The Lane Community College Art Gallery is proud to present the exhibition, Public Works and Private Thoughts, by sculptor and Art instructor, Lee Imonen. The show runs from February 27th to March 22nd. A lecture will take place on Thursday, March 1st, beginning at 4:30 with a reception immediately following. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
Lee Imonen is a well-known Northwest sculptor with many public works throughout the state of Oregon. This exhibition will showcase work and reflections compiled from a recent sabbatical. As stated by the artist, “Public Work & Private Thoughts brings together two separate but related directions in my studio practice over the past decade.”
In discussing both aspects for this exhibition Lee had this to say in regards to the public work aspect, “I have begun thinking about my public sculptures as research projects; opportunities for understanding a place, material, culture or organization in a more comprehensive way. My goal is to shift the direction of public work away from sculpture that is simply placed in the public realm, to work that not only engages the public, but equally speaks of its physical, historical and cultural environment.”
The intent of the pieces representing private thoughts, Imonen feels, ”these pieces are more intimate, often showing only a framed portion of the original object, like sculptural snapshots taken from close-up.”
The gallery is located in Building 11 on the main campus of Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Avenue. There is no charge for admission. The Art and Applied Design Department phone number is 541-463-5409.