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The Art Gym Opens Layover: New Work by Vanessa Renwick

Preview Reception: Sunday, April 13, 2014, 3 - 5 p.m.
Catalogue Release: Sunday, May 4, 2014, 2 - 4 p.m.
Gallery Talk: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 12:30 p.m.
Closed Easter weekend: April 18 - 20
Exhibition continues through May 17, 2014
Hours: noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.

Curated by Terri M. Hopkins
Director and Curator Emerita

The Art Gym is proud to present layover: new work by Vanessa Renwick. The exhibition will include a single channel video installation of Vaux's swifts in flight, a score by Sam Coomes, and a mixed media light installation the go-betweens in which six of The Art Gym's large beautiful multi-pane arched windows will be transformed into a different bird – a loon, a snowy owl, a raven, a woodpecker and a peregrine.

Renwick is known for her installations that combine video and sculpture, which create a unique viewing experience for visitors. Much of her work responds to the natural world and to specific places. An accompanying publication will document the show and include images of past works of video installations involving nature – Hunting Requires Optimism, Medusa Smack and FULL ON LOG JAM. It will feature an introduction by critic Randy Gragg and essay by author Jon Raymond. The catalogue will be released on May 4th and be available in the gallery for ten dollars. It joins The Art Gym's more than 70 books and catalogs on contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest. All of The Art Gym's books and catalogues are available as downloadable documents on the international library database WorldCat, accessible through the gallery's website.

Curator Terri Hopkins has followed Renwick's installation work for more than 10 years and been impressed with how the artist engages viewers through a combination of video, sculpture and inventive viewing experiences. Renwick's work provides an unusual window on nature and wildlife, particularly in how visitors are involved – opening refrigerator doors to view wolves hunting or lying down on top of piles of wood to view forest. For The Art Gym installation, the birds on the windows will be 12 feet high and a video of birds in flight will be projected onto a screen suspended above viewers.

Tuesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. Renwick will speak about her work at Clackamas Community College. Also, The University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will present Vanessa Renwick: Hunting Requires Optimism & Medusa Smack from April 25 to June 29, 2014.

Vanessa Renwick is an artist who is known for films such as: Portrait #2: Trojan, 2006; 9 is a secret, 2002; Britton, South Dakota, 2003; and Charismatic Megafauna, 2011. She received the DIY of All Time Award from Judge Mike Plante at the NW Filmmaker's Festival and is the 2014 Bonnie Bronson Fellow. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art.

This exhibition and publication are made possible in part through funding from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and its Work for Art program, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition and Harold and the Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. Career Opportunity grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation provided important funding directly to the artist. Vanessa Renwick would also like to thank PDX Contemporary Art, Koerner Camera,, T.C. Smith, Eric Edwards, Sam Coomes, Tim Scotten, Karl Lind, Jim DeStaebler, Dwayne Hedstrom, E.B., Alex Luboff, Jeff Schwilk, Roger Peet, Natalie Barela, Kendall Core, Ilikaa Bhandari, Elisabeth Mac Michael, Sam Pirnak, Randy Gragg, Jon Raymond, Susan Suebert and Terri Hopkins.

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, Oregon, on Highway 43. In 2013, The Art Gym was awarded a $1.25 million challenge grant from The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation to endow the position of curator and director of The Art Gym. 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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