This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s art critic program. In case you haven’t noticed, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is open for your viewing Wednesday through Sunday. A visit is a nice break from your routine. There is always something thoughtful to see and think about.
At present, you can see three related exhibits. First up, there’s an international art campaign called 56 Black Men, and you can see an inspiring selection here. This is part of an art initiative from the UK to change the narrative around the portrayal of black men in media.
The second is a show called “I Am More Than What You See,” created by OU professor Lisa Abia-Smith. The exhibit documents community conversations with UO students of color about stereotypes.
And third, “Black Lives Matter”. The Museum has awarded scholarships, and this is an exhibition of the work of the artists who have won the scholarships.
But wait! There is more! Eugene’s own Libby Wadsworth has a solo show called “Still in Training”. The title can be said to be “Information” or “in training”, and this is a major clue as to the nature of his work. She considers words and letters to be elements of graphic design and has fun finding words in strange words and matches. She has cool handmade typography and prints her designs the old fashioned way.
Letters are typed on serial paintings and photographs.
I try to explain her work as simply as possible, so that you can get the basic idea, but Libby is quite far down this rabbit hole, and it’s quite a journey to follow her like I have. recently done via an interview with a Zoom artist.
My head was spinning as we took to the air because Libby’s reflection on her art is anything but simple.
Just an example, although you have to go see and experience this show for yourself.
A series titled ‘Fracture’ was created during the COVID years and focuses on our collective crisis. She represents this idea with subtle and understated images of broken teacups. Then she prints her words; eg butter / bread or loaf / read them as your eye glides between image and text which is exactly what she has in mind.
It’s a truly intriguing spectacle, and I hope you get to see it and others at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the OU campus.
This is Sandy Brown Jensen for KLCC.