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Reception for Artist Geraldine Ondrizek

Join us and meet the artist of Tracing Genetic Inheritance:
Recent Work

Geraldine Ondrizek

has been creating multi-layered, thought-provoking works of art for more than 25 years.  She is a deep researcher and collaborator across disciplines, drawing on art, science, history, anthropology, psychology, biology, and so much more. Through her art she addresses issues of identity and relationships, memory and inheritance – on a personal level and on a global scale. Many of her large-scale installations, including the three exhibited here, explore the pursuit of knowledge about genetics, and how this information can lead us toward life-saving discoveries, deeper understanding of the human race, and moral ambiguities.

 

Tracing Genetic Inheritance brings together three recent installations by Ondrizek. 
For the earliest, Chromosome Painting Edition II 1-X, Ondrizek transforms scientific renderings often seen in a textbook into 10 foot tall silk panels, lush and luminous, visually enticing us to learn more. Shades of White invites us into a maze of hanging boxes hung near head-height, so we look in and through, seeing ourselves and others 
veiled by silk dyed in subtle skin tones. The falseness of categorizing by color, alluded to here, is more concretely and ominously spelled out in the artist’s statement, where Ondrizek talks about the history of eugenics. For mtDNA, Ondrizek is inspired by color charts that trace matrilineal descent of peoples, and instead of the hard steel of Shades of White, she uses hand-worked wood supports, referencing screened porches where women could sit and see out but not be seen by people on the other side of the screen. It’s as if the women can see their own contributions to the flow of cultures, but others might not.

 

Geraldine Ondrizek is a Professor of Art and artist at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. For the last twenty years she has collaborated with genetic and medical researchers to make architectural based installations. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions internationally and is the recipient of several grants including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation, exhibition grants from NASA and the Houston Foundation, UNESCO artist-in-residence, an NEA exhibition support grant, and a Mellon Foundation Art and Science Research Grant. She recently completed an artist-in-residence at Kaiser Wilhelm Archive at The Max Planck Institute in Berlin where she studied the work of Dr. Georg Geipel and the origins of biometric data. She received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

Images above and below are details of mtDNA, 2016, rough-milled and hand-crafted cedar screen, black paint, natural silk and natural dyes, 5’ x 20’

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Tracing Genetic Inheritance: Recent Work by Geraldine Ondrizek

October 5 – December 7, 2016

Reception for the Artist: Tuesday October 18, 4 – 6pm

Artist lecture: Wednesday October 19, 11:30am – 1pm, Lecture Hall 1

Geraldine Ondrizek has been creating multi-layered, thought-provoking works of art for more than 25 years. She is a deep researcher and collaborator across disciplines, drawing on art, science, history, anthropology, psychology, biology, and so much more. Through her art she addresses issues of identity and relationships, memory and inheritance, on a personal level and on a global scale. Many of her large-scale installations, including the three exhibited here, explore the pursuit of knowledge about genetics, and how this information can lead us toward life-saving discoveries, deeper understanding of the human race, and moral ambiguities.

 

Geraldine Ondrizek is a Professor of Art and artist at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. For the last twenty years she has collaborated with genetic and medical researchers to make architectural based installations. She has had over 30 solo exhibitions internationally and is the recipient of several grants including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts, The Ford Family Foundation, exhibition grants from NASA and the Houston Foundation, UNESCO artist-in-residence, an NEA exhibition support grant, and a Mellon Foundation Art and Science Research Grant. She recently completed an artist-in-residence at Kaiser Wilhelm Archive at The Max Planck Institute in Berlin where she studied the work of Dr. Georg Geipel and the origins of biometric data. She received her BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MFA from the University of Washington.

Evergreen Gallery is located in the Daniel J. Evans Library Building, entry level near the clock tower, room 2204 360.867.5125
Gallery will be open Tuesday, September 20, 10:30-2:30; regular hours will be determined at the beginning of October

www.evergreen.edu/gallery

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Object/Lessons

May 20 – June 3

Opening Reception Thursday, May 19th

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Thinking Through Craft is an advanced year long academic program which incorporates a philosophical study of craft with a studio practice in either wood or metal. Members of this learning community came with a diverse range of experiences making, and developed skills in one material over the entire year. The program has culminated in Object/Lessons , an exhibition curated to illuminate our intellectual and creative exploration, and show our best work. In it, we explore craft through the lenses of Material, Process, Function, Mediation, and Agency.

Gallery Hours:
M/ Tu / Th / F
10:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed Memorial Day

Special Graduation Day Hours
Friday, June 10th
11:00AM – 12:30PM

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Artist Gallery Talk

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Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future

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The Longhouse’s Opening Reception at the Evergreen Gallery

A quick look at the March 31st opening reception– This year the “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College is celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking work promoting indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, and creative expression. –produced by Ruby Love
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SgwigwialɁtxw at 20: Building Upon the Past, Visioning Into the Future

 

 

This year the “House of Welcome” Longhouse Education and Cultural Center  at The Evergreen State College is celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking work promoting indigenous arts and cultures through education, cultural preservation, and creative expression. The 20th Anniversary exhibition will take a look back at the artists who have had an impact on the work of the Longhouse over the years, and will look ahead, highlighting the advancing innovation of Longhouse artists and programming that is influencing the future of indigenous arts.

Opening reception:  Thursday March 31, 5-7 pm
Exhibition continues through May 10, 2016

 

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Chaplain Greg Garringer

Offenders’ Art Draws Praise From Faculty, Community

Rebecca Bell, a graduate student from The Evergreen State College and volunteer at Washington Corrections Center talks to faculty members about the impact of art on offenders while displaying some paintings created by an offender at the Shelton prison.

http://www.doc.wa.gov/news/stories/2016/02192016-Prison-Obscura.asp

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Art and Craft in the WCC

Come join prison chaplain Greg Garringer and Greener Grad, Rebecca Bell for lunch in the library from 11:30 until 1pm, Tuesday, February 16. Greg and Rebecca are responsible for the displays on the main floor of the library proper and up the interior stairway.

 

 

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