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Fernanda D’Agostino: The Method of Loci

Fernanda D’Agostino: The Method of Loci in The Art Gym at Marylhurst University is an unconventional retrospective that explores Portland-based Fernanda D’Agostino‘s decades-long interest in creating experiences that encourage visitors to investigate ideas through architecture, sculpture, and media. Inspired by the method of loci, an ancient system that employed imaginary buildings and gardens to help the user memorize and recall epic poetry and history, the artist has redesigned the gallery’s interior architecture to create a series of dramatic, theatrical environments in which video projections and sculpture drawn from the artist’s current and past work evoke personal and cultural memory.

During her 30-year career, D’Agostino has integrated personal, societal and environmental concerns into many installations and large-scale public art projects. She created two previous important projects at Marylhurst University. Offering, her 1989 cloister-like installation in The Art Gym, was made in response to the birth of her daughter and the artist’s subsequent reflections on the stages of life and the fragility of the body. In 1993 she created Abundance and Scarcity, a half-acre cornfield containing a small building, sculptures, and sayings about food. The project drew attention to disparities and inequality of access to sustenance and commented on the universal, though varied, cultural rituals surrounding food.

In subsequent installations at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery, the artist began to integrate video into her practice — Fate, a 1994 collaboration with Kristy EdmundsImagining the Other Side (1996); and Motion Studies, 2008. In 2010, she exhibited Pool at Lewis & College as a part of the exhibition celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship. D’Agostino has at the same time pursued a vigorous public art career and created major commissions in the U.S., including Intellectual Ecosystem, Portland State University Associated Student Recreation Center, 2010, and Celestial Navigation, SoundTransit SeaTac Airport — both of which included extensive use of video and technology.

Through the past decade, the artist’s expanding engagement with digital and interactive media has brought her work to the attention of curators around the world, and led to her participation in residencies and festivals both in the United States (New York City; Santa Fe, New Mexico) and abroad (Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Spain and Russia).

D’Agostino has won numerous awards for her work including Oregon Arts Commission/Hallie Ford Foundation Opportunity Grant, which helped the artist develop new work for her current exhibition in The Art Gym. Her projects Intellectual Ecosystem (at Portland State University) and Overlook Park Station(a collaboration with Valerie Otani for TriMet) were both recognized by Public Art Network. The artist has received the Flintridge Foundation Fellowship and the Bonnie Bronson Fellowship.

In conjunction with the exhibition at Marylhurst, The Art Gym is publishing the book Fernanda D’Agostino: The Method of Loci. The 72-page hardcover book features illustrations from throughout D’Agostino’s career and an essay by Linda Tesner, director of the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College. It joins The Art Gym’s more than 65 books and catalogs on art created by artists based in the Pacific Northwest. The Ford Family Foundation of Roseburg, Oregon, made a major grant supporting this publication as part of the foundation’s initiative in the visual arts honoring the late Hallie Ford. All of The Art Gym’s books and catalogs are available as downloadable documents on the international library database WorldCat.

 

 

Curated by: Terri Hopkins

On View: October 7 – December 8, 2013