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The Art Gym Presents Mid-Career Survey of David Eckard

For Release: August 25, 2011

The Art Gym, Marylhurst University
David Eckard: Deployment

• Preview Reception: Sunday, October 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Exhibition continues through Sunday, December 11 Closed Thanksgiving Weekend, November 24-27

Satellite Exhibition
David Eckard: The White Box Deployment

• White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland
• Preview Reception: Thursday, September 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Exhibition continues through Saturday, November 12

More special events at The Art Gym

• Friday, October 14 from 7:30 to 8 p.m., Curator's Tour
• Saturday, October 15 at 11a.m., Bronson Road Rally at The Art Gym with David Eckard
10 a.m. - Rally begins at Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College
11 a.m. - Next stop at The Art Gym, Marylhurst University
Noon - Rally ends at Reed College with a campus tour of the Bronson Collection
• Thursday, October 27 at noon, Art Gym Gallery Talk
• Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m., David Eckard performance and book release

The Art Gym, Marylhurst University
Curator: Terri Hopkins

The Art Gym is opening its fall 2011 season at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 2, with a reception for David Eckard: Deployment. The exhibition is a mid-career survey that covers 20 years of the Portland-based artist's career. It continues through Sunday, December 11.

David Eckard: Deployment will present approximately 40 artworks including: new paintings, sculptures and performances; and a selection of past sculptures, drawings and documentation. It will also include documentation and physical remnants of past installations and performances. A 70-page, hardcover book will accompany the exhibition. It includes an essay by artist and writer Daniel Duford and illustrations of more than 60 of the artist's artworks, many of which no longer exist or existed only briefly in installations or as props for performance.

The Art Gym is also collaborating with White Box at the University of Oregon in Portland on a satellite exhibition focusing on 2-D work — paintings, drawings and video. David Eckard: The White Box Deployment opens Thursday, September 22, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. and continues through Saturday, November 12. The White Box gallery is located in the White Stag Block, 24 NW First Ave, Portland, OR 97209. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

David Eckard will also perform at numerous locations in the Portland metro area this fall, starting with performances of his new work ©ardiff at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art's Time-Based Art (TBA) festival in September. This will be followed by performances of ©ardiff or other works at Lewis & Clark College, Marylhurst University, Reed College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

David Eckard moved to the Northwest from Chicago in 1995. Eckard's work quickly caught and held the attention of numerous Northwest curators, including The Art Gym's Terri Hopkins, Beth Sellars of Suyama Space in Seattle, and Kristy Edmunds of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). In 2001, Suyama Space presented Miracle Boy, a major installation. The Art Gym produced Eckard's seminal solo installation and performance project, Tournament (lumens) in 2003. PICA sponsored two important performances at its TBA Festival — Podium in 2004 and Float in 2006.

David Eckard: Deployment part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowships

In 2010, David Eckard received the Bronson Fellowship. The Marylhurst mid-career survey has been timed to coincide with a larger, multi-institutional collaboration celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. The Eric and Ronna Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College has organized an exhibition and publication celebrating all 20 Bronson Fellows, including Eckard. Reed College, which houses the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Collection, is presenting the entire, newly conserved collection throughout its campus as part of a project organized by the Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery. The Pacific Northwest College of Art is featuring an exhibition of the late Bonnie Bronson's art and publishing a catalog.

More about David Eckard

Shortly after Eckard's arrival in Portland, Northwest critics began adding their comments to the record begun by art critics from the Midwest and the East Coast. Eckard's shows in Chicago and New York had been reviewed in major publications, by writers such as Ken Johnson for The New York Times and Tracy Smith for Art in America. In the Northwest, Lois Allan and Pat Boas wrote about Eckard's work for Artweek, Mathew Kangas reviewed it in the Seattle Times, and Kangas and Allan also covered it for Sculpture Magazine. Regina Hackett commented in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Randy Gragg and D.K. Row weighed in at The Oregonian. All were intrigued.

Eckard has sought and taken advantage of opportunities regionally, nationally and internationally. Eckard has spent considerable time in France over the past five years, teaching at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art. He also traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2007 as part of an international exchange sponsored by the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he is the chair of the sculpture department and associate professor of intermedia and sculpture.

The artist has received a number of prestigious awards including the Artist Trust Fellowship (Seattle, Washington, 1998), the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship (Portland, Oregon, 2010) and the Ford Family Foundation's Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts award (Roseburg, Oregon, 2010).

Acknowledgements

The Art Gym's exhibition and publication David Eckard: Deployment was supported by several foundations and individuals including: the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation, and Linda Hutchins and John Montague. The project has received support from the Ford Family Foundation with a grant through its Visual Arts Program, which was established in 2010 to honor the late Hallie Ford's interest in the visual arts. The Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Oregon Cultural Trust also provided funding, as did the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About The Art Gym

The Art Gym is a program of the Marylhurst University Department of Art & Interior Design. The Art Gym programs are supported in part by the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Art Gym is on the third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building at Marylhurst University, which is located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43.

In 2010, The Art Gym celebrated 30 years of exhibitions, publications and conversations about contemporary art in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1980 by Marylhurst University, The Art Gym's mission from its inception has been to increase public understanding of contemporary art in the region. Over the last three decades, The Art Gym has organized hundreds of exhibitions, published more than 60 exhibition catalogues (which are available online) and hosted numerous public conversations with artists in the gallery. The Art Gym's goals have been to: consider the ideas with which artists are engaged; act as a catalyst for new work; and periodically take an in-depth look at a single artist's work at midcareer. The Art Gym was a recipient of the 2004-2005 Governor's Arts Award.

 

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