“Form, Function and Film”

Kirk Jonasson, Kelly Howard and Rick Martin

December 14 – January 7

 

Opening Reception: Friday, Dec. 14 from 5 to 7pm with wine, appetizers and a chance to meet the artists.

This exhibit features three locally based artists, Kelly Howard, Kirk Jonasson and Rick Martin. Each has worked separately within a chosen medium (hand blown glass, photography printed from film and bent wood sculpture), to cooperatively create an exquisite exhibit with a common thread of black and white aesthetic. This show runs until January 7th at the Chessman Gallery inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

When Rick Martin was a kid growing up in Michigan, his father was almost always in the boat business. They always had boats, Rick’s dad worked at Chris Craft and later had a marina on the St. Clair River.  In those days boats had two essential properties that shaped his life: boats had beautifully curving lines and boats were made of wood.

After college and Peace Corps and some teaching and despite assuming that he would most likely be an academic [or an architect] he found myself making a life executing curves in wood.  Although rightly-executed straight lines and flat planes can be sources of great challenges, it is still the quest for the perfect curve that “shivers his timbers”.

Kelly Howard, one of the co-owners of the Lincoln City Glass Center, settled in Lincoln City in 2005 after a globetrotting education that included time living in Australia, Spain, Italy as well as extensive travel throughout Europe.

“I feel so thankful to have been able to continue to experiment and push the medium and be supported by the community at the same time.”

Born in St. Charles Illinois, Howard began her glass making career as an undergraduate at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, while on a presidential merit scholarship in the 1990’s. Her background is primarily in metal casting, fiber and painting. She has taken classes at Pilchuck glass school in Washington, Oxbow in Saugatuk, Michigan, Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina; Corning Studio in New York; and Oregon’s Eugene Glass School.

Her work is well known for her unusual use of layering and her ability to work with the chemical reactions caused by the metals used in the glass color. She is inspired by nature and vibrant color. “My work in glass is about texture, color and form,” she said. “My work in the last few years has developed in direction that is much more painterly and experimental.”

“I feel so thankful to have been able to continue to experiment and push the medium and be supported by the community at the same time.”

Kirk Jonasson is a self-taught photographer and photo printer, having been first introduced to the medium in 1976 while living in Bend, Oregon. his early photographs were all in color and consisted primarily of the mountain and desert landscapes of Central Oregon and the Oregon Coast. With the vanishing of optical color printing resources over the past 15 years, he has turned more to the Gelatin Silver Print as his medium of choice. He has always followed the philosophy that finding the magic in a photographic image has little to do with after the fact distortion, and has everything to do with paying attention to one’s own intuitive and otherwise internal aesthetic signaling at the time the photo is captured. Virtually all of his work has shown the influence of that early bit of recognition. These images are printed without cropping so that they represent the full image that was seen in the field.

Kirk Jonasson explains, “I continue to photograph with film for aesthetic reasons (I prefer film's rendering of fine details along with its tonal range) and for the discipline it has imposed on me to learn to see "in the moment". Concentrated and intuitive practice in the art of seeing, I believe, can yield images that are “made” vs “taken”.

Jonasson has been exhibiting for more than twenty four years and he says about this exhibit, “The opportunity to explore the potential relationships between my work and that of Kelly and Rick rates at the top of all my gallery experiences over the past 24 years. To show with two people who are so committed to achieving a high aesthetic in their respective media was an opportunity that I jumped at - with no hesitation.”

For more information about this show or any of the many events going on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.