New exhibit features work of three female artists

Rachel Warkentin, Cate, 14” x 11’’, oil and egg tempera on panel, 2009

3Rach(a)els, an exhibit of painting, performance and video by artists Rachel Hines, Racheael Huffman, and Rachel Warkentin, opens Nov. 8 in Fairbanks Hall. A reception for Rachel Hines will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 8 in Fairbanks Gallery, and a reception for Rachel Warkentin will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 29 in Fairbanks Gallery.

3Rach(a)els is an exhibition curated by Julie Green, Associate Professor of Art at Oregon State University.  Meeting these three women within a years’ time, Green was struck by common threads. Each of these artists creates interdisciplinary, thought-provoking work that may require viewer participation to complete. Each explores themes of relationships and duration. Each are emerging artists now in their mid-twenties. Each has a remarkably generous spirit, in both actions and art.

Rachel Hines is an interdisciplinary artist working with themes revolving around absence, community, and intimacy. The work takes shape in performances, actions, objects, paintings and drawings. Ms. Hines studied at Pratt Institute, NY where she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Art with an emphasis in Art and Design Education. While at Oregon State University she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting with a minor in Art History. Hines has shown extensively throughout the U.S. including recent exhibitions at Electric Celluloid Film Festival, MI; NutureArt, NY; and the Patchogue Biennial, NY. Her work has also been shown internationally. Recently she performed at 98weeks, Beirut and has screened her videos at Tina B. Prague Contemporary Art Festival. Hines is currently the Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.

Rachael Huffman thinks of experience as one continuous drawing.  She creates interactive work that encourages the transfer of image and information. Upon entering Rachael Huffman’s Kansas studio, Julie Green saw the work, 3 Wall Sun Drawing, a room-size piece of paper with faint pencil lines. For months, Huffman traced the shape of afternoon sunlight as it came thru the small high window.  For Green, it was a perfect Kansas project, full of understated beauty and the sublime.  Rachael Huffman received a MFA from University of Kansas, Lawrence, and a BFA from from Columbus College of Art & Design, Ohio. Most recently Huffman collaborated with her younger brother Andrew in Space’n'Digestion, at the Chop Chop Gallery in Columbus, Ohio.  Rachael Huffman currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Rachel Hines, Extension, video installation, 6’h x 16’w.

Rachel Warkentin paints figments within varied levels of connection to reality. Within those parameters she probes relationships between connection and separation, struggle and surrender, image and self. “Ideas contradict each other, sometimes within one painting, and this mirrors my own thought process,” says Warkentin. “I rarely find myself aligning with the center in argument, but frequently find myself cheering on both sides. Sometimes opposites have more in common with each other than they do with the middle.” Warkentin received a MFA from Claremont Graduate University and a BFA from Oregon State University. She was awarded significant fellowships at both institutions.  Warkentin has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in LA and Italy.

For more information: Douglas Russell (541) 737-5009 or drussell@oregonstate.edu
Or see http://oregonstate.edu/fairbanksgallery

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