Evergreen Kicks Off Artist Lecture Series January 29

January 22, 2008

(Olympia, Wash.)  The Evergreen State College is kicking off this year's Artist Lecture Series with a presentation by internationally acclaimed photographic artist Chris Jordan on Tuesday January 29, 3:45 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 on the college campus. 

Jordan's newest series, titled “Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait” (2006-2007), depicts the staggering statistics that define contemporary America in huge, intricately detailed panels as large as thirty feet wide. These compelling works invite the viewer to walk up close and see every detail as a metaphor for the role of the individual in our hypermodern society. Visit http://www.chrisjordan.com/ for more information.

The series is sponsored by the Evergreen Galleries and the college’s Visual and Environmental Arts Program. The presentation is free and open to the public. The College is located at 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW in Olympia. Two hour parking is $1. A map of the campus is available at http://www.evergreen.edu/tour

The Series will continue on Tuesdays through February with presentations by artists Blake Haygood, Claude Zervas, Adriene Cruz and Melissa Shiff as follows:

February 5, 3:45 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1- Blake Haygood   is an artist, curator and co-director of Platform Gallery and has lived in Seattle since 1992. His current paintings and prints involve machinery parts of undeterminable scale floating in space without a horizon and in constant states of decomposition and regeneration. http://www.blakehaygood.com/

February 12, 3:45 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 - Claude Zervas' artwork uses technology and a variety of media to explore representation of landscape, social ecology, and memory. He creates 2D, 3D, and time-based work using video or custom computer programs.  http://claudezervas.com/

February 19, 3:45 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 - Adriene Cruz moved to Portland from Harlem in 1983, where her artwork turned increasingly toward creating brilliantly colored and adorned quilts. She pieces together richly patterned materials in rhythmic arrangements that are stately as well as exuberant, structured as well as improvisational, deeply moving on a spiritual level as well as simply enjoyable for their sheer beauty. http://www.adrienecruz.com/

February 26, 3:45 p.m. in Lecture Hall 1 - Melissa Shiff is a video, performance, and installation artist who specializes in utilizing Jewish myths, symbols and rituals in the service of social justice and activism as well as engaging with issues of cultural memory. http://melissashiff.com/index.html