Kari Merkl, interior design faculty, exhibits two pieces from her Merkled furniture collection at the Museum of Contemporary Craft through January 2015.
Marlene Bauer, art faculty, is exhibiting paintings at The Laura Russo Gallery in Northwest Portland through November 2013.
Bauer's latest exhibition, Failing, continues to develop an enigmatic visual language of unique experience and inhabited space. The show title references a 1975 musical composition by Tom Johnson, which addresses the layering of languages (in his case, musical and verbal), and both the confusion and occasional clarity that can result. Bauer's own work has long explored similar issues, especially as they relate to her personal experience of synesthesia, in which she sees language as color or sound. Her paintings explore the complex relationship between individual perception and experience, and she strives to create work that allows for an intuitive and unconstrained interaction involving the perceptive senses. She combines subtle, nuanced color fields with abstracted word or letter forms that create visual languages which she can read, as she invites viewers to devise their own interpretations.
Marlene Bauer is a faculty member in the Department of Art & Interior Design. Her work is in private and public collections, including the Portland Art Museum, Oregon Health & Science University, Safeco Corp, and Cities of Seattle and Portland.