Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Commissioned Art @ Library

This site specific art work is located at the entrance of the Millar Library. Despite its very imposing presence, many student seem to pass by in a hurry and not even notice that it is there. Not much information is available about it other than what Nathan, an employee at the circulation desk explained to me, that it has been there since early 1980s and that it represents at salmon. according to the plaque on the wall it was created by Geoffrey D. Pagen and funded by Oregon Arts Commissions ( 1% for the Arts).
Here is a statement from the artist that might help us better appreciate his work:
"There is quite obviously an affinity for Abstract Expressionism and the desire for simple geometric shapes in my work. The influence of nature and geology are prevalent. Complex textures, patterns of uncertain origin, and the identity of clay are my main concerns. Yet these simple compositions become departure points for an extraordinary range of surface treatments, from the austere to the indulgent. My commissioned projects for the public and private sector truly span a global context, having created over 75 site specific and sensitive projects throughout the United States and abroad. During a commissioned project, I bring a high standard of creative problem solving to each project, and understand that a fulfillment of sound strategy and solid objectives are the keys to a successful work of Art." -Geoffrey D. Pagen

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