Monday, June 7, 2010

Exhibit announcement

a poetics of place

Each painting a place,
And painting a way
Toward a mute poetics
Of Earth. Light. Water. Wind.

An exhibit of oil paintings by
JoEllyn Loehr

June 21 - July 31, 2010
Rotunda Gallery - Barber Library
Central Oregon Community College, Bend OR

Opening reception: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24
(ADA parking in front, visitor parking immediately west of library)
Summer library hours vary; please check COCC website:

My work is a blend of painting and drawing.
Paint is used as a drawing medium.
Each painting consists of layers upon layers of drawings, creating a world out of paint itself, becoming more complex over time.

The goal is to make a gestural, intuitive drawing with the lush, sensuous, physical qualities of paint.

Often people see landscapes in the paintings. Though I don’t set out to paint landscapes, I do enjoy back-country walking and looking at aerial photos and maps - especially old ordnance surveys and topographic maps. So having landforms show up in the paintings is not surprising.

Abstract visual art is unmediated experience.

"Any awareness is an increment to consciousness,
an added light, a reinforcement of psychic coherence . . .
There is a growth of being in every instance of awareness."
Gaston Bachelard
Poetics of Reverie