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“Black in Back,” collage on vintage book cover, 2016, by Ross Carron.
LA GRANDE, Ore. September 23, 2016 – Eastern Oregon University’s Nightingale Gallery commences its 2016-17 exhibition season with “Elegant Simplicity” opening Friday, Sept. 30 with a reception from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery in Loso Hall.
A quote by author Jon Franklin, “Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance,” is the inspiration for the show, which brings together the work of 22 artists from across the U.S. whose work exemplifies the phrase.
From the uncomplicated to the austere in material, construction and design, the outwardly unpretentious works in the exhibition transcend their simplicity to become expressions of visual elegance.
“The 29 works in this exhibition explore a diversity of approaches in a variety of media, and though seemingly unassuming, each displays a powerful grace,” said Cory Peeke, exhibit curator and director of Nightingale Gallery.
Participating artists include Caitlin Albritton of Florida, Curtis Ames of Georgia, Jackie Brown of Maine, Ross Carron of California, Kim Froshin of California, Reni Gower of Virginia, Hai Ri Han of Illinois, Megan Hildebrandt of Michigan, Evan Clayton Horback of Washington, Azadeh Hussaini of Illinois, Michael Johnson of Washington, Lucas Kelly of Pennsylvania, Sarazen Kokodynsky of Tennessee, Ron Longsdorf of Georgia, Lorraine Lynn of Ohio, Michael Marlitt of Oregon, Ryan Sarah Murphy of New York, Anthony Pinata of California, Selene Santucci of Washington, Stephanie Serpick of New York, Kate Shannon of Ohio, and Anthony Zinonos of California.
See “Elegant Simplicity” through November 4. Nightingale Gallery hours are 12-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information visit www.eou.edu/art or connect on Facebook and Instagram.
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