New Exhibition: Lewis & Clark College at Exquisite Gorge
Based on the Surrealist conceit of an “exquisite corpse,” each iteration of Exquisite Gorge involves ten artist/community teams working on six-foot-long artworks depicting different sections of the Columbia River. Such communities have included veterans’ organizations, tribal groups, area high school students and library patrons, and other residents of the Columbia River Gorge. When completed, these sections are then assembled to create a massive, sixty-foot long artwork intended to reflect the diversity of interests and concerns of the Gorge as a whole.
The Hoffman Gallery is excited to show Exquisite Gorge I and II together for the first time: Exquisite Gorge I was a woodblock print created in 2019, while Exquisite Gorge II is a fiber arts sculpture that was finished this past summer. The show highlights work on both of them by past and present Lewis & Clark students, with archival material documenting the creative process, and also includes related work by Exquisite Gorge artists such as Amanda Triplett, Francisco and Laura Bautista, and Jane Pagliarulo.
The exhibition is open from September 29 to December 15, 2022. There will be an opening reception on September 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.