I’m excited to be one of the selected artists for this year’s Around Oregon Annual at The Art Center in Corvallis.
I’m excited to attend the reception and meet some of my fellow Oregon artists. I’m still a newbie here and look forward to meeting new art folks in the area.
Artist Reception: Thursday, May 29, 5:30-7:30 pm
Brown Bag Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 4, 12 noon-1 pm
Martha Lee’s Jurors Statement:
I very much enjoyed the opportunity to serve as juror for The Arts Center’s 2014 Around Oregon Annual exhibition. While selecting just over 40 works from the 475 images submitted was a daunting task, I was impressed by the broad variety of artwork and the diversity of artistic practices as they reflect a vibrant and widespread art community—for which I am very grateful.
As I went through the submissions, a number of issues influenced my process and decisions—the first of which is the challenge of making selections based solely on digital images. I am something of a traditionalist and believe that nothing can replace or replicate the experience of standing in front of, and really looking at, a work of art.
Something is lost when one views a piece on the computer screen. Because of this, my selections tended toward images with a strong visual impact. I was also looking for work that displayed quality craftsmanship and a command of the media. In addition, while I was asked to select only one work per artist, I gave preference to submissions that included several pieces that I felt indicated the creation of a cohesive body of work, as it provided me with a clearer sense of the artist’s voice and his or her exploration of ideas.
Ultimately, while the work I selected stood out in a variety of ways, the choices are based on my personal preferences. Whenever I look at artwork, I am most drawn to work that I connect with and respond to in some way—work that is, in my estimation, technically accomplished as well as intellectually stimulating; work that invites closer scrutiny and engages my mind in a way that expands and enhances my view of the world around me. That is a gift that artists give to all of us through the creation and sharing of their work.
To all the artists who submitted—my sincere thanks for sharing your work with me.