Five local artists:
Zoe Cohen, Jenny Gray, Ann Bumb Hamilton, Rebecca Mannheimer, and Beth Robinson - answered the challenge of taking a grid of nine 8”x 8” panels. The goal in these unprecedented times was to create a work of art that can both stand as one whole piece and nine individual pieces at the same time.
Every winter this group of artists exhibits work created as a response to a specific prompt. The artists meet the summer prior to the show to select a set of parameters, in essence they give themselves a design challenge. Part of the idea of working with strict limitations is paradoxical. Setting limitations actually allows the artists great creativity in problem solving and they grow as artists by challenging themselves in this way. It also brings a sense of continuity as the works naturally relate to each other through the designated challenge while creating community.
Oregon Art Supply January / April 2021