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Fall Season Opens at The Art Gym With Fernanda D’Agostino: The Method of Loci

Preview Reception: Sunday, October 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Exhibition continues through December 8, 2013
Closed Thanksgiving Weekend, November 28-30

Special Event: A Moveable Conversation
Sunday, October 20
2:00 p.m. The Art Gym, Marylhurst University
3:30 p.m. Hoffman Gallery, Lewis & Clark College

Marylhurst University opens its fall exhibition Fernanda D'Agostino: The Method of Loci with a preview reception for the artist in The Art Gym Sunday, October 6 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Fernanda D'Agostino: The Method of Loci in The Art Gym at Marylhurst University is an unconventional retrospective that explores Portland-based Fernanda D'Agostino's decades-long interest in creating experiences that encourage visitors to investigate ideas through architecture, sculpture and media. Inspired by the method of loci, an ancient system that employed imaginary buildings and gardens to help the user memorize and recall epic poetry and history, the artist has redesigned the gallery's interior architecture to create a series of dramatic, theatrical environments in which video projections and sculpture drawn from the artist's current and past work evoke personal and cultural memory.

During her 30-year career, D'Agostino has integrated personal, societal and environmental concerns into many installations and large-scale public art projects. She created two previous important projects at Marylhurst University. Offering, her 1989 cloister-like installation in The Art Gym, was made in response to the birth of her daughter and the artist's subsequent reflections on the stages of life and the fragility of the body. In 1993 she created Abundance and Scarcity, a half-acre cornfield containing a small building, sculptures and sayings about food. The project drew attention to disparities and inequality of access to sustenance and commented on the universal, though varied, cultural rituals surrounding food.

In subsequent installations at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, the artist began to integrate video into her practice — Fate a 1994 collaboration with Kristy Edmunds; Imagining the Other Side (1996); and Motion Studies, 2008. In 2010, she exhibited Pool at Lewis & College as a part of the exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. D'Agostino has at the same time pursued a vigorous public art career and created major commissions in the U.S., including Intellectual Ecosystem, Portland State University Associated Student Recreation Center 2010 and Celestial Navigation, SoundTransit SeaTac Airport — both of which included extensive use of video and technology.

Through the past decade, the artist's expanding engagement with digital and interactive media has brought her work to the attention of curators around the world, and led to her participation in residencies and festivals both in the United States (New York City; Santa Fe, N.M.) and abroad (Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain and Russia).

D'Agostino has won numerous awards for her work including Oregon Arts Commission/Hallie Ford Foundation Opportunity Grant, which helped the artist develop new work for her current exhibition in The Art Gym. Her projects Intellectual Ecosystem (at Portland State University)and Overlook Park Station (a collaboration with Valerie Otani for TriMet) were both recognized byPublic Art Network. The artist has received the Flintridge Foundation Fellowship and the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship.

The exhibition continues through December 8. The Art Gym is closed Thursday through Sunday, November 28–30, for Thanksgiving weekend. The Art Gym is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

In conjunction with the exhibition at Marylhurst, The Art Gym is publishing the book Fernanda D'Agostino: The Method of Loci. The 72-page hardcover book features illustrations from throughout D'Agostino's career and an essay by Linda Tesner, director of the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Calrk College. It joins The Art Gym's more than 65 books and catalogs on art created by artists based in the Pacific Northwest. The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, Oregon, made a major grant supporting this publication as part of the foundation's initiative in the visual arts honoring the late Hallie Ford. All of The Art Gym's books and catalogues are available as downloadable documents on the international library database WorldCat.

Special event: A Moveable Conversation

The Art Gym and the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College are hosting "A Moveable Conversation" on Sunday, October 20. The special event will bring Kristy Edmunds, executive and artistic director of the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA (and founder of PICA) to moderate an ongoing conversation with artists Stephen Hayes and Fernanda D'Agostino about their retrospective exhibitions and the challenges of sustaining long and vibrant art practices. The afternoon will start with the exhibition Fernanda D'Agostino: The Method of Loci at The Art Gym and end with refreshments at FIGURE/GROUND: Stephen Hayes, A Thirty Year Retrospective at the Hoffman Gallery.

Event is free, but RSVP is requested at or 503-768-7687. For more information, visit or

Satellite exhibition at the Alexander Gallery

The Regional Arts & Culture Council awarded The Art Gym a project grant for The Method of Loci as did the Clackamas County Cultural Coalition. The Clackamas grant has led to collaboration with Clackamas Community College on a satellite exhibition in the college's Alexander Gallery, as well as talks and behind-the-scenes technical tours with Clackamas media arts and technology students. The Alexander Gallery show will run from Sunday, October 7 to Thursday, December 12.

About The Art Gym

The Art Gym is a program of the Department of Art & Interior Design at Marylhurst University. It is located on the third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus, 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43. The Art Gym is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. The Art Gym programs are supported in part through grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Cultural Trust, foundations, businesses and individuals.


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