Carrie Chupp & Tanner Hawkins
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Carrie’s Artist Statement: When given the prompt ‘Mysteries of The Deep’, I used this as an opportunity to dive into the workings of my own inner world, specifically the ‘faces’ of my traumas. This was not my initial intention when I began painting for this exhibit, however the theme revealed itself when I chose to focus on the feeling I wanted to create, rather than placing a specific meaning on the paintings.
A friend once told me to befriend trauma (or inner-demons, depression monsters…whatever you want to call it), as having compassion for our personal disturbances can allow room for deeper understanding of the self. That said, I’ve learned to associate the ‘faces’ of my traumas with yearning, wisdom, and a sense of knowing.
It’s important to me that these paintings remain open for interpretation by the observer. I hope viewers can use this as a chance to notice what they’re feeling, and to give a friendly ‘hello’ to all of the hardships that made them the beautiful people they are today.
Bio: Currently residing in Portland Oregon, Carrie identifies as a Multidisciplinary Artist and Designer, with her primary work being in Graphic Design, Digital Art and Acrylic Painting. Carrie grew up exploring a wide array of the arts, ranging from videography, theater, photography, digital manipulation, playing the piano and painting. All mediums have served as channels to convey the prismatic and multicolored world that resides in her head.
She currently runs a platform called Everything Is Cancelled (everythingiscancelled.org), which serves as an all-inclusive space for artists to share their work during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and also provides resources that aim to make the world a better place. Her most recent work was featured alongside Anna Vogel in the “Dream Oregon” exhibit, which was curated by Anna herself, and featured various other artists.
Tanner’s Artist Statement: Tanner’s intent for ‘Analog Visions’ was to create an analog world with a combination of various mediums, that would reflect the feeling of scanning through VHS tapes. His method was to create a piece that would utilize Carrie’s artwork to dig deeper into the mysteries of our memories, as well as putting them in motion.
Aside from the paintings, the visual includes a handmade resin pyramid, holographic paper to create overlays, a filter made from a reflective cube (that came from the inside of a projector), a still frame from an old workout tape, and a series of analog camcorders. Additionally, the piece also includes a song that was recorded/performed by Carrie, and then produced and edited by Tanner.
‘Analog Visions’ is new grounds for Tanner, in the sense that his work often surrounds working with faster paced music in the context of making music videos and live visuals. Regardless, this visual serves as one of many examples of the worlds that Tanner sees in his mind and is a direct product of the tools he’s created in order to make these worlds come to life.
To see more of Tanner’s work, check out his website at Shhajans.com.
Bio: Tanner is an Atlanta, Georgia native who grew up tinkering with all things hardware and circuitry. Combining this curiosity with his love for visual art, he eventually started manipulating old VHS players to create dreamy, nostalgic and glitchy effects over visuals that he would orchestrate. Along with his current love for creating glitch visuals, Tanner has spent his time touring with the band Conquer Monster, working as their live visual artist. He is also the creator of the Glitch Box, which alters and manipulates visuals to give them a glitchy and nostalgic feel. All visuals done by Tanner are completely original products of the hardware he creates.
Anna Vogel & Steve Arment
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Anna’s Artist Statement: Darkness teems with unknown forms. What will emerge? Who will be waiting? My work depicts the conjurers and creatures on the edge of the mysterious deep.
Influences to look for in my work include N. C. Wyeth, Violet Oakley, and Howard Pyle, among other famous enchanters from history.
Bio: Anna Vogel grew up in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle. She moved to Wallowa County and took up landscape painting on a large scale, inspired by the wide open spaces of the valleys and mountains. Her largest project is an ongoing collaboration to deck out the inside of the newly renovated OK Theater in Enterprise, Oregon along with Steve Arment.
Her work has previously been featured alongside Carrie Chupp’s, at a show called “Dream Oregon ” that Anna curated with the support of friends and community at the Josephy Center. The show featured several other local artists, all women. Her latest project is “The Lost Planet Pop-Up Gallery,” a small space that is completely transformed with every exhibit. She teaches beginners’ oil painting on weekends.