"Light Through the Trees"

“Light Through the Trees” by Joan Truckenbrod

Pioneering digital media artist Joan Truckenbrod is the star of the latest exhibit at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Her show, “the flow of woven light,” opens this Friday, May 3, featuring seven digital tapestries and six limited-edition lithographs.

“I am inspired by visible and invisible traces of light waves,” Truckenbrod said. “This exhibition pairs my early coded algorithmic drawings with my current digital weavings embodying the ephemeral trajectories of light. As particles of light move through nature, shadowing and reflecting off of surfaces, and distorting as they undulate through water, these tapestries entangle the image on the screen with the physical realm.”

“Precarious Sheltery,” the second body of work in Truckenbrod’s exhibit, is a series of lithographs that address issues of shelter and homelessness. The series, created in partnership with Master Printer Mark Mahaffey in Portland, includes imagery of houses filled with bubbles with contrasting marks implying layers of hidden analytical information behind the bubble geometry inside.

A professor emeritus from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Truckenbrod has pieces on display in museums and collections around the world. Her work was included in the recently completed exhibition, “Programmed: Rules, Codes and Choreographies in Art,” at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City.

The exhibit, hosted by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will be on display through June 29, available to view Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm at 777 NW Beach Drive.

A public reception will be held from 1 to 5 pm on Saturday, June 1, during which Truckenbrod will give an interview at 1:30 pm, joined by Oregon State University professor Kirsi Peltomaki.

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