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Columbia Basin College – Esvelt Gallery

address  2600 N. 20th Ave
 Pasco, WA  99301
phone (509) 542-4864

Watershed & Divining Line Series Gallery Exhibit

Watershed & Divining Line Series Gallery Exhibit

Art Show
Paintings by Karen Hackenberg February 20-March 22 Opening Reception: 6 PM, February 22 Esvelt Gallery This exhibition, which runs from February 20 - March 22, 2018, explores two series of paintings by Washington-based artist Karen Hackenberg. In the Watershed series, Hackenberg takes a light-hearted yet subversive approach to the serious subject of ocean degradation, presenting a tongue-in-cheek taxonomy of our new post-consumer creatures of the sea. Influenced by the ideas of Pop artists Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol, and the high-contrast light of Edward Hopper, Hackenberg meticulously paints seascapes in oil and gouache, lovingly crafting beautiful images of conventionally ugly beach cast-offs, and aiming to create provocative visual juxtapositions of form and idea. In a similar juxtaposition, and with a similar use of humor and wit, The Divining Line series presents paired human and animal portraits, in diptych format. Weather the creature represents a spirit animal, a friend, or symbolizes qualities we wish to possess, these shared portraits do an amazing job of defining the relationship between the two subjects, while simultaneously emphasizing their individually. Born in New Jersey and raised in rural Connecticut, Karen Hackenberg developed her first connections to the natural world on the shores of Long Island Sound. She earned her BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and upon graduating moved west. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Hackenberg worked in architecture and ecological textile design, honing her environmental values and educating her eye to the juxtaposition of man-made shapes and natural forms. After a decade and a half in California she migrated to the Pacific Northwest, and now lives along the shoreline of Discovery Bay near Port Townsend Washington, and is inspired by the region’s struggle to find balance between development and the preservation of wild places. Hackenberg has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries around the Northwest and across the nation, including an ocean-themed exhibition Beneath the Surface: Rediscovering a World Worth Conserving at the American Association for the Advancement of Science headquarters in Washington DC, and in a solo show at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, where she was interviewed by art critic Gary Faigin for a live-audience podcast. In Neo-Naturalists, a group exhibition at the Museum of Northwest Art, Hackenberg participated in a panel discussion on the topic of climate change along with fellow artists and prominent NOAA scientists. Monday-Thursday, 8 AM-8:30 PM Friday, 8 AM-12 PM Saturday- Sunday, CLOSED For more information call (509) 542-4864, Gallery Director
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