Joseph Gallivan interviews artist Heather Watkins
On Tuesday March 18, 2014, at 11.30am Joseph Gallivan interviews artist Heather Watkins. Her new show is called "Recurrent Work" and runs at the Art Gym at Marylhurst University near Lake Oswego until April 2.
Watkins talks about her process, her experimentation and her sense of what the viewer gets form looking at her work.
Much of the work is created by soaking cotton cord in black ink and exploring the marks it makes on paper and acetate. There are also installations of the dried cord attached to the walls, and other abstract works ("drawings") of silver and black pigment on paper.
The exhibition continues through April 2, 2014, the Art Gym at Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Hwy, Marylhurst, OR 97036 (503) 636-8141
From the press release:
The Art Gym exhibition Heather Watkins: Recurrent Work will present approximately 70 drawings and sculptures selected from multiple series, some of which began in 2008 and continue to the present. In these works, the artist runs carefully structured experiments into the properties and interactions of ink, thread, cord and paper. These experiments include variations in the way Watkins interacts or intervenes with her materials — coaxing the flow of a ribbon of ink across and around the surface of a sheet of paper by tilting and tipping; or soaking cord in ink and laying it down in coils, then waiting overnight for the ink to transfer to the paper below and/or above.
In conjunction with the exhibition at Marylhurst, The Art Gym is publishing the book Heather Watkins: Recurrent Work. The book features an essay by Stephanie Snyder, director and curator of the Cooley Gallery at Reed College. It joins The Art Gym’s more than 65 books and catalogs on art created by artists based in the Pacific Northwest. All of The Art Gym’s books and catalogues are available as downloadable documents on the international library database WorldCat.
The Art Gym exhibition follows several significant recent exhibitions of Watkins’s work at the Portland Art Museum; the Lumber Room, Portland, Oregon; and Reed College. The artist is an important member of the regional arts community and has received grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council, as well as Career Opportunity grants from the Oregon Arts Commission and the Ford Family Foundation. Watkins has been awarded residencies at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Caldera. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been a member of the faculties of Lewis & Clark College, the Art Institute of Boston, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
The Art Gym is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free.
About The Art Gym
The Art Gym is a program of the Department of Art & Interior Design at Marylhurst University.
It is located on the third floor of the B.P. John Administration Building on the Marylhurst University campus, 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43. The Art Gym is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. The Art Gym programs are supported in part through grants from the Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Clackamas County Cultural Coalition, National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Cultural Trust, foundations, businesses and individuals.
Joseph Gallivan has been a reporter since 1990. He has covered music for the London Independent, Technology for the New York Post, and arts and culture for the Portland Tribune. He is the author of two novels, "Oi, Ref!" and "England All Over" which are available on Amazon.com