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“Oregon Original” exhibit coming to gallery

By Chemeketa Public Affairs

Sculptor James O'Keefe in art galleryThe newest exhibit in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery will feature sculpture incorporating modern techniques focused on the nature of work.

“Oregon Original: Sculpture by James O’Keefe” will run in the gallery from April 11 to May 4.

O’Keefe’s sculpture used the modern technique of assemblage, invented by Dada artists. He gathers and composes the bits and pieces of industrial processes and popular culture to create works of art to reflect upon the nature of work and production in the Industrial Post-Modern world.

“I have attempted to look at business as an ‘art form’, from the individual’s perspective,” O’Keefe said.

“They are not meant to be functional art pieces, but rather representative of our emotions of work, the long hours and the day-to-day nature of work and time,” he added. “Although some pieces emphasize the drudgery of work, they don’t overlook the humorous element in making a living.”

O’Keefe has had numerous exhibitions and installations throughout the Willamette Valley.

For more information on O’Keefe, visit his website.

Spring Term gallery hours:

  • Monday: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.


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