He likes me, he really likes me!

I just heard some great news from Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station.  I have been accepted into their Annual Juried Show; this year the Juror is San Francisco Chronicle’s Art Critic Kenneth Baker.

The opening reception is this Sunday, January 17th from 3pm-5pm.

If you don’t have plans, now you do (:

The show will run from January 15 – February 14, 2010 – so if you don’t have a chance to get to the opening, check out the show some other time you are in the area.

Space changes perception.

Art created using every day materials

Art created using every day materials

Art created using every day materials

Wow!  I just got images back from my most recent solo exhibition at the Wiseman Gallery in Grants Pass, Oregon.  It is truly amazing what space can do for an artwork and concept.  The installation was done so well, I’m glad there was great care taken in producing a lovely “mini” exhibiton of my “I’m a Terrible Morning Person” Project.

I wish I could have made it to the actual space to see the exhibition.  I think the huge amounts of space left between the works and the fact that walls separated some of them really changed the vibe of the whole show.  I would have liked to see first hand what the work was saying to the viewer.  This is why I love showing my work in as many places as possible; it keeps morphing into something entirely new.

Check out the images and tell me what they say to you.

Art created using every day materials

 

A little press love has been sent my way…

portraits printed on aluminum foil

RCC shows Berkeley artist

Berkeley artist Lauren Odell Usher is displaying her work at the Wiseman Gallery on the Rogue Community College campus. The exhibit, “Did You Wake Up This Morning,” runs through Aug. 28.

Usher uses linocut prints of everyday people on everyday items, such as bags, toilet paper, pillows and pizza boxes, to visually represent the value the mundane holds and the connections all people share.

Usher has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in studio art from John F. Kennedy University. Her work has been shown in California and in Florida.

If you happen to be near Grants Pass, OR in the next month or so, check out the show.  Would love to hear what you think.

Preparation

portrait colored on ziploc bags

portrait colored on ziploc bags

So, I have a solo show entitled, “Did you wake up this morning?” coming up in July.  It will be held at the Rogue Community College in Grants Pass, Oregon from July 3- August 27th.  For the last couple of days I have been preparing to ship my work out to the gallery for them to install.  This gives me sort of a silly feeling in my stomach.  One because I’m struggling with a control addiction.  I’ve come a long way in the past couple of years trying to “just let go” (that’s the mantra I use when I am being too much of a control freak).  And two, I have a love/hate relationship with the install aspect of my work.  It’s a huge part of the process, project and concept, so I feel strange handing it over to someone else to do.

On the other hand, I am so pumped to see what the curators and installers come up with.  The reason I always have one step in my work process that is sort of out of my hands is because it adds a sense of surprise for me and my audience.  It also forces me to let go of some control.

I will be showing 8 works from my Morning Picture Project, also known as I am a Terrible Morning Person.

Another aspect to the show is that instead of having all 21 pieces from the original project it will only have 7.  I am curious how this will affect the viewer’s reaction to the work.