Is agriculture a science or art

Erik Sandgren 

Parallels: Making the Avenue of Elms

April 2 – June 14, 2019 in Strand Gallery (440 Strand Agriculture Hall)

Reception: April 18, 2019 at 3:30 – 5:30pm, with gallery talk at 4:00pm

Gallery hours: Tuesdays 11:30am – 1:00pm, as well as 3:30 -5:00pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month (Corvallis Arts Walk), or by Appointment: 541-737-5534

Erik Sandgren’s thoughtful dialogue with landscape is rooted in revealing the spirit of place with pigments and charcoal. He was commissioned in 2015 by Oregon State University Foundation to commemorate a decade of monumental fundraising and construction efforts lead by OSU president Edward J. Ray. Sandgren arrived at the final composition through controlled experimentation and field research. Parallels: Making the Avenue of Elms documents Sandgren’s pursuit of an origin story; lyrical, powerful, culture-defining moments evoked in remembrance and respect. Strand Gallery presents twenty four paintings that the artist describes as “parallels and antipodes…parallel lines, parallel directions, parallel thoughts and parallel paintings.” Artistic strategies comparable to scientific explorations invite examination of overlaps between art and science. Exhibited alongside the commissioned painting, the parallel work inspires conversations about location, history, composition, style, and concept development. On digital display are thirty-eight pages of trials, sketches, process photographs, and a contextual sampling of Sandgren’s work throughout his career.

Erik Sandgren was awarded the 2002 Betty Brose Art About Agriculture Purchase Award for his painting, A Pragmatic Poetry of Mist, 2001. Accessions to the Art About Agriculture Permanent Collection, such as Amanita, are made possible from patron-donor partnerships. All gifts made to the OSU Foundation-Art About Agriculture qualify as contributions under current state and federal tax codes and may be made at any time.