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Heather Watkins – Recurrent Work

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Heather Watkins – Recurrent Work

The Art Gym exhibition Heather Watkins — Recurrent Work will present drawings and sculptures selected from multiple series, some of which began in 2008 and continue to the present. In these works, Heather Watkins runs carefully structured and varied 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 and was designed by Adam McIsaac / Sibley House. 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 catalogs are available as downloadable documents on the international library database WorldCat.


The Art Gym exhibition follows several significant recent exhibitions of the artist’s work, including at the Portland Art Museum’s APEX GALLERY; Lumber Room, Portland, Oregon; and the Edith Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College. The artist has received numerous grants, including project grants from Regional Arts & Culture Council and Career Opportunity grants from Oregon Arts Commission and The Ford Family Foundation. Watkins has been awarded residencies by the Oregon College of Art and Craft, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and Caldera. Heather Watkins has an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and has been a member of the faculties of Lewis & Clark College, Art Institute of Boston, and Massachusetts College of Art.



Curated by: Terri Hopkins

On View: February 24 – April 2, 2014