my eyes I had many visualizations, because I was still very manic. My mind behaves like a slideshow of images. This particular image stood out to me. It is actually a burned image of my instructor in the seated buddha like posture. To me, it represented myself in the dark, lacking knowledge or the answer to my troubles. Many images represents the many people like me, living alone without mental illness. But once we speak out and get help we are no longer alone. Then this image becomes a shadow behind each of us because we are standing in the light. The inverse of the image is scattered throughout the wall, again to create a form of visual play.

    The viewer is now at the end of her journey around the installation and heads toward the black curtain through which she entered the exhibit. The curtain is depression. Depression doesn’t let go and it feels like an inescapably dark place. People with Bipolar never leave this cycle of mania and depression. And this is “The Bind.”

  • On View: "Bear With Me" Koa Tom

    THE LITTLEST GALLERY presents

    Artwork by Tera Stenzel

    “Will We Fit”

    (2017)

    On View until June 16th, 2017

    Artist Statement

    I bike everywhere and notice the discarded waste everywhere. I think it's something we have to accept, much as I'd like (and do try) to change it. I've been finding a lot of beauty in some of it, and, lately, I've been emoting with it! I feel like a cast-out piece of trash sometimes. I feel spent and used at times. I also know my time, like the use of these items, is finite. And that my time in some peoples' lives ends before my time actually does, kind of like the residual trash of another act--once that iced coffee drink is done, the plastic to-go cup is not. 

    The work also takes further Duchamp's ready-made (I know--how trite! Bear with me!). Not only are these objects already made, they are already imbued with history--something essential to art. They have been altered from their original (be it hand or machine-made) by human and environmental interaction, and tell this story in their form, as well as by our understanding and associations with the item (for example, a Dutch Bros plastic cup).

    Additionally, I am referencing Arte Povera from the 1960s and 70s, primarily in Italy.

  • "Bear With Me" Opening Reception

    Ugly Art Room is proud to present "Bear With Me" at The Littlest Gallery during Corvallis Arts Walk on June 15, 2017 from 4-8pm. Artwork by Corvallis, OR based artist Koa Tom will be on display. 

    The show will be on view until July 16th, 2017.

    The Littlest Gallery is located on 4th St and Madison Ave in Corvallis, OR.

  • On View: "Will We Fit" Artwork by Tera Stenzel

    On View: "Will We Fit" Artwork by Tera Stenzel

    THE LITTLEST GALLERY presents

    Artwork by Tera Stenzel

    “Will We Fit”

    (2017)

    On view until June 11th, 2017

    Location: Glass Display Case on 4th & Madison (across from the Whiteside Theater), Corvallis, OR

    1. The Suitors- 1.5"x 12" $40
    2. Measuring Up-1"x10" $35
    3. SMASHED #1 2.5"x9" $40
    4. 180 degrees of Separation 1"x12" $15
    5. SMASHED #2 2.5"x7.5" $35
    6. STIRRED UP 1"x12" $40
    7. The Signs In Between 1"x6" $15
    8. You Make Me Wanna Grow 1"x8" $35
    9. Lil' Smoosh 1"x3.5" $15